Oooey Gooey Caramel Skillet Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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A few years ago my parents remodelled their kitchen, bought an induction cooktop and gave my sister and I their old pots and pans so they could replace them with an induction friendly set. Among the pots and pans they were getting rid of were two, very, very old, cast iron frying pans. To be honest… I probably would have passed on them. My parents hadn’t used them in years because everything you tried to cook in them would stick to the cast iron. The Hubs saw past the years of cast iron neglect and saw “the diamond in the rough”. He politely asked Sisser if she wanted one and when she declined he took both. I admit, I may have rolled my eyes and said “Do we REALLY need to take both of these? Are we EVER going to use them?”

The Hubs came home and began to research. The pans sat in our garage for several months as he researched all the different ways to restore cast iron frying pans. He weighed pros and cons and finally decided to try the self cleaning oven cycle method.

The pans came out clean and for weeks after he re-built the seasoning on the pans. We have been using them several times a week ever since. When my mom saw what a beautiful job The Hubs did refurbishing the pans she told us that the pans had been her parent’s pans and their parent’s pans before that. Yep our beautiful cast iron frying pans traveled all the way from Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan  to the West Coast and originally belonged to my great grandparents.

The Hubs looked for more information about the forge that made our pans (there was a stamp on the bottom of them) and they stopped making cast iron frying pans in the early 1900’s making our frying pans over 100 years old!

Cooking with cast iron seems to be coming back into style. More than that, baking with cast iron has become incredibly popular. Today I decided to share with you my Oooey Gooey Caramel Skillet Cinnamon Roll Recipe. This recipe, like all good things in life, takes a bit of time. You will need to leave your dough to rise once before you roll it out and again once you form the cinnamon rolls. If you are going to be in a rush in the morning I suggest prepping these the night before and then popping them in the oven when you are ready to eat them. 

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Oooey Gooey Caramel Skillet Cinnamon Roll Recipe:


For the dough-

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 TBSP yeast
  • 3 TBSP white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 TBSP butter, softened
  • 2 TBSP canola oil

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

For the caramel sauce:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla

For the icing (optional- these cinnamon rolls are oooey gooey delicious with just the caramel sauce, but extra decadent with icing):

  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 TBSP milk

Directions for the dough:

  • On low heat, warm butter, oil and water until butter has melted and mixture is warm.
  • Attach the dough hook to your mixer (if you don’t have a mixer you can do this by hand)
  • In the bowl of your mixer combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. 
  • Pour butter mixture into flour mixture and mix until incorporated.
  • With mixer on slowly add remaining flour.
  • Once dough has come together and is starting to look smooth, remove from mixing bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by hand for 2 minutes.
  • Place dough in bowl and cover.  Leave it rest for 10 minutes
  • While waiting make your caramel sauce and cinnamon roll filling

Directions for the caramel sauce:

  • In your skillet, on medium low heat, combine butter, cream, sugar and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Whisk for 5 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  • Add vanilla and whisk.
  • Remove from heat and set aside. 

Directions for the cinnamon roll filling: 

  • Combine white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. 
  • In a seperate bowl melt your butter, you will brush this onto your dough. 

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Making Your Cinnamon Rolls:

  • On a lightly flowered surface roll your dough so it is approximately 6 inches by 12 inches 
  • Brush dough with melted butter, then, sprinkle your sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly on top
  • Roll dough into a log (you are rolling across the 6 inch section so that your cinnamon roll log will be 12 inches long)
  • Cut your cinnamon roll log into 12 equally sized pieces
  • Place cinnamon rolls into skillet on top of the caramel syrup
  • Cover (we use a layer of parchment paper with a tea towel on top) and let rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Bake cinnamon rolls for 25-30 minutes until browned
  • Top with icing (optional)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Skillet Cinnamon Rolls

Directions for icing (optional):

  • Combine butter, sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk until all ingredients are smooth
  • Spread on top of warm cinnamon rolls

If you like this recipe please make sure to check out our other Cast Iron Skillet Recipes:

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Tell me… Do you have a cast iron frying pan? Have you ever considered picking one up at the Goodwill and restoring it? Do you ever bake with your frying pan? 

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  1. I pretty much only cook in cast iron.. always have, always will. I was raised that way 🙂 Taste of South magazine usually has an issue dedicated to cast iron recipes every year or so and I will spend weeks trying them out. This recipe looks super delicious and def one to try!!

    1. Hi Kristen,

      A cast iron recipe issue! I NEED that! LOL. I love hearing from other people who cook with cast iron. Thanks for taking a peek. 🙂

      Best Wishes,


  2. Those look delicious. I don’t have a cast iron pan but I think I might have to invest in one in the near future. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Lynn,

      Definitely worth making the investment in. I’d highly suggest finding one at a thrift store and refurbishing it. I’m planning a Cast Iron 101 post this fall with refurbishing instructions.

      Best Wishes,


  3. Yes, I have a cast iron pan, but I think it’s still in my boxes from my last move! I need to pull it out, but will probably wait until the next move 😉 There is nothing like the taste from a well-seasoned pan and I can still taste (I wish) the fried chicken my grandmother made in hers. Some things really do get better with time. And I’d say you owe your hubby a big kiss for rescuing those 2 pans!!!
    xo ~kim (and chloe)

    1. Hi Kim (and Chloe),

      Have you pulled those cast iron pans out yet? Grandma’s fried chicken made in cast iron sounds so good. You are making me hungry. I think I have to add friend chicken to our menu board for the week. 😉

      Thank you for visiting!


  4. Those cinnamon rolls look DELICIOUS! Found you through the Wonderfully Creative Wednesdays link party. Hope you’ll stop by and see my recipe for Fluffy Fool (a chocolate strawberry dessert) 🙂

    1. Awwww thank you Becca! MMMM Fluffy Fool sounds good too!

      Thanks for visiting!


  5. I only have one question: Why is this not currently at my house? Lol. This looks SO good, you have me drooling. If I had the ingredients, this would be made, but unfortunately I don’t and it’s still a bit early for me to head to the store. I’m pretty sure I’d get looked at funny. I’ll have to wait for a more reasonable hour to get the things I need to make this!

    1. Hi Felicia,

      Have you made it yet? Believe me, you won’t regret it. 😉

      Best Wishes,


  6. Hi Crystal, I was inspired to make these and I’m sharing them on my blog today. So delish!

    1. Thank you so much Shauna! I can’t tell you how honored I am that you shared and how happy I am that you enjoyed the recipe. I love your photos. Thank you for sharing my recipe.

      Best Wishes,


  7. Oh my!! These recipes look so good!! Gonna have to dust off grandma cast iron pan and get busy!! Thanks for the recipes!!