World’s Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe!

Watch my video as I make the best cinnamon rolls you’ll ever taste! It’s been an absolute hit everywhere I take them.

Whenever my wife & I are invited anywhere, we are also encouraged to bring these cinnamon rolls along, so you can be certain that your popularity will grow, even if it’s not for your charm and magnetism! If you can find a better cinnamon roll recipe, I challenge you to bring it on!

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Cinnamon Roll Dough ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast (I prefer rapid rise yeast)
  • 1/2 box instant vanilla pudding (I’ve heard that you can also use “instant custard”)
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Allow the dough to rise to twice its size (3-4 hours). Punch the dough down and then roll it into a 17×10 inch rectangle.

Cinnamon Roll Filling ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Heat filling ingredients in a saucepan. Spread filling over rectangle dough. Then starting

at the widest edge of the dough, roll it into a log. Then use dental floss to cut into 1/2-1

inch sections. Place sections on a greased pan and allow to rise (2 hours).

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Check the rolls to ensure they aren’t doughy. If still doughy, put them back in the oven for two more minutes, then check again. Once they’re perfectly baked, allow them to cool slightly, then frost.

Frosting ingredients:

  • 2/3 stick softened butter
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar (not quite a full box)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of milk

Mix to creamy consistency, spread on top of cinnamon buns. Enjoy!


  1. 1

    Wow! What a bright spot on a gloomy day. Thanks for the lesson. I could almost smell the rolls cooking!

  2. 10

    Love having measured amounts for the yummy filling!

  3. 11

    The rolls turned out great. I shared them with many people who also enjoyed them. Thanks for the fun!

    • 12
      JoshLovesIt says:

      Fantastic news! I’m glad that the video was helpful. Please let me know if the instructions can be modified to make it any more clear.

  4. 13

    These sound delish! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 14
    nadia drake says:

    my boyfriend LOVES baked goods and had a bad day yesterday… i CAN bake but i never do. I am going to make these today and surprise him when he comes home from work. His whole house will smell like cinnamon rolls. and of course, i’ll come back and let you know how it went!

  6. 16
    nadia drake says:

    oh my gosh josh! Joseph was soooo cute at the end of your video! You gotta put that on YouTube!!

  7. 18
    Valerie NIx says:

    These are the best ever!!! Better than Cinnabon (and that used to be my favorite)

  8. 20

    Hey Josh, thanks for the recipe, I have tried a few Cinnamon rolls(or buns as we like to call them in South Africa) recipes,my wife and I love them, but I think yours will be a winner with the vanilla instant pudding. Will let you know how they turn out!

    • 21

      Hi Justus,

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m thrilled that someone from South Africa found my recipe. Do you have any recipes from South Africa that you’d like me to try? I hope you enjoy my cinnamon rolls / buns!

  9. 22

    just finished watching your you-tube video and I’m on my way to the store to gather up the ingredients. Cant wait to make them, I hope they turn out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  10. 24
    Chuck from Georgia says:

    I went on a video search to find someone making a cinnamon roll. I can follow a recipe but when it comes to baking I must say that I have very little practice.
    So I found this video on youtube for “World’s Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe!” by JoshLovesIt. I watched the video and then went to the website. I looked at the recipe and realized that I already had all of the ingredients that were needed. I got started around 8PM and by midnight….. OHHHH MY….. I have to give it to you on this one. That was one tasty cinnamon roll !!!
    I didn’t dare wake my wife but she has been talking recently about a famous cinnamon roll that she has been wanting. We don’t have one of their shops in our mall but I think she is going to love this.
    Thanks for putting out a great video. That makes it so much easier for such a novice baker as I am. I would love to see more videos like this in the future. I have been reading a few more of your blogs and I am sure to leave some comments on them.
    … Now how do I go to sleep after eating all that sugar?…

    • 25

      Hey Chuck from Georgia! Thanks for trying out my recipe! I’m glad that I could help! Definitely subscribe on my homepage, “like” my Facebook page, and share my blog with your friends!

  11. 26

    Iin the oven right now , I’ve made so many cinnamon rolls , and tried soo many recipes . I can tell from the dough , that this will be the only recipe from now and on .
    Thankss !!

    • 27

      Oh my gooooooddddd !!!!!
      SOOO GOOOD . Just got them out of the oven , and they’re almost done. I’m gonna wake up in the morning and make more ! Thank youu !!

      • 28

        Wow Mary, I’m so glad you like this recipe! We’re pretty addicted to it, so get ready. I’d be so happy to have you subscribe to my blog, “like” me on Facebook, and spread the word to your friends!

        All the best,


  12. 29

    I baked a soft french bread in Hong Kong for so many time. It came out very great !
    My family and friends loves french breads.
    I will bake it again .

