Easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

These Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls start with a simple bread dough from your bread maker. Homemade cinnamon rolls have never been easier!

bread machine cinnamon rolls

Here is a summary of my food blogging experience:

  • Scenario A – Do all the hard work. Plan recipe. Test recipe. Photograph recipe using complicated DSLR camera with elaborate lighting, food styling and propping. Maybe even make a video for recipe. Type up brilliantly creative content to accompany recipe. Publish recipe. Share recipe all over social media. Recipe does nothing. 
  • Scenario B – Throw together some bread machine cinnamon rolls for your family, think to yourself “Oh, maybe I should snap a picture of this with my iPhone for Instagram or something”. Give little thought to any other content to accompany it. Recipe becomes the most popular recipe you’ve ever shared on social media. 

If you’re thinking this is an either-or, it’s not. Without fail, the recipes and images I create that seem to do the best are the ones I’ve given no thought to. They’re the ones I didn’t plan and just happened to strike culinary gold when I made them.

These Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect example. 

I first made these on a whim when I rescued my bread machine from the archives of culinary history. I shared them on Instagram. Folks went nuts over them. The Today Show Food Instagram account reshared them.

See. No thought. Nothing planned. Pure gold.

Make them. You won’t be disappointed.


How do you use a “bread machine” to make cinnamon buns? 

While you won’t use the “loaf” baking part of a bread machine to make these cinnamon rolls, the “dough” cycle is absolutely perfect for this task. It eliminates almost all of the hands on part of this recipe, with the exception of rolling out the dough, adding the filling, and rolling the dough up. These are the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made, but so easy since the bread machine does most of the work making the dough. 

Can I use a pre-made dough from the grocery store in this bread machine cinnamon roll recipe? 

Yes, but… I’ve personally found if I buy fresh dough from the bakery, it sorta explodes (expands rapidly) in my ‘fridge before I can get to it. And sure, dough for bread machine cinnamon rolls would be easy enough to make on your own at home with a good stand mixer, white flour, warm milk, instant yeast, a warm kitchen, and so on. But I love my good ole, throwback bread maker via these rolls.

My recommendation if you want to start with a pre-made dough is to either 1) be sure that you’re ready to use the pre-made dough fairly quickly after purchase OR 2) buy frozen bread dough (Bridgford makes a good one) and thaw out 1 (1-pound) loaf overnight in the refrigerator. It’ll be ready to roll out and roll up for cinnamon rolls in the morning.

Do you have a recipe for cream cheese frosting for these easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls?

Here’s a cream cheese icing recipe I would recommend.

Where is the best location to “proof” these cinnamon rolls?

I moved all around my kitchen for years looking for the best spot that was a little warm, but not too much… and free from drafts. I finally found that my multifunction air-fryer toaster oven has a “proof” setting, so now, I use it for proofing these cinnamon rolls.

  • salt
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sugar
  • unflavored whey protein powder
  • all-purpose flour
  • active dry yeast
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • vanilla extract
  • butter
  • raisins
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bread machine cinnamon rolls

Easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 rolls


These Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls start with a simple bread dough from your bread maker. You’ll love how simple they are to make!



  • 1/2 cup tap water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored or vanilla-flavored whey protein powder
  • 225 g (about 1 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon bread machine or active dry yeast


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup raisins


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons half-and-half, milk or heavy whipping cream


  1. Prepare the Dough: Layer first 7 ingredients (through yeast) in your bread machine. Start “dough setting”. (Be sure you’re on the “dough” cycle so that it doesn’t proceed onto the baking cycle.)
  2. Meanwhile, begin preparing the Filling: Stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl. 
  3. Coat a square casserole dish or pie plate with cooking spray; set aside.
  4. When Dough is ready (has proofed [first rise] once in the bread machine), remove from bread machine pan, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 12- x 8-inch large rectangle, sprinkling with a little flour if needed to avoid sticking to rolling pin.
  5. Spread butter evenly over Dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture and raisins, pressing raisins into dough slightly. Gently roll up Dough, jelly-roll fashion, starting with a long edge. Pinch seam to seal. Cut Dough into 8 slices using a serrated sharp knife. Place rolls, cut sides up, in prepared dish. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, and let Dough rise [second rise] in a warm place 45 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and prepared the Icing: Stir together powdered sugar and half-and-half; set aside.
  7. Uncover cinnamon roll dough, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, and drizzle with icing. Store in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Proof Time: 90 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cinnamon roll
  • Calories: 285
  • Sugar: 23 g
  • Sodium: 360 mg
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Keywords: bread machine, cinnamon rolls

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