The Best Cinnamon Rolls Ever

We are always searching for ways to improve on a recipe. We found this one to be both easy and OMG delicious! These are by far the best cinnamon rolls we have ever had. The secret is using all the best ingredients and letting them rest overnight, which improves the flavor. It also makes them really easy to make. The recipe was adapted from Peter Reinhart’s “Artisan Breads Every Day”, available at Forno Bravo.


  • Use the best ingredients – brands matter! We included the brands we used.
  • The dough is made one day, and then refrigerated for 1 to 4 days, making baking flexible.
  • Use a stand mixer – it makes life so much easier.
  • Use a thermometer – the temperature of the milk is very important.
  • Use a scale to measure the ingredients – This is so important that all the measurements are given in grams.


Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American



  • 800 grams King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 85 grams Wholesome organic sugar
  • 14 grams Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 482 grams Horizon whole or low-fat milk
  • 15 grams Red SAF instant yeast
  • 120 grams Horizon butter, browned and cooled
  • 10 grams zest of one organic lemon


  • 45 grams ground cinnamon
  • 100 grams Horizon butter, browned and cooled
  • 200 grams Wholesome organic sugar
  • 150 grams chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or other)


  • 120 grams organic cream cheese
  • 60 grams Horizon butter, browned and cooled
  • 85 grams Wholesome powdered sugar
  • 7 grams fresh lemon juice
  • 7 grams orange liqueur
  • to taste Diamond Crystal kosher salt



  • Combine flour, sugar and salt in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  • Heat the milk to lukewarm (about 95 degrees F). Whisk the yeast into the milk. Pour the milk into the flour mixture. Add the lemon zest and melted butter.
  • Mix on low speed for 1 minute.
  • Switch to the dough hook. Increase speed and mix on medium low for 4 minutes.
  • Increase speed and mix on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Knead the dough for 1 minute on a lightly oiled surface and form it into a ball.
  • Put the dough in a clean, lightly oiled bowl with enough room for it to double in size. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 4 days.


  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Divide it in half. Form two balls. Cover them with plastic and let them rest for 20 minutes.
  • On a floured surface, roll out each ball into a 12 by 15 inch rectangle. If it resists, let it rest for a minute and then continue rolling.
  • Brush with the melted butter. Sprinkle all the ingredients in the topping evenly over the two rectangles.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Roll up the rectangles into a tight log. Cut it into 1 inch slices. Place them on a sheet pan about an inch apart. Mist them with oil. Cover them with plastic wrap. Let them rise for 2 hours or until they have swelled up and are touching.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake until golden brown, about 15 to 25 minutes.


  • Combine all the ingredients using a mixer with the paddle attachment on low. Frost the rolls when they have cooled for at least 5 minutes.
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