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Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls with maple frosting

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Tender, flaky, buttery and sweet, and loaded with cinnamon.

Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls are some of the best sweet rolls I’ve ever had. I first made these cinnamon rolls in January, 2011. Ree’s original recipe was developed with the idea that you’ll share entire pans of these cinnamon rolls with friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc.

As developed, the original recipe makes 7 or 8 disposable foil pans filled with sweet cinnamon rolls, depending on how thick you cut each roll. Needless to say, there are plenty to share, and enjoy!

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Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls are one of the easiest yeast roll recipes I’ve ever made.

Have you ever tried making cinnamon rolls only to have them not rise properly, over-proof due to vague instructions or turn out to be a total disaster, waste of time and money? If you said yes to any part of that question, I encourage you to try this recipe.

The recipe seems completely foolproof and very forgiving, and each and every roll comes out of the oven filled with deliciousness.

I’ve made a few changes to the original recipe.

For this updated post I’ve tweaked Ree’s original recipe by cutting it in half, fine tuned the ingredient measurements, and provided more detailed instructions. This recipe is a keeper; you’ll want to share the recipe, as well as the rolls, with all your baking buddies.

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What makes Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls so good?

Ree’s cinnamon rolls are some of the best things I’ve ever eaten.They’re easy, gooey, a little bit messy and oh so wonderful. The dough is rolled out very thin, allowing for great amounts of filling made with melted butter, sugar and cinnamon. The ratio of filling to roll is utter perfection and the spirals are so pretty!

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Our resized cinnamon roll recipe makes three 9-inch pans with 10 rolls each.

A note of warning about these cinnamon rolls. Be absolutely sure you have several special someones to share these with. If you keep all these rolls for yourself, I guarantee you’ll want to devour them all. They are addictive.

You can bake your rolls in four disposal 7-inch foil pans, which are perfect for gifting. Or, make these rolls in four 8-inch cake pans or three 9-inch cake pans as I’ve done here.

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Another reason Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls are so good is the unique maple frosting recipe.

In addition to the fantastic cinnamon filling, another stand-out feature of this recipe is the maple frosting. Made with powdered sugar, maple extract, milk, butter and a little brewed coffee, this frosting is generously drizzled over warm rolls.

Just one tablespoon of strong brewed coffee gives the frosting a unique flavor that blends perfectly with the cinnamon. I never would’ve thought to combine coffee and maple extract, but it really works.

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The addition of baking powder and baking soda is unique in a yeasted dough.

To achieve a soft sweet-bread texture and yeasty flavor you’ll find in a true cinnamon roll, this recipes uses yeast, baking powder and baking soda. It’s very unusual for a recipe to call for three leavening agents, but it really works for these rolls! This bold combination of leaveners means the rolls only need 30 minutes of rise time after shaping into spirals.

Also, a lower oven temperature ensures they have enough time to rise high before the tops set. The end result is soft, puffy, flaky rolls that are not at all chewy. They practically melt in your mouth!

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Can you freeze Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls?

I have not tried freezing these rolls before baking. However, I have frozen multiple pans of these rolls after they were baked but before they were frosted, with great results.

Can these cinnamon rolls be made ahead?

This cinnamon roll dough can be made up to 3 days ahead. Keep the dough well covered in the refrigerator and check it at least once a day. Punch the dough down if needed to keep the size under control. With a very short rise time of 30-minutes for the finished rolls, this a great recipe to make ahead and bake when needed.

Can you double this recipe for cinnamon rolls?

Yes, this recipe can easily be doubled so you have plenty of rolls to share. If you double the recipe, place the dough in a large pot or Dutch oven to rise in the refrigerator overnight. The sweet dough grows a good bit, and needs room to expand.

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Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 1 d 2 hrs 15 mins

Yield: 30 rolls

Course: Bread, Breakfast or Brunch

Author: Tricia


(Video) Flaky, buttery, tender and sweet! Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls

Tender, flaky, buttery, sweet and loaded with cinnamon.


