Sweet Christmas Series: Cinnamon Rolls

Good morning dear readers!

What do you have for Christmas breakfast? Over the past few years, after we excitedly go through our stockings filled by Santa- we gather for a hearty breakfast: scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, toast and cinnamon rolls. I love making these, a recipe I’ve adapted from “Cooking Light Five Star Recipes“- I recently made them for a brunch- they literally flew out of the baking pan so fast and onto my friends’ plates that I didn’t get a picture in the pan!

Cinnamon Rolls 2

Bonus with this recipe is that your entire house smells divine 🙂

Ingredient for 16 decadent rolls:

1 cup milk
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 package of dry active yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 large beaten egg
½ tsp salt
3 cups plus 2 tbsp white flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
Vegetable oil
2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 handfuls of toasted chopped pecans or walnuts
2 handfuls of raisins, left to soak in a small bowl with water and 1 tsp cinnamon for 15 mins
1 cup sifted icing sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, heat the 1 cup of milk over medium heat to 180 degrees fahrenheit. Don’t let it boil- if your milk boils, you’ll need to start again. Remove from heat, add the 3 tbsp of sugar and the 1 tbsp of unsalted butter. Mix until butter has melted and sugar dissolved. Let cool to 105 degrees fahrenheit.

Combine the ¼ cup of warm water and the yeast and let sit for 5 mins. Combine and mix well your cooled milk mixture, yeast, egg and salt in a large bowl. Gradually stir in your 3 cups of white flour and ½ cup of whole wheat flour to make a soft dough.

Sprinkle some flour on your counter and place your dough. Knead for about 8-10 mins until smooth and elastic. Should your dough start to stick to your counter, add 1 tbsp of whole wheat flour and continue to knead. Every time your dough sticks, use 1 tbsp of whole wheat flour. Once your dough is nice and elastic, place in an oiled bowl. Turn your dough in the oiled bowl to evenly coat. Cover with a clean tea towel and place in a draft free, warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Cinnamon Dough

While your dough is rising:
– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (180 degrees Celcius).
– Using vegetable oil, grease a 13x9x2 inch (30x20x5 cm) pan.
– Toast your nuts in a dry pan- you know they’re ready when you can smell them…tip I got from my mom! Chop them and set aside.
– In a small bowl combine the brown sugar with 2 tsp of cinnamon. Set aside.
– If using raisins, soak them in boiling water and 1 tsp of cinnamon for 15 mins. Once plump, drain water and pat dry with paper towel.
– Melt your 2 tbsp of unsalted butter

Once dough is doubled, punch down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 16×8 in (40×20 cm) rectangle.


Brush melted butter over entire surface of dough. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar, chopped nuts and raisins.

Cinnamon Filling

Roll up, starting a long side- pinch the long seam to seal, don’t seal the ends. Cut into 16 (1 in; 2.5 cm) slices.

Cinnamon Roll 2

Place your slices, cut side down, into your greased baking pan. Cover with clean tea towel, place in a warm, draft free area and let double in bulk, approx. 30 mins.

Cinnamon rolls 3

Uncover and bake in your preheated oven for 22 mins or until done. 5 mins before taking out your cinnamon rolls, combine and stir your sifted icing sugar, 2 tbsp of milk and vanilla until you get a nice glaze. Drizzle over your cinnamon rolls immediately with your glaze after taking out of the oven. Serve and indulge in immediately for greatest pleasure. Enjoy the sounds of pleasure that rise from your guests. Beware- these go fast and even Beth has refused in the past to share her second helping!!!!

Yummy Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls 1

Share with us what you have for Christmas breakfast in the comments below 🙂


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10 thoughts on “Sweet Christmas Series: Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Hanin November 30, 2015 at 8:28 am Reply

    Emiiiiiiiiii Thank you thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe 🙂

    It has been now 5 years I have been enjoying the amazingness that the Williams’ Christmas is. I have to admit I wouldn’t celebrate it any other way.

    As you said: Scrambled eggs with Salmon, Cinnamon rolls and amazing company (and presents too hihi).
    This Christmas I will definitely take a day off from my plan in order to be able to enjoy all the Christmas goodness: Christmas cookies, delicious turkey, foie gras, and the rolls!
    I am going to have to work extra hard at the gym! 🙂

    I can’t wait also to share all of this with Norah too,
    Please make one extra little cinnamon roll this year for her ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Can’t wait to see you Emi we are so looking forward
    We have a lot of hugs in store for you!

    Sending you lots of love,
    Hanin, T & N

    • Emily @ culinarycorrespondence.com November 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm Reply

      Hey Hanin!

      I’m so excited as well. 2 weeks from now I’ll be in Barcelona with you guys! I’m so excited for Norah to really experience Christmas as last year she pretty much slept through it. There will be a small cinnamon roll for her- just for her.

      I can’t wait to be with all the family. Love you so much!


  2. Beth @ Culinary Correspondence November 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm Reply

    To say I’m drooling would be an understatement. I’m licking the screen… just kidding (or am I?).

    This is one treat I just don’t know how to pass up, even though it’s got dairy in it. I hope you’ll make these again for Christmas morning as I fully intend to make an exception to the non-dairy rule (where’s the fun in life if you never break any rules?). You’d have to tackle me to stop me.

    Can’t wait… I can smell the cinnamon in the air already…. 🙂

    • Emily @ culinarycorrespondence.com November 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm Reply

      Hey Beth,

      Well- we could try to make a vegan version- maybe using almond milk, margarine and either applesauce or chia seeds as binders?

      I can make the normal ones as backup and see how everything turns out?

      You were totally licking the screen- I’m proud of you. LOVE YOU!

  3. Jan December 3, 2015 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Oh boy, oh boy! This is really something to look forward to. So delish! I just bought extra cinnamon so don’t worry, Beth and Hanin-Emily won’t run out!

    • Emily @ culinarycorrespondence.com December 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm Reply

      YES! Mom- should I bring pecans or can we get them easily now? 10 days till I fly home!!!!!

      On Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 8:24 AM, Meals and miles apart, recipes shared with love. wrote:


  4. Jan December 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm Reply

    It’s ok-we can get pecans. And that means you have room for one more Crispy Crunch!!!

    • Emily @ culinarycorrespondence.com December 5, 2015 at 12:51 am Reply

      Don’t worry- I’ve got you covered for that!

      On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 2:49 PM, Meals and miles apart, recipes shared with love. wrote:


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