You Won’t Find a Better Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe with a Cream Cheese Frosting

Need a delicious Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe with a Cream Cheese Frosting? This amazing cinnamon rolls recipe will be the best dessert you’ve ever had – they even rival Cinnabon cinnamon rolls!

Hey y’all, Tiffany here.

My parents made these amazing cinnamon rolls in my house for General Conference ever since I was a child.

Funny story, but we also would make them when it was our week to bring breakfast to seminary each Friday (we rotated weeks).  Without fail, every single time we made them the night before, we would have a snow day the next day.

For about a decade.  As all of my siblings went to high school and on through to college, they would make the cinnamon rolls when it was their Friday (which was about once every few months), and then seminary and school would be cancelled.  Every. Single. Time.

So, if you want to have some snow, make these homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting for seminary. Or, if it’s too hot to use the oven (or to have snow), then try this Banana Cinnamon Roll Smoothie!

Anyway, Phillip and I have continued the tradition and make these twice a year for General Conference.  They’re definitely better than store-bought, and they even rival Cinnabon cinnamon rolls!

And if you’ve been around the blog, you might notice that the cream cheese frosting recipe is the same frosting we use on our amazing sour cream sugar cookies.

But if you need a simpler recipe for cinnamon rolls, check out this Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls recipe.


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Recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting

What you’ll need for these homemade cinnamon rolls

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2 Tbsp dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter (softened) or shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 5-5 1/2 cups flour
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon

Directions

Combine water and milk powder in a large bowl with an electric stand mixer until the milk dissolves or after achieving the desired consistency. Add yeast and then add powdered sugar, salt, softened butter, egg, and 2 cups of bread flour. Mix on low speed until ingredients are wet, then for 2 minutes on medium speed.

Add 2 more cups of bread flour into the flour mixture, mix on low speed just until ingredients are wet, then on medium speed for 2 minutes. The dough will be getting stiff, and the remaining flour may need to be mixed in by hand.

Add about 1/2 cup flour and mix again, by hand or mixer. The dough should be soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour.

Let the dough rise for these homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting until double in size, with a moist towel covering the top to keep it from drying out.  (We usually make them the night before at room temperature and let the dough rise overnight in the fridge, so the dough is easier to cut).

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Prepare softened butter and spread it on the dough, sprinkle with brown sugar (we prefer more rather than less…), and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.  We typically add enough brown sugar to the cinnamon sugar mixture first and then the cinnamon so you can’t even see the dough.

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Rub in the ground cinnamon and brown sugar, roll the dough, and cut into 1″ slices.

*Note: Bread dough is often perfect when you press on it with your pointer finger and the dough sticks to the edge of your finger, but the middle of your finger comes away clean.

Also, you can cut the cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting with dental floss instead of a knife to avoid smashing the cinnamon rolls.

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Place on a prepared pan with a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper (if you don’t, then the melted cinnamon/sugar mixture will caramelize onto the sheet and be impossible to get off). 

Bake at 375°F for about 18-22 minutes until the homemade cinnamon rolls turn a beautiful golden brown.

Then let the cut cinnamon rolls cool a bit but serve them while still warm.

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Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheeese frosting

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Cream Cheese Frosting Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Beat together:

  • 1 cube (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 pack (8 oz) softened cream cheese

Add:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheeese frosting

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Alternate adding these items while beating:

  • 1/4 total cup milk
  • Up to 5 cups of powdered sugar

You need to alternate adding sugar and milk so it doesn’t clump!  Keep on beating until smooth and at the desired texture.  If mix is too runny, just add a bit of powdered sugar.  If it is too thick, and a tiny bit of milk.

The secret to these homemade cinnamon rolls is the cream cheeese frosting!

homemade cinnamon rolls with a cream cheeese frosting

Photo courtesy of Sara Welburn Photography

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