Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls

If you are from central Illinios, then you are probably familiar with Jumer’s. For those who are not from my neck of the woods, Jumer’s was a small hotel and restaurant chain in central IL. The one in Bloomington specialized in French cuisine and the one in Peoria was German. Both have changed to different restaurants, but the Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls will be remembered by many. At the table, they served a little basket of assorted breads and rolls and my favorite treat in that basket were these cinnamon rolls. They are not the gigantic Cinnabon type rolls slathered in cream cheese frosting. Instead, the Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls are dainty little rolls dusted with cinnamon and sugar.  They are simple to make and compliment any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!

Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls



3 1/2 C All Purpose Flour plus more for dusting

2 teas baking powder

1 1/2 teas salt

1/2 C cold butter

1/2 C warm water

1 1/2 teas yeast

3/4  C Cold water

5 TBS melted butter

1/2 C Sugar

2 teas cinnamon


Combine yeast and warm water and let this sit this aside.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder.

Cut in the cold butter and work either with a pastry cutter, fork, or your clean hands. Once the butter is all worked in, pour in the cold water.


Pour in the yeast, warm water mixture and combine to form a dough. You may need to add a few more tablespoons of water if needed. Knead this gently for just a couple of minutes and set aside for around 10 minutes.


In the meantime, combine the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.

Melt the butter and set aside.

Once dough has sat for 10 minutes, divide it into 4 equal parts.

Roll out each part of the dough into a rectangular shape about 1/4 inch or so thick.

Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.


Roll up beginning with one of the longer sides to form a long roll.


Transfer the roll to a greased baking sheet.

Cut slits about an inch to inch and a half apart down the roll. Don’t cut all the way through the roll, though.


Repeat with the remaining dough. Once all the dough is on the baking sheet with the cuts down the roll, brush with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture.

I do just one roll at a time with the butter and cinnamon and sugar to make sure all the butter does not dry so the cinnamon and sugar stick.



Bake the cinnamon rolls at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.



Remove from oven and transfer to serving platter or basket. They transfer easier if you didn’t cut all the way through the dough when making the slits.




29 thoughts on “Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Do you know if this is the original Jumer’s Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls? I’ve seen some recipes that call for Bisquick.


    1. I used to use Bisquick, but the Bisquick formula changed a few years ago and I stopped using it. I am trying this recipe, hoping for better results.


      1. Chris, I have a Jumer’s recipe that uses Bisquick too, not sure if it’s the same one you used. It’s been so long since I made them w Bisquick that I don’t really remember how different they were than this recipe.


  2. Are you able to wrap and store the dough in the fridge for a day before rolling, topping with sugar mixture and baking? Thank you


    1. Yes, I’ve done it the night before including rolling in cinnamon/ sugar and rolling and letting rise in the greased pan overnight in fridge. Thanks for pointing g this out. I’ll update the post for make ahead instructions!! Take care!


      1. I’ve never tried freezing them but I’ve froze other dough- allowed it to thaw and rise and it worked so I don’t see why these would be any different. I’ll give a try the next time I make them and let you know.


  3. I used to work for a guy that was Jumer’s roll maker for 12 years. He did not use Bisquick. They don’t taste the same. He taught me how to make them.

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  4. Jumers was so yummy. I did not need to know how to make these but I am so glad you posted it. Now I know what to make for special occasions or Tuesday depending on my hunger for cinnamon rolls.

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  5. Jumers was a very nice restaurant …we ate there many times….went there with our good friend Father Ferran often…and I remember one Thanksgiving we had taken all of our 9 children and both grandmother’s there ..kids could eat all they wanted…plus deserts…Grandma LaNoue and Grandma Berns really enjoyed the occasion….the only problem we had…there were no leftovers for the next day…but the happy part…no cleanup either!😂 lol lol


    1. I remember eating there for special occasions with family and for a couple formal dance dinners. We stayed at Jumer’s and had a big brunch there with family the day after our wedding. Glad you have good memories of the place too!


  6. I made these today. They were pretty close to the Jumer’s ones I remember. I needed double the amount of butter and cinnamon sugar to cover them well. Another recipe uses bisquick.


  7. I worked at Jumers after I got back from Vietnam in 1972. Ate a lot of these. I was a line cook so I never got to make them. Can’t wait to try to make them! Last I saw the Peoria location is now a retirement home!


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