This Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe is the perfect way to start the weekend! Flaky layers of slightly sweetened yeast dough are filled with a buttery cinnamon filling and topped with the perfect cream cheese frosting for cinnamon rolls.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, I find it tough to eat breakfast during the week. However, on weekends and holidays, I really enjoy going to the trouble to making a nice homemade breakfast or brunch.
One of our favorite indulgent breakfast and brunch foods just so happens to be this homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing recipe.
Sure, you could hit up the local Cinnabon. But I find there is just something extra special about going to the trouble of making homemade cinnamon rolls.
These homemade cinnamon buns are perfect to bake while opening presents on Christmas morning. They’re also a favorite for Easter brunch or even just because.
I know a lot of people are a bit scared to work with yeast. We’ve all heard horror stories of going to all the trouble and ending up with inedible hockey pucks. I’ve certainly been there.
Just take your time and go through the steps carefully until you get the hang of it. it’s really not something to totally stress yourself out over.
Using a stand mixer or bread machine can take out a lot of the guesswork, but kneading can be just as easy with some practice. I’ve even shared several tips for using yeast to help make sure your rolls are a success.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
These rolls are made up of traditional cinnamon roll flavors that let the cinnamon flavor really shine through without being too potent. Of course, if you’re like me, the frosting is actually your favorite part.
As always, you can change up the recipe to your liking. For example, I added raisins to the filling. I’d add them to the dough itself next time, though, so they don’t fall out of the roll so easily.
You could also add nuts or instead of using cinnamon, opt for lemon or orange zest, which would also make a great addition to the icing.
Smart Savvy Tip For Quick Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Homemade cinnamon rolls are a bit time consuming due to rise time if you’re like me and don’t like getting up super early.
So, my super smart savvy tip is to make the dough, let it rise, then make the cinnamon rolls, place them in the pan, cover with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge overnight. You could also freeze them at this point.
I then take them out of the fridge and leave on the counter to warm up and rise a bit more while I get ready and the oven preheats. Then, make the cream cheese frosting while the rolls bake or you can make it the night before as well.
More Brunch-Friendly Recipes
- Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper, And Spinach Quiche Recipe
- Mini Sausage, Spinach, and Swiss Cheese Frittatas Recipe
- No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Parfaits Recipe
Tools For Making Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- A good stand mixer – especially helpful if you find it difficult to knead doughs by hand
- Long rolling pin – makes quick work of getting the dough the right size
- Serrated knife – easily slice the rolls without smushing them
Ingredients for Dough:
Ingredients For Filling
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:
Serving Size: 1 large cinnamon roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 517 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 77mg Sodium: 249mg Carbohydrates: 65g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 28g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g