Cinnamon rolls: the perfect sweet and festive treat

Just the phrase 'cinnamon rolls' is making our mouths water; here's how to make them at home

cinnamon rolls
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Mmmm, cinnamon rolls. The most beautiful phrase in the English language (when you're hungry)? We think that once you've tried this sugary cold-weather treat, you'll keep baking it all through the festive season. Cinnamon rolls are also delicious as a naughty breakfast – we dare you to try dipping these in coffee. Or – mix cinnamon with cardamom for a more exotic taste. 

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Cinnamon rolls: the recipe

This recipe has kindly been provided by Gousto


  • 1 sheet ready-made puff pastry
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tangerines
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 180°c/ 160°C (fan)/ 350°F/ Gas 4.

2. Mix your spices. Zest the tangerines into the spice mix. Melt the butter in a pan over the stove or in a microwave
Tip: Smell the mix – if it’s not bringing you enough Christmas nostalgia, add extra spices of choice.

3. Unroll the pastry and spread about 2/3 of the butter onto it. With a sieve, sprinkle sugar evenly over the top, then sprinkle about half of the spice mix.

4. Roll the longest edge of the pastry inwards, making sure it’s tight. Brush the final edge with butter to make it stick. Using a sharp knife, slice into 12 even pieces.

5. Place on a baking tray and use the remaining butter to brush the tops of the swirls

6. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or until golden.

7. Juice one of the tangerines and mix with icing sugar – this is your glaze.

8. Paint the cooked swirls with the glaze and enjoy!

Cream cheese filled cinnamon rolls 

If you want an even more indulgent treat, you can fill your cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese filling. All you need to do to fill a batch of cinnamon rolls is to mix a tub of cream cheese with four tablespoons of softened butter and half a cup of sugar. Do this by mixing the cheese and butter into the sugar, not the other way around. You can also whip the mixture in a food processor for a lighter consistency to your filling. 

Once ready, place the filling into a piping bag, make small, two-inch-long incisions in the buns with a sharp knife, and fill!