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Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Potato Cinnamon Rolls

 Every year around the holidays when my mom would ask what I wanted to eat for our big meal, there was only one thing that I cared about – potato rolls. I didn’t really  care what else we had as long as we had those rolls. I still love them, so when I have leftover mashed potatoes, potatoes rolls are the first things I think about.

Or at they were until I started making these Potato Cinnamon Rolls. Before I talk about how awesome these cinnamon rolls are (and they absolutely are!), let me get one thing out of the way: you can’t taste the potato. All you can taste is all of the fantastic cinnamon roll deliciousness.

The cinnamon rolls have a gooey cinnamon-sugar  filling and extra cinnamon-sugar crust along the bottom. They’re also covered with a sweet, cinnamon-y glaze. So, if you love big, soft cinnamon rolls, these guys are for you.

Potato Cinnamon Rolls



  • 2 ¼ tsp . active dry yeast
  • 1/2 c . granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c . warm water (about 105 F)
  • 1 tsp . cornstarch
  • 1/2 c . mashed potatoes , at about room temperature
  • 1 c . warm milk (about 105 F)
  • 1/3 c . butter , melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp . salt
  • 1 tsp . vanilla extract
  • 4-5 c . all-purpose flour


  • 2 T . butter , melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c . granulated sugar
  • 1 T . ground cinnamon

For the pan

  • 2 T . butter , melted
  • 1/3 c . brown sugar , packed
  • 1/2 T . ground cinnamon

Icing (optional)

  • 1 c . confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 T . milk
  • 1/2 tsp . vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp . ground cinnamon


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl if mixing by hand), dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.
  2. Let yeast mixture stand 5-10 minutes, or until foamy.
  3. Add cornstarch, mashed potatoes, milk, butter, egg, salt, vanilla; stir to combine.
  4. Stir in 2 cups flour until incorporated.
  5. Add enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  6. If mixing with the stand mixer, switch to the dough hook and knead for 4-5 minutes. If mixing by hand, knead until smooth and elastic on a lightly floured surface for about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Place in a greased bowl, and cover.
  8. Let rise until double, about 1 ½ hours.
  9. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 13x9-inch rectangle.
  10. Brush dough with melted 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  11. For the filling, stir together sugars and cinnamon, and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over melted butter.
  12. Roll dough up, starting with a long side.
  13. Cut into 12 pieces.
  14. To prepare the pan, brush a 13x9-inch pan with 2 tablespoons butter.
  15. Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the melted butter in the pan.
  16. Place cinnamon roll slices, cut side down, in prepared pan.
  17. Cover, and let cinnamon rolls rise for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
  18. Toward the end of the second rising time, preheat oven to 350 F.
  19. Bake cinnamon rolls for 20-30 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  20. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven, and let them cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
  21. While the cinnamon rolls are cooling, prepare the icing, if using.
  22. In a medium bowl, stir together icing ingredients.
  23. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls, and serve warm.

Potato Cinnamon Rolls

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    March 7, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    hello . Thank you for the great recipe i tried it and it was so delicious . Thanks so much . I have a questions regarding the filling of the cinnamon rolls . I did it but it always not melted after baking i feel the brown sugar clear and not melted what is the problem in it ?? should i have to me

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      March 9, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thanks! So, the brown sugar didn’t melt all the way when you baked it? Is that correct?

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    February 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    hello . Thank you for the great recipe i tried it and it was so delicious . Thanks so much . I have a questions regarding the filling of the cinnamon rolls . I did it but it always not melted after baking i feel the brown sugar clear and not melted what is the problem in it ?? should i have to melt it with butter before adding??? thanks in advance.

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      March 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks! If you want the brown sugar to be completely melted, you could certainly add it to the butter first. If you have any other questions, please let me know!

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        March 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

        Thank you for the quick reply . so Do you mean I have to put the butter in the pan until it is melted and then add the brown sugar and cinnamon and then fill it in the spread dough ? actually I did that though i still notice that the brown sugar is not melted after baking . Could you help me by explaining that step ? another thing if i put confectioners’ brown sugar in the filling can that help the filling to be melted?, it ‘s an idea i am thinking about. !! . Thanks a million.
        best regards.

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          March 12, 2014 at 9:11 am

          Since there are only 2 tablespoons of butter and 3/4 cup of sugar, the sugar probably won’t completely melt if you heat it together. You would probably need to either increase the amount of butter (maybe 1/4 cup) or decrease the amount of sugar a little bit (maybe 2/3 to 1/2 cup). I hope that helps. If it doesn’t make sense, just let me know!

          I’ve never heard of confectioners brown sugar. I have confectioners sugar (powdered sugar), but I’m not familiar with the brown sugar version, so I’m afraid I’m no help on that.

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    February 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    These are delicious rolls. I think the potatoes give them a nice, airy texture. I used instant mashed potatoes, and they worked just fine. I didn’t include the cinnamon sugar mixture in the bottom of the pan because I was concerned it would make clean up too messy, though I’m sure the rolls are that much tastier with it (the mixture, that is). I found the dough to be quite puffy, so it was hard to get a nice, tight roll. My rolls wouldn’t win any beauty contest, but they sure tasted good! Thanks so much.

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      February 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you, Jocelyn!! I’m happy to hear that they work with instant potatoes. You’re right about the cinnamon sugar in the bottom; it is messy! I’m glad that you liked them!! =)

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    Joan clancy
    January 26, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Will Instant mashed potatoes work?

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      January 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      I haven’t tried it with instant potatoes, but I would guess that it would. If you try it, I would be interested in hearing how it turns out.

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    January 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Love this recipe but I like to use my bread machine for my bread recipes any chance of getting this recipe for my bread machine

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      January 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      I’m sorry, but I don’t have a bread machine any more. So, I can’t test it to see how this would work. If you try it out, I would love to hear how it works out, though! =)

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    January 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I have been making these cinnamon buns for a long time…and are the best ever! I also use the potato water !

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      January 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      That’s a great tip! I’ll have to try that next time. =)

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    Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    September 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    This is similar to my mom’s recipe that she handed down from her mom (my grandma.) The potatoes in the dough make the BEST cinnamon rolls! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #29.

    ~Amber @

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      September 10, 2013 at 12:41 am

      Recipes from grandma are the best! You just can’t beat them!! =)

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    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats
    September 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Ok, never heard of potato rolls but love that you can use left over mashed potatoes to make them. These look delicious and if they are anything like cinnamon rolls than I’m all over it! :) Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays.

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

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      September 10, 2013 at 12:45 am

      Potato bread is amazing! If you’ve never tried it, you should definitely make some. =)

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    September 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Yum! I love cinnamon rolls. The potatoes are a great addition to them!

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