Giant Cinnamon Rolls

Our best homemade cinnamon rolls….made extra large! Learn how to make gooey GIANT cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting.

We’ve been talking about it over on Instagram for a few weeks now…and we’re finally sharing how to make our famous cinnamon rolls, but in a giant way.

large frosted cinnamon roll on a plate

It’s been 2 years since I got the girls to agree to sharing our secret ingredient cinnamon rolls. And although they were reluctant to share our family secret, we’re glad we did. We’ve LOVED watching you recreate our best cinnamon roll recipe in your own kitchens (see pictures on this pin).

We want to be the place where food brings family together, and we’ve seen this recipe do just that. It makes doing what we do here behind Tastes of Lizzy T 100% worth the blood, sweat and tears.

When Maddie left for college a few weeks ago, I needed to send her off in a BIG way. With GIANT cinnamon rolls. And ya’ll went crazy for them, begging for the recipe. So here it is!

Is this a Cinnabon copycat recipe?

Although we don’t officially call it that, yes, our famous cinnamon rolls often get compared to cinnabon. These rolls are even bigger than cinnabon rolls. And we think they’re better.

How to Make Giant Cinnamon Rolls

We like to mix our yeast doughs with our Kitchenaid stand mixer. Let the mixer do the hard job of kneading the dough while you prep for rolling out the rolls.

  • Pour the warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast overtop. Take a look at your packet of yeast. Each type is just a little bit different. Make sure you follow the instructions for adding the yeast and temperature of the liquids according to the type of yeast you have.
  • Add the eggs, butter, salt and sugar.
  • Add the flour and mix using the beater blade just until the ingredients are barely combined. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes so the flour has time to soak up the liquids.
  • Scrape the dough off the beater blade and remove it. Attach the dough hook.
  • Beat the dough on medium speed for 5-7 minutes or until the dough is elastic and smooth. **The dough will be tacky and will still be sticking to the sides of the bowl. That’s ok! Don’t be tempted to add more flour at this point.**
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.
  • Use a rubber spatula to remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place it in the greased large bowl.
dough in a metal bowl
  • Cover the bowl with a towel or wax paper.
  • Set the bowl in a warm place and allow the dough to rise until double. I like to turn on the oven to the lowest setting for 1-2 minutes. Then turn off the oven and place the dough to rise in there. It normally takes about 30 minutes for the dough to rise. Do not allow the dough to rise too much or your cinnamon rolls will be airy. And don’t forget to turn off the oven or your dough ball will bake!
  • While the dough is rising, prepare the cinnamon filling. In a medium bowl, combine the soft butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, mixing until well combined. Set aside. **It’s easiest to spread if the butter is almost melted.**
cinnamon roll filling in a bowl
  • Sprinkle a pastry mat generously with flour. Turn out the dough onto the pastry mat and sprinkle the top of the dough with additional flour.
  • Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough to about a very large rectangle (about 26″x18″ if you can get it that big).
dough rolled out with rolling pin
  • Use a rubber spatula to smooth the cinnamon filling over the whole dough rectangle. We think this filling amount is enough to cover the large rectangle. If you’d like your filling to be more, make another ½ recipe to have more delicious filling.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle in half down the middle to make two squares.
rolling cinnamon rolls
  • Starting with one of the halves, on the long end, roll the dough up tightly jelly roll style.
  • Cut the rolled part into 6 slices.
  • With the remaining rolled out dough, use a pizza cutter to cut 6 long strips of dough. The strips should be about the same width as the rolled dough that you have already made.
rolling cinnamon rolls
  • Place one of the rolls on its side one of the strips you cut. Roll the strip around the outside of the rolls again to make the roll twice as big. Repeat with the remaining 5 rolls. You should end up with 6 very large rolls.
rolling cinnamon rolls
  • Place the rolls in a greased 10×15″ baking pan.*
  • Cover the pan and allow the rolls to rise for 20 minutes or until nearly double.
unbaked cinnamon rolls
  • Warm the heavy cream until the chill is off. Don’t make it hot…you just don’t want it cold. It should be warm to the touch.
  • Once the rolls have risen, pour the heavy cream over the top of the rolls, allowing it to soak down in and around the rolls. DON’T SKIP THE HEAVY CREAM! It makes the rolls soooo delicious.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 28 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the center rolls are cooked through. **If the rolls are getting too browned on top, cover loosely with a piece of foil.**
baked cinnamon rolls

How do you know when cinnamon rolls are done?

I like to tap on the top center of my cinnamon rolls. If they don’t feel “dough” underneath the top, they should be done. They’ll be golden brown and risen all over the pan of rolls.

The internal temperature should be about 190º Fahrenheit with an instant read thermometer.

**We LOVE our Thermoworks ThermaPen to quickly test bread and cake temperatures. This probe thermometer is AMAZING.  Get it here.**

Can I make the dough the night before and bake them in the morning?

Yes! Roll up the rolls, slice them and place them in the pan. Cover them and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, remove the cinnamon rolls from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature. Then let the rolls rise for about 30 minutes. Bake as described in the recipe.

Why didn’t my cinnamon rolls rise?

There are several reasons why your rolls may not have risen.

  1. Old yeast. Make sure the yeast is fresh.
  2. Milk that was too hot. The milk needs to be the right temperature so as to activate the yeast, but not kill it. Read the back of your yeast packet and use a thermometer to get the desired temperature.
  3. Humidity & Temperature. Unfortunately, weather can cause yeast dough to take forever to rise or not come out correctly. Altitude can cause issues too. You’ll have to find what works with your climate.
  4. Not enough rise time. There are times that my dough rises crazy fast…and other times it is slower than molasses. Just let it take its time.
spreading frosting on a cinnamon roll

Can cinnamon rolls be frozen before baking?

