Thursday, July 11, 2019

Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

 Learn the secrets to a soft, chewy cinnamon roll. These rolls are another one of my Grandma's most remembered and desired recipes. Cinnamon rolls smothered with a cream cheese frosting! What could be better?!

Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Every Sunday our family holds Family Home Evening.  During this time we have a prayer, a lesson, a scripture and a game. But the highlight for the kids {and I'll be honest, for me too} is the treat.

Everyone takes turns being responsible for a different part of the evening. Whoever is in charge of the treat gets to choose what to have and help make it. One of the most requested items for my son is cinnamon rolls.

Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

  We use two different recipes, depending on how much time we have. When we're short on time, we make Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls. The dough is more of a biscuit - therefore no yeast and no rising time.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

My favorite though, is this perfect cinnamon roll from my Grandma's recipe box, smothered in a cream cheese icing. Grandma always added raisins to the filling, which I absolutely love. My kids, however, don't so I usually make half with raisins and half without.

Perfect Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Tips for Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls

I've figured out a few tricks to create soft, chewy roll. To me, there's nothing worse than spending all that time and ending up with a dry cinnamon roll.

  1. Don't use too much flour. The dough should be a little sticky.
  2. Don't cook them too long. This goes for all breads - when overcooked they become dry.
  3. Use a vegetable spray, instead of flour, when rolling out the dough. This will keep dough from sticking to the counter without adding extra flour which dries out the dough.
  4. Use some bread flour. I use 2 cups bread flour and the remaining flour is all purpose. This gives me the consistency I like in the rolls.
  5. Practice! It's taken me several years to perfect these cinnamon rolls. Hopefully with these tips it won't take you that long. But experiment a little here and there to create the perfect roll for you!


grandma's cinnamon roll recipe

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Cinnamon Rolls

I'd encourage you to start a Family Home Evening in your own family.  Besides having yummy treats, it's a great time to share important things you'd like your kids to know as well as enjoy each others company.

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Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls

Soft and Chewy Cinnamon Rolls

Servings: 20
Author: Rachel
Prep time: 1 H & 30 MCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 1 H & 45 M
Learn the secrets to a soft, chewy cinnamon roll. These rolls are another one of my Grandma's most remembered and desired recipes. Cinnamon rolls smothered with a cream cheese frosting! What could be better?!


  • 1 T. yeast
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1 c. warm milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 4-5 1/2 c. flour {I use about 2 c. bread flour and the rest all purpose flour}
  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
  • 1-2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 1 c. raisins, optional
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 T. butter, softened
  • 1 t. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. powdered sugar


  1. Combine yeast, 1 T. sugar and water in a bowl. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes to proof. 
  2. Meanwhile add shortening and milk in a bowl. Microwave for a couple minutes until shortening has melted. Let cool slightly. 
  3. In a kitchenaid, combine eggs, sugar, salt, milk mixture and yeast mixture and 4 c. flour. Continue to add flour as needed to form a dough that is slightly sticky. 
  4. Spray a clean counter with vegetable spray. Roll out the dough to form a large rectangle - the dough will be about 1/4" thick.
Filling the rolls:
  1. Melt butter and spread evenly over dough.
  2. Sprinkle with brown sugar. I don't have measurements for this - sorry! I add enough brown sugar that it soaks up the butter, then a bit more.
  3. Then sprinkle cinnamon generously and evenly over it all.
  4. Dot with raisins, if desired.
  5. Roll up dough and cut with a serrated knife. Place on a greased baking sheet. 
  6. Cover and let raise until double, about an hour. 
  7. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden on top.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Mix together cream cheese and butter until smooth. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. 
  3. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.

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1 comment :

  1. I'm going to have to make these and compare them to my grandma's recipe that I've always made. Thanks for sharing.