Close up shot of cinnamon rolls being drizzled with maple icing

Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls

These buttery soft and pillowy cinnamon rolls covered in maple icing will absolutely melt in your mouth. They are a labor of love that is 100% worth it!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cinnamon Rolls, holiday breakfast, maple cinnamon rolls, pioneer woman
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 43
Calories 375 kcal
Author Adapted from The Pioneer Woman


  • 4 c. whole milk
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 pkgs. Active Dry Yeast
  • 9 c. all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. unsalted butter melted

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 2 c. sugar
  • cinnamon

Maple Icing

  • 1 2 lb. bag powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. maple flavoring
  • 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter melted
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


  1. Whisk together the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. Over medium-high heat scald the mixture (heat to where it's just about to reach the boiling point. At this point, small bubbles will start to appear around the edges.). Turn off heat (keeping pan on burner) and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  2. After an hour or so when the mixture is no longer hot, instead lukewarm, sprinkle in both packages of yeast (if measuring from a jar instead of packets you’ll need 4 1/2 tsp). Let sit for a moment to absorb in the milk mixture. 

  3. Transfer milk mixture to a stand mixer bowl and add 8 of the 9 cups (reserving the last cup for later) of flour. Using the hook attachment of your stand mixer incorporate flour together. If you’d rather mix by hand, depending on how much room you have you can keep everything in the same pot and mix in flour with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.  

  4. Dough should be nearly doubled in size after rising for at least an hour. Punch down to release the air. Mix in remaining cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together.

  5. Sprinkle rolling surface generously with flour.

  6. Divide dough in half. Using one half of the dough form a rectangle. Roll thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape (as best you can).

  7. Drizzle 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter over the dough. 

  8. Sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the butter (the other cup that has been measured will be for the other half of the dough). Generously sprinkle cinnamon.

  9. Starting with the longest side roll dough tightly. Pinch the seam of the roll to seal it. Cut the rolls approximately ¾ to 1 inch thick. This can be done with a serrated knife if you find that easier but I prefer dental floss.

  10. Spread around 1 tbsp. of melted butter (could be slightly more) in the baking dish of your choice. If using a 9x13 you will be able to arrange 12-15 rolls depending on the size of your rolls. If using a disposable round foil pie pan you should be able to get seven rolls to a pan. If using a disposable square foil cake pan you should be able to get 9 rolls to a pan. Lay them in the buttered pans.

  11. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Once the rolls have risen slightly (be careful not to over-rise your rolls) they are ready to bake. 

  12. If you’re giving the rolls as gifts you can at this point refrigerate to bake later, or remove plastic wrap and bake to give fresh hot rolls. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake about 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown.

For the Maple Icing

  1. Whisk everything together until smooth. The consistency you’re looking for is thick but pourable. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls to serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Nutrition Facts
Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 175mg8%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.