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These easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are the epitome of the perfect lazy Sunday breakfast! Treat your family to these novice-friendly yeast rolls for the holidays or on any old Sunday! Are you a newbie to yeast bread? No worries! We’ve got you covered.

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This dough literally proofs in 10 minutes, so you can make it for a special holiday treat or just for any day, really.

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And the flavor? Once you have made homemade yeast bread, you will make it again and again. The flavor is not even close to the stuff you are eating now. The danger is, of course, eating too much bread!

You can taste the difference. The smell in your kitchen, as the breads are baking, is an added bonus. It makes the whole house smell amazing.

How to make raspberry cinnamon rolls

Step One:

Add two cups of the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast to the mixer bowl.

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Step Two:

Add water and butter to a microwave-safe bowl.

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Step Three:

Heat the water in 15-second intervals until the temperature registers about 120°F on an instant-read thermometer.

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Step Four:

Add the water to the flour mixture.

Step Five:

Crack the egg into a small bowl in case you lose any shells.

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Step Six:

Add the egg to the mixer bowl. Beat for two minutes until well incorporated.

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Step Seven:

Add one cup of flour.

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Step Eight:

Beat for another two minutes.

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Step Nine:

Add more flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until a smooth dough forms.

The dough should look like this.

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Step Ten:

Replace the beater with the dough hook. If you have one, knead for 4-5 minutes. If not, knead by hand for 6-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

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How to Roll the Dough

Step One:

The dough needs to rest for 10 minutes before proceeding.

Flour a large cutting board.

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Step Two:

Mix the cinnamon and sugar together.

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Step Three:

Mix cornstarch with the raspberries.

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Step Four:

Roll out the dough to at least 15″ long by 10″ wide. Spread very soft butter onto the dough.

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Step Five:

Sprinkle the dough with cinnamon sugar and then with the raspberries.

With the long side facing you, roll.

Roll up the dough, don’t lose the raspberries as you roll.

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Step Six:

Pinch the seams.

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Step Seven:

Cut the dough with unflavored dental floss or thick thread.

Place them in a greased 9″x13″ baking pan.

Cover with a kitchen towel and let them rise for about one hour until doubled in size.

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Step Eight:

Bake them in a preheated 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Let them cool on a rack.

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For the icing

Step One:

Beat softened butter and sugar together with a mixer or by hand.

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Step Two:

Add the milk one teaspoon at a time until the desired it reaches the desired consistency.

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What Type of Glaze to Use?

The glaze for these cinnamon rolls is made with powdered sugar, butter, and a little milk. You could also use just plain powdered sugar glaze, without the butter. A powdered sugar glaze is made with only powdered sugar and water or milk.

Can I Freeze Cinnamon Rolls?

Yes! You can freeze these cinnamon rolls before or after baking. You will get the best texture from rolls that you freeze before baking.

Freeze on a parchment-lined cookie sheet until frozen. Then, pop them into freezer bags. They will freeze for about three months.

To bake, remove the desired quantity of cinnamon rolls from the freezer and place them on a greased baking sheet, two inches apart. Cover them with a clean kitchen towel. Allow them to thaw and come to room temperature, then double in size. This will take at least two hours. Bake according to instructions until golden brown. Frost, if desired.

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Pros tips for cinnamon roll success

  • Always use a thermometer to check the temperature of your water, before adding yeast. It is critical that water is 120-130°F. If it is too hot, the yeast may be killed. If you don’t have thermometer, just make sure that your water is not hot to the touch, but I recommend buying a thermometer.
  • Always follow the directions on the yeast package carefully. Check the date on your Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, if the yeast has expired, it may not activate and you will waste your other ingredients.
  • Follow the recipe you are using carefully. Adding the correct amount of ingredients in the stated order.
  • Bake the rolls on the center rack in your oven. Check the temperature of your oven with an oven thermometer occasionally. Check the rolls during baking occasionally, to avoid burning.

Why did my cinnamon rolls not rise?

There are typically two reasons why your cinnamon rolls did not rise.

  • Your water was too hot or too cold so it killed the yeast.
  • The yeast you are using has an expired expiration date.

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Look at that soft, puffy dough, it is… perfect! Make a batch and freeze them for your next lazy day at home.

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Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls

These easy Homemade Raspberry Cinnamon Rolls are the epitome of the perfect lazy Sunday breakfast! Treat your family to these novice friendly yeast rolls for the holidays or on any old Sunday! Are you a newbie to yeast breads? No worries! We’ve got you covered!

