cinnamon rolls

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Lockdown cooking: Make quick and easy cinnamon rolls

Fluffy layers of sweet roll, loaded with cinnamon sugar filling, then drizzled with glaze that soaks into every single bite.

cinnamon rolls

Image via Pixabay

With the smell of cinnamon still lingering from Easter, lift your mood and make this simple cinnamon roll recipe for the family.

Fluffy layers of sweet roll, loaded with cinnamon sugar filling, then drizzled with glaze that soaks into every single bite.

Lockdown cooking: Make quick and easy cinnamon rolls

3 from 6 votes
Recipe by Lichelle Hawthorne Course: DessertDifficulty: Medium
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  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Cooking spray or butter for coating the pan

  • 5 cups 5 self raising flour, plus more for dusting

  • 2 cups 2 milk

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided

  • 8 tablespoons 8 unsalted butter, melted, divided

  • 1 tablespoon 1 ground cinnamon

  • Glaze
  • 2 cups 2 powdered sugar

  • ¼ cup milk, plus more as needed

  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt or to taste


  • Heat the oven.
    Turn the oven to 180°C and coat a 23 x 33 cm baking dish with cooking spray or butter. Make the rolls while the oven is heating.
  • Mix the filling.
    Mix ½ cup of the sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.
  • Make the dough.
    Place the flour and the remaining ¼ cup sugar in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Mix the milk and 4 tablespoons of melted butter in a bowl. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • Knead the dough.
    Transfer the dough onto a floured work surface. Sprinkle the dough with flour as needed to prevent sticking and knead until the dough is relatively smooth. Do not over-knead or the rolls will be tough.
  • Roll out the dough.
    Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough out into a rectangle of about 60 x 25 cm and 7mm thick with the longer side facing you.
  • Fill the dough.
    Brush 2 tablespoons of the melted butter onto the surface of the dough and sprinkle over the cinnamon-sugar mixture, leaving a 12mm border.
  • Roll up the dough.
    Starting at the long end closest to you, roll the dough up tightly into a log and pinch the seam together at the top.
  • Cut the dough
    Position the log seam side down and cut the dough crosswise into 15 pieces. Place the rolls in the baking dish.
  • Butter the rolls.
    Brush the tops of the rolls with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  • Bake the rolls.
    Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Make the glaze.
    While the rolls bake, whisk the powdered sugar, milk and salt in a bowl until smooth.
  • Glaze the rolls.
    When the rolls are done, drizzle the glaze over evenly and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

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