There are a few foods that come to mind when I think of classic comfort food and homemade cinnamon rolls is one of them. Gooey, warm, and filled with ingredients like brown sugar and ground cinnamon, there’s really nothing better to treat yourself to!
I’m sure you’re familiar with Cinnabon cinnamon rolls since they’re so dang delicious, but making them at home is actually quite simple. We’ve found a variety of cinnamon roll recipes as well as some with a few shortcuts so you can make them anytime for yourself or someone you love.
1. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Make good use out of your shiny stand mixer with this homemade recipe that tastes similar to Cinnabon. This cinnamon roll dough only needs a few minutes to rise in a warm place and is filled with classic ingredients like brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and melted unsalted butter.
The sweet cream cheese icing recipe is the perfect topping for this decadent treat and the hint of maple or vanilla extract adds in some great flavor. This might just be the best cinnamon roll recipe ever! Here’s the recipe.
2. Crescent Cinnamon Rolls
If you don’t have time for your yeast dough to rise, this recipe from Pillsbury makes is super easy to whip up delicious cinnamon rolls in no time.
By using crescent dough, this recipe only takes about 15 minutes of prep time so you can get your cinnamon bun fix right away! Here’s the recipe.
3. Shortcut Cinnamon Buns
Don’t get me wrong, I love making breads that require a yeast mixture, but there are days that I just don’t have the time to wait around for the dough to rise. This shortcut cinnamon bun recipe uses baking powder as the leavening agent and tastes just as good.
Make sure to give it a few kneads on a lightly floured surface so it forms into a nice dough. Here’s the recipe.
4. Chocolate Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Chocolate and orange is a flavor combination that’s a little unexpected, but so good for these cinnamon rolls. This recipe is a nice break from the traditional brown sugar and ground cinnamon filling and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Using active dry yeast will help give the dough their fluffy texture and don’t be alarmed if your dough seems to be a little wet. After it rises in a warm place for about an hour, it should feel less wet and sticky. Here’s the recipe.
5. Swedish Cinnamon Buns with Cardamom
Aren’t these cinnamon buns gorgeous? Tied in a knot and baked until golden brown, these cinnamon buns are sure to impress. Instead of being covered in powdered sugar or a cream cheese icing recipe, they get a generous sprinkle of pearl sugar on top.
6. Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls with Salted Caramel Glaze
Instead of the dough being made with all-purpose flour, these cinnamon buns are slightly healthier since they’re made with whole wheat flour. You can easily make this dough right in your stand mixer, just make sure to cover it with plastic wrap when it’s done so it has time to rise.
These cinnamon rolls are best served the day you make them, but you can also store them in a baking dish at room temperature for up to two days. Here’s the recipe.
7. Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll
If you’re looking for a great recipe to make to impress your friends, I highly recommend this one. Just look at those swirls! What better way to put your cast iron skillet to good use, too.
And that cream cheese, orange icing recipe is just divine! Here’s the recipe.
8. Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting
The perfect treat to have with your morning cup of coffee. Even better that the dough and icing recipe have an extra kick of caffeine!
Helpful tip: To activate the dry yeast, make sure to warm the milk to around 110 degrees f. You can warm it in the microwave or in a saucepan for about one minute. Here’s the recipe.
9. Cinnamon Roll Skillet Cake
Another simple recipe made in your cast iron skillet and with a shortcut! The dough is actually pre-made buttermilk biscuits that are dipped in melted butter, ground cinnamon, and sugar. This is a great recipe to make in a matter of minutes.
10. Raspberry Swirl Cinnamon Rolls
These raspberry swirl cinnamon buns seriously have me wondering if I should be making them right now! I love that this dough has a simple filling of just raspberries, granulated sugar, and cornstarch for a fruity twist on this classic treat. Here’s the recipe.
11. Nutella Cinnamon Rolls
Chocolate and hazelnut happens to be one of my favorite flavor combinations, so this Nutella cinnamon roll recipe is on my to-do list!
In addition to the glaze, you can also add some chopped hazelnuts on top for an extra crunch. Here’s the recipe.
12. Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls
When red velvet cake and cinnamon rolls meet, this is what you get- red velvet cinnamon rolls! By combining a box of red velvet cake mix, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, active dry yeast, salt, and warm water, you get the perfect bright red dough as your cinnamon roll base.
And it’s almost natural to spread a decadent cream cheese frosting over the top, right? Here’s the recipe.
13. Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
14. Birthday Cake Cinnamon Rolls
Who needs cake on their birthday when you have birthday cake cinnamon rolls? The dough is made like the red velvet cinnamon rolls, but instead with funfetti cake mix. Perfect for breakfast or your next birthday celebration. Here’s the recipe.
15. Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls
Tart, sweet, and fresh, these lemon blueberry sweet rolls are bursting with great flavors. You might have to keep a second baking pan in hiding for yourself! Here’s the recipe.