Mexico in my Kitchen: How to Make Cinnamon Rolls / Cómo Hacer Roles de Canela|Authentic Mexican Food Recipes Traditional Blog

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls / Cómo Hacer Roles de Canela


Mexican Bakeries offer a wide variety of delicious sweet breads which change names, and sometimes shapes depending on what part of México you're visiting. Among the best known are “Conchas”, “Cuernitos”, “Polvorones” and, of course, the famous “Rollos de Canela”, or Cinnamon Rolls.
My friend Nora, from her blog “Gusta Usted?” has graciously shared with us this recipe of Cinnamon Rolls. Her son, who is currently studying at a culinary school, baked these mouth-watering rolls.
If you had never worked with yeast breads before, give it a try. You will find it really easy and addictive!
Ingredients for 12 large rolls:
500 grams all purpose flour (he used 4 cups) and about a cup for working the dough.
8 tablespoons of sugar (1 +7)
1 pinch of salt
18 grams dry yeast
6 tablespoons warm milk
4 eggs room temperature
150 grams room temperature butter
Cinnamon about 2 Tablespoon
Raisins (He used Cranberries)
Walnuts (optional)
1 cup sugar
½ cup water or rum
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons water
Dissolve yeast in warm milk with a spoonful of sugar and let stand in a warm place. About 15 minutes.
Stir flour with the remaining 7 tablespoons sugar into the mixer bowl with the paddel on with the yeast mixture or a large bowl if mixing by hand and add the salt.
Make a well in the middle and add eggs and beat until you have an even mixture. She used the mixer for this process.

Put the hook on the mixer and knead 5 minutes. Add the butter slowly into pieces and beat 5 minutes more or until the dough is not sticky. Occasionaly scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula, until it separates from the bowl.

Cover the bowl and let stand until the dough doubles in volume. I usually cover the dough first with a greased wax paper and then a kitchen towel.

Stretch the dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface, forming a rectangle of about one cm. thick. Cover the surface with cinnamon and raisins (optional nuts), and roll up the dough on the longest side.

Cut slices of 5 cm with a floured serrated knife or dental floss. Place the cut rolls on a greased pan, cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let them rise until they nearly double in size, about one hour.
The rolls can also be covered with plastic wrap and left standing until doubled in size. Bake in preheated oven at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cool the pan on a rack for 10-15 minutes.

To make the syrup, place the sugar and water in a small saucepan in medium heat until boiling point and cover the rolls with the syrup right after getting them out of the oven.
To make the glaze, mix confectioner sugar, lemon juice and water and cover the rolls with it after they have cooled.


  1. your rolls look so delicious.. :-)

  2. These are perfect snacks for us. We love cinnamon and raisin together. I tried some yeast breads before, but not like these yummy rolls. I should definitely give it a try.

  3. Hello Zerrin,
    You are so a great cook, you should try to make them.

  4. MELY GRACIAS publicar la receta en inglés, pero ojo no lleva polvo de hornear sino levadura... Un pequeño lapsus mentis!

  5. Hola Nora,

    Que bueno que te diste cuenta. Saludos!


  6. hola mely!
    tengo una sugerencia - que tal comida mexicana fermentada/curtida? quiero entrar mas en esto en mi vida....

    tengo bulgaros por si quieres otra contribucion... :P

  7. Hola Janet,

    Gracias por tu interes, como sugieres que seria esa contribucion?
    Yo tambien tengo bulgaros desde hace unos años.
    Con respecto a la comida fermentada te refieres a verduras como calabacitas, coliflor, zanahorias, etc.,?

    Espero tu comentario. ;)

  8. si quieres, podria tomar fotos para mostrar el proceso... o pudieras tomar fotos tu para mostar tu proceso.

    a tu siguiente pregunta, si... verduras curtidas como repollo, etc.

  9. Hola Janet,

    Me tenias esperando tu respuesta :)
    Dame un poco de tiempo y yo las pongo. Casi siempre que hago verduras curtidas es en el verano cuando hay abundancia de verduras en los mercados.

    Gracias por tu idea.

  10. Ohhhh por favooor me caigo muerta qué ricos se ven!

  11. Oh I would really love to bake and eat these, but my <a href=">cosmetic dentist los angeles</a> had to warn me off sticky sweets and dried fruits like raisins. The temptation on my left shoulder is already whispering sweet nothings on my left ear, but my goody-two-shoes conscience on my right shoulder is warning me.

  12. greetings i want to cook these but the only thing is i don't have one of those fancy mixers with the hook thing can they still be made if you don't have one of those i only have a regular cake mixer thank you.....

  13. greetings i would love to make these the only thing is i don't own one of those fancy mixers with the hook thing can it still be done with traditional cake mixer ?..thank you

    1. Hello Jahfireal702,

      You can make them by hand, with out a heavy duty mixer. A small mixer wouldn't work. Just add the ingredients in a large bowl. And knead by hand.


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