January 5, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls (Done Right)

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

I know what you're thinking, "doesn't she already have cinnamon rolls on her site?". I know, kinda wierd huh?
It's just that I've been hearing about The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls for years (literally!) and though I admit, hers look pretty darn good, I just figured a cinnamon roll is a cinnamon roll. But boy, was I wrong. I mean, WRONG.

Then I saw my dear friend over at A Thousand and One Bites (I know! Isn't that the cutest blog name ever?!) try out the famous recipe and after hearing her rave over it, I knew it had to be good.

And I'm so glad I did. This is by far the best cinnamon roll recipe ever and don't make the same mistake I did by waiting around years (!) to make it. Go...go now. I mean it....go, make them !

 Recipe found here at The Pioneer Woman (I make half of this recipe. cut back on the butter by at least another half and use my cream cheese frosting)

Halved Recipe Amounts (refer to Pioneer Woman's link above for detailed directions)
makes about 24 rolls

2 C whole milk
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/2 C sugar
1 tbsp active dry yeast
4 C flour
1/2 C flour
1/2 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 scant tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp salt

Filling:(I use at least half, or less, of the butter)
1 C melted butter
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C cinnamon (or more depending on preference)

Frosting (I stick to traditional cream cheese frosting)
1/2 bag powdered sugar
1/4 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp melted butter
pinch of salt


  1. Mmmmm, I love cinnamon rolls. I have PW's cookbook and it has this recipe in it. I think I'll finally try them. Yours look amazing!

  2. Salamu alaikum! I want to make this but the quantities on The Pioneer Woman look too much for the amount I want to make. I only want to make to serve 4 people. Do you mind sharing your measurements?

    JazakAllah khair, they look wonderful.

  3. Amnah, these are seriously good and actually much easier than you think a yeast dough would be...I make the dough at night and roll out and bake in the morning and they've never been less than perfect, alhamdulillah. Go try it! And thanks for stopping by :)

    Sarah, I'll add the halved recipe quantities which makes about 2 dozen,so if you want to half it another time (a quarter of the original recipe). Let me know how you like it!

  4. B-e-a-u-t-y!!!

    SubhaanAllah, love the way they have fluffed up. I am sure they taste great too..

  5. Aww, jazakillah khair Ambreen! They were really good...you should try it!

  6. These look great! I love cinnamon rolls! I will look to see how these differ from the recipes I have used.

  7. hmmmmmmmmm i could almost smell them from here! JAK they look so delish!

  8. UmmS: the main difference I've seen so far is no eggs/butter in the actual dough and the addition of both baking soda and baking powder. If you do give them a shot, let me know...so far, I've made some big boo boos while making the dough, but the end result always turns out soft and delicious!

    Samar: Waiyaaki :) One of these days, you'll actually come over and I'll make them for you inshallah.

  9. i cant wait for that day to come!

    how long can i wait to start kneading the dough? instead of overnight

  10. You don't have to wait overnight, you can roll them out once the dough has finished rising. Here are more detailed q & a's over the rolls from Pioneer Woman herself: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/notes-on-cinnamon-rolls/

    u wrote in the Ingredients:
    4 C flour
    1/2 C flour
    the other portion 4 what???

  12. This is the halved amounts of the original recipe (this link is in the post)...the flour is added in two portions, first is 4 cups and at another time, is another 1/2 cup of the flour. Again, I listed the amounts for half the recipe...for the entire recipe and detailed instructions, please see the link in the post.

  13. Salaam,
    how many grams is 1/2 a bag of powdered
    sugar? Also is 2 cups equivalent to 1 pint?

  14. Walaikum Salaam Anon, ok...I did some research for ya and the original recipe calls for a 2lb bag of powdered sugar, so in a halved recipe you'd use a 1lb bag...converted into a grams thats about 454 grams. And yes, 2 cups is 1 pint.

    That being said, let me tell you how I make frosting: I soften cream cheese, mix it up with a blender and keep adding enough powdered sugar and milk until its the consistency and sweetness as I want it.I found that sometimes if you just dump the entire amount a recipe calls for, it may be too sweet for me but its too late to do anything about it. I highly suggest incorporating small amounts until its how you like it.

  15. I have to try this today.. But I want to make half the portion with cinnamon like urs, and the other half with NUTELLA and powdered sugar.. Let's hope it works!!!

  16. OMG, nutella?? You're killing me! Can't wait to hear about it...bring a couple over while you're at it ;)

  17. Thats great the pioneer woman's recipe is just fabulous ! but in the recent years ive been able to perfect the cinnamon roll so much so that i can probably make it in my sleep!!! but i have done my own twist on it and its just perfect !!! ive gotten too many complements to believe otherwise i combine the pioneer woman's recipe with the recipe for cinnamon rolls in the family fun cooking with kids book though i'm 18 my umm got it for me when i was 14 so its an heirloomy type thing for me i'm keeping it for my kids one day = i rarely use recipes 'cept for dessert- sometimes and i always combine methods and cuisines in my cooking - i don't have a food blog yet-who knows maybe i will soon! (when i get a cam that is lol !!! )

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