Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll

What’s better than a cinnamon roll? A giant cinnamon roll! This skillet pastry holds swirls of delicious cinnamon-sugar goodness, and it’s topped with decadent orange-cream cheese glaze.

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll

Believe me when I say that I may never bake individual cinnamon rolls ever again! My favorite part of a cinnamon roll is the soft, flaky interior, and – guess what. You get more of that when you make one giant cinnamon roll! And you can slice it like cake! I really love how all those beautiful layers separate ever-so-slightly on the plate. It’s irresistible when smothered with orange-nested cream cheese glaze (I swoon!).

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll
Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll

Following, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for the skillet cinnamon roll. I hope it will serve as a helpful guide while you make your own!

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll

The entire process is a little messy, but well worth the end result. The muscovado sugar really punches up the brown sugar flavor, so it’s worth seeking out next time you’re at the grocery store.

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll

Just look at that landscape of swirly goodness up there. I can’t wait to try out different versions of this skillet pastry. Maybe I’ll hide some Guittard Fair Trade chocolate between the layers next time.

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll with Orange Cream Cheese Glaze

Heather Baird
What's better than a cinnamon roll? A giant cinnamon roll! This skillet pastry holds swirls of delicious cinnamon-sugar goodness, and it's topped with decadent orange-cream cheese glaze.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
2 hours rise time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup warm water 90-110°F
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 6 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup moscovado sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon mixed together

Glaze

  • 4 oz. cream cheese slightly melted
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons hot milk
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • Zest of one-half organic orange

Instructions
 

  • For the dough, heat milk, 1/2 cup sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar melts and a few small bubbles appear at the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the other elements.
  • Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in very warm water (90°F to 110°F) in the bowl of a standing mixer (or a large bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer). Stir with the paddle attachment (or wooden spoon) until well blended. Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Beat eggs into yeast mixture. Stir in cooled milk mixture (it should be lukewarm), switch to the dough hook then add in flour a little at a time until dough is elastic. Add melted butter and mix, then add in more flour until dough is elastic and pulls away from the sides of the mixer. Note: you may not have to use all the flour. Do not add so much flour that the dough does not stick to your hands. Set a timer and knead with the dough hook (or knead with hands on a floured surface) for 5 minutes.
  • Place dough in a buttered bowl and turn it over to coat the entire surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled (mine took a little longer than an hour to double).
  • Punch down dough and turnout onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times and cut into two pieces. Roll out each piece to 12×9-inch rectangles.
  • For the filling, brush the rolled dough pieces with the melted butter. Sprinkle each with half the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Cut the each dough piece into 5 even strip lengthwise. Roll one strip up as if you were making a regular cinnamon roll. When you get to the end, use another strip and continue rolling. When the dough spiral reaches about 6-inches in diameter, (3-4 strips-worth of spiraling) place it in the center of a lightly greased 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Continue spiraling dough strips around the middle. This is a messy job, but just embrace the mess. It’ll be well worth the end result.
  • When all the dough has been used, cover and let rise about 45 minutes or until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t over-bake! (Note: Some of you are reporting longer bake times. It’s important that this roll gets baked long enough so it isn’t doughy in the middle. Allow the top of the roll to become deep golden brown, and then place a sheet of aluminum foil over the roll so it can bake longer without over-browning.)
  • Whisk together glaze ingredients, adding additional milk as needed. Glaze pastry in the pan while it is still hot. Add additional orange zest if desired. Slice into pieces and serve while still warm.

Notes

Source: My Mom’s cinnamon roll recipe plus my original glaze recipe
Keyword moscovado sugar, orange cream cheese glaze, sweet yeast dough
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June Burns
June Burns
7 years ago

Oh my gosh that cinnamon roll is amazing! I must try that for a luxurious breakfast this weekend. Combination of my two favorite sweet things–cinnamon rolls + cake = pure awesomness. ๐Ÿ™‚

LadyWild
LadyWild
7 years ago

Apple butter

Catherine
Catherine
7 years ago

What a wonderful giant cinnamon roll!! It looks so delicious too. One of my favorites to have with a good cup of coffee. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Savita Raj
Savita Raj
7 years ago

Great recipe, pinned for this weekend's breakfast. The embroidery on the prana scarf looks lovely – thank you!

Savita Raj
Savita Raj
7 years ago

The cinnamon would be perfect for some savory dishes with farmer's market summer squashes!

Sara
Sara
7 years ago

That cake looks amazing! I would make cincinatti chili.

Elaine
Elaine
7 years ago

I'd love the cinnamon for some apple pie!

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

I would make homemade rice pudding with Fair Trade cinnamon!

Sarah
Sarah
7 years ago

Oh that. Is. Delicious.

