Cinnamon Rolls and Caramel Icing

If I told you that you can make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls in a matter of 2-3 hours and that they would be ‘awesome’  and ‘simple’ and ‘delicious’, would you be interested?! 

Well that’s right, that’s just what I am about to tell you πŸ™‚ This is the first time I ever made them (after watching my mom make them for many years) and it was just as simple as watching her make them, and I sent her a picture after they were done baking and she said they looked just like hers  **happy sigh**

I have detailed instructions attached to make it easy for you to make them πŸ™‚ If you have any questions about it be sure to ask in the comments and I will try my best to help you. Lucky for me I could call 1-800-askmom if I had a question πŸ˜‰ 

Cinnamon Rolls (10) edited

 First mix the following ingredients in the bosch mixer:

5 1/4 c hot water
1/2 c sugar
1 teas salt
1/2 c oil
2 beaten eggs

Then add 10 c Raised A donut mix & 4 Tblsp instant yeast. Mix until well blended then add 4 c reg flour & at least 3 c additional donut mix ( possibly more). Let mix for 10 min. Put in greased bowl & let rise until doubled in size. (approx 45 minutes)

Preheat oven to 400*

Now divide dough into 3 equal pieces.

One by one roll out dough into a rectangular shape (shown below) on well floured surface.

Melt 4 T butter

Spread a thin layer of melted butter onto dough, then sprinkle a thin layer of white sugar on top of that, and now a thick layer of cinnamon on top of that πŸ™‚ 

Cinnamon Roll Collage


Start at the wide edge of the dough and roll it together tightly. Once you get to the other side pinch the ends together so they don’t fall apart when you start slicing them.

Now take your sharp knife and simple slice them in about 1 – 1 1/2” slices.

Put in a well greased pan of your choice, (I used these round ones but you can use pretty much anything that is oven safe) Using your palm push the center of the dough down slightly after putting it in the pan. This makes for more evenly sized rolls.

Cinnamon Roll Collage 2


As you can see here, its okay to have some empty space in the pan when you are putting the slices in. I let it rise again for about 15 minutes then put it in the oven and baked at 400 for 10 minutes or until it was the desired golden brown at the top that I wanted!



Melt 2 sticks butter in a medium sized pot over high heat, add 2 c brown sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Quickly add 1/2 c milk and heat just a bit.

Set in cold water and beat in 4 cups powdered sugar. Let cool and spread on rolls! I normally just spread it on the rolls as I am ready to eat them so they don’t get soggy!

Cinnamon Rolls w/ Caramel Icing
Yields 60
Delicious soft Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Icing. Melt in your mouth :)
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 5 1/4 c hot water
  2. 1/2 c sugar
  3. 1 teas salt
  4. 1/2 c oil
  5. 2 beaten eggs
  6. 13-14 c Raised A Donut mix
  7. 4 T Instant yeast
  8. 4 c flour
  1. 2 sticks butter
  2. 2 c brown sugar
  3. 1/2 c milk
  4. 4 c powdered sugar
  1. Put first five ingredients in bosch mixer.
  2. Add about 10 cups donut mix and yeast and mix well.
  3. Add flour and rest of the donut mix and mix well for 10 minutes
  4. You may have to add a little more flour, you want the dough to be a little sticky but still able to work with it with your hands so it doesn't just stick to your hands.
  5. Put in a greased bowl and let rise until doubled in size. Approx 45 minutes.
  6. Now divide dough into 3 equal pieces.
  7. Roll each pieceof dough into a rectangular shape on a well floured surface. It should be about 1/2'' thick.
  8. Melt 4 T butter
  9. Put a thin layer of butter on pieces of dough that are rolled out.
  10. Now put a thin layer of white sugar over the butter.
  11. And now a thick layer of cinnamon on top of the sugar.
  12. Start on the wide edge and roll dough tightly together. Once you get to the other edge simply pinch the edges together so it stays closed.
  13. Slice into 1 to 1 1/2'' pieces and place into well greased pan.
  14. Let rise for about 15 minutes again
  15. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  16. Let cool and enjoy :)
  1. Melt butter, add sugar and bring to boil. Let boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk and heat just a little bit.
  2. Put in cold water and beat in powdered sugar. Let cool and then refrigerate until ready to use.
  1. I normally only frost the rolls that we are ready to eat at the moment to avoid them getting soggy!
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54 thoughts on “Cinnamon Rolls and Caramel Icing

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  2. Oh my goodness it’s 11 p.m. and I want a cinnamon roll right now! I love anything with caramel icing, too! I’m going to try these soon, and pinning right now! πŸ™‚
    Oh, also, I’d love for you to link up any of your older posts that you love this Friday for a new linkup- Flashback Friday!