    Now… I want to try your cinnamon rolls .
    What kind of flour do I have to use ? Is it pain flour or all purpose flour ?
    I want to get perfect ingredients before start to baking rolls.


    • 30

      Hi Seiko,

      I’m glad the bread turned out so well in Hong Kong! Hong Kong is one of my favorite places to travel!

      As for the Cinnamon Rolls, all purpose flour is what I use. Please let me know how they taste!


  13. 31

    Hi Josh,

    Thanks for the recipe. I am trying to do it right now, but I had a problem with the filling. After heating the cinnamon with the butter and brown sugar, I tried to spread it on the rectangular dough but it turned into solid really quickly I could hardly spread it on the dough. When I tried to cut the rolled dough I heard cracking sound as though I am crushing the filling. What did I do wrong? Please help! Many thanks.

  14. 33

    WOW AMAZING!!!! This recipe really does live up to the title World’s best cinnamon roll recipe. Thankfully I got a cold and wasn’t able to go away to see my family for Easter, because my husband came home and ate 4 dozen rolls in 2 days and he’s a thin guy!!!! These were Amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!! and the video teaching how to make the perfect cinnamon bun!

  15. 35
    Derrick says:

    Dear Josh,

    I love this recipe so much by itself !!! So in my next round using it I’m going to prepare another receipe in combination making the “Worlds Best Cinnamon Roll Stuffed Bites”. Here I’ll list the recipe if anyone else would also like to make and enjoy them.

    Stuffed Cinnamon Roll Bites

    Recipe type: Dessert Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 16
    1 (12.4) can cinnamon roll dough (w/ frosting)
    2 cups vanilla pudding
    16 raspberries
    Preheat oven to 375F.
    Open cinnamon roll canister and cut the dough into 16 equal pieces.
    Wrap each piece around one raspberry and roll in hands to create a balls.
    Place each ball on a greased baking sheet.
    Bake at 375F until golden brown (about 12-15 minutes).
    Let cool for about 5 minutes, then use a piping tip or squeeze bottle to fill each bite with vanilla pudding.
    Drizzle frosting over each bite before serving.

    I really wasn’t excited to skip making the dough from scratch from the recipe i just posted that’s my reason to use your recipe Josh. Thank you so much I’m sure this next batch im going to make will be just yummy. If you would like please reply to my e-mail


  16. 36

    These are the best! I look forward for new things to bake. Thank you josh for what you do and how you share your ideas. The best cinnamon rolls ever! God bless Sam.

  17. 38

    I am getting ready to make the cinnamon rolls now, and may not get a reply from you in time not to make a mistake but is that 1/2 the small 3.4 box of pudding or the larger one? I cant wait to try one. I have a favorite recipe already but these look and sound awesome so never know could be a new favorite.

    • 39

      Hi Marisa, sorry for my delayed response…something’s wrong with my comment system. Did you find the answer to your pudding box question yet?

      • 40

        I didn’t see your reply to this question. You don’t state if the pudding is the big or little box. A word of advise, packaging sizes change all of the time as companies down size and sell the product for the same amount of money. Look at cans of condensed soups, they’ve gotten smaller. So it would be nice to have a measurement so the recipe never changes with the packaging size.

        I really want to make these. Please confirm the oz. size of box you are referring to in your recipe. Thanks!

        • 41

          Sorry, I saw another post stating that the recipe was referring to 1/2 box of the large box of pudding. The box I used contained 4.6 oz. I measured it out and 1/2 of a box is about 5 Tlbs. I made these and they worked great. Thanks!

  18. 43

    Is it ok if i omit the instant pudding mix since i dont have one atm?

  19. 45

    Hi Josh
    Love the recipe though I’ve yet to try it… one question…can you make these up and refrigerate the night before…allowing them to sit on the counter, come to room temp and rise before putting in the oven??
    Thanks in advance!

    • 46

      Hi Heather, you should be able to pause the rising process in the fridge, and then let it continue outside of the fridge. Just experiment. Thanks for your question!

  20. 47

    I need to know if you are using a small or large box of instant vanilla pudding.

  21. 49

    These cinnamon rolls look so yummy! I can’t wait to try this recipe. That is so interesting that you use a pudding mix. Really great video, so helpful!

  22. 50
    Shani F. says:

    These look great! I like how you used video and the pictures of the items needed to make your recipe.

  23. 51

    Hi Josh,
    Your Video was very helpful, I just have my Cinnamon rolls rising, though mine do not rise as fast as yours, it might be the yeast I used.
    I am in no hurry:)

    Glad I found your Site.

    • 52

      I’m glad you tried them Petra! How did they turn out? I believe that, in addition to yeast type, rising can also be affected by other factors, such as temperature and elevation.

