This cinnamon roll fills an ENTIRE cast iron skillet. And then you top it with cream cheese frosting. Life is good.

Difficulty: Level 3 (you can do it)

Hands On Time: 30 minute    Cook Time: 35 minutes   Rise Time: 60 minutes    Total Time: 2 hrs 5 minutes

It’s been a long week. So. Take a break. Get in your sweatpants. Grab a fluffy blanket. A slice of a giant-gooey-melty-warm-cinnamon-roll. And then watch your favorite show. Then we’ll talk about this skillet cinnamon roll.

This deliciously giant skillet sweet roll. Doesn’t everything sound better if it’s in a skillet? Like these skillet nachos. OMG skillet nachos how I love you. Skillet sweet roll for breakfast, skillet nachos for dinner, skillet s’mores for dessert. Done. I just came up with my dinner menu for the week.

Anyway. This cinnamon roll. Topped with THIS cream cheese frosting. It’s the best.

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 35 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 35 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
  1. 1 cup warm water
  2. 2 ¼ tsp (1 packet) active dry yeast
  3. 2 tbsp sugar
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 2 ¼ cups flour
  6. 1 tsp salt
  1. ⅓ cup brown sugar
  2. ⅓ cup sugar
  3. 1 tbsp cinnamon
  4. ½ cup butter - room temperature
  1. Place yeast and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and egg yolk.
  3. Add the flour and salt.
  4. Knead dough for 10 minutes; knead by hand or with the dough attachment of a kitchen aid mixer.
  5. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let raise in a warm spot for 1 hour.
  6. In a small bowl, mix both sugars and the cinnamon. Set aside.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. On a floured surface, turn out dough.
  9. Roll out dough into a large rectangle until about ⅛ - ¼ inch thick.
  10. Spread the room temperature butter on the dough.
  11. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on the butter.
  12. Cut dough into 2 inch strips - the short ways.
  13. Roll one strip to form the middle of a cinnamon roll; place in a well oiled and floured cast iron skillet.
  14. Take each strip of dough and wrap around the center piece in the skillet.
  15. Continue to wrap until all the dough is gone and you have a nice giant cinnamon roll.
  16. Place skillet containing the cinnamon roll into the preheated 350 degree oven.
  17. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown.
  18. Spread with your favorite cream cheese frosting.
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  1. Would have loved to see step by step pictures. Are all the strips cut from the short end? .. and then wrap around in short strips?

    • Great suggestion Sylvia! Yes I generally cut from the short end because it’s easier, but you can also cut from the long end. It doesn’t matter too much, just keep wrapping up that cinnamon roll!

  2. thanks for sharing! 🙂 wondering if you know/have tried – prepping this & leaving in fridge until ready to bake? i was thinking for a few hours it would be okay…? gotta manage time lol

  3. Our family is down and out with the flu, and this is the first recipe I’ve been able to read all week. Still a few days before I’ll be able to do more than open a can, but this looks divine.

    • The large skillet versions are awesome! You should definitely try it out. And it totally needs to have cream cheese frosting 😉

  4. This sounds and looks absolutely amazing!!! Would be a great surprise to wake the kids up with for their birthdays… I think you just created a new tradition

    • Haha that is so awesome! I hope you all enjoy it 🙂 it is pretty awesome seeing a giant cinnamon roll that you get to eat for breakfast!

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