Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls

Average Rating 3.5 from 2 ratings

This is the ultimate morning splurge, with a creamy, nutty topping. Made with Pamela’s All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend. See our step-by-step photo instructions: Baking With Pamela.
(For a Cinnamon Roll recipe using Pamela’s Bread Mix, click here.)

Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls

Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls


  • 3¼ cups (460 grams) Pamela's All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 TBSP butter
  • 2 eggs, large
  • To proof yeast
  • ⅔ cup warm water (100° optimum)
  • 2¼ tsp active dry yeast (7g)
  • Filling
  • 6 TBSP butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP + 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ to ¾ cup pecans, chopped (optional)
  • ½ to ¾ cup raisins (optional)
  • Vanilla Icing (for 12 drizzled rolls, or double this recipe for 12 frosted rolls)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ to 2 TBSP milk or water
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 11x16-inch pan or two 8.5 x 11-inch pans or two 9.5 x 13-inch pans



Mix butter, sugar, and cinnamon with a fork or mixer until well combined. Set aside. Plump raisins (if using) in hot water if they are dry, drain well, and set aside.


Heat milk on stove or microwave until bubbles form around edge, add sugar and butter, mix well and let cool. Proof yeast in warm water about 5 minutes until foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer whisk together the All-Purpose Flour Artisan Blend and salt. Add all liquids and eggs to dry ingredients and mix on low until combined. Mix on medium/high speed for three minutes (dough will stiffen and be easier to roll).

Lay down a couple large sheets of parchment paper to act as a base for assembling the dough. Generously spray two pieces of 12 x 16" parchment paper with cooking spray. Place dough in the center of one. Spread dough towards edges using a sprayed bench scraper or rubber spatula. Cover with the second sprayed piece of parchment, pat and push dough to fill the whole 12 x 16 area. (If dough rolls out beyond the edges, cut off with a knife and work back into an area that needs dough.) Carefully remove top parchment. Spread filling with small flexible spatula or fingers over the dough leaving 1" uncovered edge at the top on the long side. Spread pecans and raisins evenly over dough.

Using the parchment paper to help, roll log from the long side towards the uncovered edge, sealing log with your fingers or sprayed silicone spatula. Fold the log ends back into themselves to make a closed end. If needed, dough can be refrigerated for 15 minutes to firm up log before slicing.

Spray or grease pan well. Cut log into 12 slices with sprayed bench scraper or knife. Carefully place slices into the pan, leaving space in between and reshaping round if necessary. Cover pan with plastic wrap or sprayed parchment, place in a warm, draft-free spot and let rise to double in size 60 to 90 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. Remove covering, brush melted 1 TBSP butter on roll tops and bake in top third of oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown across tops. Remove from oven to cool on rack, at least 15 minutes before serving with sauce or drizzling or spooning icing.

ICING: Whisk powdered sugar with milk, and vanilla to make a thick glaze. Add up to ½ TBSP more milk if necessary. Drizzle Icing from pastry bag in diagonal pattern or spoon on thickly over rolls, set on wire rack, set over parchment.

CHEFS NOTE: These are best when baked fresh and eaten warm. For a different flavor try using other dried fruit like currants or wild dried blueberries.


Raisin Cinnamon Rolls can be made up to 2 days in advance. Once dough is in pans, cover tightly and place in refrigerator for up to two days. When ready to bake, remove from refrigerator, allow to come to room temperature and double in size, remove wrap, and bake as per directions. Raisin Cinnamon Rolls can also be frozen after placing dough in pan and covering tightly. When ready to bake, thaw, let rise until doubled in size, remove wrap and bake as per directions.

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10 Reviews or Comments for Ultimate Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Mary November 9, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    I was really excited about finding a good gluten free cinnamon roll recipe as this is one of our favorites for Thanksgiving morning. I did a trial run this morning and was very disappointed. I followed the directions completely and the dough which according to the recipe was suppose to be loose was very heavy. I rolled it out and put the filling on hoping that it would be okay. It wasn’t. I let it rise for over an hour and nothing. I decided to bake it anyway and it still did not rise at all. The taste and texture was fine but just too heavy and not light and fluffy as I was expecting. Please let me know if I need to alter the recipe. I live at about 300 ft elevation so that should not enter into the equation.