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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rising time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $8

Ingredients

  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 ¼ oz, packets Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast ½ ounce total
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 egg

FILLING

  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter OR margarine very soft
  • 10 oz frozen raspberries unthawed, about 2 cups
  • 1.5 tsp cornstarch

FROSTING

Instructions

For Dough

  • Combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar and salt in mixer bowl. Combine well. Make a well in the center. Add the yeast.
  • Add butter to water and microwave at 15 second intervals until liquid is 120-130°F. (Butter may not completely melted) Water should be very warm, but not hot to the touch.
  • Add butter and water to the flour mixture along with the egg.
  • Beat with electric mixer, on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  • Add 1 cup of flour and beat an additional 2 minutes at high speed.
  • Stir in just enough of the remaining flour for the dough to form a ball.
  • Knead with dough hook on mixer, or by hand on a floured surface, until dough becomes smooth and elastic. Dough should spring back when pressed with 2 fingers.
  • Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

For Filling

  • Combine sugar, cinnamon and then combine raspberries and cornstarch in another bowl. Mix well.

To Make Rolls

  • Roll out dough to 15" x 10" rectangle on floured board.
  • Spread 3 tablespoons of softened butter on dough, leaving 1/2" from the edge on the long side without butter.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over butter in a thin layer. Then sprinkle with raspberries.
  • Beginning at long end, roll dough up tightly. Pinching seams at the end. Cut into 12 equal pieces. See notes below for important tips.
  • Place on greased 9" x 13" pan. Cover with towel. Allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Bake in 350°F oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown .
  • Cool on wire rack at least 20 minutes.

For Glaze

  • Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix until well combined. Add more milk a 1/4 teaspoon at a time, if needed to get to fairly thin consistency.
  • Spread glaze over rolls or drizzle with a spoon.
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Notes

Notes***
Use a long piece of dental floss, or thick thread to cut the rolls. Place floss on bottom of roll and bring over, cross ends and pull away from each other, to cut through roll without flattening them.
General yeast bread tips
If your dough is sticky, make sure to measure your liquid very carefully. Also, make sure your butter is measured carefully.
Next, use large eggs. Not extra large, or jumbo eggs.
Third, measure flour carefully. Also know that different brands and types of flour can affect the stickiness of the dough.
Fourth, humidity plays a large factor in the texture of yeast doughs. If it is very humid, more flour will be needed.
Fifth, the hydration of your starter can play a big factor as well. These buns were made with a 100% hydration starter. If you use a different hydration starter, more, or less flour may be needed to form a ball. So, don’t add flour all at once. Add it by heaping tablespoons full at a time, after the first 2 cups. 
If your dough is still sticky, do not be afraid to add more flour. In my experience, you can not add too much flour to a yeast dough. They are very forgiving. Just continue to add flour to make a nice ball, even if it is over a cup of flour.
General Baking Tips:
 
Always measure dry ingredients with a liquid measuring cup. Measure with dry measuring cups or weigh dry ingredients.
 
Always measure liquid ingredients with liquid measuring cup
 
Never break eggs directly into recipe ingredients. Break eggs into a separate bowl, in case you get any shells, so that you can pull them out.
 
Make sure that you know what temperature your oven is set at. Buy an oven thermometer and check oven temperature regularly.
 
Always check baked goods, like cakes or quick breads with cake tester, placed in center. If the tester comes out clean, it’s done.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 341IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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20 Comments

  1. in case anyone else reads the yeast measurements in a hurry and thinks it’s 2 and 1/4 oz of yeast it’s NOT. it’s actually two 1/4oz packages of yeast. Oops.

    1. I edited the instructions to include the total amount of yeast. ½ ounce total. Thanks for pointing that out.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made these ! Their awesome ! I was surprised how good they came out and I didn’t fail the recipe ! I’m excited ! Thank you for sharing

  3. 5 stars
    Hi, they are absolutely amazing, only is the conversion the the European metric system not correct.. Could you change that? Thank you! But an amazing recipe!

    1. Thank you Lotte. I am so glad that you liked them. Could you tell me which measurement isn’t correct? A program does the calculations and is sometimes wrong. Thanks!

  4. Oh my, my mouth is drooling🤤! I jumped to the recipe and printed it off, only to mix it all without the yeast!! The printed instructions don’t include the yeast 😞. I am clueless as to how baking with yeast works, so I didn’t catch it since this is my first time using it.
    Going to the store for more flour to try again.

    1. I’m so terribly sorry! It fell through our proofreaders! I’m fixing it right now!!! Thanks for letting me know Kim. Make sure you use rapid rise yeast.

  5. 5 stars
    Not only does this recipe look so good and perfect for breakfast but I love that you were so detailed with your photos! Love when posts have those!

  6. 5 stars
    I ‘m a sucker for cinnamon rolls so I can imagine adding raspberry just takes these to the next level! Can’t wait to try the recipe, thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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