  • instant read thermometer

  • rolling pin

  • 3 (9-inch) cake pans


For the cinnamon rolls:

  • 2 cups whole milk (16oz)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil (4oz)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (110g)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour separated (586g)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder heaping
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted for greasing pans
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter melted (6oz)
  • cup granulated sugar (135g)
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the maple frosting:

  • 4 ounces powdered sugar sifted (1 cup or 115g)
  • ½ teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon strong brewed coffee
  • pinch of salt


To make the dough:

  • Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a small sauce pan. Warm over medium heat just until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture reaches 95-100°F (lukewarm) on an instant read thermometer. Remove from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Cool, if needed, until the milk reaches 95° to 100°F on an instant read thermometer.

  • Sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm milk mixture and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Add 4 cups of the flour and stir until combined (you can do this by hand with a wooden spoon or use the dough hook of a stand mixer). Cover and let rise for one hour in a warm location. The mixture should be bubbly and puffed.

  • In a small bowl or 1 cup measure, combine the remaining ½ cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together until blended. Add the flour mixture to the dough and mix until all flour is incorporated. Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, or for a day or two, if desired. If rising for more than a day, watch the dough and punch down if needed to prevent overflowing.

To make the cinnamon rolls:

  • Grease 3 (9-inch) cake pans with melted butter, set aside.

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  • Heavily flour a large, clean work surface. Lightly punch down the dough and scrape out onto the countertop. Using floured hands, and a floured rolling pin, press and roll the dough into a rectangle at least 30-inches wide and about 18 to 20-inches deep. The dough will be very thin.

  • Brush 12 tablespoons of melted butter over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border along the 30-inch side farthest away from you.

  • Sprinkle ⅔ cup of sugar over the butter layer, followed by the ground cinnamon.

  • Roll the dough into a log starting at the 30-inch side closest to you. Gently pull the dough toward you, then tuck and roll, and repeat, keeping it pretty tight as you go. Next, pinch the seams to seal.

  • Using a ruler as a guide, cut the rolls into (30) 1-inch slices. You can use a large, thin, sharp knife to cut the rolls, or a long piece of dental floss works very well, too. Place the rolls, cut side down, into the prepared pans.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.

  • Let the rolls rise in a warm location for 30 to 40 minutes. Once risen, the unbaked rolls should be puffed and smooth. To ensure the rolls have risen properly, gently press the edge of a roll with a knuckle. If the dough does not quickly and completely fill back into the depression, the rolls are ready. Bake at375°F until light golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Transfer the pans to a rack to cool while preparing the frosting.

To make the frosting:

  • Using an electric mixer or whisk, combine the frosting ingredients and blend until smooth. The frosting should be thick, but pourable. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Feel free to go little crazy and don’t skimp on the frosting. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman.

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For best results bring the chilled rolls to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Unfrosted rolls may be kept at room temperature.

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. When multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls were originally published on Saving Room for Dessert in January 2011, and updated December 2019

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What episode does REE make cinnamon rolls? ›

The Drummond family celebrate Christmas on the ranch. Ree makes cinnamon rolls to give as gifts.

How do you warm up Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls? ›

You can refrigerate the dough after you have formed them into rolls. Remove when ready to serve and let warm to room temperature while the oven pre-heats. To freeze, allow to cool and then place in a resealable bag. If you choose to freeze them after they have baked, warm them in a 250º oven for 15 minutes.

Can you freeze the Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls? ›

* You can freeze the rolls, baked but unfrosted. Later, you can thaw them out, warm them for just a few minutes in the oven, and ice them while warm. * OR you can freeze the rolls completely iced and finished. Just allow them to cool, then cover with plastic wrap and foil.

How much should I sell a dozen cinnamon rolls for? ›

Depending on where you purchase your ingredients, you will make between $5 and $8 per dozen.

How long can you keep cinnamon rolls? ›

Cinnamon rolls have a great shelf live. They stay good at room-temperature for up to 2 days, in the fridge for up to a week, and in the freezer for up to 2 months if stored properly. What is this? Store them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap.

What sides go with cinnamon rolls? ›

Some good things to serve with cinnamon rolls are fruits and fruit juices for vitamins and contrasting flavors. Proteins, including meat and eggs, are a savory side while adding nutrition. You should avoid anything sugary like sweet cereals due to the sugar already in your cinnamon roll.

