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Sourdough Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Kick up your cinnamon roll game by using a sourdough starter and making these Sourdough Walnut Cinnamon Rolls from scratch!

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 Rolls
Calories 324kcal
Author Tracy


  • 9X13 baking dish
  • or baking sheet



  • 1 cup Herman or sourdough starter
  • 3/4 c 2% heated milk 1 minute in microwave
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant active dry yeast

Cinnamon Filling

  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Walnut Topping

  • 1/4 C melted butter
  • 1/2 C walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • 2 cups powdered confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons hot water


  • Mix all of the dough ingredients together in a bowl, cover, and let rest overnight.
  • In the morning, when ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350°. Prep a 9 X 13 baking dish by mixing together the walnut topping and then line the bottom of the baking dish with the mixture.
  • Roll and stretch the dough into a 15 X 24 rectangle. Mix the cinnamon mixture together. Brush melted butter (as a part of the cinnamon filling) over the dough, the sprinkle the cinnamon mixture on top of the butter. Then starting at the long edge, roll up the dough, but don't roll too tightly, otherwise the cinnamon roll centers will rise above the rest of the roll while they bake.
  • Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes, then turn pan upside down on to a parchment paper lined baking pan and 'plop' rolls onto the pan so that the walnut mixture is now on top.
  • Mix the water and vanilla for the frosting, and whisk into the powdered sugar for the frosting and drizzle onto rolls as desired.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg