The Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Recipe: A Holiday Morning Delight

Introducing the only cinnamon roll recipe you’ll ever need, especially designed to bring back those nostalgic Cinnabon memories from your mall-going days. These cinnamon rolls are the epitome of fluffiness and gooiness, achieved with a secret ingredient that ensures the dough remains moist and tender straight out of the oven. Whether for a special Christmas morning or a comforting treat, these rolls are a must-try for a heartwarming experience.

Why You’ll Love This: The secret to these irresistibly soft cinnamon rolls lies in the inclusion of instant pudding mix, which acts as a dough conditioner to prevent drying, ensuring each bite is as moist and gooey as you dreamt. This recipe is foolproof and versatile, accommodating any milk and sugar types, including dairy-free and low-carb options. Prepare to fall in love with these cinnamon rolls for a long time.

Perfect Occasion: Ideal for Christmas morning, special weekend breakfasts, or any occasion that calls for a warm, sweet treat. These cinnamon rolls promise to fill your home with a festive aroma that’s both inviting and comforting, making every moment feel extra special.

Decoration Tips: Once the rolls are generously frosted, sprinkle a dash of cinnamon or decorative sugar on top for a festive look. If you’re feeling extra creative, a few edible gold or silver stars can add a magical touch to these holiday treats.


  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 package (3.5 ounce) instant pudding mix
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar or granulated erythritol
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp. rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar or low-carb brown sugar alternative
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  • 1 tsp. milk
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar or low-carb powdered sugar alternative
  • 4 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Start by combining the water, yeast, and sugar in a bowl. Let it sit for 15 minutes in a warm area, covered with plastic wrap or a damp towel, to allow it to proof.
  2. In a mixer or by hand, mix the milk, egg, melted butter, and water. Add the yeast mixture and blend until just combined.
  3. Gradually integrate the flour, instant pudding mix, salt, and slowly mix on low speed until combined. Then, knead on high speed until the dough forms a cohesive ball.
  4. Place the dough in a greased or lightly floured bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 30-40 minutes.
  5. Roll the dough into a large rectangle on a floured surface. Combine softened butter, brown sugar (or alternative), and cinnamon; spread this mixture over the dough. Add nuts if desired.
  6. Begin rolling the dough from the longest edge into a log and seal the seam. Slice into 1/2 to 1-inch pieces and arrange in greased cake or pie pans.
  7. Allow the rolls to rise again until doubled in size, then bake at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes.
  8. While warm, frost the rolls with a mixture of milk, powdered sugar (or alternative), softened butter, and vanilla.

Enjoy these heavenly cinnamon rolls as they transform your holiday mornings or any day into something truly special.

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