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Simple Honey Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Is there anything better than a delicious honey cinnamon roll in the morning—or afternoon—or, well, any time of day or night? If you are a lover of cinnamon rolls like I am, you will fall in love with this Quick and Simple Honey Cinnamon Roll Recipe.
Prep Time 40 mins
Resting 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


Roll Rough

  • 1 cup milk room temperature
  • cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • tsp rapid rise yeast about 2 packages
  • cup flour
  • 1 egg

Cinnamon Filling

  • cup unsalted butter softened 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cup honey or molasses
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • tbsp unsalted butter  room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt the butter. Combine in a medium bowl with room temperature milk, sugar and salt. Mixture should be warm but not hot (between 105-110 F if using thermometer) In a large bowl, combine the yeast with  2 cups of flour and yeast until well mixed.
  • Stir the butter mixture into the flour and yeast mixture. Add in the egg and mix until well combined. 
  • Slowly add in the remaining 2 cups of flour about ½ cup at a time.You may not need to use all of the flour, the dough needs to pull away from the bowl easily. If dough is too sticky, continue to add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the right consistency. 
  • Rest dough for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, line a baking dish with parchment paper or grease well.
  • Sprinkle a cutting board or counter with flour and roll out the dough until about 12x16 inches. Spread softened butter over dough, being sure to go right to the edges leaving a 1-inch strip without butter on outer edges.
  • Next, spread the honey sugar filling across the buttered dough, leaving the 1-inch strip. Roll the dough into a tight, even log and seal the seam by pinching together.
  • Slice the rolls into 1 and ½ inch rounds and place into the baking dish. Cover the pan with a damp towel and set in a warm spot for 25 minutes until puffy (may need longer to rise depending on your yeast).
  • Place into oven and bake for 20-22 minutes until the tops are a light golden brown. 
  • While rolls are baking, mix together the cream cheese and butter. Add in the vanilla and sugar (about ½ cup at a time) until well blended and smooth.
  • Once rolls are finished let cool slightly, and then frost well.
Keyword Breakfast, Cinnamon Roll, Dessert