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Spicy Cinnamon Rolls

We all know you can buy cinnamon rolls and sometimes they’re really yummy, but the homemade version with the spirals of pastry and spice is so much better.  Cinnamon roll lovers all around the world drool just thinking about them. 

Picture in your mind Easter morning before whatever your event of the day may be; be it church, an Easter egg hunt or a great dinner with the family, and smelling the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls wafting from the oven at the start of your day.  Then you open the oven door, pull out the cinnamon rolls and sit down to enjoy one with a cup of coffee or tea.  

These cinnamon rolls are excellent and easy to make.  This recipe is adapted from a recipe by Amy Scattergood which was in the Chicago Tribune.  Combine the makings for the dough, let it rise, roll it, fill it with the spicy filling and let the dough rise again. Then finish by baking them for 20 minutes, apply a little icing and you’re done. 

This dough is a basic sweet bread dough with cinnamon added to it.  I’ve never added cinnamon directly to the dough before but it not only tastes great, the cinnamon supposedly enhances yeast activity.  The dough can be mixed by hand or to make it easier, use a mixer fitted with a dough hook, place it in the buttered bowl and after rising, they’re ready to bake.

And you’re rrready to rrroll with a great sweet start to your day!

Spicy Cinnamon Rolls


1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
Zest of 1 orange
2 eggs, at room temperature
4 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour, plus extra as needed
¼ cup sugar
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons plus ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2¼ teaspoons kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened, cut into cubes, plus 6 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup raisins, optional
2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
¼ cup milk


Whisk buttermilk, orange zest, and eggs in small bowl.  Set aside.
Place 4 cups the flour, sugar, yeast, baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of the cinnamon, 1 ¼ salt and 6 tablespoons of the softened butter in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook.
Pour in buttermilk mixture, mix on low until the mixture comes together, about 1 minute.
Increase speed to medium, continue to mix until dough is soft and smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes, adding a little flour if the dough is too wet (up to ¼ cup).

Scrape the dough from the bowl, form into a ball.
Place dough in large buttered bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap, set aside in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, make the filling.
Sift brown sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons cinnamon, remaining 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt, remaining 1 tablespoon of flour and raisins together in a bowl. 

Turn dough onto well floured surface.
Roll into ¼” thick rectangle, about 17 by 12 inches.
Brush dough with 4 tablespoons of the melted butter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and raisin mixture, keeping 1 inch clear along one of the long edges.
Loosely roll the dough into a long tube, pressing the clear edge to seal the tube.  Place the tube seam-side down on a cutting board.

Cut the tube crosswise into 12 rolls.
Place the rolls, ½” apart and spiral side up, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap, set aside until almost doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake rolls until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the tray, cool on parchment paper.

For the icing:

Whisk confectioner’s sugar, orange juice, milk, remaining 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
The consistency should be like very thick syrup; add additional milk or sugar as needed.
Dip a whisk into the icing.
Drizzle icing over the rolls.


Ummm, cinnamon rolls:  ambrosia for your morning!  Yum!!!


  1. Ohhhh I am tempted to cook cinnamon rolls over the long weekend!!! mmmmm

  2. that spicy part.....delish!


  3. Mmm...I can almost smell the cinnamon now! Nothing better than the smell of cinnamon rolls in the oven!

  4. My kids have been bugging me to make cinnamon rolls but I just haven't done it. Not the home made ones at least. Someday...

  5. They sound heavenly with the cinnamon and orange zest/juice.

  6. Cinnamon rolls.....Yammy!! i like them so much!! Thank you for the recipe, Iì'll try them very very soon....

  7. love love cinnamon rolls...your recipe sounds perfect :-)

  8. I think these are everyone's favorite. They look good, they taste good and they make your home have an aroma to love.

  9. Similar to how I make mine. Made some yesterday in fact! Have a very blessed Easter!

  10. Nothing better than cinnamon rolls in the morning...and afternoon...and night! Love it!

  11. Cinnamon rolls are a total weakness of mine. THese look ultra fantastic. There is no such thing as too my cinnamon. In my opinion!

  12. Thanks to you all and here's wishing all of you and yours a very Happy Easter!

    Chocolate Freckles, it's a perfect time to make them!

    Pam, thanks! Spicy works for me too!

    Lyndsey, yes! It ranks up there with the smell of a hyacinth in the spring!

    Sarah Naveen, it's like having a bakery in your kitchen!

    Debbi Smith, these would be great to try on your kids!

    Mimi, the zest works great, love the aroma of that!

    Zia Elle, try them, you will love them!

    Gulmohar, me too! Can never have too much cinnamon!

    Sweet and Savory, you're right! Don't think I know anyone who doesn't like them.

    Karen Deborah, I bet your house was filled with a great aroma! They are so easy to make.

    The Sugar Queen, your name tells me you would like them also.

    A LA GRAHAM, LOL! You covered the whole day, great!

    Joanne, the same here! Love that cinnamon!

  13. These cinnamon rolls are amazing! The wonderful aroma always brings me back..thanks for sharing!

  14. lisa, yes! They're as much about the aroma as they are about the taste! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Spicy cinnamon roll!!! Such an unique flavour! Yummm...yumm...yumm....

  16. These look so delicious! Sweet, spicy and just perfect!

  17. These sound very delicious! I wish I would of found this recipe sooner. I will be making your version next time for I believe my hubby would really like the spicy part!

  18. I saw this recipe in the Trib but seeing yours makes me swooooon! Beautiful job with these.

  19. My Little Space, you said it all! Yum!

    Foodycat, they are spicy; that's what is so great about them! So cinnamony!

    Tiffanee, if he loves cinnamon rolls, he will definitely love these!

    Danielle, doesn't the Trib have the best recipes? Sometimes I don't know which one to try first! Glad they made you swoooon!


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