Molly’s Cinnamon Rolls

It has been a long time since I  found the recipe for Molly’s Rolls.  The recipe has been a favorite of mine ever since discovering it and I have been wanting to make cinnamon rolls with the dough.  I was finally able to make them and they turned out wonderfully.

I also recently say a recent post on Gourmet Mom on the Go which would be a perfect way to serve up Molly’s Cinnamon Rolls for your loved ones for Valentines Day.  You roll the dough up differently to help make the rolls into a heart shape.  Then you can add a little food coloring to the icing to make it a pretty pink color.  Or you could leave the icing white and sprinkle on some Valentine’s sprinkles.

The winner of the General Mills cereal coupons is – Jennifer who said “Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my absolute favorite. I buy it only for holidays, though, since it is so high in sugar. My kids go crazy for holiday cereal days!”

picture of homemade cinncmon rolls

Molly's cinnamon rolls before their bath in the icing.

picture of homemade cinnamon rolls

Yummy and ready to eat!

Molly’s Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup warm milk (I just heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds and let it sit while the yeast bubbled)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 package yeast(2 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 T salt
  • 1 egg
  • flour (I use around 4 1/2 cups)


  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • cinnamon


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • milk  (probably 2-4 Tbsp.)
  1. In mixer combine yeast, sugar, and warm water; let grow until bubbly(about 5 minutes).
  2. Add milk and mix. Mix in oil and egg.
  3. Slowly add 2 cups flour, mix and then add salt.
  4. Add 1/2 cup flour at a time until it comes away from side of bowl.
  5. Let rise in mixing bowl for about 30 minutes.
  6. Roll dough on a floured surface to make a 9 x 13 inch rectangle.
  7. Spread melted butter on dough.  Evenly sprinkle sugar over butter.
  8. Sprinkle cinnamon over sugar.  Sprinkle enough to cover the sugar with cinnamon.
  9. Roll up jelly roll from long side and slice into 12 slices.  (I like to use thread to do this)
  10. Place slices in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. (3 rows of 4 slices)
  11. Cover and let rise and additional 30 minutes.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15minutes until rolls are nice and golden.
  13. Allow rolls to cool slightly.  While rolls cool mix together icing ingredients until smooth.
  14. Pour icing over warm rolls and enjoy.

11 comments on “Molly’s Cinnamon Rolls

  • Can the dough be made the night before and refrigerated?

  • is this plain flour?

  • I made this cinnamon rolls today. I started mixing using my Kitchenaid (dough hook) with 4-1/2 cups flour. I can see that that dough was still very sticky so I added another 1/2 cups of flour gradually, I took about 12 minutes total in the mixer. Still a bit sticky but I took the chance. I didn’t want to add more flour because I was afraid that the finish product would be tough and I wouldn’t like it. First rise took 45 minutes then shaped the dough to make cinnamon rolls (I used 1 cup light brown sugar in the filling instead of white). The second rising was exactly 30 minutes. I baked it at 375F degrees for 20 minutes. It came out nice and soft. Thank you for the recipe.

  • This has become my go-to cinnamon roll recipe. Everyone loves them! I do end up adding 1-2 cups more flour than the recipe states, though.

  • You saved the day with this recipe. I have lost my favorite overnight cinnamon roll recipe and now it’s too late. I will make these in the morning. Happy Easter!

  • My daughter made these and they looked and smelled wonderful, but they were not fully baked. I look at the recipe and see it has as much flour as 2 loaves of bread that bake 35 minutes, and wondering if maybe this was supposed to bake longer or be put into 2 pans and not just one. We’re going to try the recipe again, but it would be nice to know if we missed a step somewhere or if there were corrections.

  • I made these over the weekend and they turned out pretty good. I can’t believe I made cinammon rolls that were so easy. Love your recipes.

  • i don’t think any food has as much power over me as the humble cinnamon roll. i’m rendered just completely worthless in its presence and can’t seem to do anything until it has been removed from my sight. if that means it has to go into my belly, so be it. 🙂

  • I just recently discovered Molly’s rolls on your site and fell deeply in love with ’em – easy yet very tasty! And then I made cinnamon rolls with them the other day and my 16 year old son said they were the best he’s ever had (and that is saying alot because Lord knows he’s eaten many ‘a cinnamon rolls!)
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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