  24. 53

    Hi Josh
    How much does a stick of butter weigh? We do not purchase butter by the stick in Australia. The Cinnamon Rolls look heavenly. I better make them when the family is home or they might not get to try them.

  25. 55

    I would love to make these when I open my bakery!!! 🙂

  26. 56

    Thank you for sharing the cinnamon roll recipe albeit I used a whole box of vanilla pudding. Most of all compared to other recipes I didn’t have to warm the milk then add the yeast etc. Bottom line they turned out perfect . Btw, I used a silpat and so I didn’t have to flour the counter because the mat was the perfect size for the dough. Thanks again Josh.

  27. 58

    Forgot to mention, the dough wasn’t dense which I really like.

    • 59

      Hi Josh. You asked how I found your recipe well, truth is I was looking for a short bread cookie recipe when I noticed your recipe somewhere on the same page which I can’t remember. But again, I’m so glad I came across it and was thinking of using the dough to try it with baking monkey bread unless you have a good recipe for one. I like baking from scratch. I have done the Grands Biscuit recipe which was great but I think for scratch it can be better.
      Have a great day 🙂

  28. 60

    Great recipe! Family loved it! How do you make each roll larger?

  29. 62

    im making this today its already 11:15 pm. i used active dry yeast, activated w/warm water and sugar and i also used cook and serve vanilla pudding mix. cuz thats all i have . very hard to find some of the ingredients here at middle east.

    my dough is rising. and it feels & smells AMAZING. i can tell that its gonna be delicious. cuz ive tried a lot of cinnamon rolls recipe.

    i will finished this tomorrow around 4am before going to work.

    i will share this to all my officemates.

    kind regards,
    Dianne from The philippines. currently working at Qatar.

  30. 64

    hi, thanks for the response. they loved it. they thought i bought in in some coffee shop hahah… im making this today again. cuz im so craving right now.

  31. 66

    Do you have to use instant pudding?

  32. 68

    can u use self rising flour instead and if so do u let it stand to rise or just cook them

  33. 70

    do u have to have all the utensil and can u use other ones

  34. 72

    Dear Josh,

    I just baked those lovely cinnabons … That’s really very tasty and my family said we are not going to have any cinnabons from the shops … Credit goes to you josh. Becoz I was really happy with your recipe.

    I have a query … Only on frosting i was confused . Butter didn’t came as what you have shown in the video
    I think I beat butter and powdered sugar with cream cheese and milk but ended with some other texture.
    I adjusted with chocolate sauce that was really tasty. Please advice.



  35. 73

    These are wonderful, made them for our family holiday festivities – for everybody asking about preparing them the night before, this worked for us : prepare the dough through the first rise, apply the filling, form, cut and place in pan. Cover with plastic and let rise in the fridge overnight (it was about eight hours for us) set out for an hour at room temperature before baking. Worked great.

  36. 75

    i seen your cinnamon receipe i have got to try them my first time with another
    receipe came out ok
    But this last receipe they were not very soft i am gonna make the receipe in the kitc
    Hen aid and self raising flour what do you suggest i am Ana from Portugal
    hope to hear back soon so i can make them
    thanks and great receipe!

    • 76

      Hello Ana, thanks for your question! I’m not sure if I understand your question completely, but just try to follow exactly what I did in the recipe, and let me know how it turns out. I’ve never used self-rising flour. Also, check your oven’s temperature with a thermometer to make sure it’s not over baking your cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

  37. 77

    Dear Josh,

    Thanks for your lovely recipe. I made them last week, and that was really really really delicious.
    my kids said it tastes like what we buy from Cinnabon shops. I was really happy to see a positive outcome. My mom & dad ….. ooh my whole family said, they will not step into any shops for cinnabons, they are glad to enjoy @ their own home with home made cinnabons.

    I have only a small confusion, The FROSTING…… I did beat the butter, sugar, milk and cream cheese all together with the beater, i got a different texture… i dont know why , i felt my frosting didnt work well…..after all my cinnabons were really very tasty which was really amazing……. ALL CREDIT GOES TO U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • 78

      Thanks so much Farzana! I love hearing that others like the recipe. Please share it! As for your frosting, did you use room-temperature butter? It sounds like that may be your problem.

  38. 79

    I watched. I made. we enjoyed. thanks for sharing. Oh, I put nuts on my side, yummy………… “May the lord God bless you in ways you know not of but when they happen you will remember it was from God”

  39. 81

    i made them and they areeee wooooow yummy ..thanks alot ;)) i feel like a chef ;))

  40. 83

    Hello Josh! Thanks so much for this recipe, they are THE BEST cinnamon rolls ever!! I´ve made them, changing a bit the recipe cause I didnt have all the ingredients at home but it was still amazing and everyone loved them…
    There´s just one problem, I cant stop eating them! they are so addictive hahaha 🙂
    Thanks so much

  41. 85

    Hi following your ingredientes instead of the kitchen aid can i make the dough in a bread machine?