Yes! If you want to freeze the giant cinnamon rolls, go ahead and freeze them after you’ve rolled them and before you let them rise.

When you are ready to serve them, defrost at room temperature or in the fridge overnight. Allow the rolls to rise before baking. You’ll need several hours to do this correctly, so plan ahead.

6 frosted cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon Roll Icing

We LOVE a good cream cheese frosting on our cinnamon rolls. And making it is super easy.

  • In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Blend well. This works best if the cream cheese and butter are softened to room temperature. Don’t melt them. Then your frosting will have a strange greasy texture.
  • Add in your favorite extract (we like maple) and the powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled rolls. (If the rolls are warmed, the frosting will soak in a big and taste amazing.)

Other Cinnamon Roll Recipes

5 frosted cinnamon rolls

What You Need to Make Cinnamon Rolls

  • Stand Mixer: Ok, you don’t 100% need this, but it does make life easier.
  • Red Star Yeast: My favorite yeast! It’s so forgiving and I have perfect baked goods, every time.
  • Saigon Cinnamon: The best flavored cinnamon.
  • Pastry Mat: This makes clean-up a breeze.
  • Dough Cutter: I JUST got one of these. What have I done without it all these years? Works as a scraper too, to get stuck-on dough off surfaces.
  • Baking Pan 9×13 or 10×15, depending on what you need.
  • ThermaPen for checking doneness.
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homemade cinnamon roll on a plate
homemade cinnamon roll on a plate

Giant Cinnamon Rolls

4.78 from 22 votes
Our best homemade cinnamon rolls….made extra large! Learn how to make gooey GIANT cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting.
Servings 6
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Rise Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup warm milk (about 115 degrees F**)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast (I like Red Star Platinum Baking Yeast)
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter (almost melted)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

To pour over rolls:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (for pouring over the risen rolls)

For the Frosting:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple extract (or vanilla)

Instructions
 

  • Pour the warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast overtop.
  • Add the eggs, butter, salt and sugar.
  • Add the flour and mix using the beater blade just until the ingredients are barely combined. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes so the flour has time to soak up the liquids.
  • Scrape the dough off the beater blade and remove it. Attach the dough hook.
  • Beat the dough on medium speed for 5-7 minutes or until the dough is elastic and smooth. **The dough will be tacky and will still be sticking to the sides of the bowl. That’s ok! Don’t be tempted to add more flour at this point.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.
  • Use a rubber spatula to remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place it in the greased large bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel or wax paper.
  • Set the bowl in a warm place and allow the dough to rise until double. I like to turn on the oven to the lowest setting for 1-2 minutes. Then turn off the oven and place the dough to rise in there. It normally takes about 30 minutes for the dough to rise. Do not allow the dough to rise too much or your cinnamon rolls will be airy.
  • While the dough is rising, prepare the cinnamon filling. In a medium bowl, combine the soft butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, mixing until well combined. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle a pastry mat generously with flour. Turn out the dough onto the pastry mat and sprinkle the top of the dough with additional flour.
  • Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough to about a very large rectangle (about 26"x18" if you can get it that big).
  • Use a rubber spatula to smooth the cinnamon filling over the whole dough rectangle.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut the rectangle in half down the middle to make two squares.
  • Starting with one of the halves, on the long end, roll the dough up tightly jelly roll style.
  • Cut the rolled part into 6 slices.
  • With the remaining rolled out dough, use a pizza cutter to cut 6 long strips of dough. The strips should be about the same width as the rolled dough that you have already made.
  • Place one of the rolls on its side one of the strips you cut. Roll the strip around the outside of the rolls again to make the roll twice as big. Repeat with the remaining 5 rolls. You should end up with 6 very large rolls.
    how to roll giant cinnamon rolls
  • Place the rolls in a greased 10×15" baking pan.*
  • Cover the pan and allow the rolls to rise for 20 minutes or until nearly double.
  • Warm the heavy cream until the chill is off. Don’t make it hot…you just don’t want it cold. It should be warm to the touch.
  • Once the rolls have risen, pour the heavy cream over the top of the rolls, allowing it to soak down in and around the rolls.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 28 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the center rolls are cooked through. If the rolls are getting too browned on top, cover loosely with a piece of foil.
  • While the rolls are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Blend well.
  • Add in your favorite extract and the powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled rolls.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 VERY LARGE rolls, with 1 serving being 1 large frosted roll. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 1241kcal | Carbohydrates: 170g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 228mg | Sodium: 859mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 95g | Vitamin A: 1943IU | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 5mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 1241
Keyword best cinnamon roll recipe, cinnamon roll breakfast, cinnamon roll recipe
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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Oliver
9 months ago

5 stars
These are amazing. My kids thought they were too big at first and then each ate a whole one! They are really good. Thanks for sharing!

Susie
8 months ago

3 stars
I’ve made cinnamon rolls for 50 years and all the recipes are the same so thought I’d try this one for a family reunion. I like the larger rolls but I guess you can make them from any recipe. But why do you put the rolls so far apart? It makes the edges hard/firm not soft when they don’t touch. I have never seen this before and sad to tell you but I got tons of complaints from everyone about this. I was told cinnamon rolls are suppose to be soft not firm like dinner rolls.

Andrea
7 months ago

5 stars
Soooo good. Making them again but it I want to keep them small this time how long do I bake them for?