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Freezer Friendly Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: The Hungry Waitress
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20 1x


This recipe is freezer friendly so you can make a big batch ahead of time and pop them in the oven whenever you want! 


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  • 1/4 ounce yeast packet (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2-4 cup all-purpose flour (start with 3 1/2 and add more if the dough is to sticky to handle)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (softened butter is not a messy as melted butter when you roll it up!)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons warm water


  1. Activate the package of yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water in a large bowl (or mixing bowl if you have a standing mixer) and let the yeast bloom for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the milk, sugar, egg, and flour to the bowl and mix together until a tacky dough forms.
  3. Add the melted butter and salt and mix again until the dough comes together. Transfer to a floured cutting board to knead for 5 minutes (If you're using a standing mixture, just add your dough hook attachment and knead on low for 5 minutes).
  4. Put the dough back into the bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let the dough rise for 1-1 1/2 hours (If you are using a standing mixer just leave the dough in the bowl to rise).
  5. Mix together the filling ingredients (butter, sugar, and cinnamon) and set aside.
  6. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down, and place it on a flour surface.
  7. Roll the dough into a big rectangle about 1/4 " thick.
  8. Spread the filling all over the dough in an even layer.
  9. Roll the long side of the rectangle into a long log. Using a serrated knife, slice the rolls into around 1 1/4" rolls. You should get about 15-20 rolls.
  10. Place the rolls in a baking pan of your choice. (If you plan on freezing them I like using an 8x8 aluminum pan).
  11. Let the rolls rise another 30 minutes*.
  12. When you are ready to bake the rolls preheat the oven to 350 degrees (even if the rolls have been frozen)
  13. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top.
  14. While the rolls bake make the glaze by mixing together the vanilla, powdered sugar, and water.
  15. Pour the glaze all over the hot rolls, and serve!


*If you want to make these rolls the night before you bake them, place them in the refrigerator at this step. They will rise slowly over night, and be ready to bake in the morning.

*If you are freezing the rolls, after you let them rise the 30 minutes place the rolls in a freezer bag/container and freeze for up to 2 months. When your ready to make them preheat your oven to 350 and bake for 30-35 minutes (don't forget to make your glaze!)!?

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cinnamon rolls, breakfast recipe, sweet roll, freezer friendly