Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

A portrait from Brooklyn

A second guest post from Arav, now 8 years old, to capture another favorite recipe. Incase you missed it, his first post was about his great nana’s famous “white cake.”


Cinnamon Roll Story

You can find cinnamon buns around the world, but they originated in Northern Europe and are also very common in North America. Here are some of the cool names they are known by: 

  • Denmark: kanelsnegl
  • Finland: korvapuusti
  • Norway: Kanelbolle, Skillingsboller and Kanelsnurr
  • Sweden: kanelbulle
  • United Sates: Cinnamon roll (also cinnamon bun, cinnamon swirl, cinnamon Danish and cinnamon snail)
fresh batch of cinnamon rolls about to go in the oven
from final recipe test at cultures capsules camp 2021

All of the photos on this page are from different times that we made this recipe, since I was little. Here is me cutting the cinnamon roll only three days after I turned two!! Oops. The knif is upside down.

cutting cinnamon rolls 3 days after my 2nd birthday*

My mom made these when she was a kid, too. My favorite part is to brush on the butter… and to eat them.

My mom ate cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning when she was little, so she decided to also make them for us every year. A yummy tradition.

Christmas morning 2020, my sister and I ate the entire pan before lunchtime. We only let mama and dada have one each.

Arav, on how delicious his cinnamon rolls are
all gone. delicious homemade cinnamon rolls disappeared on christmas morningwhile pan was still warm
they disappeared christmas morning 2021 , as well


Cinnamon Roll Playlist!

I bet you didn’t know there were so many songs about cinnamon rolls! You’ll be singing the first one all day.

We came across a lot more but some were not family-friendly. Mom and I decided to remove the ones with bad words, even if I liked the music.


Cinnamon Rolls

homemade cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven
putting the butter on when i was three
this is how you roll it up
15 cinnamon rolls ready for the oven


Ode to Cinnamon Rolls

Mom suspects I had the “Cinnamon Rolls” song in my head when it came time to write poems in school soon after this post, spring 2021.

homemade cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, with an original poem by arav
ode to cinnamon rolls

Ok, one more picture. These look extra cinnamon-y. Where is the frosting?

15 cinnamon rolls
cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven
fresh out of the oven
frosted homemade cinnamon rolls
fresh out of the oven with yummy icing