Giant Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Giant Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Or how I make Christmas morning a little more festive!

Recipe for giant cinnamon rolls on baking sheet

So the holidays are upon us. It is official. The thing that stinks, yet is kinda awesome, about my holidays is that my family and my husband’s family live so far apart. We are at the point where it just isn’t feasible to travel to both places in one day. So when we go someplace for, let’s say, Christmas Eve, we tend to stay overnight.

That is why my new favorite holiday cooking is always centered around breakfast. If we are staying overnight, I always bring something for the morning. I feel like that is the best hostess present I could give.

I have brought these Giant Cinnamon Rolls to friends and family’s houses so many times in that last year, and it is always a hit. Plus, if you bring the dirty baking dish home with you or make it in a disposable pan, I think you get bonus points!

Giant Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook

(Makes 8 Giant Rolls)

For the Dough:
1 Packages Active Dry Yeast (1/4 Ounce)
½ Teaspoon Plus ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
½ Cup Whole Milk, at room temperature
2 Tablespoons Packed Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
1 Egg Yolk
2 ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour, plus a few tablespoons for kneading
¼ Teaspoon Salt
½ Cup Unsalted Butter, softened

For the Filling:
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
½ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
½ Cup Finely Chopped Pecans/Walnuts
1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
½ Teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted

For the Icing:
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
¼ Cup Buttermilk/Whole Milk


1. Add the yeast and the ½ teaspoon sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. In a measuring cup, microwave ¼ cup water until it is 115 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the water to the yeast mixture. Let sit until foamy, about ten minutes.

2. Once the yeast has activated, add the sugars, whole milk, vanilla extract, egg, and egg yolk to the bowl. Whisk to combine.

3. Fit the mixer with the hook attachment. Add the flour and salt to the mixture in the bowl. Turn the mixer on medium high and knead for five minutes. Add the softened butter and knead on medium/high for another five minutes until well incorporated.

4. Add the sticky dough to a well-greased bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm area for an hour and a half to two hours.

5. When the dough has risen, make the filling. Combine the sugars, walnuts/pecans, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup in a small mixing bowl.

6. Lightly flour a work surface. Turn the dough out onto the surface and knead for 2 minutes. Lightly flour the top of the dough along with a rolling pin. Roll the dough out into a 10×20 inch rectangle.

7. Lightly brush the dough with the melted butter. Spread the filling out in an even layer on the dough, leaving a one inch border.

8. Start from the top, and gently yet tightly roll the dough into a cylinder. Pinch along all the edges to seal. Place the dough seam-side down on a cutting board. Slice the roll into eight equal pieces.

9. Arrange the pieces, cut side up, in a 9×13 inch greased baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for two hours or let rise in the refrigerator overnight and then just let come back to room temperature in the morning before baking.

10. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the rolls for thirty minutes.

11. While the rolls bake, whisk together the powdered sugar and buttermilk/whole milk in a small mixing bowl. When the rolls are done, remove from oven, and cover with glaze. Serve immediately.

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  2. Those look so terrific! Smellavison is going on right now! I have made so many Cinnamon buns/roll over the years it’s nutty but am always looking for the best of the best and these look like they could be in that mix! Thanks for the puddle in my mouth, just what I need this Monday morning!

    1. Can’t wait for the day our computers have smell-ovision @irene! You know it will happen someday – hopefully in my lifetime, heh. Imagine being able to smell these as you read the post – how could you not make a batch immediately!?

  3. Joining in the chorus exclaiming how gosh darn delicious these look. Cinnamon Rolls are one of my very favorite breakfast treats – but so decadent I rarely indulge. After viewing these masterpieces I see a Cinnamon Bun moment coming soon!

    My sister always makes a yummy breakfast/brunch on Christmas day. Since the morning is always so hectic, she makes a few yummy breakfast casseroles the night before and heats them up as the kids are unwrapping the first of their presents. My favorite is a french toast one – it’s warm and gooey and perfect for a cold Christmas morning.

  4. I just glanced at these again.. Can’t you smell that smell? I wish I had one right now!!! It would be a great Christmas morning to wake up to these baking and coffee too… oh, man, this sounds soooo good.

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