Total Time
5hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 hrs

This recipe is from Baking Illustrated, it is a very time consuming recipe but makes the best cinnamon rolls ever. You will not be disappointed. They turn out light, airy and wonderful. This recipe uses a Kitchenaid mixer to mix the dough. I'm sure it can be converted to make them by hand just not sure how to do it. It takes about 5 hours from start to finish to make these beautiful cinnamon rolls. The use of the instant read thermometer to tell if they are done I believe helps to assure these rolls come out just right, not over cooked and dry.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the dough:.
  2. Heat the milk and butter in a small pan until the butter melts.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside until the mixture is lukewarm (about 100 degrees).
  4. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, mix together the water, yeast, sugar, egg, and yolks at low speed until well mixed.
  5. Add the salt, warm milk mixture, and 2 cups of the flour and mix at medium speed until thoroughly blended.
  6. Switch to the dough hook, add another 2 cups of the flour, and knead at medium speed (adding up to 1/4 cup more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time if necessary), I did use the additional 1/4 cup of flour, until the dough is smooth and freely clears the sides of the bowl, about 10 minutes.
  7. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured work surface.
  8. Shape the dough into a round, place it in a very lightly oiled bowl, and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  9. Leave in a warm draft free spot until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  10. While dough is raising prepare the icing:.
  11. Combine all of the icing ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer and blend together at low speed until thoroughly combined.
  12. Increase the speed to high and mix until the icing is smooth and free of cream cheese lumps.
  13. Transfer the icing to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  14. To roll and fill the dough:.
  15. After the dough has doubled, press it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface.
  16. Using a rolling pin, shape the dough into a 16 by 12 inch rectangle, with long side facing you.
  17. Mix together the filling ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border at the far edge.
  18. Roll the dough, beginning with the long edge closest to you and using both hands to pinch the dough with your fingertips as you roll.
  19. Keep it tightly rolled.
  20. Moisten the top border with water and seal the roll.
  21. Lightly dust the roll with flour and press on the ends if necessary to make a uniform 16 inch cylinder.
  22. Grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or spray with cooking spray.
  23. Cut the rolls into 12 equal pieces using plain dental floss or a sharp knife.
  24. Place the rolls cut side up, evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  25. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm draft free spot until doubled in bulk 1 1/2- 2 hours.
  26. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and adjust oven rack to the middle position.
  27. Bake the rolls until golden brown and an instant read thermometer inserted into the center of one roll reads 185 to 188 degrees or 25- 30 minutes.
  28. Invert rolls onto a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes.
  29. Turn the rolls upright on a large serving plate and use a rubber spatula to spread the icing on them.
  30. If not eating right away cover rolls and frost as you use them.
  31. The icing needs to be kept in the refrigerator.
  32. Rolls can be covered and reheated in microwave.
Most Helpful

Excellent! And the smell that fills the house is wonderful and warm! Didn't make the icing - trying to cut back on calories/fat....these were great even without it! Watch the cooking time closely...a minute or two too long and they will be overdone.

Vino p.o. prn January 25, 2007

I am terrible with yeast breads, but using this recipe, I managed to turn out 12 gorgeous cinnamon rolls. Thanks for sharing the recipe! These are excellent.

Claire #3 February 22, 2006

Oh Lord, are these elegant! First time I've ever used cream cheese in an icing for sweet rolls, but, you can bet it won't be the last! DH will see to it! True, does take around 5 hours to put these together from start to finish, but, who cares, the end result is well-worth the time. They're huge, light as a feather, and oh soooo tasty! And, dolled up with that icing, they're first-rate! Thanks, Dolly, these bad boys are winners for sure! Laudee

Laudee March 15, 2005