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Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

These small batch cinnamon rolls only take one hour to bake and are the perfect treat to make for breakfast on any holiday or special occasion. 


Growing up my family celebrated almost all holidays with cinnamon rolls. We typically did store bough growing up, but now as an adult, I really love making cinnamon rolls from scratch. Most recipes make at lease a dozen rolls though, and for our small family that means that a lot of them go stale on the counter faster than we can eat them. This small batch cinnamon roll recipe is perfect for our family of four and makes the perfect half dozen of cinnamon rolls in just an hour!


Six cinnamon rolls in a green baking dish with a blue dish towel in the background.


Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls:

This is the best cinnamon roll recipe because it makes exactly 1/2 dozen cinnamon rolls. If you're single, or live with just a few people, this is the perfect recipe to make so that you don't have a bunch of leftovers going to waste. For our family of four we each had 1 1/2 cinnamon rolls and everyone had full and satisfied tummies afterwards. 

Six cinnamon rolls in a green baking dish with a blue dish towel in the background.

Cinnamon Roll Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened and divided 
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided 
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 egg, whisked
  • 1/8 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoons ground cinnamon 

Best Small Baking Pan:

For small batch baking recipes I love using this 5x7 pan that I bought on Amazon. It's the perfect size for this cinnamon roll recipe and fit the dough I needed perfectly. It comes in three different colors, I bought the green but the pink and yellow are super cute too!

Six cinnamon rolls in a green baking dish with a blue dish towel in the background.

The Best Cinnamon Roll Icing:

My family and I do not like cream cheese frosting. We much prefer a simple vanilla icing to go on our cinnamon rolls, much like the kind you would find in a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. For this recipe you'll simply mix together 2 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp milk, 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla, and stir until everything is well combined. You may need to add more powdered sugar/milk until you get your preferred consistency.


Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 6
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 40 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
These small batch cinnamon rolls only take one hour to bake and are the perfect treat to make for breakfast on any holiday or special occasion.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Butter, softened and divided
  • 1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Gugar, divided
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Yeast
  • 1/2 egg, whisked
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
Vanilla Icing
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. For this recipe you start by melting the butter and milk together in the microwave until the butter is completely melted. Let the mixture cool until it's 110º or warm to touch. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 tbsp sugar together, and then add the milk and butter mixture, along with the yeast to the dry ingredients. Mix together with a wooden spoon, or with an electric mixer (I do everything by hand). Add more flour 1/4 cup at a time if the mixture is too wet. Once the mixture is smooth to the touch and consistent throughout, grease a bowl and place the dough inside and cover with a towel for 10 minutes.
  2. While the dough is resting mix together 2 tbsp each of white and brown sugar, and 1 tbsp of cinnamon, then set aside.
  3. After 10 minutes roll the dough out into a long rectangle (about 12 inches by 6 inches). Spread 2 tbsp of butter on top of the dough, and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly across. Roll the dough on the long side tightly to make one long log. Cut the dough into six even pieces and then place in a small baking dish.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350º and let the rolls rest on top of the oven for 25 minutes. Once the rolls have rested, bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the rolls are done baking make you icing by mixing together 2 tbsp butter, 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, two tbsp milk, and 1 tsp vanilla. Add more sugar/milk as needed until you get the preferred consistency. Serve immediately.

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