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The Easiest Cinnamon Rolls Recipe EVER

  • Author: Nicole Nared-Washington from Brown Sugar Food Blog
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


  • 1 Box Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix (including ingredient requirements)
  • 4 tbsp. Unsalted butter, room temperature and divided
  • 1 c. hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ c. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Using a large bowl, pour in the contents from the Hot Roll Mix along wih the yeast included. Add the required ingredients, water, egg, and butter. Mix using a stand mixer with dough hook until well combined. The dough will be slightly sticky. Turn to lightly flour surface and knead about 3 times. The soft dough should be smooth.
  2. Place in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Place in warm spot and allow to sit for 30 minutes, or as instructed on the box.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out the dough into a long rectangle shape and about ¼ inch thick, about 11X14.
  4. Take the other 2 tablespoons of butter and rub across the dough. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix. Sprinkle the sugar on top of the butter. Roll the dough into a long log.
  5. NOTE: Depending on how you rolled out your dough will determine where you should roll. For me, I rolled the dough long vertically, so I rolled the dough into a log from left to right.
  6. Cut the cinnamon rolls in ½ inch rolls using a sharp knife. Place the rolls in a butter round cast iron skillet or round baking dish. Cover with a kitchen towel for 15 minutes and doubled in size. I believe this is optional based upon the box instructions.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes and slightly golden brown.
  8. In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and softened butter. Using a mixer, mix until blended. Slowly add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time. Add the vanilla extract and pinch of salt and mix until well blended.
  9. Once the rolls are finished. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Spread the mixture on top of the cinnamon rolls and serve.
  • Category: Breakfast