Easy Feather Soft Cinnamon Rolls
Feather Soft and sweet to the “t,” these sweet cinnamon rolls are easy, fluffy, and filled with delicious icing-covered cinnamon swirls! Whether you enjoy these sweet rolls for breakfast, dessert, or a late night snack, they will leave your sweet tooth content and perfectly satisfied.
I fell in love with homemade bread at an early age. The steaming soft inside and warm crusty outside… Mmmm! You can’t beat that!
Homemade is almost always best. I remember my mom making homemade bread in her bread machine and having my Grandma Morgan’s FAMOUS (seriously in the top 3 best rolls I’ve ever had and I’ve tried A LOT) dinner rolls on Thanksgiving. That’s probably a couple of the earliest memories I had that started turning me into the foodie I am today.
These soft and feather-like cinnamon rolls are so yummy! The icing is one of the best parts. 😉 Icing the cinnamon rolls when they’re still warm so the icing oozes down into the swirls, is a must.
Cinnamon roll recipes are kind of a dime a dozen nowadays and everyone claims to have the best. I won’t say these are “the best”… but they are super easy to make and really good nonetheless. I’m very excited for you to make them.
Below, you can watch a little video I made about these fluffy, sweet cinnamon rolls.
Like I said, not the best cinnamon rolls but super easy and delicious! I start by getting my yeast mixture blooming. What’s blooming yeast you ask? It’s when you add warm liquid, usually milk or water, to dry yeast then add a bit of sugar. As the yeast hydrates, warms and feasts on the sweet sugar, it grows or “blooms” like a flower.
It only takes a minute to mix it together and the blooming process usually only takes 10-20 minutes to complete. So, I start with this then set it aside as I prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Next, I heat the milk. I just heat it for about a minute in the microwave. You can also scald it in a small saucepan over the stove. In a large bowl, I add the milk sugar, salt, and eggs.
Once those are combined, I add the bloomed yeast mixture and flour. Start with 4 1/2 cups of flour and add up to a 1/2 cup more if needed. With that said, this dough should be sticky. That’s normal!
No need to knead, and knead, and knead. Once all the flour is incorporated I give it a few more stirs then cover and let it rise. The first rising session (also called proofing), will take 40 minutes to an hour depending on how warm the area it is proofing in. The warmer it is in your home, the faster it will proof. You want it to double in size.
On a floured surface, I pour out the dough and liberally sprinkle it with flour to avoid sticking. I roll the dough into a square about a 1/2 inch thick. I spread the melted butter over the dough, carefully spreading to the edges then sprinkle it with the brown sugar and cinnamon.
Once it’s evenly coated, I carefully roll it into a pinwheel and cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick slices using floss. Yes, you read that right. I use dental floss to cut the rolls because it gives a clean cut without smushing the dough too much.
I place the rolls on a baking sheet or in a baking dish with a little bit of space between them. This will allow them room to “grow.” I cover the rolls again and proof them for a second time. Again, I let them proof until they’ve just about doubled in size. This takes about 30-45 minutes for me and my home is usually around 72 degrees.
Once the cinnamon rolls have doubled in size, I uncover and bake at 425°F for 15-18 minutes until the rolls are golden brown and the centers are completely cooked.
I like to make a super simple icing glaze while the cinnamon rolls are baking. It’s only 3 ingredients… powdered sugar, cream, and flavor extract (we love almond but you could use vanilla).
Once they are done, I pull them out and let them cool slightly until they are warm to the touch. I like to frost the cinnamon rolls while they are still warm so the frosting warms and oozes in between the swirls. This is the best! It’s like a hybrid frosting/icing/glaze. YUM! A little sweet icing in every bit is key. 😉
These cinnamon rolls are so soft and scrumptious! You are going to love them and love how easy they are to make!
Are you a sweet roll lover or savory dinner roll type?