Easy Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch
- 1/4 cup butter, divided
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (optional)
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (optional)
- 1/4 cup butter, softened (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush a 9-inch square baking dish with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
- Whisk flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Work 3 tablespoons softened butter into flour mixture using your hands. Beat milk and egg together in another bowl; pour into flour-butter mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.
- Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and roll dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Brush surface of dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
- Whisk 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over butter-brushed dough. Roll dough around filling to form a log; cut log into 18 rolls and place rolls in the prepared baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven until rolls are set, 20 to 25 minutes.
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