Harvest Cinnamon Rolls
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Cinnamon rolls that rise to any special occasion as easily as everyday breakfast! Soft, tasty, and dripping with buttercream frosting!
Serves: 15
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ¼ cup Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 5 cup Bread Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 3 teaspoon Instant Dry Active Yeast
Cinnamon Filling
  • ½ cup Butter, melted or softened
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Chopped Nuts
Buttercream Frosting
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup Butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon Lemon Extract or oil
  1. Stir yeast into warm water. Let yeast bloom, 5 to 10 minutes. In a Kitchen Aid mixer or bread maker, combine milk, yeast water, butter, eggs, salt, sugar, flour, and wheat gluten. Mix until ingredients form a soft dough, continue kneading the dough for 10 minutes until dough is soft and pliable. Place dough in a greased bowl and rise until double in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Butter a 9" x13" x 2" baking pan and set aside.
  2. After dough has risen, roll and stretch into approximately 15" x 24" rectangle.
    Brush ½ cup softened butter over the top of the dough with a rubber spatula or pastry brush. Combine rest of cinnamon filling ingredients. Sprinkle cinnamon filling over the butter on the prepared dough. Starting with long edge, roll up dough, pinch seams to seal. (NOTE: Rolling the log too tightly will result in cinnamon rolls whose centers pop up above the rest of them as they bake.)
  3. With a knife, lightly mark the dough into 1½" sections. Using a serrated edge knife, saw very gently through the dough cutting approximately 15 rolls. Place cut side up in prepared baking pan, flattening them only slightly. The unbaked rolls should not touch each other before rising and baking. Do not pack the unbaked cinnamon rolls together.
  4. Cover and let rise in a warm place for approximately 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size. After rising, rolls should be touching each other and side of pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes in a regular oven until they are a light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon extract until well mixed and creamy. Refrigerate frosting until ready to use and then bring to room temperature before spreading.
  6. Spread buttercream frosting over the cinnamon rolls while still warm. Best served warm.
Day Before Option:  After the rolls are cut, but before they have risen, they can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight.  Before baking, allow rolls to warm completely and rise in a warm place.

Freezing Option:  After rolls are cut, but before they have risen they can be wrapped in plastic and placed in a freezer for up to 1 month.  Remove 10 to 12 hours before planning to bake.  Let rolls thaw and rise in a warm place.  ** Rolls can be placed on the counter top overnight to thaw and raise.
Recipe by Pray Cook Blog at https://praycookblog.com/cinnamon-rolls-everyone-loves/