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Honey Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter

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  • Author: Cindy Gibbs @ My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 14 minutes
  • Yield: 12 rolls 1x
  • Category: Breads
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These tender rolls have the perfect touch of honey in them and the cinnamon honey butter takes 5 minutes to make.  The two greatly complement each other and you’ll be wishing you made a double batch!   


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  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 100 to 110 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 packet active dry yeast, 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  • Melted butter for brushing tops


  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar



Preheat oven to 160 degrees and turn off.

  1. Add the milk and butter to a measuring cup or small microwavable bowl and heat until it’s just hot to the touch.  It only need to get hot enough to melt the butter.  It should not be bubbling hot.  Set it aside to cool while preparing the other ingredients.
  2. Add the honey and yeast to the warm water.  Using the back of a spoon, slightly press the floating yeast granules under the water to get them wet.  Allow the yeast mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the yeast mixture, honey, salt, egg, and 1 cup of the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix for about 1 minute untl well combined.  Replace the paddle attachment with the dough hook.
  4. Add 1 more cup of flour, while mixing on medium speed until the flour is almost incorporated.  You should still see a few flecks of dry flour.  Add 1 more cup of flour and mix on medium speed just until incorporated, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add 1/2 cup of the remaining flour.  Mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  If the dough is still very sticky and doesn’t pull away from the sides of the bowl, add the last 1/2 cup of flour and mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Continue mixing for about 1 to 2 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Dust the dough lightly with flour and form it into a ball, using floured hands.
  6. Grease a large mixing bowl.  Place the ball of dough in the bowl.  Turn the ball over once so as to grease both the top and bottom.  Cover the bowl with a towel.  Place the bowl in the warm turned off oven.  Leave the door slightly ajar.  Leave the dough in the warm oven until it is almost doubled in size.  This usually takes at least 1 hour.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface.  Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/2 inch in thickness.  Use a bench scraper or a 2 x 3 inch cookie cutter, cut out 2 x 3 inch rectangles of dough.  At this point, you can place the rectangles of dough on a greased cookie sheet or if you want the rolls to be rounded on top, do the following:  Fold the short edges of the rectangle under, pulling the dough to meet in the middle and pinch the two edges together.
  8. Cover rolls with a towel and place cookie sheet back in oven for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.  Leave covered.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Place the pan of rolls in the preheated oven and bake until the rolls are a medium golden brown, 11-14 minutes, depending on your oven.  Remove from oven and brush the tops with melted butter.
  11. Serve rolls warm with Cinnamon Honey Butter.
  12. Rolls are best the day they’re made, but will taste good the next day when reheated.  To reheat, wrap rolls securely in a paper towel and warm for a few seconds in a microwave.


  1. Add the butter, cinnamon, honey, and powdered sugar to a small bowl and mix together with a fork.  Using a wooden spoon, mix the butter until it’s light and creamy.  Serve at room temperature.  Refrigerate if not using within 1 day.