I adore making these Sheet Pan Cinnamon Rolls. There’s something about working the dough, rolling it up, and seeing those spirals line up like chubby little soldiers in the pan that is very therapeutic for me. It’s hard to feel down when you have a pan of freshly baked cinnamon rolls cooling on your kitchen countertop, right?
This recipe is similar to my Overnight Cinnamon Rolls, but it is written without an overnight chill in the fridge and they all made in one giant half sheet pan (this is the pan I used) instead of two smaller pans. This is perfect for feeding a crowd, or if you just like to have a big pan of cinnamon rolls for your family to work on for a couple of days!
After mixing the yeasted dough by hand, you’ll let it rise in the bowl for about an hour. See how puffy it gets?!? Magic.
Then you’ll punch it down, and roll it out into a large rectangle on a well-floured surface. You’ll need a good stretch of counter space to do this, so make room! Spread that cinnamon, brown sugar butter all over it, and roll it up!
Wrap a piece of dental floss around the dough and cross the ends over each other to slice without squishing. This dough is pretty soft (which makes the end product super tender) so if you use a knife, the rolls might come out a little misshapen. But no worries, they’ll still taste amazing!
Tuck those babies into their sheet pan, cover them with a clean kitchen towel, and let the dough rise one more time while the oven preheats.
Bake them until they are golden brown and don’t forget to drizzle the vanilla icing. That bit of brown sugar in the filling caramelizes in the oven and makes these Sheet Pan Cinnamon Rolls extra special.
These Sheet Pan Cinnamon Rolls are really fun to make, and the more you practice, the easier they get! They truly are so buttery and tender, and make any weekend morning cozy and delicious!
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- 2 1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 2 cups warm milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg beaten
- 5 1/2 - 6 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup melted butter (warm, not hot)
- 3/4 cups almost melted butter
- 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk (more if needed by the 1/2 teaspoon)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line a half sheet baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix yeast and warm water together and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Stir in warm milk, sugar, salt and egg and mix by hand.
- Add three cups of the flour, and mix until smooth.
- Pour in melted butter and stir until incorporated.
- Gradually add 2 1/2 more cups of flour and mix by hand. This will take some muscle!
- Add the remaining cup of flour and stir. The dough should be sticky, but pulling away from the side of the bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel, and place in a warm place (near a window, on top of the oven) to rise for 1 hour.
- Punch the dough down, and pour out onto a well-floured surface. Have extra flour nearby to add as needed.
- Roll out the dough, making sure it is not sticking to your work surface and adding flour as needed to about 12 inches by 42 inches.
- Mix up the filling until smooth, and the spread evenly over the dough.
- Roll up the dough, starting from the long end.
- Using a piece of dental floss, cut 1 inch sections of dough* from the roll and place them onto your baking sheet. You will have seven rows of six rolls to equal 42 rolls.
- Cover the rolls with a clean kitchen towel and let rise while the oven preheats to 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Bake @350 degrees for 22-27 minutes. You will want the tops of the rolls to be golden brown. If they are not golden, the rolls in the very middle of the pan may still be doughy underneath.
- Let the rolls cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes while you mix up the icing, and then drizzle icing (I put mine in a Ziploc bag and snip a tiny bit of the corner) over the rolls.
A serrated knife will work as well, but does tend to flatten the roll more than the dental floss.