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Giant Cinnamon Roll in a Skillet

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All you need is a cast iron skillet for an impressive dessert – my cinnamon roll recipe is bigger and bolder than ever. 

Hi Bold Bakers!

As a professional chef and Bold Baker, I love to find new ways to transform my favorite recipes and take them above and beyond. From developing new flavors to styling my desserts, there is nothing more satisfying for me than pushing the envelope. My Giant Cinnamon Roll in a Skillet is like nothing I’ve ever made or tasted before. When you think of cinnamon rolls, you’re sure to think of a sweet yeasted dough stuffed with cinnamon sugar and covered in a sweet glaze. Well, imagine that same cinnamon roll but in the size of a skillet! Now that’s big.

How Do You Make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls?

Although cinnamon rolls may seem like they require a high-level of skill, my giant cinnamon roll recipe breaks down all of the steps and makes baking so easy and fun. Baking a yeasted dough is really just a matter of combining wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then kneading the dough. I do this easily in a large stand mixer with a whisk attachment. After the dough is formed, the real work is done and all you need is time. The yeasted dough takes time to rise (or “proof”) and develop flavor, and is well worth the few hours it takes.

After your dough has proofed comes the fun part – rolling out the giant cinnamon roll! I roll the yeasty sweet dough into a large square and lather it with butter and a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar. This will create that caramelly, sticky filling. The next step is where this recipe takes a turn for the bolder. Instead of rolling up the dough into little and traditional handheld rolls, I cut my dough into strips and wrap those up into my GoodCook 10″ Cast Iron Skillet. I love to use this skillet for both sweet and savory cooking. It’s the perfect size for all kinds of baked goods – from tarte tatins to upside down cakes! Once the strips of dough are braided within the skillet, I let it proof once more so that it grows into the most impressive giant cinnamon roll that you have ever see. For all the time it takes to rise, this giant cinnamon roll recipe bakes up in only 25 minutes.

I am telling you – this showstopper is well worth the wait!

Baking Homemade Cinnamon Rolls in Cast Iron

Baking in cast iron is one of my favorite things as it creates a flavor like no other. If baking in a cast iron pan is something you’ve never tried before now is the time! My GoodCook 10 Inch Cast Iron Skillet is near and dear to my heart, as it heats ups super efficiently and retains just the right amount of heat when baking or cooking. This is ideal for baking things like homemade cinnamon rolls and other sweets as the cast iron is what really created all that caramelization that makes sticky buns or cinnamon rolls so crisp while having that sticky sweet outer layer. I can’t wait for you guy to give cast iron baking a go!

How Do You Make Cinnamon Roll Icing?

No cinnamon roll recipe is complete without a thick layer of sweet and tangy glaze! My glaze is super simple and perfectly whips up while the giant skillet cinnamon roll is baking.  After my giant cinnamon bun is baked and still warm, I generously cover it in the glaze. The glaze really absorbs into the giant cinnamon roll and uses cream cheese, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. This makes for a heavenly flavor combination of cinnamon roll frosting, yeasty light dough, and decadent cinnamon filling.

My cinnamon roll recipe is gargantuan - hearty enough for breakfast, brunch or dessert!

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  1. Karhleen on August 17, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Is it okay to cook the cinnamon roll in a cast iron skillet the same size but is deeper?

    • Gemma Stafford on August 18, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Yes absolutely, that will work well.


  2. Susan on March 22, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing. I love pecans & golden raisins in my cinnamon rolls. Could you tell me how much and how to incorporate this into the recipe? Best,

  3. Stitch on December 23, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Thank you for your awesome recipes! Can the dough be made the night before? I’d like to get it in the skillet and do the final proofing and baking the next morning. Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Yes, you can make it the night before. Just cover and store in the fridge. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  4. Marilyn McClintock on October 23, 2018 at 4:46 am

    This looks very good. Could this dough be mixed up in a bread machine on the dough cycle? I like using the bread machine for mixing and raising rather than my Kitchen Aid machine. Thank you very much.

    Grandma Sue in Central Indiana

  5. Sue Church on October 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    I made your Nane bread and it was delicious. Am going to try all your other recipes with this dough. Thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Delighted to hear that!!!! Thanks for trying my recipe.


  6. Arthur Hovey on September 22, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Greetings, Gemma!
    I’m sorry it’s taken me this long to find your site. THIS is more than amazing. I’m eager to try some new things. CHEERS!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on September 22, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Hi Arthur,
      Good, better late than never I say!
      I am happy that you are here with us now. Do try the recipes, give us the benefit of your experience, post pics etc.
      We have a world wide baking community, and the bold bakers love to share here, respond to questions too. It all helps enormously,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. JulesK on June 17, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Hi Gemma. Made this today for Fathers Day.. Looks impressive and tastes amazing. So much easier to make than you would expect, once I watched the video anyway!! Next up is the Deep dish Pizza which I am planning on making during the week.

    Added a picture for you Gemma.. Thank you as always 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on June 18, 2018 at 3:28 am

      Hi Jules,
      I saw your photo, good job, really impressive. I love to see the results, good, bad or indifferent, it allows others to be encouraged to try the recipes. Thank you as usual for your kind support, it is good that you are with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. D. on June 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    I made two of these yesterday and gave one to my neighbor who has a family of four. They’ve already eaten over half of it and are just delighted with it. I’ve sent pictures to my friends and they cannot believe how big it is and said it is completely amazing. The taste is just wonderful and it’s so spectacular to look at. This is a really good recipe, Gemma. Thank you for sharing it with us. I’ve uploaded a photo to show you the two cast iron skillets full of this wonderful cinnamon roll.

    Starkville, MS

    • Gemma Stafford on June 17, 2018 at 2:35 am

      Hi there,
      I will be going over to the photos in a few minutes, thank you for sharing them with us, other Bold Bakers will be encouraged by them.
      Thank you too for this very kind review, I appreciate it.
      Mostly I am happy that you found this recipe share worthy, that is really kind of you, well done,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Kesia on June 15, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Gemma,
    Love this recipe!!!!!!???????? I’m so excited to try this out..
    But I have a question. Instead of using a cast iron skillet, could I just bake it in a springform round baking tin??

  10. caron harker on June 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

    gemma, so happy to discover your baking site, I love baking and have been doing it for many years for my 4 children, now 5 grand daughters!!! your crazy recipes are great!! the cookie dough was such a hit, made many different kinds, the crazy bread dough made great pizza!!! love watching your videos!!! thx for great ideas, caron harker Dartmouth, nova scotia, canada

    • Gemma Stafford on June 16, 2018 at 4:56 am

      Hi Caron,
      How lovely to be baking with your grandchildren, there is no better way o keep them engaged, and busy!
      Thank you for your kind words, it is interesting how widely spread the Bold Baking community is. It will be great to get your input too, experienced bakers add a great deal to the community.
      Thank you for being in touch,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. suzer1 on June 15, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Hi there!
    Just made this today and it is just wonderful!! I halved the recipe and it was easy to make! I just can’t get over it!! I love your recipes, Gemma! Thanks! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on June 16, 2018 at 4:58 am

      Hi there,
      You are a bold baker now! Thank you for this lovely review, it will inspire others to bake. Try now the other yeast recipes here on the website, you will be an expert in no time at all,
      Gemma 🙂

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