Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

These rolls stay very moist due to the sour cream. It is also a good way to use up that last cup of sour cream.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix sugar and water together.
  2. Sprinkle with yeast.
  3. Let stand 10-15 minutes or until dissolved.
  4. Add flour, salt, sour cream, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons sugar.
  5. Make into soft dough.
  6. Roll out on floured surface, to within 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Brush dough with melted butter.
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (that has been stirred together).
  9. Roll up, jelly roll fashion, cut into 12 slices.
  10. Place in greased 9x13 pan.
  11. Let rise until doubled.
  12. Bake 350 degrees until lightly browned.
  13. Ice while warm with 3 tablespoons evaporated milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 c icing sugar, that has been stirred together well.
Most Helpful

I have a feeling this really is Grandma's recipe written down for someone who had made the rolls with Grandma. Like a "reminder" recipe. It left out a few things for us that hadn't made these before. It's o.k. because I used the internet and Zaar to reference other cinnamon roll recipes. First, I warmed my water for the yeast to 110 degrees F (just a few seconds in the microwave and then stuck my kitchen thermometer to check the temp). Next, the recipe has baking soda in the ingredient list but does not say where to add it and so I left that out, it was really not needed. Also, it says to add salt in the directions but no salt is in the ingredient list so I found that this amount of flour in other recipes took 1 tsp salt so I added that much. I used King Arthur all-purpose flour, Red Star yeast, and double strength vanilla. For the cinnamon filling, I used the same amounts of cinnamon and butter here but I mixed 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar instead of all brown sugar. Used a serrated knife to cut the rolls and it worked great!! I let these rise for 1 hour and 25 minutes in a warm place and I baked them for 25 minutes. I love the icing with the evaporated milk, so creamy!! I am glad I took the time to make these even with the extra research because the sour cream really makes them moist and gooey!!!! I will definitely make these rolls again!!!! Thanks for posting!!

Chef*Lee May 27, 2009

Some problems with the recipe, but reading other comment helped me to figure out that I needed to substitute salt for the baking soda, and brush the tops with melted butter. I also proofed the dough before rolling it out. These were tasty and they stayed moist, but I wouldn't say they were amazing. I would make them again, however, with modifications (more or different filling, for one thing).

Red Jenny November 16, 2012

I love this recipe! I have tried so many different cinnamon bun recipes and this one is definitely my favorite. The sour cream definitely makes them very moist. For some reason, I usually let cinnamon buns do a double rise - once after the dough is combined and then once again after I've rolled and cut them. This may just be habit from making other yeast doughs (buns, pizza crust, etc) but I do find I get the most volume from the dough this way.

I usually just make a light glaze to go over them, but if I really want a treat, I'll whip up a light cream cheese icing...

Thank you SOOO much for this recipe, it's staying in my repertoire for sure!!!!!

CanadianMaple May 23, 2011