Cinnamon Rolls

I still remember the last time I tried to make cinnamon rolls. We were following a recipe that my brother had learned during Home Ec, except he didn’t write it down. His words, I quote, “It’s all up here.” As he pointed to his brain. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. The cinnamon filling was okay, but the bun was like eating rocks. Suffice to say, I never made them again.

Until now. DH loves his Cinnamon Rolls. I must confess I have a soft spot for them, too. They remind me of my days in Australia, where we could get them for about a buck each. We decided to try the recipe from Joyous Apron.

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It was really good! Even G1 who’s never liked stuff like this thought it was good so this recipe is a keeper. Oh, yeah, we skipped the icing. I took a few short-cuts which didn’t seem to have affected the end result. I also converted some of the quantities to grams (using conversion charts I found online) so I didn’t have to use spoons or cups to measure. For the original recipe, please visit Joyous Apron.

I didn’t bother offering any to G2 because he like cinnamon. I found that out when I made a cinnamon teacake a few years back. When the cake was in the oven, he came rushing out of the room and said, “Mama! What’s the smell?”

Thinking he thought it was a delicious as I did, I said, proudly, “It’s cinnamon cake!”

To which, he frowned and replied, “It smells un-good.”

Oh well, more for the three of us.



  • 1 cup milk
  • 90 g butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 550-600 g all-purpose flour (I used 580 g to achieve a dough that doesn’t stick)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Cinnamon Filling

  • 115 g salted butter softened
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon powder


To make the dough

  • Add milk, melted butter, eggs, and dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, yeast and raisins) to the bowl of a standing mixer.
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  • Using a dough hook, mix the ingredients on low speed until it all combines. Increase the speed and knead for a few minutes.
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  • The dough should not be sticky. It should not stick to your fingers when you touch it. Add more flour if it is sticky. A number of factors (such as humidity, temperature, size of egg, etc.) can make the dough more or less wet, therefore the amount of flour needed may vary.
  • Remove from machine, cover the bowl with a cloth, and let it rise for an hour, preferably in a warm spot, until the dough is 2-3 times its original size.
  • When dough has risen, use a rolling pin to flatten out dough into a 15″ x 12″ rectangle. 
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To make cinnamon filling

  • In a bowl combine softened (not melted) salted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix well.
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To make the cinnamon raisin rolls

  • Spread cinnamon filling evenly onto the flattened dough. 
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  • Gently roll dough from the long side into a long tube.
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  • Using a serrated knife, cut tube into 12 cinnamon rolls. Each roll will be a little over an inch thick.
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  • Place rolls onto a 9″x13″ casserole dish lined with parchment paper, or greased with butter.
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  • Cover casserole dish with a towel and let rolls rise again for 30-45 minutes.
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  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
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  • Remove towel. Cinnamon raisin rolls should be slightly bigger in size. Bake in oven for 22-25 minutes.
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