Easy Cinnamon Rolls
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Thelma’s Cinnamon Rolls

Thelma’s recipe for easy cinnamon rolls relies on melted butter brushed on top to create a sweet treat that’s sure to recall memories of grandma’s kitchen.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breads, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Germany, Swedish
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 290kcal



  • 1 cup milk scalded
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 envelope dry yeast
  • 3 cups flour + a little more if needed


  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • Pour the warm milk into a large bowl. Add the butter, sugar, and salt and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.

  • Add the yeast and 1 and 1/2 cups flour, beat well to combine, about 1 minute.

  • Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a shaggy dough is formed. 

  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and satiny, about 4 minutes. Adding 1 tablespoon of flour at a time, being careful not to add too much flour.

  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, spreading the top with a little bit of melted butter.

  • Cover with a dampened cloth and let rise to double in size, about 1 - 2 hours.

  • Gently deflate the dough and knead. Roll into a 10 x 14-inch rectangle about 1/4-inch thick.

  • Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with topping, leaving an 1/2-inch border around the edges.

  • Starting at the long edge, roll the dough jelly roll-fashion. Pinch the seams together.

  • Using a serrated knife, dental floss or heavy thread into nine 1 1/2-inch slices.

  • Arrange the slices cut side up in greased 8 x 8-inch baking dish, brush with melted butter, cover and allow to rise until double, about 1 hour.

  • Heat oven to 400˚F.

  • Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to the touch.


Serving: 1cinnamon roll | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg