Easy Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls


Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend.

My weekend was a blur. It went by so fast, I can hardly remember it.

It involved Chinese food, a Harry Potter movie, watery sangria, a late night at work, a half-pound hamburger, some baking, some cleaning and some herb watering.

Pretty exciting, huh? I planted new herbs; basil, rosemary, sage and oregano from the farmers' market. These are the herbs I use the most. Hopefully they'll survive this year... because I'm fully committed to watering them. Although I do have to update you on the raspberry bush I planted a while back.

It passed away.


I also edited a lot of pictures for the blog this weekend, so I should have a quite a few posts coming up for you.

Today's recipe is Easy Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls. These were good. Most importantly, they were easy.


This is the perfect recipe for lazy girls who want to eat cinnamon rolls as soon as possible and don't want to work very hard at making them. Yeah!! That's me.


This is how you do it:

Step one: mix up water, yeast, sugar, egg, sour cream, butter, baking powder, salt and flour in a bowl. Do not knead. That's too much work. Allow to rise 45 minutes.

Step two: roll out dough and sprinkle melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Roll up, slice, and allow to rise 30 minutes.

Step three: bake cinnamon rolls for 20 minutes. Drizzle baked cinnamon rolls with a mixture of confectioners's sugar, sour cream and vanilla.

Step four: eat as fast as possible with a glass of milk.

Step five: take a nap.

Easy Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls

1/4 cup warm water (not hot)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons
1 large egg
1/3 cup low fat sour cream + 2 tablespoons, divided use
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided use
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together water, yeast and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl; allow to sit 5 minutes. Stir in additional 2 tablespoons sugar, egg, 1/3 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon melted butter, baking powder and salt until well combined. Stir in flour until well combined and a dough ball forms. Lightly cover bowl and allow dough to rise in a warm area for 45 minutes.

Roll dough out into a thin rectangle on a floured surface, using a floured rolling pin. Brush dough with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Roll dough up and slice into 12 equal pieces. Place on a large greased cookie sheet. Lightly cover and allow dough to rise in a warm area for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Brush cinnamon rolls with remaining 1/2 tablespoon melted butter. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer rolls to a wire rack or serving platter.

To make the glaze, mix together remaining 2 tablespoons sour cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until well combined. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls.

Makes 12 rolls


  1. It passed away. lol

    That's about my luck with things, too!

    The rolls. Girl. Incredible!

  2. I've always wanted to try cinnamon rolls, but thought them a little too adventurous for my level of kitchen skills. This has changed my mind, can't wait to give them a go!!


  3. I'm sure your gonna be able to keep your plants alive! If you can bake, you can do it! These rolls looks fantastic!

  4. These cinnamon rolls look amazing! Love sour cream in baked goods.

  5. I think that weekend sounds pretty great! Except for the watery sangria... I hate it when it's like that. I also watched a Harry Potter movie!! The Dealthy Hallows Part 1 - gearing up for the final one. Those cinnamon rolls look really yummy (especially because they're easy) and I like the idea of using a sour cream glaze!

  6. Your cinnamon rolls are gorgeous! I especially like step 4 in the recipe. I'm sorry to hear about the raspberry plant, I hope the herbs will be around to flavor many meals in the near future.

  7. mouth. is. watering.


  8. These look so good! I love that little word *easy* in the title. :) I'll be trying these for sure. By the way, your herb garden looks great. Mine looks dead. Very dead.

  9. These look great! I've never made cinnamon rolls..they always seem intimidating..thanks for sharing something that I think I could actually handle!

  10. Yum! I love cinnamon rolls but they take forever. I must try this recipe.

  11. If your herbs start to look a little sad, put them in the shade for part of the day. That's where I have all of my herbs this year and they have done so well! :)

  12. Do you think I could refrigerate these overnight once they're rolled. Then take them out to rise the 30 minutes, in the morning, before baking?

  13. Easy? I like easy. Especially when it means I can have cinnamon rolls ASAP! These look fabulous!

  14. mmm those look so good! And they are perfect for me because I'm so lazy when it comes to making cinnamon rolls. I also have a few herbs on my deck that I'm hoping will survive this year. I'm good at watering them, but we don't get a lot of hot weather around here, so basil, parsley and cilantro don't typically fare well. Oh well, at least I'm trying, right?

  15. I love you little plants! I've got thyme and rosemary on my window, it's nice to smell ^^
    Cinnamon rolls I love them, one of my favorite pastries.

  16. Oh boy! I'm lazy, a girl, and I love cinnamon rolls. Win! These look delicious.

  17. Thanks everyone!

    Alex, they're really pretty easy. You can do it!!

    Jen, yup I think we're going to go see the last one in the theater. :)

    LHerrema, I haven't tried that before, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. They might be even better!

  18. Recipe looks delicious and it also cracked me up, no kneading, too much work! ha!

  19. Mmmm, I love fresh herbs in the summertime - I've been throwing them into salads and sandwiches for extra flavorful lunches. :)

    Cinnamon rolls look great, obviously.

  20. Yum! These look great. I've made a recipe similar to this before and it really does turn out well.

  21. Kudos! You are on taste spotting!

    And my mouth is watering..


  22. these look delicious and i think i'll be trying them this weekend! i've never tried cinnamon rolls with sour cream before, but i bet they're great!

    this is another "lazy" cinnamon roll method that i like:

  23. Eating yummy food + being lazy = perfect Sunday for me. Definitely trying these soon!

  24. sounds like a fabulous weekend! and loving how easy these rolls are :)

  25. I like step 5 :) These sound fabulous!

  26. Incredible photography in this post. I can practically taste these through the screen!

  27. sorry about the raspberry bush--i hope you delivered an inspiring eulogy.
    awesome rolls, these. they're perfectly hypnotic!

  28. I tried them yesterday afternoon -- didn't even roll them out, but patted the dough into a 12 x 12-inch square on the counter (didn't flour the counter, either, sprayed it with cooking spray instead, that helped the layers stick together as I rolled them up). They worked beautifully but I had to watch them carefully -- the bottoms got brown before the tops did. But very tasty. Keepibg them in the fridge because of the sour cream in the icing, but they microwave quickly to warm up.

  29. Tom, I'm glad you liked them! I think my bottoms got a little brown, too. Do you think a lower temperature would be better?

  30. I don't think I'd lower the oven temperature or they'll take longer to brown on top -- but I'll try stacking two baking sheets next time (and making sure the top sheet is shiny, instead of one of my old cruddy ones!) Most of the time when I make cinnamon rolls they're covering the entire pan so the sheet doesn't get heat from the top. Here they're spread out so it's more like the way cookies bake. Really tasty and a good balance in amounts of dough/sugar/cinnamon. The glaze is much better than the usual milk and confectioner's sugar too.

  31. Tom, ohhh I see. You're so wise. Yes, they are spread out. I didn't think about that. My pans are so crappy! Our oven is bad, too. I'm going to double up my cookie sheets from now on, I think.