Easily the best Cinnamon Rolls EVER!

Cinnamon Rolls are a tradition in my family. My mother always made tea rings for friends and family for Christmas gifts. I have tried dozens of recipes, but these are by far the best. They require some planning, since you have to start the starter at least the day before you are ready to bake. All the planning and the minimal fussing with the starter is so completely worth it. These are far better than Cinnabon. I don’t put raisins (since raisins have no place in cinnamon rolls) and I don’t put nuts in since Mr. Smith feels that nuts are a crime against humanity. ‘Nuff said.

Now, go make some Cinnamon Rolls! Stop lazing around reading this silly blog and go bake something!  I will wait for the thank you comments to flood in after I post this.



These Cinnamon Rolls were featured on Paula Deen’s show. Unfortunately, they did not include the recipe for the starter on the original show. 



1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup Idaho potato flakes

1 teaspoon dry active yeast

1 1/2 cups warm tap water

One day before you plan on baking the cinnamon rolls combine the starter ingredients. Stir this mixture occasionally with a rubber spatula and your starter should start bubbling within 12 hours. You will know this because you will see bubbles along the side of the bowl and on the top of the mixture as well. Let this mixture sit bubbling, uncovered, until you are ready to make the dough the next day. You might want to stir it occasionally. Remember this is a living culture and you will need to take care of it in order to keep it alive.

Lots of love and have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas!



2 responses to “Easily the best Cinnamon Rolls EVER!

  1. Hi Patti-
    I did some research on this. Like you, I tried to keep the leftover starter alive and basically killed it with kindness. I had no idea what I was doing and it just went belly up and stopped bubbling after about 4 days.

    I was able to find a ton of information about sourdough starters. I would imagine that the technique used for this would certainly translate to this starter.

    Here is a great tutorial website that has a ton of info on starters:


    Please let me know how it works out. And thank you so much for checking out my blog!

  2. “Remember this is a living culture and you will need to take care of it in order to keep it alive”
    I have read this in a lot of different articles. please tell me exactly how to care for it. I have read you have to feed it. How? also does it just sit on the counter uncovered forever? I have been unable to find answers to these questions. please help. Thank you