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cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

  • Author: Camille
  • Prep Time: 65 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 rolls 1x
  • Category: Breakfast



Dough Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup milk, very hot
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbs water, very hot

Cinnamon Filling

  • 5 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs cinnamon¬†
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt




For the Dough

  1. Combine all dry ingredients and egg yolk in mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Heat milk and water in microwave for one minute or until very hot. It doesn’t need to boil, but it should be very hot to the touch.
  3. Turn mixer onto medium speed and pour liquid into mixer. If dough still seems dry, add a little more water until dough seems just slightly sticky and soft.
  4. Mix dough on medium-high speed for 5 minutes.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead a few times to bring dough into a smooth ball. Shape dough into a rectangle and beginning rolling with a floured rolling pin.
  6. Roll the dough into a 12 x 18 inch rectangle.

For the Cinnamon Roll Filling

  1. Stir softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Mix with hands or with a hand mixer if ingredients aren’t coming together with a spoon.
  2. Spread filling over the 12 x 18 rectangle, leaving a 1/2 inch border of dough on all sides. 
  3. Starting with the short end(12 inch end), roll the dough evenly until you have a cinnamon roll log. This means that the log will be 12 inches long, not 18 inches.
  4. Cut the log into 2 inch slices with a serrated knife so that there are 6 cinnamon rolls.
  5. Line an 8 x 11 inch pan (or 9×9 or 9 -10 inch cake pan) with parchment if desired. If you aren’t using parchment, spray pan lightly with nonstick spray.
  6. Place rolls in pan and cover with a towel. Let rolls raise for 45 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover rolls, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Rolls will be golden brown on top with finished.
  8. Let rolls cool in pan for 15 minutes and prepare the cream cheese icing.

For the Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Cream softened butter and cream cheese together with a hand mixer. Add vanilla and pinch of salt and mix.
  2. Add powdered sugar and beat on high speed for 2-3 minutes to incorporate air into the icing so it is lighter.
  3. Spread icing over cinnamon rolls and enjoy! Refrigerate leftover cinnamon rolls if there are any. Warm cinnamon rolls in the microwave for 15-20 seconds if they have been in the fridge.


This is a Baker Street Society original recipe.

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