  3. These look delicious! My mom loves cinnamon rolls, too but I have to admit we always ate them from Pillsbury! My favorite recipe that my mom always made for Thanksgiving was Green Bean Casserole! I recently started making it with homemade mushroom soup instead from a can and it was amazing the difference!

  4. YUM! This is delicious looking and so much healthier than the ones bought in the store or pre-packaged. The best part of a homemade treat to me? The smell as it is baking! And these would be AH-mazing!

    • I have only been able to find it at Amish or Mennonite Bulk food stores so far :/ I just stocked up on it and froze some so I’d have it on hand if I wanna make more πŸ™‚

  5. I’m so glad I didn’t see this a few hours ago or my kids would have had really happy mornings! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, they’d have been thrilled to come down to these before school but then I’d have had to do it other days too..that’s a standard I just can’t live up to! Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe that doesn’t look difficult. Yum!

  6. These look delicious! My kids will often ask for cinnamon rolls in the morning and I give them that look that says, “Seriously? Do you have any idea how long those take to make? It’ll be lunchtime before they’re ready!” I’ll have to see if I can find this flour. I’m usually up a couple of hours before them, especially on Saturdays.
    One of the things my mom used to make that I really miss was Puerto Rican Rice and Beans. I’ve never been able to reproduce exactly. One of these days πŸ™‚
    Blessings …
    Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage

  7. Cinnamon rolls are a great addition coffee to a fall day. Thanks for sharing. My daughter makes great cinnamon rolls too – I guess I need to learn myself how to make them. I like them warm and gooey right from the oven.

  8. Oh wow, these look wonderful! And with the weather getting chillier here now these would be great to have one morning for breakfast. You have some other recipes on your site that also look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  9. These look SO good! I love homemade goodies because you know what’s going into them and there’s no chemicals, preservatives, etc. It would take a bit of work but so worth it!

  10. Those look really delicious. I have not had these since my mom use to make them many years ago. My husband loves these too! I will give it a try this fall.

  11. I love cinnamon rolls. Thank you for the recipe. Sixty cinnamon rolls sounds like a major undertaking for a non-baker like me. Perhaps when my family comes for the Holidays we can tackle as a “team.” Thank you for sharing. I did sign up to follow your blog.

  12. I didn’t know that making homemade cinnamon rolls could be so easy. Here I have been buying them where you just bake them at home. I will definitely have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

    • Yes you absolutely can freeze them! I usually just put icing on the ones we are ready to eat and if I freeze them I would for sure wait to ice them until you thaw them to eat!

  13. These look scrumptious! I wasn’t sure what the Raised A donut mix was, but I saw that in one of the other comments. I LOVE the idea of just the topping though! It sounds like it would be so yummy on so many things. Can’t wait to try it!

  14. Just in case you don’t know, I go crazy over cinnamon rolls. I don’t make them but I get them from my favorite pastry shop. Now, with your recipe, I can already try making my own rolls! Good luck to me. LOL

  15. These look yummy! I’ve never had cinnamon rolls with a caramel icing before. My parents both made yummy treats and dinners. Fav treats would be donuts, warm pudding and cookies…any kind! Fav dinnewrs would be meatloaf, mom’s fried chicken and dad’s sloppy joe.

  16. Congratulations on making your first Cinnamon Rolls. They are definitely worth the time and effort. I have a favorite recipe of my own that I make from time to time. I don’t think that the special flour in your recipe is available in my part of the country. Hope you are encouraged to do more with yeast recipes. I have never used caramel frosting on my cinnamon rolls. Think I will give your recipe a try.

  17. I have been looking for a recipe like this for cinnamon rolls. I want something home made. So done with those pillsbury ones! I will be trying this one out for sure. Looks delish! Thank you!

  18. I really believe this particular posting , β€œCinnamon Rolls and Caramel Icing | Leah’s Cooking”, rather engaging and also the post was a remarkable read. Thanks a lot,Allie

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