Deb’s Cinnamon Rolls

These rolls are to die for.  They have literally ruined every other cinnamon roll for me.  I have never had another cinnamon roll as good as the ones my college roommate Deb makes.  She used to sell these, and I for one would pay top dollar.  For the longest time, I had no desire to know how to make these.  It only felt right for Deb to make them for me and all my college roomies on special occasions when we would get together for breakfast.  We’d all sit in her kitchen giddy with excitement while they baked and then she would lather on some cream cheese frosting and hand them over still warm.  THE BEST THING EVER!  Unfortunately, my dear roommate Deb decided to move from a few blocks away from me all the way to San Diego, California.  One of the last things I did before she moved away was go over to her house and make her instruct me in the ways of her cinnamon rolls.  They always turn out good when I make them, but Deb can make them better.  She even sometimes does variations with raspberry or orange filling.


Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls (makes 12 large cinnamon rolls):

  • 3 Tbsp yeast and a little sugar
  • 1 3/4 C warm water (I usually get it as hot as it will get from my tap)
  • 1/2 C oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Rounded 1/3 C sugar
  • About 5 1/4 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 stick (6 Tbsp) melted butter
  • 1 C of sugar mixed with cinnamon

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting (enough icing for 24 rolls):

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp milk

*Mix all together


  1. Mix yeast sprinkled with sugar and warm water.  Let sit until bubbled up.
  2. Add oil, eggs, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add flour one cup at a time until dough is still sticky but not super sticky.
  4. Oil the counter.  Knead the dough.  Roll out to even rectangle.
  5. Pour melted butter covering all but a little bit on one outside long edge so it can be sealed.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar
  7. Roll up longwise.
  8. Cut in 12 pieces. Deb always used dental floss to do this.
  9. Put on cookies sheet lined with aluminum foil and greased.
  10. Let rise to double (about 15 minutes or so).
  11. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Spread cream cheese frosting on top.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ashley says:

    Umm, I want a personal baking lesson from Deb! I can never make them anywhere near as yummy as she can.


    1. Yeah, honestly you kinda have to be there and watch her do this to really get how to make them and I still don’t think I make them as well as her. She has magic hands!


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