My Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: Paula Rhodes
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 rolls
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: bread machine and oven
  • Cuisine: American


My Best Cinnamon Rolls are traditional cinnamon rolls with cream cheese –includes a secret ingredient. Written for mixing in a bread machine.


  • 1 cup warm milk (if using skim milk which is usually all I have, replace 2 Tablespoons of milk with heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup butter + 2 tablespoons softened butter for filling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons bread or instant yeast


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cloves (the secret ingredient).


  1. Place ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Select dough cycle. After about 5 minutes, check dough. It should barely stick to sides and then pull away. If too wet, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. If too dry, add water or milk one tablespoon at a time. See pictures of what dough should look like here. When finished, dough should be doubled in size and light. If not, allow to stay in bread machine a few more minutes till risen. (This may happen if the house is cold.)
  2. After the dough has risen, remove from the bread pan, punch down gently and divide dough in half. On a generously floured surface, roll each half into a rectangle size. The bigger the better–gives more surface to layer the good stuff, like butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Don’t roll it too thin, however, or it will tear and cause you all kinds of frustration.
  3. Spread each rectangle with approximately 2 tablespoons of softened or melted butter.


  1. Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.
  2. Distribute half of this mixture over first rectangle and half over the second. Sprinkle about 1/4 c. chopped, toasted, pecans over the brown sugar-cinnamon layer.
  3. Roll up dough the long way. Slice into 8 equal pieces. Place cut side down in greased 8 or 9-inch pan or glass dish.
  4. Cover and let rise till double in a warm, moist place.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.


  1. Ice with 2 cups powdered sugar mixed with 1/4 cup cream cheese and 2 tablespoons coffee. May need more or less coffee depending on how thick you like your icing. Milk will substitute for coffee.

Keywords: cinnamon rolls, cream cheese icing, pecans, bread machine recipes