14 Easy Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipes

Cindy Wilson Thumbby Cindy Wilson
BS, Dietetics and Nutrition

I’ve had my fair share of sweets and desserts across a broad spectrum of cultures and enjoyed every bit(e) of it.

Cinnamon rolls are near the top of my list of desserts which satisfy my somewhat insatiable sweet tooth.

The great thing about them is that they’re not complicated when it comes to cooking or eating.

Why wouldn’t you like cinnamon rolls – they’re found in various cultures across the world!

Would you believe that Sweden has its very own Cinnamon Roll day on August the 4th, known as “kanelbulle dag”?

Cinnamon is super-food for a big reason: it has many health benefits, among which one of the most important is diabetes prevention.

So enjoy these homemade cinnamon roll recipes:

1. Indulge yourself with Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats!

1 Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

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If you’re out the door early on every weekday bustling through the morning commute to get to work, cinnamon roll overnight oats are what you need in your life.

Cinnamon roll overnight oats make our list due to their combination of simplicity and nutrition. Mix it all up, let it chill overnight, and pick it up on your way out.


  • ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup vanilla almond milk
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Combine greek yogurt, oats, almond milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a sealable container (I use a mason jar) and stir until smooth.
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2. Then treat yourself to a Cinnamon Roll Casserole

2 Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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Diversity is the name of the game when it comes to any casserole. The possibilities are endless with the cinnamon roll casserole.

That is specifically why we’re sharing it with you – everyone has their preference, and if you want to add a dash of pecans or anything else for that matter, the cinnamon roll casserole is for you.


  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or baking spray
  • 2 cans (12.4 oz each) refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing (icing reserved)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cup maple syrup + 1 teaspoon


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pour melted butter into a 3-quart baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Separate both cans of dough into 16 rolls; set icing aside. Cut each roll into 6 pieces – place the chopped cinnamon rolls over the melted butter.
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3. Or just go all out with Cinnamon Roll Pancakes


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Pancakes and cinnamon rolls, what more could you ask for – that’s right, a fusion of both into one ultimate breakfast food!

They’re easy to make, and if you’ve grown up eating homemade pancakes, this is the right food for you.

Make your way to this link to take part in what is arguably my favorite style of cinnamon rolls!


FOR PANCAKES (OR use a boxed pancake batter)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Prepare Cinnamon Filling first: In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set it aside. ( Set this aside and let it rest, and set at least 20 minutes. You want it thick, not liquidy)
  • Prepare Pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in milk, oil, and egg just until the batter is moistened. (a few small lumps are fine)
  • OR If using a boxed mix, prepare according to package directions.
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4. Crush that sweet tooth hunger with Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars

4 Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Bars

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With a hint of blandness and a whole lot sweet, you just can’t go wrong with cinnamon roll cheesecake bars.

It’s a kick in your mouth with all the different textures in your mouth all at once – the graininess of the cinnamon roll coupled with the gooey creaminess of the cheesecake.

Don’t ignore your sweet tooth; the cinnamon roll cheesecake bars are just a click away!



  • 2 cups cinnamon graham crackers, finely crushed
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • 2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 Tbsp ground cinnamon (depending on how cinnamony you want it)
  • 6 Tbsp butter


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8×8 pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the cinnamon graham crumbs, melted butter, and brown sugar until completely moistened. Press the mixture evenly along the bottom of the pan and bake for approx. 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven but keep the oven on.
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5. When life gives you cinnamon, make Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies!


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If pancakes and cheesecakes just aren’t cutting it for you, why not dive into the most common type of dessert there is – cookies!

Add your pick of frosting, whether it be chocolate, cream cheese, or vanilla – you can’t go wrong with these.

With a soft texture, the cinnamon roll sugar cookies are easy to make and apt for when you’re throwing a party!



  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk


  • For the cookies, in a large bowl, cream together the ¾ cup butter and granulated sugar and powdered sugar for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add one cup of flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix. Add remaining flour and mix just until flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth and soft. Flatten the dough into a thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • For the filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Separate the dough into two pieces working with one half at a time, roll it out to about ¼-inch thick and about 15-inches by 4-inches (doesn’t have to be exact). Spread 2 tablespoons of butter on top of the dough. Sprinkle with ½ of the cinnamon-sugar mixture and lightly press the sugar mixture into the buttered surface of the dough. Starting with one long edge, roll the dough into a tight log.
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6. Pumpkin pie Cinnamon Rolls? YES, please!


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Get your health craze on with this nutritious yet indescribably delicious sweet dish.

