Yummy Cinnamon Rolls

This featured guest post comes from my wonderful cousin, Jocelyn! She’s the reason I was able to start this blog in the first place! She’s a very talented graphic designer in Springfield, IL. I can attest that she’s as awesome at her job as she is at cooking. Jocelyn always has great recipes! Whether it be her famous frozen margaritas, out of this world sugar cookies, or these decadent cinnamon rolls she never disappoints. This recipe is calling your name this weekend! So lets dive in!

This is a quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe that my family loves! My secret is using frozen bread dough and lots of buttery, cinnamon and sugar rolled up in it. These are just as good as making the dough homemade and so much easier!! They are a requirement in our house on Christmas morning, birthdays and sometimes just because!


How to make these yummy cinnamon rolls:

  • Start with a completely thawed loaf of frozen bread dough.

  • Place the loaf on a clean surface and use a rolling pin to form a rectangle about 18 inches wide by 10 inches high. The dough should be around 1/4 – 1/2” thick.


  • Spread the melted butter over the dough. I like to use a basting brush to spread it. You might not use all the butter.


  • Mix together the brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon until well blended

  • Sprinkle the dough with the cinnamon sugar mixture until all the dough is covered.

  • Roll the dough tightly from the long end. I’ve found it’s easiest to roll it toward you.


  • Use a serrated knife to gently cut the large roll into 1 1/2 inch rolls. They don’t have to be perfect. As you can see some of mine are bigger than others. You should be able to get 12 rolls.


  • Place the rolls in a greased 9 x 13 pan, 3 rolls in a row, with 4 rows. I baked a mini patch of 3 for our kiddos right away in a small round pan. You can always bake half the rolls and freeze half or whatever amount you need!

  • Cover the rolls with plastic wrap or foil and let them rise for 30 – 60 minutes or until double in size

  • Bake rolls in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes

  • Ta-da! Yum!


How to make the icing:

  • In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter, vanilla and milk.

  • Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until it thickens and is the consistency of pudding

  • Spread the icing over the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven

Grab a fork and dig into these warm, gooey, delicious rolls!

Yummy Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 – 18 minutes
Additional Time: 30 – 60 minutes

For the Rolls:
1 loaf of frozen bread dough, completely thawed. I prefer the Rhodes brand
1/2 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon

For the Icing:
1/2 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of milk
3 – 4 cups of powdered sugar

1. Place thawed loaf of bread dough on a clean surface. Use a rolling pin to form a rectangle about 18 inches wide by 10 inches high. The dough should be 1/4 – 1/2” thick.
2. Spread the dough with the melted butter
3. Mix together the brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon.
4. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough
5. Tightly roll up the dough from the long side
6. Cut the roll into 1 1/2 slices with a serrated knife. You should have a total of 12 rolls
7. Place the rolls into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan
8. Loosely cover and allow to rise for 30 – 60 minutes
9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
10. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.
11. While the rolls are baking, combine the first 3 ingredients for the icing, the butter, vanilla and milk.
12. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing well until the icing thickens
13. Spread icing over the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven.
14. Enjoy!

  1. Holly Whitaker says:

    How lucky are we to have this great cook (and all-around amazing person) in our family? Great recipe, Joce!

  2. Angie Ruebush says:

    They look delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Thank you for sharing, Joce! I hope you will share your yummy sugar cookie recipe soon.

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