red velvet cinnamon rolls

a recipe by
Robin Wellhouse
Eden, WY

Decadent for breakfast, brunch, or an "anytime" snack. This recipe combines the richness of a Red Velvet cake with the warmth of cinnamon rolls.

serves 12 (more or less) - Prep time includes rising time for rolls.
prep time 1 Hr 45 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For red velvet cinnamon rolls

  • FOR THE DOUGH:
  • 1/2 c
    water, warm
  • 1 Tbsp
    active dry yeast (or 1 packet)
  • 3/4 c
    warm milk
  • 1 pkg
    red velvet cake mix
  • 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 1 stick
    butter, unsalted (softened)
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed (light or dark)
  • 1/2 c
    sugar (white granulated)
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • FOR THE CREAM CHEESE GLAZE
  • 1 stick
    butter, unsalted
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c
    milk or cream

How To Make red velvet cinnamon rolls

  • 1
    In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, combine warm water and yeast. Allow to sit and bloom, about 5 – 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Once the yeast is active (mixture should be foamy on top), add the warm milk, cake mix, flour, and salt.
  • 3
    With the dough hook attached, mix on low until dough comes together and starts to pull away from the sides, 5 minutes. NOTE: If you do not have an electric mixer, you can mix everything in a large bowl and knead the dough by hand on a well-floured surface.
  • 4
    Form into a ball and move the dough to a large bowl that has a light coating of oil. Turn the ball over to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Place over a pan or bowl of hot (not boiling) water and let sit until almost doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • 5
    After the dough has doubled, make the filling. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, sugars, and cinnamon until well combined.
  • 6
    Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll into a large rectangle.
  • 7
    Spread filling over the dough and roll up into a long log.
  • 8
    Slice into 12 rolls. Preheat oven to 375F. Place rolls into a pan sprayed with baking oil, cover with plastic wrap and a towel, allow to rise until double (about 30 – 45 minutes.)
  • 9
    After rising, bake until golden – about 20 to 25 minutes (depending upon your oven.)
  • 10
    While the rolls are baking, beat together the icing ingredients. Mixture should be pourable.
  • 11
    Scoop into a plastic zip style bag, snip a corner off.
  • 12
    Drizzle over the warm rolls.
  • 13
    Serve the rolls immediately and enjoy with a cup of your favorite hot beverage.
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