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A giant skillet sized cinnamon roll is a perfect way to serve breakfast or brunch.  Cut a small sliver or a big slice and you still get all of the layers in whatever serving size you choose.

Large cinnamon roll cake in cast iron pan with a slice missing showing the layers cinnamon filling.

Skillet cinnamon rolls are such a fun addition to a brunch spread. Just the sight of one is sure to draw you in.

Plus of course you get the added benefit of smelling it bake. You get the aroma of fresh bread mixed with that intoxicating scent.

This particular recipe adds in a little whole wheat flour to balance out the sugary glaze. I am pretty sure the math works out on that one. 😉

slice of giant cinnamon roll cake with lots of layers on plate ready to eat.

I originally shared the recipe back in 2015, so I thought it easy time to brush it off and give it a facelift. Now you get the chance to remember how much you wanted to make one for yourself.

The Dough

This dough has a bit of whole wheat flour mixed in for that feel good addition. It also adds just a tiny bit of nutty goodness to the mix.

If you don’t have any whole wheat flour on hand, don’t despair. You can always just substitute all purpose flour if you prefer.

Close up of skillet full of large cinnamon roll with white glaze.

Be warned, the dough is still pretty loose after the knead.  That is ok.  

The whole wheat flour just takes a little while to hydrate completely.  By the time the first rise is done, you will be amazed.

It is still soft and delicious and goes so well with the buttery cinnamon filling.

Assembling your cinnamon roll cake

Once the dough has proofed, roll it into a rectangle and spread on the cinnamon mixture just like you would a traditional batch of cinnamon rolls. But instead of rolling and cutting individual rolls, you cut strips of dough.

Roll the first one into a roll much like you are familiar with and place it in the center of your skillet. Then take strips of dough anf loosely wrap them around the center.

You don’t want them to be super tight, the roll needs room to expand as the yeast does its thing. Just gently make what looks like one giant cinnamon roll.

At this point you can cover it and let it rise before you bake it. Alternatively you can cover it well and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

Then in the morning let it come to room temperature and rise. Once it has doubled it size, bake it according to the directions.

It helps to keep the mess off your counter the morning of an event if you are having guests. Either way you choose to go, it is sure to be delicious.

More great cinnamon roll treats

Pumpkin spice skillet cinnamon roll has pumpkin and pumpkin spice mixed right in. Top it with brown butter maple glaze for an extra special treat.

Coffee and cream cinnamon rolls are a mix of your favorite coffeehouse drink and pasty. They are sure to make waking up more exciting!

Looking across top of iced skillet cinnamon roll.

Cinnamon roll cookies are the perfect mix of sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls. They are a perfect take home favor for brunches or would make a tasty addition to any cookie tray.

Check out my full collection of cinnamon roll recipes for more tasty inspiration.

Cast iron skillet filled with giant cinnamon roll, with one slice missing showing all of the layers.

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
A giant skillet sized cinnamon roll is a perfect way to serve breakfast or brunch.  Cut a small sliver or a big slice and you still get all of the layers in whatever serving size you choose.
4.85 from 20 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients
 

Dough

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (can use all purpose)
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cups milk warmed
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 5 Tablespoons butter melted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • Tablespoons cinnamon

Glaze

Instructions
 

  • Mix the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in your mixer bowl.  
    3 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast, 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Add warm milk, butter and egg.  Mix until completely combined.  
    1¼ cups milk, 3 Tablespoons butter, 1 large egg
  • Scrape down sides, then attach your dough hook.  Allow it to work the dough on low for five minutes.
  • Transfer dough into a greased bowl and cover.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour.  The dough is ready lightly press it with a finger and the indent stays down.
  • Pat out into a 12 x 20-inch square on a floured surface.
  • Mix together melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Spread over dough.  Cut into two inch strips.
    5 Tablespoons butter, ½ cup light brown sugar, 1½ Tablespoons cinnamon
  • Tightly roll the first strip and place in the center of a greased 12″ cast iron skillet.  Add the rest of the strips in circles around the center.
  • Let dough rise to double again.  You can let it rise on the counter for another hour, or in the fridge overnight. 
  • Bake at 350°F for thirty minutes
  • Mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  Drizzle glaze over hot cinnamon roll.
    1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tablespoons whole milk, 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Allow to cool slightly, but it is best served while still warm.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 261mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Lyn

Monday 10th of May 2021

What a brilliant way to make cinnamon rolls! I love it! It looks so yummy and delicious, I definitely need to try this out!

Carlee

Monday 10th of May 2021

I hope you love it!

Audrey

Monday 3rd of May 2021

This looks like a fun way to make a cinnamon roll.

Carlee

Monday 3rd of May 2021

It makes cinnamon rolls even more fun for sure!

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Friday 30th of April 2021

Wow! This is so gorgeous! I love the idea that you can slice the size you want!

Carlee

Friday 30th of April 2021

Thank you!

Family Around the Table

Monday 29th of August 2016

This looks Ah-mazing! I'm certain it would be a hit in my house!

Carlee

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

It is so much fun to have one giant cinnamon roll! Thanks, Ellen!

Katie

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Carlee this looks so beautiful in that skillet! I'd almost feel bad eating it..... But this also makes me want a cast iron skillet, too :). Thanks for sharing this, found you at your Throwback Thursday and congrats and becoming the latest hostess w the mostess!! :)

Carlee

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

Don't feel bad eating it, we can always make another! You totally do need a skillet though, I use mine for everything!