How to Make the Best Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls

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Are you looking for a good recipe for brown butter cinnamon rolls? Look no further! This article collates the best tips and tricks for making perfect brown butter cinnamon rolls.

Tips for the Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

Below, we share our perfect cinnamon roll recipe. We include some tips that guarantee your cinnamon rolls will be absolutely perfect.

Give the Rolls Time to Expand 

After you've rolled your dough and you're ready for it to rise or "proof," give it thirty minutes to do so. Placing the bowl in a warm spot—on top of the oven or on a sunny window sill—will help the dough rise properly.

Dough Rolling

After your dough has risen and you're ready to roll them on the baking sheet, make sure not to roll the dough tightly. This will ensure that the cinnamon roll bakes evenly and thoroughly.

Rolling the dough tightly can also keep the cinnamon rolls from expanding correctly.

Another trick to ensure that the cinnamon rolls expand correctly is to leave a tail at the end of the roll to tuck underneath. This allows space for the rolls to rise but keeps the ends of the rolls in place.

Cooling the Rolls

After the rolls have baked, finding the perfect amount of time to cool is essential. The key to pillow-like cinnamon rolls is to let them set after being pulled from the oven. If you don't allow them enough time, they could collapse. 

Ten minutes is enough time to let the rolls cool down and set. 

Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Are you itching to start baking with a cinnamon roll recipe? Here's how to make brown butter cinnamon rolls.


Quality ingredients are crucial to your brown butter cinnamon rolls. Here's what you'll need.

If you're making your dough from scratch, you'll need:

  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk, lukewarm
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling, the ingredients are: 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste

And finally, for the icing:

  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste


The Dough

1. Stir the milk, one tablespoon of sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Let this sit for 10-15 minutes.

Use a mixer to mix the rest of the sugar, flour, and salt.

Since flour is arguably one of the most critical parts of baked goods, you should use a reliable and quality brand.

2. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients, then add the eggs and vanilla. Mix on a low setting for two minutes before switching to a medium setting, mixing for five minutes. Slowly add the butter and continue to mix until the dough is pillowy and soft. 

3. Cover the dough and let it rise, or proof, for at least thirty minutes but no longer than an hour.

Brown Butter

The difference between a delicious brown butter cinnamon roll and baking cinnamon rolls (the regular kind) is the butter. Brown butter is butter that has been melted and browned.

Brown butter gives a nutty flavor to the pastry and filling. 

1. Place the amount of butter you've set aside for the filling and icing in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the butter, swirling it around until the butter has browned. 

2. Transfer the butter to a bowl to be placed in the freezer.

3. Once the butter is solid, set it on the counter to bring it back to room temperature. Stir it to soften it until it's spreadable.

Dough and Filling

1. For the filling, combine the browned butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, salt, and vanilla bean paste in a bowl.

2. Flour a surface to place the dough on, such as your kitchen counter or a cutting board.

3. Roll the dough into a large rectangle, being sure to square off the edges as you roll it out.

4. Spread the filling evenly across the dough.

5. Roll the dough starting at the long side, but be sure not to roll it up tightly. 

6. If you want a firmer dough to cut, transfer the dough to the freezer for 20 minutes.

7. Take the dough out of the freezer and slice the log into six equal parts, setting them down face-up and spreading them evenly across a parchment-paper-lined baking pan.


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. 

3. Let the cinnamon rolls cool for about ten minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Mix unsalted butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl or a standing mixer on a medium setting until they are combined. 

2. Add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla bean paste.

3. Continue to mix until it is fluffy.

4. Drizzle on cooled cinnamon rolls.

Storing Your Cinnamon Rolls

It's important to note that storing pastries and baked goods in the fridge can make them stale faster. Be sure to keep them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. 

Cinnamon rolls can last for 2 to 3 days in a room temperature airtight container. Freeze your cinnamon rolls for up to two months if necessary. 

Ready, Set, Bake

Brown butter cinnamon rolls may seem like a problematic pastry to tackle, but it's all worth it when you take your first bite. 

Quality baking starts with quality ingredients. Be sure you are baking with quality and trustworthy ingredients for better baked goods.

Not only will it take your baking to the next level, but it's also more fun when you have the best ingredients to work with.

This brown butter cinnamon roll recipe is a great way to tackle a baking milestone, and they're delicious! What are you waiting for? Ready, set, bake!

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