Who would’ve thought a gourmet-style dessert would only take 30 minutes to make.

Pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls offer an explosion of taste on your tongue, and trust us; you don’t want to miss out!


  • 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rounds
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Frosting

  • 4-oz cream cheese softened
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Lightly grease two 8-inch cake pans with non-stick spray; set aside.
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7. After that, get yourself some Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake


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This is what you need to make for that special someone – whether it be mother’s day or valentine’s day, cinnamon roll coffee cake will get your message of love across!

A bombardment of flavor is what you should expect with this lightly glazed and spicy delight!

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  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla 1 stick butter
  • melted 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ​1-2 tbsp water


  • Set oven to preheat at 350 degrees.
  • Mix flour, salt, sugar, baking powder with a whisk.
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9. Or maybe Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls are more your style

9 Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

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Apple pie cinnamon rolls are exquisite in design and texture.

The apple flavor adds a zing that you can’t get anywhere else, and the cinnamon complements it entirely.

The apple filling is what makes this delicacy irresistible, and if you’re looking to go crazy, add some cream cheese frosting!


For the dough:

  • 1 package yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup scalded milk (Heat milk until bubbles appear around the edge of the pan. Cool until lukewarm)
  • ⅓ cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour)


  • 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided
  • 5 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • ¼ cup cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • In a small bowl, add yeast and 2 teaspoons of the sugar to the lukewarm water and let it sit until it dissolves, about 10 minutes.
  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, using the dough hook attachment (or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer), add scalded milk, melted butter, egg, remaining sugar, and salt and mix on low speed until combined.
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10. Traditional one-hour Cinnamon Rolls- that’s how it all started!

10 One Hour Cinnamon Rolls

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When all’s said and done, it’s the cinnamon rolls that we’re all drooling over.

Cinnamon rolls make our list because, well, they’re cinnamon rolls; what more could you ask for?

If you’re looking to experience the hype in its rawest form, follow this link to fulfill your needs!


  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¾ cup room temperature buttermilk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 TB regular yeast
  • ½ TB salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5-6 C. bread flour


  • 3 TB butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 3 TB cinnamon


  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • enough milk or half and a half to make it spreading consistency.


  • In a bowl, mix water, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter, and yeast. Allow sitting for 15 minutes.
  • Add in salt, eggs, and flour. Mix for 10 minutes and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
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12. Cinnamon Roll Dessert Pizza! Need I say more?


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We can all agree that pizza is amazing; we can also all agree that cinnamon rolls are amazing – why not bind them in holy matrimony and treat ourselves to the dessert of a lifetime!

Cinnamon roll dessert pizza makes our list due to the sheer audacity it must’ve taken to come up with.

The cinnamon roll dessert pizza starts as pizza dough quickly turns into a dessert you just can’t pass up on!


Dough Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. yeast
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp Salt

Buttery Cinnamon Sugar Spread:

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12-inch pizza sheet lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Mix warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let that sit for 5 minutes.
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13. Keep it simple – have some Cinnamon Roll Bread

13 Cinnamon Roll Bread

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If patience isn’t your virtue and yeast is something you’d like to avoid, cinnamon roll bread is for you.

Without yeast, you’d be decreasing the margin of error while preparing this dessert item, and you don’t have to wait for the bread to rise!

Move quickly to this link to get your share of some cinnamon roll bread!



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg – room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk – I used 1%
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream


  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Pre-heat our oven to 350 degrees and prepare a bread pan (about 9×5 inches) by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray or lightly greasing it with butter.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
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14. Wrap it all up with some Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake!


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Seeming like something straight out of a 5-star dessert bar, the cinnamon roll cheesecake is sophistication at its finest.

For me, it was an enlightening experience partaking in this great dessert, and it’s made my list for the simple reason that its taste and texture combine perfectly.


Cinnamon Roll Batter:

  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Cheesecake filling:

  • 2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 eggs

Cinnamon Roll Batter:

  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cinnamon

Cinnamon Roll Batter:

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch Springform pan.
  • For the Cinnamon Roll Batter: In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
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So what’s your take on this? Did our list appeal to you, or did we miss out on anything?

Cinnamon rolls and their variety are what make them so relevant in modern-day cuisine.

We’d love to hear back from you; leave your opinions in the comments section and share if you’re an avid lover of cinnamon rolls like everyone else!

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Hello, I am Cindy, and this a website where I inspect everything related to nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I have a BS in Dietetics and Nutrition (Kansas State University) and have completed a dozen specialty courses related to nutrition, biochemistry, and food science. I am open to learning more, but foremost I would like to share all my knowledge with you.

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