  42. 87
    Ana silva says:

    Hi if i follow your steps can the dough be made in the bread machinr? Thanks

    • 88

      Ana, sorry for the late reply. I’ve never tried this recipe in a bread machine. If you find out that it works, will you please let me know? Then I can update my post!

  43. 89

    can i skip the part when you used pudding? will the cinnamon roll still taste good?

  44. 91

    Hi Josh,

    I’m planning to make these, they look beautiful. The last recipe I tried became more like biscuits my family still ate them but I was really disappointed, I think it my fault and to do with how I made the dough. I am a fairly new baker and would like some tips to get the best batch possible! Also I’m from the UK what is instant vanilla pudding :S if you could direct me to alternatives it would be great! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  45. 93

    Hi, i was amazed with your cinnamon rolls recipe cuz I’m quite used of using lukewarm milk and water when I’m baking yeast dough , ill try your recipe with room temperature both water and milk , thanks and your cinnamon roll looks really good 🙂

  46. 94

    Hi again, I made your lovely Cinamon buns again today and yes, my family LOVES them.
    I did not cook the ingredients for the filling this time but spread butter on the rolled out dough, sprinkled with soft brown sugar and cinamon , other than that followed your recipe.

    I do not have the Instant Vanilla Pudding Pudding here in the UK but I guess that it is like our * Instant Custard * so I used that , it worked:)

    Anyways, just wanted to let you know that your recipe is such a success with my family and friends.

  47. 96

    Hello Josh. I just tried the cinnamon roll recipe and it is no comparison to the cinnamon roll recipe I’ve been using. The cinnamon rolls did not have the flavor that I expected, the glaze was too sweet and overall was a no go for me. 🙁 However this is the recipe I have been using and here’s the link.

    You will not be disappointed.

  48. 98


    Please could you please have the ingredients in grams. Please. In certain countries we dont use spoon or cups. PLEASEEEEEEEEEE. Greetings from Norway.

    • 99

      Hi Livo, thanks for your comment from Norway…one of my favorite places! The problem is that Cups is a volume measurement and grams is a weight measurement. Different ingredients of the same volume may weight differently. Thus, I don’t give that conversion. But check for an online conversion calculator!

  49. 100

    Hi! did u use all purpose flour for all 4 cups??

  50. 102

    Thank you so much for this recipe, Josh. This is the first time I ever tried doing cinnamon rolls and they turned out totally amazing! I will definitely be doing this recipe again!

  51. 104

    Can i substitute vanilla pudding to vanilla extract or powder

    Please i need you to reply quickly
    Thank you

  52. 105
    Charlotte says:

    First time making cinnamon rolls the dough was great until I added the filling. It needs to be cooled down 1st. It change the texture of the dough. Everyone LOVED them.

    Thank you Josh!!!

  53. 106

    Did anyone try it with cook & serve vanilla pudding instead of instant?

  54. 107

    Hello, this recipe sounds great! I was wondering how much pudding do you add to the dough? I live in Romania and we use the metric system here, so it would be very helpful to know the quantity in grams. Thank you very much!

  55. 108

    Hey so I’m looking to make these. They look great but I need about 4 times what you made will it be bad if a multiple all the ingredients by 4. Also I need them for 2 days from now. So can I put them I’m the oven for a couple of kinuites to warm them up or is that a bad idea? Please let me know

  56. 109

    Hi just wondering if you used self rising flour or all purpose. I tried the self rising and the dough didn’t turn out very well. I too used a hand mixer that could have been the problem. But the ones you made look great. Any suggestions before I try it again?

  57. 110

    This recipe yields how many rolls?
    Can I use normal packet yeast?

  58. 111

    I don’t understand… The recipe says to add everything together at once and mix but you don’t do that in the video. So does it not matter?

  59. 112

    I also noticed that the butter in the recipe says melted but in the video it is softened. Can I not follow the recipe as is?

  60. 113

    Hi, thanks for the recipie! Loved it. Quick question, what happens with the water you get when cooking the filling?

  61. 114

    Tried this recipe and they were by far the best cinammon rolls I’ve made!!! Thanks.

  62. 115

    I made Cinnamon rolls using your recipe so many times now. I tried some other recipes from other popular baker recipe. But I love this most. I will keep it forever. I shared with friends and they love it like I do .
    Thank you for sharing the recipe. I love the taste and texture of it, so fluffy. It’s not overly sweet. This is the best Cinnamon Rolls ever. Better than any store bought 😊.

  63. 116

    I thought I made the best Cinnamon Rolls ever? I guess I am going to have to make yours and see…

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