A couple of months ago, Aunt Alisa shared her go-to sweet dinner rolls, and we mentioned that she also uses the recipe to make cinnamon rolls. Due to popular demand, she has meticulously, with her youngest daughter’s help, made a step-by-step guide with pictures so that you and your family can enjoy this delicious treat. Today’s cinnamon roll recipe picks up after the first rising on her sweet dinner rolls.  Check out her cream cheese icing recipe that makes these cinnamon rolls even better.



(In addition to the ingredients needed for the rolls.)

  • flour for your work surface
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 1-2 cups chopped pecans (optional)


  • After the first rising, knead dough on a floured surface. Form into a ball, and cut in half to separate the dough. Form into two balls.  (One ball can be used to make hot rolls, or you can make more cinnamon rolls.)
  • Set one ball of dough aside, and begin rolling out the other ball in a rectangular shape. Make sure to use a well-floured surface, and roll dough to about 1/4” thick.
  • Using one stick of softened butter, evenly cover the dough. Sprinkle with one cup of brown sugar. (Make sure to go all the way to the edges for both ingredients.)
  • Next sprinkle evenly with cinnamon to desired amount. Finish with chopped pecans, if desired.
  • Next, begin to roll dough. Slowly push dough up on itself to create the roll.
  • Once the dough is rolled up, use a sharp knife to cut 1-inch-thick slices. (Be careful not to smash the roll.)
  • Place each roll in a greased round pan. (You may have enough dough for more than one pan.) Allow to rise 1 more hour.
  • Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes.