The Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls

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For dough:
2 ¾ cups All-purpose flour
1 tbsp Instant yeast
1 tsp Salt
¼ cup Granulated sugar
2 tbsp Unsalted butter room temperature
½ cup Water
¼ cup Whole milk
1 Eggs
For filling:
¼ cup Unsalted butter room temperature, very soft
⅔ cup Brown sugar
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla extract
For cream cheese frosting:
4 oz Cream Cheese room temperature
¼ cup Unsalted butter room temperature
1 cup Powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp Whole milk or to desired thickness
½ tsp Vanilla extract

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The Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls


I can’t get enough of The Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls! They are so light, buttery, delicious, and perfect with morning tea or coffee! These minis hold a special place in my kitchen. I have been baking these rolls for many years, and my kids declared they are some of the best rolls they had ever had. So if you are looking for a Sunday morning baking project that is quick and easy, look no further. You found it!

Most homemade cinnamon roll recipes call for 1½ to 2 hours of rising, whereas these rolls will rise in just 45 minutes thanks to the oven proofing method. And the whole thing is ready from start to finish in 90 minutes. Serve these sticky rolls warm, right out of the oven with homemade classic cream cheese frosting, and enjoy your morning!

To make The Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for The Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Steps to make The Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls


Combine flour, yeast, and salt


In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2¾ cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon instant yeast, and 1 teaspoon salt.


Combine sugar, butter, water, and milk


In a small microwave-safe dish, combine ¼ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, ½ cup water, and ¼ cup whole milk. Heat in the microwave for about 1 minute on high until hot and the butter is almost melted. Then let cool to 120 °F.


Combine flour mixture and milk mixture


Slowly add the milk mixture into the flour mixture.


Add egg


Add in 1 egg and mix until sticky dough forms.


Knead dough


Turn a stand mixer on low speed and, using a dough hook, knead the dough for 4 minutes or until the dough becomes elastic. If kneading by hand, lightly flour the working surface and knead for 5-6 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest on the kitchen counter for 10 minutes.


Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 200 °F.


Prepare filling


In a small bowl, combine ⅔ cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.


Roll dough


On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a 24x16-inch rectangle. Spread ¼ cup butter over the top of the dough and cover with the prepared filling. Use a pizza cutter to cut 24 dough strips.


Leave rolls to rise


Roll each strip up into a tight roll and place into a lightly greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Place a piece of aluminum foil over top, turn the oven OFF and place the covered rolls inside for 45 minutes.


Heat oven

Remove the rolls from the oven and turn the oven ON to 375 °F.




Remove the foil from the rolls and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Once baked, remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.


Make frosting


Meanwhile, combine 4 ounces cream cheese, ¼ cup unsalted butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1-2 tablespoons whole milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a small bowl. Use a hand mixer or beat by hand until smooth and spreadable.




Spread the frosting over the warm rolls.



Serve warm with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

The Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls will make your kitchen smell like your favorite bakery in just 90 minutes. Give this recipe a try, and please come back to tell us what you think in the comments below.

Lilly is an enthusiastic and cheerful young mom. She knows as well as any parent that children can be really picky when it comes to food. And she’s had plenty of experience trying to cook meals that are both tasty and nutritious, and able to satisfy the tastes of a fussy kid right away! To save you some precious time, Lilly's going to share with you all the tricks she learned the hard way, so you don’t have to! She has a wealth of recipes for quick and easy meals for kids and families on a budget.

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