    • Pamelas Customer Service November 12, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      HI Mary –
      It sounds like you need to add more liquid so that the dough is thinner and can open up. That will help. Please let us know how it goes!
      Denise, Customer Service

  2. Pamelas Customer Service December 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Good News – We have revised this recipe just a tad!
    Give it a try and let us know how you like it!
    Denise, Customer Service

    • Ivy January 2, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

      We made this recipe today. Following the recipe, we ended up with a dough that was so sticky it stuck to the oil coated parchment paper and everything else in sight. It wouldn’t release, so rolling the dough was almost impossible. Using 2 people we finally managed to assemble what we thought resembled cinnamon rolls. They rose fine. The final texture was very spongy and the taste eggy. They were rather like a spongy french toast. Not bad, but not really that close to the cinnamon roll texture and flavor we are familiar with. The dough was so difficult to work with we aren’t likely to use this recipe again.

      • Pamelas Customer Service January 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

        Hi Ivy –
        We just revised this recipe so it has been tested for accuracy. It sounds like you did not use enough flour. As everyone measures differently, each cup of the Artisan should weigh 140g.
        Denise, Customer Service

  3. Jennifer February 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    I have made a ton of the recipes on this site including both other cinnamon bun/swirl recipes. This was a disaster tonight. I have never had such sticky dough. I know how to work with gluten free dough. I’m not a neewbie. They are proofing now. So…we’ll see.

  4. Jennifer Bechtel March 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    I’ve made several gluten-free yeast bread recipes, including pizza crusts and sandwich bread. This was my first attempt at a gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe with yeast (I’ve used biscuit mix and rolled up non-yeast gluten-free cinnamon rolls before, too). I’d give these a 4.5 stars in flavor — we all enjoyed the rich cinnamon flavor and the dough was good, but it wasn’t awesome.In texture, I’m with most of the other folks — I’d have to say that they turned out kind of heavy and solid…. not especially light and springy, but definitely edible and for the most part, enjoyable.Because of the density of the dough, you can’t eat much more than one at a time because they are so very filling.The other reason I gave it 3 stars is that my experience was similar to a lot of others in that the dough was very very sticky to work with (expected some stickiness), but it was so soft and mushy that the cinnamon “rolls” ended up being more like cinnamon lumps that all grew together into a big sheet of coffee cake (maybe). I appreciated the hint of using the spray oil and the parchment paper — for the most part patting the dough out and rolling them up wasn’t so difficult, it was lifting the rolls into the pan and trying to reshape them as they literally fell apart!Again, the family ate and enjoyed them, so I can’t complain.Hint to the folks at Pamela’s: Please please please….. WEIGH the flour and ingredients out — and list the WEIGHTS (grams or ounces — either works for me) next to the quantity of each ingredient in the recipe. I’ve found that especially with gluten-free, the flours can differ so much in volume depending upon whether you scoop them or gently spoon them into measuring cups, and weights seem to be the best measure in the end. It might solve your problem! Other option: Add 2 to 3 tsp. baking powder! I’ve baked other yeast breads that call for it and it seems to give them a bit more of a “lighter” or less dense quality in the end.

    Recipe Rating: 3
  5. Donette Dunaway April 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    I had success making a tasty and satisfying product by diligently following the recipe and the reviewers’ suggestions of: 1. Weigh 420grams of Artisan Pamela’s flour; 2. Add 3 tsp (1Tbsp) of baking powder; and 3.Generously butter the parchment papers. The dough was very loose and sticky, and didn’t rise as much as I hoped during the yeast-rise phase. I was worried that the rolls would be a dismal failure, but happily found that while baking, the baking powder did the trick and the rolls expanded to fill the baking dish. We had as fluffy a cinnamon roll as one could hope for in a GF product. I was very pleased.

    Recipe Rating: 4
  6. jules November 22, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    The batter (I wouldn’t call it dough) whipped up to a nice fluffy texture but it was immediately clear that I would not be rolling these out as described. My mother-in-law, with all of her infinite kitchen wisdom, and I consulted and agreed that the muffin tin was the way to go and worked great! I scooped a bit of the batter into well-greased cups, added a little scoop of the filling, topped it with more batter and voila!

    I would definitely recommend the recipe and HIGHLY recommend using muffin tins. Not to mention the were easy to pop into the lunch bag too!

    (Be sure to bake with a cookie sheet under the muffin tin incase the butter spills out.)

  7. Melissa Lemme February 26, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    I have made these 4 times. The first was a semi-fail, on my part. The next three complete success. Reading and following directions help 🙂 anyhoo, can this recipe be doubled or tripled to make thicker rolls?

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