Cinnamon Rolls

This makes two 9 x 13 pans of fabulous homemade cinnamon rolls. Don’t worry, there’s no kneading involved and they are fun to make with the kids. Plus, a cake mix is incorporated with the flour to help it become sweetened. Traditionally these are made with vanilla cake mix, but try chocolate for another delicious version. Your home will smell so good while these bake!

1 18oz. box Vanilla or French Vanilla cake mix
5 1/2 cups flour
2 pkgs. yeast or 4 1/2 tsp.
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 1/2 cups warmed water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick melted butter

Icing – You may want to double this
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tsp. milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Place cake mix, flour, yeast, salt and warm water into a large bowl and mix well. Cover and rise for one hour. Lightly grease two 9 x 13 pans. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and have the melted butter ready. Lightly flour a counter top, plop the risen dough onto it, divide in half and roll each half into a large 12 x 18 inch rectangle. Brush each with 1/2 butter and sprinkle each with 1/2 the cinnamon mixture. Starting at long end, roll up like a cigar and then slice into about 16 pieces each, and place in each of the pans. Cover and place in the fridge for 8 hours – overnight is good.

When ready to bake, take pans out of fridge and place on counter top for 30 minutes while you preheat oven to 350 degrees. One at a time, bake the pans for about 30-40 minutes, until goldenish brown. Take out of oven for 5 minutes, then pour and spread icing over each.

While you are waiting for rolls to bake, mix all the icing ingredients in a medium bowl.


  1. Hello! I made these for my girlfriend and parents this weekend and they were a HUGE hit! I just found your site recently and this was the first recipe I tried. I can’t wait to make more. Thank you!

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