Every family has secret recipes passed down from generation to generation, and my family's recipe is for cinnamon rolls.

These rolls became a staple in our family in the early 1980s when my Grandma owned a restaurant and her friend had a cinnamon roll recipe. Grandma perfected the recipe, and the roll became a customer favorite.

As the years passed, the legend of the 'roll' grew and became a tool used by my mom to bring happiness to others, even after the restaurant closed. It's estimated that mom makes and delivers over 4,000 rolls every year. She doesn't sell them; she gives them to whoever is on her mind that day. She uses the rolls as a way to make sure those people are doing ok.

Until now, no one else in the family has attempted to make them.

The last few weeks have been rough on my mom; she just had to have a total knee replacement and isn't able to be as active as usual. She needed some help with her cinnamon roll-making and distribution, so that's where I entered.

Having watched her make these rolls MANY times over the last 40 years, you'd think I would have the process down, but I guess I've never paid attention to every step. I didn't realize it took HOURS to make them, and I may have bitten off more than I could chew.

Hey Wyoming, You'll Love Eating These Fantastic Cinnamon Rolls
Drew Kirby, TSM

Luckily, mom and Grandma are here to guide me on my first cinnamon roll journey. This process lasted over 3 hours and churned out an impressive batch of incredible cinnamon rolls.

Hey Wyoming, You'll Love Eating These Fantastic Cinnamon Rolls
Drew Kirby, TSM

I admit I did a pretty good job on these cinnamon rolls. It may have been that I had some pretty good teachers guiding me on the journey.

Mom's mission is to help put a smile on everyone's face with these cinnamon rolls, so I wanted to share this recipe.

Drew's Mom's Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 350 before you begin the process

Step 1: Boil Milk - bring ingredients to a rapid boil

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 6 tsp sugar
  • Dash of salt

Step 2: Add 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp Vanilla to milk mixture


Step 3: In a separate bowl

  • 2 tbsp Yeast
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water

Step 4: Pour milk into a mixing bowl and add:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 eggs

Step 5: Add Yeast Mixture into the mixing bowl:

  • add 3 more cups of flour
  • mix all ingredients

Step 6: Cover dough, place near stove & let rise *35 minutes approximately

Step 7: Place dough on a floured surface and Knead

Step 8: Roll Out

  • roll dough into a long oval
  • spread melted butter from edge to edge of the dough
  • cover the entire rolled-out buttered dough with cinnamon. (amount up to you)
  • pour brown sugar onto the dough and spread from edge to edge
  • optional: add the nut (if any) of your choice.

Step 9: Roll into a dough log

  •  evenly roll the dough and make a long tight log
  • make sure all edges of the dough are crimped together so that there are no gaps in the log

Step 10: Slice the log into 1 1/2" cinnamon rolls

Step 11: Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray­­­­

Step 12: Place rolls evenly on the baking sheet with space between each roll

Step 13: Cover the baking sheet, place it on the stovetop, and cover. Let rise for 35 minutes.

Step 14: Place into the preheated oven (350) for 12 minutes.

if you place more than 1 baking sheet at a time, place one on the top rack and one on the bottom rack and switch after 7 minutes. 

Step 15: Remove from the oven and cool each roll on wax paper. (flip roll onto the top for better cooling)

Step 16: Using the icing you choose to top each cinnamon roll after cooling.

Step 17: ENJOY.

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