cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glaze.

these made from scratch cinnamon rolls really do a great job convincing me that i am in dire need of opening my own bakery. --> hmmm, new business opportunity = possible new year resolution?

 if only i could share them with each and everyone around me, i'm sure i'd attract a new group of 
friends, maybe the whole world, and even more than a few marriage proposals. but until then, i will have to just woo you through the computer screen.

if you like a moist and springy, not too sweet, luxuriously rich cinnamon roll, glazed with a tangy cream cheese icing served warm fresh from the oven, then i suggest you make a beeline for the kitchen with this recipe in hand. let me know how it goes:)


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast (takes 2 envelopes yeast)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray

  • 3/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons good ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (or half a package of Philadelphia brand), room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For dough:
Combine milk and butter in glass measuring cup. Microwave on high until butter melts and mixture is just warmed to 120°F to 130°F, 30 to 45 seconds. Pour into bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Beat on low speed 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add 21/2 cups flour. Beat on low until flour is absorbed and dough is sticky, scraping down sides of bowl. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to form ball and pulls away from sides of bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 8 minutes. Form into ball.
Lightly oil large bowl with nonstick spray. Transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

For filling:
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl.
Punch down dough. Transfer to floured work surface. Roll out to 15x11-inch rectangle. Spread butter over dough, leaving 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over butter. Starting at 1 long side, roll dough into log, pinching gently to keep it rolled up. With seam side down, cut dough crosswise with thin sharp knife into 18 equal slices (each about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide).
Spray two 9-inch square glass baking dishes with nonstick spray. Divide rolls between baking dishes, arranging cut side up (there will be almost no space between rolls). Cover baking dishes with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, about 40 to 45 minutes.
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake rolls until tops are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and invert immediately onto rack. Cool for 10 minutes. Turn rolls right side up and place onto plate or into a serving pan.

For glaze:
Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until smooth. Spread glaze onto rolls. Use as much as you'd like. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. woah this looks incredible. i must try this. and YES on opening your own bakery :)


  2. I love cinnamon rolls and these look amazing!
    I will have to try this recipe, thank you for sharing.

  3. Looks Amazing! Cinnamon Rolls are my favorite!!


  4. they ARE incredible! thank you all for such sweet comments <3

  5. i gotta try these! been dying for some cinnamon rolls!

  6. Amy @ allhailhoneybeesJanuary 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    My oh my these sound divine!!!!! I can't wait to try this recipe, thanks!

  7. Looks amazing! My favorite breakfast is a cinnamon roll and a cup of Kenya-AA coffee! yum