Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze

Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze | Homan at Home


Ummm, yeah. I need one of these. Like, right now. That brown sugar glaze with the gooey cinnamon filling? It’s calling to me because, seriously, these cinnamon rolls are so good. 

What’s the secret? No secret, just really, really good results. Basically, I just use the sweet roll recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook (the 1976 version), double the amount of cinnamon sugar in the center, and replace the vanilla glaze with a decadent brown sugar concoction that literally makes these rolls. It’s a rich, gooey, sugary take on the classic that leaves Cinnabon behind (Full disclosure: I had Cinnabon once. It didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m thinking these cinnamon rolls might be why…). 

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Anyway, my other favorite part of this is these are so easy to make. I’m always a little hesitant about yeast breads, but these are super simple – you spend most of the prep time watching a television show or reading Chicka Chicka ABC approximately 5,000 times while the dough rises (Is my kid the only one obsessed with that book? Why do the letters even want to go up the coconut tree? Why? These are the deep questions I ask while making cinnamon rolls… #momproblems). 

Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze
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Fluffy rolls with gooey cinnamon filling and a decadent brown sugar glaze!
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 55 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 55 min
  1. 1 pkg yeast
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  7. 2-3 cups flour
  1. 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  1. 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  2. 1/8 cup brown sugar
  3. 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Heat water and milk to between 105° and 115°.
  2. Place water, milk, yeast, and sugar in a mixing bowl and allow to proof (5 minutes).
  3. Add egg and butter and mix well. Add flour in 1/2 cup increments until dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl.
  4. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead until soft and elastic.
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 60-90 minutes.
  6. Turn dough out onto floured surface and roll into rectangle.
  7. Spread melted butter over rectangle.
  8. Mix together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over dough.
  9. Roll dough tightly lengthwise. Cut into twelve sections.
  10. Place rolls in greased 9x13. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
  11. Uncover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.
  12. Melt butter for glaze in microwave. Mix in sugars and vanilla until you have a smooth glaze.
  13. Drizzle over baked rolls.
  1. If you want to use the more traditional vanilla glaze, mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 Tbsp milk, and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cookbook
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cookbook
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Cinnamon Rolls, Step-by-Step!

Okay, if you’ve read any of my other bread posts, you can skip this part. Yep, I’m about to get on my soapbox about kitchen thermometers. I never had any luck making yeast bread until I started using a kitchen thermometer to check the temperature of my water. Apparently, what I think feels “lukewarm” and what the yeast feels like is “scalding death” are about the same. If you are like me and your bread never turns out, try using a kitchen thermometer to check the water temperature. You might be killing your yeast before you even get started. 

So if you manage not to kill your yeast, you’ll end up with a lovely elastic dough. It will need to rise in a warm place (I put mine on top of the dryer) for about an hour. Once it’s risen, you’ll roll it into a nice rectangle and spread that melted butter for the filling all over it. On top of that, sprinkle that cinnamon sugar goodness. 

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Doesn’t that filling look sooooo goood? Don’t get distracted, though, because now you get to roll your rectangle up tightly longways. 

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I can never get the ends to roll perfectly. Anyone got any cool tips or tricks for that? 

Regardless of how the end of your roll looks, now we’re going to cut our roll into 12 tiny ones. I like to use a piece of floss so I don’t smush my roll when cutting. If  you’re into uniformity, the easiest way to ensure you get even cuts is to first cut the roll in half, then cut those two sections in half. The four sections you get from that need to be cut into thirds. I only bother doing that when a recipe’s going on the blog. You’re welcome…

Uniform or not, your rolls go into a greased 9×13. Cover them with a kitchen towel and let them rise for 30 more minutes (back on the dryer!).Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze | Homan at Home

I just love how that gorgeous cinnamon filling is oozing out the tops! Better bake these guys fast so we can get to the eating part.

They bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Betty Crocker’s Cookbook suggests covering them with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking so they don’t get too browned, but I’ve never had trouble with it. I guess I like mine a little golden on the top:

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So there’s the rolls. Now on to my favorite part – the brown sugar glaze. It’s actually super easy. Just melt the butter in the microwave, then stir in the brown sugar until it dissolves, then the powdered sugar, and finally the vanilla. It’ll make a smooth light brown glaze that you can then drizzle all over your beautiful golden cinnamon rolls. 

And then you can eat them. Because that’s the best part anyway!

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Have you given this recipe a try? Leave a comment and let us know how it went!

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I love that you give such clear step-by-step instructions. These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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Diane Homan

Thanks for stopping by!

Elsa | the whinery

Yum! These look so good. I’m a sucker for a good cinnamon roll, so I’ll have to give these a try.
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Diane Homan

Hope you do! The rolls are good, but it’s really the brown sugar glaze that makes them 😉

Valentina | The Baking Fairy

These look simply fabulous! I love cinnamon rolls, and that brown sugar glaze on top is genius. Pinning!
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Diane Homan

The glaze definitely makes these!

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