Christmas morning Cinnamon Rolls


Christmas is nearly here. The tree is trimmed, the lights are strung, and gifts have been prepared.

The question is, what will you be making for breakfast while the morning Kona coffee fragrances the air and the wrapping paper flies?

My answer is and always will be, “Cinnamon Rolls!”

I have been on the hunt for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe since I got over my fear of yeasted breads. I have made many recipes but I think I may have found the one.

Joy the Baker went to The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond‘s ranch and made these.

I love the idea of old family recipes. Since this one is from The Pioneer Woman’s mother, I figured I should give it a try and I’m so glad I did.

The fun starts with warm ingredients. Milk, sugar and oil.


It helps to have a candy thermometer.


We are looking for somewhere between 105F – 130F.


The warm ingredients are combined with a couple cups of flour.


The dough is wet and sticky. Let it sit covered for one hour.


This is what we have after an hour.


A bit more flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt are added to our proofed dough.


It’s then rolled out and slathered with melted butter, sweet sugar and spicy cinnamon.


The dough is rolled up tightly and cut into nine pieces. Nine yummy pieces.


Placed into a greased pan, the rolls are set to rest while the oven is preheated.


They come out all smelling oh. so. good.


This icing is made with maple syrup.


Share these with your loved ones and remember that the greatest gift you can give someone is the gift of your time…and these rolls. These rolls are a great gift.


Cinnamon Rolls

makes 9 delectable rolls


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Heat milk, oil and sugar. I used the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. My mixture comes out at about 110F. Perfect for yeast. Sprinkle with yeast and let sit for a minute. Stir and pour into a bowl with 2 cups flour. Mix just until combined and proof for one hour. The dough will be wet and sticky.

Check dough about half way through to make sure the yeast is doing its job. After the hour has elapsed. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour along with the baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Drop onto a flour dusted surface and roll out to about 1/8 -1/4 inch thickness.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ground cinnamon

Pour melted butter over rolled out dough. Sprinkle with sugar and dust with cinnamon. Use as much or as little cinnamon as you like.

Roll the dough up and pinch the ends to seal. Cut into nine equal pieces and place in a greased 8×8 dish.

Preheat oven to 375F while the rolls rest.

After about 15 minutes, place rolls in oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

While rolls are baking, place all icing ingredients into a bowl and whisk. Adjust with sugar and syrup until it is your desired consistency. You could use orange juice or plain milk instead of maple syrup if you prefer. You would want to use more like 2 tablespoons if you were to use a more liquidy liquid :)

These truly are a special treat. Enjoy!


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