Made from Scratch Cinnamon Rolls


2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 cup hot water

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons Crisco shortening

1/2 tablespoon table salt

5 cups all purpose flour (more or less depending on moisture in the air)

1/4 cup softened butter

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon


1/2 cup cream cheese (I used whipped cream cheese)

2 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 tablespoons milk (I used unsweetened almond milk

2 tablespoons softened butter


  1. Mix yeast and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into 1/2 cup warm water and let it sit.
  2. In the bowl of the stand mixer add Crisco, salt, remaining sugar and hot water and beat until combined.
  3. Add half of to flour and continue to mix until combined.
  4. Add beaten eggs and yeast mix and beat until mixed.
  5. Add remaining flour until combined.
  6. Change to dough hook and knead the dough.
  7. Dough should come together into ball on the dough hook, if dough is still too sticky, add flour by tablespoon until dough comes together
  8. Turn dough out on lightly floured counter and knead for 5 minutes
  9. Put kneaded dough in a greased glass bowl and cover with cling wrap until dough doubles in size
  10. Turn dough out on lightly floured counter and stretch dough out to a 14×24 inch rectangle
  11. Using a silicone brush, brush bu tter all over the dough, leaving about 1/2 border on all sides
  12. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl until completely mixed
  13. Use your hands to sprinkle sugar and cinnamon mix on top of butter
  14. Start rolling the dough, starting with the long side, trying to keep as tight as possible
  15. With the seam facing down on the counter, take a piece of unflavored dental floss and put it under the roll and use the floss to cut round cinnamon rolls
  16. Place the rolls on a baking sheet or pie plate and let them rise until the double in size
  17. Preheat the oven to 350° F and bake the rolls for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  18. Remove from oven and let cool
  19. Mix together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract to make the frosting and frost the cinnamon rolls