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

The photos on this page are from different cinnamon rolls that we made since I was a baby.

For generations, my family has been making these. I have been helping my mom make them since I was little, and she also helped her own mom make them when she was little. My favorite part is to brush on the butter… and to eat them.

cutting cinnamon rolls 3 days after my 2nd birthday*

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


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. I decided to remove the ones with bad words, even if I liked the music.


Cinnamon Rolls

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

* Now I know that I need to turn the knife over to cut. 🙂