Maple-Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon Rolls are something that you can make yourself. They may seem intimidating, but they really aren’t.

Maple Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

I have very fond memories of the cinnamon rolls of my childhood. The best ones were those that my Aunt Sandy made when she worked the kitchen at the Monroe Cafe. Those were pretty amazing.

The cinnamon rolls I’d had previously had been store bought: from a can, from the grocery bakery section, or from an overpriced mall shop. It wasn’t until I was a newlywed that I realized you could make them yourself.

Making Cinnamon Rolls More Convenient

Sure, opening a can of refrigerator cinnamon rolls is pretty easy. But the little work that you put into making them from scratch is more than worth it. There are several ways to make them more convenient.

  • Flash freeze the cinnamon rolls on a tray before the second rise. Then store in the freezer, tightly wrapped. Pull as many as you want the night before to thaw and rise. See the whole method in a photo tutorial here.
  • Make a pan of rolls and freeze them before the second rise. The night before baking, pull the pan to thaw and rise. Bake in the morning.

Usually I make these Whole-Grain Cinnamon Rolls. But, recently, I decided to try a different flavor combination: Maple and Brown Sugar. The result was an amazingly good sweet treat. Yum!

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Maple-Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon buns, cinnamon rolls, maple brown sugar cinnamon rolls
Servings: 12
Calories: 320 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • Dough Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter cut into pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon gluten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • Filling Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
  1. Grease a 9x13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place the dough ingredients in the pan of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Set the dough cycle.
  3. When the cycle ends, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Spread the butter over the dough.
  5. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon. Drizzle the maple syrup over all.
  6. Roll up the dough, starting at the long edge. Seal the edges. Slice into 12 equal slices.
  7. Place the pinwheels into the prepared baking dish. (Can be frozen at this point.)
  8. Allow the rolls to rise until doubled in bulk.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 °. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Cool the pan on a rack.
  11. In a small bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and maple flavoring. Drizzle the rolls with the glaze.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and are based on 1/12 of the recipe. Use within 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Maple-Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 280mg12%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 289IU6%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Don’t forget. You can make these turkey-shaped for Thanksgiving. Check out the tutorial here.

What’s your favorite special morning treat?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Kristen says

    In the dough ingredients, what is “gluten”? Can you just buy a bag of gluten?? (Sorry if this is a stupid question 😉

    • The box I have is from Arrowhead Mills. It lasts a very long time since you only use a small amount at a time. You can omit it though, if you’d like. It makes the bread fluffier.

  2. Mason says

    Can you just buy gluten at the grocery store? Is it a powder? Can you reccomend a brand name? How about a substitute?

    • It is a powder. The brand I have is Arrowhead Mills. I’ve bought it at Walmart, Ralphs, and Sprouts. If you don’t want to buy it, just make the rolls without it. They’ll still be great. The vital wheat gluten gives a fluffier texture.

  3. Lina says

    We can freeze cinnamon rolls ? This will make my life easier Thanks a lot !

  4. Claire says

    Out of butter…going to make a double batch of these when I get more!!!! They look amazing!!! My children will them.

  5. Rachel says

    Oh my goodness… These are delicious! I couldn’t wait, I snagged one while they were cooling. I might not share them. Thank for yet another delicious recipe.

  6. Alison says

    I don’t have a bread maker. Can I just mix all those ingredients myself at once?

    • Yep. Are you familiar with standard bread making technique? Warm the maple syrup, milk, and butter slightly. Mix in the yeast and allow it to proof for 5 minutes. It should start to foam a bit. Mix in the egg, flour, and salt until a dough is formed. (You can omit the gluten.) Knead on a floured surface until a smooth ball is formed. Allow to rise in a greased bowl until doubled in bulk. Then proceed to make the rolls.

  7. Docmo says

    Do you have to use Maple syrup? Can fresh cane syrup be used instead?

  8. Janet says

    We tried these yesterday. They were yummy! We are having a mini pantry challenge this week. The kids have been out of school for more than a week now due to snow and ice. I have not been to the store either. Consequently, our baking supplies are getting a bit slim. Since I did not have maple flavoring for the icing I substituted vanilla extract and it tasted great in combination with the maple flavored dough. Thanks for another great recipe.

  9. Malini says

    How long do you recommend letting them rise? Should they be covered with plastic wrap for the rise?

    • Usually until doubled in bulk, covered with plastic wrap. You can also do the second rise overnight refrigerated.

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