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The Best Cinnamon Rolls

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The Best Cinnamon Rolls are fluffy, buttery, and cinnamony sweet. These from-scratch rolls are topped with a delicious cream cheese icing.

sweet rolls with cream cheese icing vertical image

To make these gooey Cinnamon Rolls, I rely on my Master Sweet Roll Dough recipe. It’s an easy egg enriched buttery dough that wears many hats. This dough not only makes the best cinnamon rolls, but it is also amazing for Dinner Rolls and Monkey Bread. The rolls are filled with a generous amount of cinnamon and sugar and topped with a creamy almond vanilla cream cheese icing.

Cinnamon roll ingredients and equipment

rising sweet roll dough

Sweet Roll Dough
Baking dish
Butter
Dark brown sugar
Cinnamon
Baking dish
Optional:
8×8 aluminum pan
Plastic wrap or damp cloth
Gallon freezer bag

How to make cinnamon rolls

rolled and chilled sweet roll dough

Make the MasterSweet Roll Dough recipe found HERE and allow it to rise. Once the dough has risen, punch it down then turn it out onto a lightly oiled surface. 

sprinkling cinnamon sugar on the dough

Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt in a small bowl and set it aside. Roll the dough into an 8×16 rectangle. Spread the softened butter followed by the cinnamon and sugar over the dough. 

rolling cinnamon rolls

Roll the dough like a log by the smaller width sealing the seam. Cut the log into 9-12 slices of even thickness.

sliced cinnamon rolls

Layer slices in a baking dish and bake at 350 for 25-27 minutes. These rolls don’t need to rise a second time. They bake beautifully with just one rise. Allow to rolls to cool for 10 minutes before adding the icing or glaze.

Cream cheese icing

cream cheese icing

I make a basic cream cheese icing most of the time but every now and then I will add a little almond extract. The almond extract basically turns it into a small batch of my Almond Cream Cheese Frosting. It’s also great with the honey vanilla glaze that I use in my Old Fashioned Honey Bun recipe.

spreading icing on cinnamon rolls


To make the glaze, whip the softened cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Blend in the powdered sugar, salt, extracts, and milk. Work the icing until it’s smooth. Spread liberally on the cooled cinnamon rolls.

How to freeze cinnamon rolls

cream cheese icing on cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls can be made in advance and stored overnight in the fridge or frozen for later use. Follow all of the instruction for the rolls just prior to baking. Layer the slices in a 8×8 aluminum pan then cover it with plastic wrap or a damp cloth to rise for 20-30 minutes. Place the pan in a freezer-safe storage bag. Store the cinnamon rolls in the freezer for up to 60 days.

When ready to bake, allow the rolls to defrost in the fridge overnight or on the counter during the day. Bake the rolls at 350 for the same 25-27 minutes.

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The Best Cinnamon Rolls

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The Best Cinnamon Rolls are fluffy, buttery, and cinnamony sweet. These from-scratch sweet rolls are all of that and more.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:45 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe sweet roll dough
  • 6 tbsp butter more for brushing
  • 1/2 c dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz butter
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract optional
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Make the Master Sweet Roll Dough and allow it to rise. Once the dough has risen, punch it down then turn it out onto a lightly oiled surface.
  • Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and pinch of salt in a small bowl and set it aside. Roll the dough into an 8×16 rectangle. Spread the softened butter followed by the cinnamon and sugar over the dough.
  • Roll the dough like a log by the smaller width sealing the seam. Cut the log into 9-12 slices of even thickness.
  • Layer slices in a baking dish and bake at 350 for 25-27 minutes. Allow to rolls to cool for 10 minutes before adding the icing or glaze.
  • Whip the softened cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Blend in the powdered sugar, salt, extracts, and milk. Work the icing until it’s smooth. Spread liberally on the cooled cinnamon rolls.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls, cream cheese icing
Servings: 10 rolls
Calories: 382kcal
Author: Ty

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