Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls: A How To Guide

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If you’ve ever wondered if bread machine cinnamon rolls can ever be as good as store bought, this is the recipe for you.

cinnamon rolls in bread machine

Do you ever wake up in the morning with a specific, cinnamon-y craving? Instead of going out and buying a can of pre-made ones, you can make your own cinnamon rolls to satiate those early morning (or any time of day) cravings.

But it’s far too time consuming and messy to make them from scratch…


This bread machine cinnamon roll recipe is excellent for ensuring that you can make homemade, delicious cinnamon rolls on your own time.

Sure, there are some extra steps involved, but these delicious bad boys wouldn’t be so special if they were like every other loaf of bread.

Just six easy steps…

Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Make sure to check out your bread machine manual before you get started on your cinnamon roll adventure.

Some bread machines will include their own recipe for cinnamon rolls that’ll be tailored to the machine’s make; others will leave you to your own devices.

Whatever you do, make sure you keep the longevity of your machine in mind – no cinnamon roll, regardless of how delicious, is worth a busted machine.

Tools and Ingredients

You’ll need to start out your cinnamon roll making adventure with the following materials:


A standard bread making machine

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons water

1 egg, beaten

¼ cup butter

3 1/3 cups all-purpose white flour

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons yeast


¾ cup packed brown sugar

3 ¾ teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter, softened


¾ cup powdered sugar

¼ cup vanilla or lemon juice

2-3 teaspoons water or milk

homemade cinnamon rolls

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls: Method

Step 1: Prep work

Check your bread machine manual for the order to put your ingredients into the pan – some require that liquid ingredients go in first, and others don’t specify.

This recipe notably includes yeast, which you’re going to want to keep away from the edges of the pan.

Depending on your bread machine’s instructions, you may want to put the yeast into the pan first, then cover it with the flour, sugar, and salt.

Alternatively, you could put the flour into the machine first and make a little volcano for the yeast to rest in.

From there, you can add the liquid ingredients – egg, milk, and water. Again, though, be sure to check your instructions in order to make sure you’re treating your machine correctly.

Step 2: Starting the machine

Put your pan back into the machine and set it on a white dough cycle (alternatively, if your machine is fancy enough to have a pastry dough setting, use that setting instead).

Press the start button and sit back until the cycle’s come to an end.

Be sure not to open the bread machine up while the cycle is in progress! You don’t want the dough to become less malleable.

Step 3: Fermentation

After the cycle is complete, take out the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough and leave it for another day; just wrap it in plastic wrap or foil and set it in the freezer.

If you’re impatient, though, (who isn’t?) and want to get to your cinnamon rolls bread machine goodness straight away, knead the dough until you can handle it with ease.

Roll it out and cut the dough into one large, straight-edged rectangle.

cinnamon roll bread machine recipe

Step 4: Filling

Mix together the filling ingredients in a bowl off to one side.

Once the mixture is relatively smooth, spread the filling over the entire surface of the dough. Make sure not to leave clumps in places – you don’t want the filling spilling out!

Once you’ve run out of filling (without licking the spoon), carefully roll the dough until it forms a tight spiral.

Step 5: Shaping

Cut the newly-rolled dough into one-inch slices. Once you’ve finished, grease a 9×13 inch pan and set the perfect little rolls inside.

Let these rolls sit for about 30 minutes, preferably covered, so they can rest.

By the time half an hour has passed, your rolls should have doubled in size.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Put the pan into an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.

While the rolls are baking, take a clean bowl and stir together your glaze.

Vanilla extract is excellent for tasting, but feel free to add a touch of lemon juice to the mixture – it’ll add a bit of zing to your breakfast.

Then, when time’s up, take your bread machine cinnamon rolls out and cover them with your homemade glaze. Do your best to let the rolls cool before digging into an absolutely delicious, cinnamon-y treat.

That’s it — yummy!

Have you got a go-to bread machine cinnamon roll recipe?

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