Can you put cinnamon rolls back in the oven with icing? ›

Oven reheating with frosting

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place your cinnamon rolls in a baking dish and cover with foil. Heat the cinnamon rolls for 10 minutes or until they are warm and the frosting has softened.

Why are my cinnamon rolls hard? ›

Too much flour and the rolls will be dry and tough. Not enough flour and the rolls won't have enough structure to rise and will be dense and soggy. Toward the end of mixing, gradually add a tablespoon at a time and check the texture of the dough after each addition.

How do you reheat cinnamon rolls without drying them out? ›

The best way to reheat cinnamon rolls is in the oven. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water over the cinnamon roll and add either butter or icing. Cover the cinnamon roll in foil and cook at 350°F (180°C) for 10-15 minutes. Adding water prevents the cinnamon rolls from drying out.

Is it better to freeze cinnamon rolls before or after baking? ›

Cinnamon rolls can be frozen for up to 8 weeks. It is best to freeze them unbaked and then bake once you have thawed. Freezing them this way means you will never know the difference between fresh and frozen cinnamon rolls.

How long can I keep unbaked cinnamon rolls in the fridge? ›

They can stay in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (the longer they are refrigerated, the more the filling might liquify and seep out of the rolls – that may happen to a minor extent anyway, so don't panic). What is this?

Why do my cinnamon rolls fall in the middle? ›

It is perfectly normal for yeast breads to shrink a bit after they come out of the oven. Steam from the liquid in the recipe causes part of the increase in volume the bread experiences in the oven. When the bread cools, the steam disappears, and depending upon the stability of the dough, the bread will shrink some.

How much is a cinnamon roll? ›

Cinnabon Menu Prices
Cinnabon Classic Roll$3.76
Caramel Pecanbon Roll$4.71
Center of the Roll$3.30
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How do I keep my cinnamon rolls soft? ›

To keep cinnamon rolls soft when baking, use only the required amount of bread flour and the tangzhong method. Do not overknead or overwork the dough. Use warm ingredients and softened, not melted, butter for the filling. To keep cinnamon rolls soft, store them in an airtight tub or plastic wrap.

Why is Cinnabon not refrigerated? ›

Why you shouldn't refrigerate Cinnabon. According to Serious Eats, after baking, the starch molecules in bread begin to recrystallize and harden, which is how bread goes stale. Refrigeration only accelerates that process.

Can you get food poisoning from cinnamon rolls? ›

Cinnamon rolls can be contaminated with harmful pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella. These pathogens are killed during the cooking process, which is why it is important to not consume raw dough.

Do people put chili on cinnamon rolls? ›

Friends try chili on cinnamon rolls - YouTube

What state eats chili and cinnamon rolls? ›

While it may sound unusual to the uninitiated, the combination of chili and cinnamon rolls is a classic meal across Iowa. The Des Moines Register investigated and published a story on Thursday explaining more of the history.

Is chili and cinnamon rolls a Nebraska thing? ›

But what about chili with cinnamon rolls? The combination may seem strange to Americans outside a very limited geographical zone, but in Iowa and Nebraska, it's a local delicacy.

How do you reheat cinnabons? ›

Reheating Instructions:
  1. Place uncovered roll on microwave-safe plate.
  2. Heat Classic Roll for 30-40 seconds, adding 10 seconds for each additional roll. Heat Minibon® for 15-20 seconds, adding 4 seconds for each additional roll. Heat 4 BonBites™ for 10-15 seconds on high.
  3. Frost rolls with additional frosting if desired.

Can you microwave cinnamon rolls? ›

Yes! Pillsbury encourages using the microwave for making their well-loved cinnamon rolls. Firstly, remove the uncooked rolls from the package, place them on a microwave-safe plate, and microwave on high for 30 seconds.

How do you make cinnamon rolls soft again? ›

To bring slightly stale cinnamon rolls back to life, put them in the microwave with a cup of hot water for 30 seconds. Heat cinnamon rolls in the oven by wrapping them in a damp towel, putting them on a baking sheet, and heating them for about seven minutes at 350⁰F (180⁰C).

How do you heat roll in the oven? ›

To reheat dinner rolls: OVEN: Wrap dinner rolls in foil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F until warmed through, about 10 to 15 minutes. (The foil is necessary so they don't dry out.)


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