Mini Beginner Cinnamon Rolls

Rolls & Buns

Mini sized rolls mean you can definitely eat more than one!





24 rolls

Prep Time

40 minutes

Rise Time

45 to 60 minutes

Bake Time

15 to 18 minutes


  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (2-1/4 tsp.) packet Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine, very soft
  • Vanilla Icing Dip
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine, very soft
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Place water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F.  Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg.

Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball. 

Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.

For filling, combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Roll dough into a 7 x 24-inch long, narrow rectangle using a rolling pin.   Spread 2 tablespoons butter over dough, stopping at least 1/2-inch from the edges on the long sides. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon sugar mixture. Beginning at long end of the rectangle, roll up tightly.  Pinch seams to seal.  Cut into 24 equal pieces.   TIP: Use unflavored ental floss instead of a knife to cut rolls.  To, cut a piece of floss about 12-inches long.  Slide floss under the roll; bring the ends up and cross over to cut each slice.   Place about 2 inches apart, cut sides down, on greased baking sheets.  Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.

Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool on wire rack for at least 10 minutes. 

Combine all frosting ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons milk and add more if needed) in a bowl and beat until creamy.  Spread or drizzle over rolls.