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

I use cinnamon in almost everything. It is my favorite spice to bake with and I would love to win some! Especially so I can get started on whipping up some of these cinnamon rolls!

Kat H
Kat H
7 years ago

Yum! Can't wait to try it!

Aimee
Aimee
7 years ago

I would love to win this, fair trade is the best.

Emily
Emily
7 years ago

I would put it on so. many. sweet potatoes. And in my coffee!

LeAnn
LeAnn
7 years ago

I use cinnamon in both sweet and savory dishes. I will be making this giant cinnamon roll this weekend!

Erika
Erika
7 years ago

THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! My boyfriend's favorite food is cinnamon rolls, so I definitely want to surprise him with this the next time he has a break from the Navy.

melissa cushing
melissa cushing
7 years ago

I would try to copy your delicious cinnamon roll recipe! Thanks for sharing and good luck to all!

lauren s.
lauren s.
7 years ago

I'd LOVE to try YOUR recipe…I love cinnamon rolls! I also might make some home made cinnamon ice cream!

Jacqui
Jacqui
7 years ago

I would make churros!

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

I'd make Snickerdoodles!

materra
materra
7 years ago

Some apple crisp. The cinnamon roll looks great!

LBGifford
LBGifford
7 years ago

I would use the fair trade cinnamon in some oatmeal cookies…hold the raisins!

Holly
Holly
7 years ago

I've got to stick with the classic cinnamon rolls…and my mother has a great recipe!

Marie
Marie
7 years ago

I would make cinnamon roll cake. It is sooo good!

Jay
Jay
7 years ago

This looks very delicious, i think i might try doing this for mothers day

VAS
VAS
7 years ago

wow…i'll make cinnamon scented banana bread.

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

We'll after reading this the first thing I'd make are these cinnamon rolls they look amazing!

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

I definitely think good cinnamon needs to be used in cinnamon rolls! Though I'm sure I could find some other uses too.

Anna
Anna
7 years ago

I'd make my favorite breakfast, oven baked french toast with cinnamon and cardamom, topped with cinnamon whipped cream!

Katie
Katie
7 years ago

I would use it in everything possible. I love cinnamon!

Bianca
Bianca
7 years ago

snickerdoodles ๐Ÿ™‚

Elsapurple
Elsapurple
7 years ago

I'd make this giant cinnamon roll for sure. But I'd also use it to make my favorite french toast recipe.

Kelster
Kelster
7 years ago

Cinnamon raisin bread

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

Mother of Cinnamon Rolls!!! *see what I did there*

Once again, you continue to amaze me with your creativity! BEAUTIFUL!

Dina
Dina
7 years ago

I'd make baked apples with Fair Trade cinnamon!

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

This is a perfect breakfast or any meal of the day! I think all that spice has to be used in something speacil like a honey spiced custard tart with pecans. I am planning to make this roll on mother's day it is that good

Mariam
Mariam
7 years ago

OMG! I would love to reproduce your cinnamon rolls! I have such a weakness for that sweetness!

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

With this recipe, I can successfully make my mother something with cinammon in it! I made mojito cake pops based on the recipe on this website and it cams out so perfect!

Shannon in Alaska
Shannon in Alaska
7 years ago

I would make Chai-Spiced Donut Muffins…. you know, the kind you roll in butter after they are baked then roll in cinnamon-cardamom-ginger? Yummm!

Moontaj
Moontaj
7 years ago

I'd probably be boring and make french toast, but it would be the BEAT french toast there is!

Rachael | Spache the Spatula
Rachael | Spache the Spatula
7 years ago

Holy moly that thing is so huge and so awesome! That cinnamon would be awesome in the crumble to a fruit cobbler!

Michala Quince
Michala Quince
7 years ago

Wow, looks yummy! I'd love to make some cinnamon rolls like these ๐Ÿ™‚

Three Sheep Studio
Three Sheep Studio
7 years ago

This looks fabulous !
Thank you for the pictures to guide with the process.
Rose

Medeja- CranberryJam
Medeja- CranberryJam
7 years ago

Don't even know how to call this thing.. but it looks super delicious!

Stefkow
Stefkow
7 years ago

That looks amazing! I love cinnamon in everything!

Unknown
Unknown
7 years ago

"Needs more cinnamon" can be said for just about every baked good, no matter how much I put in.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

I would probably make oatmeal and a cup of tea.

Molly
Molly
7 years ago

I would make these cinnamon rolls!

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 years ago

This looks so delicious, I would love to make this for my mother on mothers day! Such a sweet touch to just the normal brunch! Xo V

cachivach12
cachivach12
7 years ago

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls! ๐Ÿ™‚

Los Chatos Chefs
Los Chatos Chefs
7 years ago

I can only say, oh my god! Thatยดs really must tastes delicious! Congratulations from Spain!