Cinnamon Rolls & Cookbooks

Important Message from the Junior League of St. Louis:
Our Headquarters and Gift Boutique are closed to the public due COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please visit one of the vendors listed below to purchase JLSL Cinnamon Rolls.

Freddie’s Market
Straub’s Clayton
Straub’s Town & Country
Straub’s Webster Groves
Straub’s Central West End
The Art of Entertaining
The Woman’s Exchange
The Smokehouse Market
Baumann’s Fine Meats

If you would like to carry Junior League of St. Louis Cinnamon Rolls at your restaurant or business, please contact jlslcinnamonrolls@jlsl.org.

To inquire about reserving an order of cinnamon rolls for pick up, please call (314) 822-2344.

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Junior Leagues the world over are known for their cookbooks, and Junior League of St. Louis is known for its Cinnamon Rolls.

Junior League of St. Louis’ Cinnamon Rolls

In the early 1940s, the JLSL headquarters were located in the Central West End, next door to Saks Fifth Avenue. At the time, part of JLSL’s community outreach revolved around a small kitchen and Tearoom where members not only served food, but also developed JLSL recipes.

JLSL lore has it that a devoted member and a few of her friends happened upon the idea of creating a JLSL Cinnamon Roll, and they spent hours in the kitchen perfecting the recipe. Almost instantly, the Cinnamon Roll was a mainstay on the Tearoom menu, and baking became a daily operation. By the 1960s, JLSL Cinnamon Rolls were a St. Louis classic, with hundreds baked for luncheons and parties – and you can imagine what the holiday season baking was like!

When JLSL moved from Frontenac to Des Peres in 2005, internal production of the Cinnamon Roll ceased. Three years later, a group of Sustainers worked diligently to replicate the recipe, and JLSL Cinnamon Rolls were reborn.

Both Active and Sustaining members now produce thousands of Cinnamon Rolls each year, with the most dedicated bakers “earning their aprons” by working five or more shifts throughout the JLSL year.

Junior League of St. Louis’ Cookbooks

Since its humble beginning as a French fur-trapping outpost more than 300 years ago, the City of St. Louis has attracted people with wonderfully rich ethnic traditions. Influenced by this diversity, St. Louis cuisine is unique in ways not seen in other areas of the country. Saint Louis Days, Saint Louis Nights, JLSL’s cookbook, celebrates this rich heritage with recipes as diverse as a St. Louis gooey butter cake and “Flamingo Surprise” to lowfat gazpacho and “Show Me” guacamole.

In print since 1994, more than 55,000 copies of Saint Louis Days, Saint Louis Nights are in circulation. You can find your own copy at:

  • Cornucopia, Kirkwood;
  • Gateway Arch Museum Store, St. Louis;
  • Kitchen Conservatory, St. Louis; and
  • Junior League of St. Louis Headquarters, 106 N. Kirkwood Rd, 63122.

Click here to purchase our cookbook and other Junior League cookbooks.

For wholesale or swap inquiries from other Leagues, please contact our cookbook@jlsl.org.