Recipe: General Conference Cinnamon Rolls

This is what I’m making tonight- a recipe I originally posted years and years ago, but a recipe which still gets huge traffic. I can’t eat them, but for my kids and those I love, these are a must for the first weekend in October. Hope your Saturday is lovely! If I get these babies in the oven on time, there might even be some chalkboard wisdom.


That’s right, you make the rolls with vanilla pudding as your primary liquid. That, and a lot of butter. I have no idea what the nutritional breakdown is, but to be on the safe side, and out of kindness to your heart, I suggest making them only 2 or 3 times a year. Without further ado, I give you,

General Conference Cinnamon Rolls!

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

Bloom the yeast with the sugar in the warm water, waiting for froth and bubbles. Set aside.

  • Small package instant vanilla pudding, prepared per package directions. (2 cups)
  • 1/2 c warm water
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 lightly beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6+ cups all-purpose flour, or as needed to make soft but cohesive dough.

In a large bowl, with a wire whip, mix the prepared pudding with the water until well combined and smooth. Add the butter, eggs and salt, whisk to combine well.

Add the bloomed yeast/sugar/water mixture and combine well.

Add flour, one cup at a time, until the dough comes together, and is still soft, but not sticky. Knead until smooth. It will feel like fat baby thighs.

Let rise in a warm, covered and lightly oiled bowl until doubled in size. About 2 hours.

Punch down, and knead again.

With a rolling pin and a lightly floured board, roll out the dough to a 34 x 22 inch rectangle. Keep moving the dough as you roll, to keep from sticking to the board.

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

Melt the butter and pour the whole cup on your rolled out rectangle of dough. (I told you only a few times a year!) In a separate bowl, combine with your impeccably clean hands, the sugar and cinnamon, then cover the butter-drenched dough rectangle in an even and delectable layer of cinnamon sugar.

Starting at the 22 inch side, roll the entire thing into a nice, long cinnamon tube. Seal the edge with a little bit of water on a pastry brush or your fingers.

With a serrated knife, (or even better, a piece of thread or dental floss) cut the log into 2 inch segments, and carefully move your giant cinnamon treasures to a glass pan.  Put no more than 8 in a large glass Pyrex casserole dish.  Do not crowd them- they will rise almost double. Whatever baking dish you use, deeper sides give the rolls a softer exterior = better.

Cover in a warm place and let them rise again until fat and happy- about two hours.

Bake at 350* for 18-22 minutes. Really, only that long. Do not over-bake. You want them to be soft, yet set, in the middle. The house will smell divine.


  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cream

Whip all ingredients together and smear on top of still warm rolls.

Remember, only a few times a year!! (For us, it’s Christmas and General Conference- the grand-poo-bah of all Mormon meetings) Your taste buds will rejoice, your heart will need a serious, sweat inducing walk afterwards. Enjoy!!

13 thoughts on “Recipe: General Conference Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Okay – so it looks like you do this entire 6 hour process from scratch to finish the night before, right? When I tried to extend one of the raising periods to overnight they always kind of shriveled on me – totally ruining the perfect texture that these have when the raising periods are followed as prescribed here. So I guess I should be making this in advance and just warm them to serve in the morning?

  2. When I can’t make them in one six-hour stretch, I make just the dough the night before, then let them have their second rise again in the morning on the counter.

    • I’ve been planning on doing these for a while. Question: so, you get the dough together and then put the bowl in the fridge? Or do you let it rise, punch it down, and then put it in the fridge?

      • If I want to make them in the morning, I let them rise overnight in the fridge. If I’m just making them, I let them rise on a warm counter, punch it down, and roll it out. Two rises, one in the bowl prior to rolling out, once again when they are rolled out, cut and in the pan prior to baking them. Hope that helps!

  3. Oh MY!!!! I love the sound of these… but the best part is that the dough will feel like “fat baby thighs” I MISS MY GRANDBABIES!!!!

  4. I am letting mine rise right now for our dinner dessert. They look a maz ing. Thank u for the receipe. So excited

  5. Have you tried these gluten free? These sound soooo yummy, but like you i can’t eat wheat. I’ve converted a lot of recipes to gluten free, but bread is a tough one. i wonder if you can make them like biscuits and use a knife to put the cinnamon through the dough. hmmm, i might have to try this

  6. I have not tried them GF, Trixie. There are some things that just don’t translate well, and I fear this might be one of them- but if you hit upon a way to do it, please share!

    • like white bread! there is just no real way to do good white bread without wheat flour. sigh. although pizza dough, i’ve got pizza dough down!

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