Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

I wanted to finish 2015 making one more sourdough recipe for a number of reasons. First; to remember Selma, a blogging friend, who left us way too soon this past summer – she is missed by so many of us. She gifted me with some of her sourdough starter Twinkle – all the way from England back on April 2, 2015. I was thrilled with her generosity and that she took the time to share this way with someone she only knew virtually. She renewed my interest in sourdough baking which was always Gene’s favorite bread. By the way I named my starter Rosebudย – ย They say you should give your starter a name and that way you won’t forget it. Sourdough starters need to be fed, used and taken care of. ๐Ÿ™‚

Below is the package it came in, Selma’s note to me, and the dried starter from Twinkle.

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Secondly, I was motivated by Jhuls, another favorite blogger, who has lots of good recipes, stories and charm to go with it. She recently made Selma’s Nutella Espresso Sticky Buns and that’s when a “light went on”. Be sure to check out her yummy recipe – I mean we all love Nutella, don’t we?

Finally, I am cutting way back on ย carbs, temporarily anyways . Unfortunately, I have put on weight this past year that desperately needs to come off. Making ย bread is one big area where I can do that.

This recipe is adapted from designs by jeanne r. I have changed some of the ingredients and directions. I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon rolls for a long time and there has been such a flood of recipes to choose from. When I read “sourdough” “my favorite sourdough recipe” and the sponge is made the night before I knew her recipe would be good. Those of us who bake with a sourdough starter know how much flavor an overnight rise can add.

Let me tell you, this is one of the best breads I have ever made – I guess the cinnamon, orange zest and creamy icing helped! If you want something extra special for New Year’s make these!

Normally, I do not post three recipes in a week but this is a special occasion – besides I’m a co-host!

Just click on the cute froggy below and come join the party with your favorite and best recipes, perhaps a story or maybe a song. ย Much thanks to Angie, our dedicated and creative host and the 4 co-hosts for this special party: Judi (me), Mollie, Steffiย and Suzanne.

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter, fed or unfed
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups flour

Combine the above ingredients in a large bowl. The dough is sticky and on the thick side. Cover and leave on the counter at room temperature overnight. I always turn the light on in my oven and stick my bread in there.

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg

Combine the above three ingredients and add to the sourdough sponge.

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Vietnamese cinnamon

Add all of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and turn out onto a floured board. Knead until it doesn’t stick to the board. You can see (I think) from the picture below that the dough was not sticky and rolled very easily. I was glad I chose to knead it by hand rather than in my stand mixer as the cinnamon smell was heavenly to work with.

Roll the dough into a rectangle, 8″ x 16″. Brush the dough with 2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter, and sprinkle with a mixture of a 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1-1/2 tsp. Vietnamese cinnamon. More cinnamon… yum!

Roll up the dough, lengthwise. Cut into 1-3/4-inch pieces and dip each side in additionalย unsaltedย butter. Place in a buttered 9-inch baking dish. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour. I covered it with saran wrap, then a towel and placed in the oven with the light on. After 45 minutes I removed the rolls and turned my oven on.

Remove covering and bake at 375ยฐF for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the crust is a golden brown.


  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • enough milk to reach your desired consistency
  • orange zest, minced finely – this adds a really nice flavor (I used the zest of a small tangerine)

Combine the above ingredients and drizzle over the rolls while they are still warm.

Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.comย 

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52 thoughts on “Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Yum yum yum….I love cinnamon rolls..but I am really scared to bake any form of bread…With every recipe I see, I’ll decide to bake then later drop the idea..I’m in love with these pictures..hopefully this time I’ll do it!!!


  2. Seeing Selmas handwriting made my heart miss a beat ๐Ÿ˜ž it’s lovely to see you using Twinkles offspring, I’ve been baking more sourdough loaves recently too.
    Happy 2016 Judy xxx


  3. What a lovely memory, Juju! I think that by only eating homemade bread most people would automatically cut back on carbs as we consume most of them unwittingly and in prepared foods. (Says I, a few kilos too heavy after eating a large portion of homemade spaghetti …)
    Wishing you all the best for the next year!


    • Thanks Steffi – I love good memories connected to food ๐Ÿ™‚ Carbs are my downfall; pasta, bread, pizza – just going to watch it for awhile. I’ll probably go into “carb withdrawal”. Happy New Year and keep the partying down now ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I have yet to activate my starter that I got from Selma. I did name it though so hopefully it won’t turn on me due to my neglect. I don’t know why I am letting Sourdough intimidate me. Like Gene, Sourdough is John’s favorite too. These rolls look delicious. I’ve got some weight to take off too. It’s just a life long balance.


    • Your bread group does not get into making sourdough bread? Especially with all of the great bread recipes you make. KAF always has some of the best recipes and unusual ones like cakes. Like any bread it is just following the directions and using your own judgement when needed. Gene loved his bread and it sounds like John does too ๐Ÿ™‚ I pulled a muscle in one of my legs and then didn’t exercise or do my workout for a couple of months – that got it started. 2016 will be different ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Oh, Aunt Juju! What a wonderful post you have here. I love that you used your starter for this big celebration and the rolls are lovely and delicious! It’s good to remember Selma especially with occasions like this. And thanks for the mention and kind words, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, I also have another delicious food to bring to the big celebration. I hope you will all like it. xx


    • Thanks Jhuls – the rolls were delicious – between yours and mine we are going to have a very good, but sweet, breakfast/brunch for FF #100. I use the sourdough starter every now and then to keep it going but making cinnamon rolls is something I have been wanting to make. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will check out your new post…


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  7. These cinnamon rolls sound amazing and this post is such a lovely tribute. I’ve baked bread before, but never sourdough. I’ve often thought about trying to, but it’s for some reason, I’m really intimidated by it. Maybe one day soon. Have a Happy New Year!


  8. Judi, the sour dough cinnamon rolls look absolutely picture perfect. What a fabulously kind way to remember a dear friend!


      • Judi, your pictures looked perfect! I was not lucky enough to know Selma as I came to the blogging world a little later but realize what a wonderful and giving person she was when I read about her.

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  9. I love cinnamon rolls and some are just too sweet – these look lovely and I’m guessing that the sourdough tang is amazing! Such fun cohosting FF with you, and I’m doing a lot of pinning to the board, along with these! Happy New Year and Happy FF!


    • Thanks Mollie – the icing is not too sweet at all. There’s not an obvious tang but I am sure it does add some flavor. I like having 3 co-hosts especially one as nice as you; love your dog too ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year and Happy Fiesta Friday!

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  10. Oh Judi
    What a lovely tribute to Selma! I was talking the other day to a friend about sourdough cinnamon buns and you made them! Just delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  11. That was so kind of Selma, and what a lovely way to honor her! These sourdough cinnamon rolls sound so unique – I bet the sourdough counteracts the sweetness and makes for a wonderfully balanced roll!


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