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Coffee Cinnamon Rolls

by Lorena

My favourite way of having cinnamon rolls is with a coffee on the side. So I figured coffee cinnamon rolls would be delicious! And guess what, they so are.

coffee cinnamon rolls

These are an adaptation of my original cinnamon roll recipe which I’m really proud of. I love how soft and gooey they are with that perfect last piece at the center. They are so soft you can actually peel the layers off which is my favourite way of eating them. Oh also, check out my apple cinnamon rolls recipe which is soooo good! Here’s a video on how to make them in case you have any doubts:

My love to cinnamon rolls is only comparable to my love for cinnamon raisin bagels so yes, I love cinnamon and bread haha. I’m always amazed of how many people I’ve met who HATE cinnamon I honestly cannot see how someone can dislike it. However I don’t like coriander so there.

coffee cinnamon rolls
coffee cinnamon rolls

Coffee Cinnamon Rolls

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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Tea Time
Cuisine: Medium
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Proofing time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 cinnamon rolls
Author: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal


For the dough:

  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast
  • 120 g sugar
  • 240 ml lukewarm milk
  • 60 g unsalted melted butter cooled to room temperature
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla esence

For the cinnamon and coffee filling:

  • 220 g brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp ground instant coffee
  • 60 g melted unsalted butter cooled to room temperature


For the dough

  • Mix the lukewarm milk, egg, vanilla essence and melted butter.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and make a hole in the centre and add all the wet ingredients in the center.
  • Mix everything until you have a uniform dough. It’s really sticky so don’t worry, that’s just the way this dough is ? That makes them gooey at the end instead of bread-y and hard.
  • Let the dough rest for 1 hour covered in cling film or until it doubles its size. If it’s too cold, turn on your oven until it’s warm (not hot) inside and let it puff up there.


  • Dust flour on a clean tabletop and roll the dough. Every couple of rolls make sure it’s not sticking and dust more flour underneath and on top. Roll it out to 2mm thick so that you get lots of rolls instead of just a couple thick ones. Try to keep it as rectangular as you can. At the very end make sure it’s not stuck and dust more flour if necessary so you can roll it with ease.
  • Paint the melted butter on top evenly and reach every edge.
  • Mix the sugar, coffee and cinnamon and spread it out as evenly as possible. Sprinkle it and then spread out any mountains of sugar by gently brushing them with your hand. 
  • Start rolling: first do it carefully so it’s nice and tight and once you have the first 2 complete rolls, you can just push it (still very tightly) so it rolls to the end.
  • Cut the rolls (I did mine 4cm) and put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper at the bottom (this will help later so the sugar doesn’t stick, you’ll thank me!) and arrange them nicely. Keep a decent amount of space between them so that they can rise during proofing and after in the oven without becoming square.
  • Let them sit for 30min*** (again, it helps if they’re in a warm environment) and then they go in the oven at 180°C/350°F for 20-30min or until they're golden on top


***If you want to proof the rolls overnight to bake them the next morning, the amount of yeast changes to 1 3/4 tsp. The final proofing time is 12 hours in the fridge and no more than 14 hours. After that time they go straight in the oven.
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coffee cinnamon rolls
coffee cinnamon rolls
coffee cinnamon rolls
coffee cinnamon rolls
coffee cinnamon rolls
coffee cinnamon rolls

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