Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

So first off, I want to say thanks for sticking around! I know things have been rather on the quiet side (understatement of the year) around here lately, but that’s what you get when a stay at home mom of a three year old has a husband who works 90-100 hours a week and is 32 weeks pregnant. I’m not going to lie, I’m exhausted. My house is a mess. Food is barely getting cooked as it is, let alone blogged about.

So here is a run-down of what has been going on with us lately (other than napping on the couch). This lovely little blog turned Four! Ladybug turned THREE (holy crap, how did that happen?) and we threw her a super cute but small party with a super hero theme. She picked it all herself! I made all the decorations myself during nap time out of construction paper and a glue stick, and we gave all the kids capes, masks and super cuffs to wear at the party. They loved it!

Like I stated earlier, I’m now 32 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy has gone (probably because I have spent the majority of the time chasing a toddler or sleeping). As much as we tried to find out, this baby has decided to keep its gender a surprise from us, so we are excited to finally meet the little bugger. Now if we could only decide on a name…

Our church threw us a lovely baby shower (which is really hard to do for a second baby whose gender is unknown. And my mom came to visit us for two weeks, and kept us super busy crafting, cleaning, shopping, and changing Ladybug’s room into a shared nursery!

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Ok, now on to the cinnamon rolls!! When Shelley stated a few months back that she really wanted to make cinnamon rolls for Sourdough Surprises my initial response was “NOOOOOO”. Haha After the fiasco of the first attempt (gooey, sticky, refused to hold a shape at all) I was really not looking forward to another messy (but tasty) tasty disaster. Luckily, I eventually relented, and this month we made cinnamon rolls! I settled on an “easier” recipe than last time, and was really pleased with the results. The recipe itself was quick and straightforward, and was put together in no time at all. And they turned out delicious! Not as fluffy and soft as I would have liked, but still had fantastic flavor, a slight tang, and were gone in less than 24 hours (frosting them with leftover cream cheese frosting from Ladybug’s birthday party didn’t hurt either!)

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing sourdough cinnamon rolls that were made this month! And stop by the Sourdough Surprises blog in a few days to check out what we will be doing next!

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes + overnight
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast bread cinnamon cream cheese sourdough
Ingredients (12 rolls)


    • 1 cup starter
    • 3/4 cup milk, warmed to 110F
    • 3 tsp good quality maple syrup
    • 1 tsp yeast
    • 1 cup flour


    • entire sponge recipe
    • 2 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 TBSP sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 1/2 cups flour


    • 6 TBSP butter, melted
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 3 TBSP ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    • a few small pinches ground cloves
    In a large mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients for the sponge.
    Cover and set aside in a warm area for one hour.
    In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the sponge, butter, egg, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Add the flour in, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a super soft dough.
    Switch to the dough hook attachment of your mixer, and knead for about 5 minutes (if the dough gets too sticky, add a little more flour).
    Lightly oil your bowl, turn the dough over to coat the top, cover, and let rise until doubled in size – about 2 hours.
    Once the dough has doubled in size, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
    Roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 12×18 inches.
    Spread the melted butter over your dough (its going to seem like way too much, but do it anyway!)
    In a small bowl, mix together the sugars and spices for the filling.
    Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the melted butter, going almost all the way to the edges.
    Roll the dough from the long way up, tightening it with your hands as you go, trying to roll as tightly as you can.
    Use a serrated knife to cut the coil into 12 rolls.
    Place the rolls into the bottom of a buttered 9×13 baking pan, about 1″ apart.
    Cover the rolls and place in the fridge overnight.
    In the morning, bring the rolls back up to room temperature as you preheat the oven to 350F.
    Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes.
    Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for a few minutes before frosting.
    You can frost with a simple powdered sugar and milk glaze, or a cream cheese frosting, which ever you choose!
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  • Reply
    Jessica Kuligowski
    July 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I hear you on the writing part…I just realized that I have about 20 recipes that I never blogged! But beautiful job on the rolls…I love cream cheese icing on mine 🙂

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      July 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      Oh my gosh, I have sooo many! LOL

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    July 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Good luck with the next few weeks! The rolls look like they rose beautifully, and of course, cream cheese always helps!

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    July 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Happy Birthday to your little angel and your blog.
    You are looking great Jenni, wishing you a safe and wonderful delivery my friend 🙂
    I had a horrible time with the first attempt with the sourdough cinnamon rolls but the second worked perfectly
    Thank you ladies for this wonderful adventure

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    shelley c.
    July 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    You are absolutely the cutest 32 week pregnant woman I have ever seen. And Ladybug's party sounds awesome! And those cinnamon rolls? Fantastic!! I think I am going to have to give the quick version a try.

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    Lynn Huntley
    July 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I have tried to enter my link but it doesn't seem to like it:) I have posted my recipe for Cherry Date Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    cooking with curls
    July 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Your cinnamon rolls look absolutely delicious! I love cream cheese frosting, so perfect 🙂 Good luck with the new little one!

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    Rebecca -
    July 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Your rolls look beautiful! I'm glad you tried again and had success.

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    Rebecca -
    July 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Your rolls look beautiful! I'm glad you tried again and had success.

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    July 20, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I like the idea of putting the buns in the fridge overnight. I should have thought of that instead of baking in the wee hours of the morning. That way we could have fresh buns for breakfast. Next time. Thanks for the hint!

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      July 21, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      I always put my rolls in the fridge overnight – I am not a morning person!! 🙂

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    Lynn Huntley
    July 21, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    I am back to say that my link worked and your cinnamon rolls look delicious!! I agree with Shelley, you look so cute! You are just glowing:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    July 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Yum Jenni, these look so good! What an adorable birthday party for Ladybug (super hero theme?! No wonder you are exhausted!!) Hope the last few weeks of your pregnancy go smoothly!

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    Cathy W.
    July 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Those rolls look so good! I think you're doing pretty well for being 32 weeks pregnant. You look great!

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    July 23, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Your little superhero is adorable!

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    July 23, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    What a cute little superhero!

    And I am all for trying easier recipes when you're exhausted and 32 weeks pregnant. When I was pregnant, though, my "nesting" manifested itself as cooking like a fiend.

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    August 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    The superhero party sounds like the best ever & Ladybug looks so cute in her outfit! All the best for the last weeks of your pregnancy & (of course) the birth. 🙂 x

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