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cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Susan Din
Houston, TX

Delicious for a special breakfast treat, or make ahead and freeze until Christmas morning! Prep rolls and freeze until desired, then thaw, rise and bake. This cream cheese frosting is scrumptious!

★★★★★ 1
serves 12-16 Depends on the size of your rolls!
prep time 2 Hr 45 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast= 2 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 c
    warm water 105*
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 c
    milk, scalded and cooled to luke warm
  • 1/2 c
  • 3 1/2-4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 lg
  • 2 Tbsp
    melted butter, cooled
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    table salt (fine)
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar-packed
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1 stick
    (salted) butter-room temperature
  • 2 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, room temperature
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    cream or milk- to thin to spreadable consistancy

How To Make cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

  • 1
    Place warm water, 2 tsp sugar, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. ALlow to sit for 10 minutes-until frothy/bubbly.
  • 2
    Add lukewarm milk, honey and 2 cups of flour to the yeast mixture. With the dough hook attached, mix well.
  • 3
    Add melted butter, eggs, vanilla and salt mixing well, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • 4
    Add remaining flour and mix well. Turn mixer to medium high and knead for 4 minutes. Turn mixer off and allow dough to rest for 5 minutes.
  • 5
    Thoroughly grease a large mixing bowl. Remove dough from the stand mixer bowl and place in the greased bowl. Turn dough over, grease the top of the dough so it doesn't dry out while it rises. Cover with greased plastic wrap, and then a clean dish towel. Place in a warm place for an hour, until doubled in volume. While mixing my dough, I preheat my oven to 170-or the lowest temp available, then turn the oven off. Place bowl on a hot pad in the oven and allow to rise with the door closed. Also while dough rises, Grease with butter the bottom and sides of a large baking dish or cake pan.
  • 6
    Punch dough once to deflate it. Turn out onto a floured surface and roll into a large rectangle-about 20x14.
  • 7
    With a spatula evenly spread butter over the surface, to within 1" of the short edge. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl thoroughly, then sprinkle over the buttered dough.
  • 8
    Roll the dough up from short edge to short edge, the more layers the better! Pinch the end of the dough onto the roll to seal.
  • 9
    with a large sharp knife, cut the rolls at least 1" and place in prepared pan 1/2" apart. Cover with the greased plastic wrap and clean towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • 10
    Preheat oven to 350. Bake rolls for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. While cooling prepare the frosting.
  • 11
    Place the soft cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl, and beat until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla, and powdered sugar, mixing until thoroughly combined. If mixture is too thick, beat in a little cream or milk to thin to easy spreading consistancy. Frost your cinnamon rolls and serve warm.