Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Posted on by on July 5th, 2011 | 31 Comments »

Mmmm cinnamon rolls. Can’t you smell them just by saying the words ‘cinnamon rolls’ and seeing this photo? I’m not sure about you but I wouldn’t mind waking up every morning to a batch of warm cinnamon rolls with a sticky glaze dripping from it. Am I making you drool yet? My mouth is watering and as I sit here and type this I instantly regret giving them all away.

You could have a bowl of cereal with your cup of coffee but why would you when you could indulge in something a little more sinful?

Yes, it may be a bit higher in calories (ok maybe a lot higher) but, cinnamon rolls make mornings brighter, days less stressful and people a bit more joyful.They are just a magical little way to bring happiness to someone (or yourself). So why wouldn’t you want to bake up a batch right now?

My husband and his MSIH classmates took there last final of the year before their 6 week summer vacation this past Thursday. A whole year of medical school done! I had to send them into their last exam with bellies full and a smile on their face. Maybe cinnamon rolls weren’t the best idea since they just learned about diabetes, but they didn’t seem to mind since they were all gone in sheer minutes.

These amazing little morssals of goodness can be baked up 2 different ways, side by side in a baking dish where they keep their beautiful shapes or in a cupcake tin where they puff up into their own little individual and unique shapes. I choose to do them both ways. I love love loved the way they looked out of the cupcake tins best. It’s is all personal preference. I

I choose to bake these with cream instead of milk (I know Im naughty) to make them just divine and rich. They don’t puff up as much as cinnamon rolls made with milk but its all good. I added orange zest to the batter to give it a little zing. And, well the cream cheese glaze on top is just, well…I mean its cream cheese glaze, enough said.

Ingredients (makes about 30)

For Dough

2 cups cream
6 tablespoons butter
7 cups  flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
4 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt

For Filling

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
6 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted

For Glaze

6 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla


Make dough.
Combine cream and butter in glass measuring cup and microwave until butter melts and mixture is just warmed.
Pour into a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups of flour, sugar, egg, yeast, salt and orange zest.
Mix until combined, occasionally scrape down sides of bowl.
Add rest of flour and mix until until flour is absorbed and dough is sticky.
If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to become smooth.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth.
Add more flour if sticky.
Form dough into ball and place in a large oiled mixing bowl.
Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
Punch down dough and turn out on a lightly floured surface.
Roll dough into a large rectangle.
Brush dough with melted butter and sprinkle with the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Starting at the long end roll dough into a cylinder.
Cut dough into 30 equal pieces and place in a greased baking dish or cupcake tin.
Cover baking dish or cupcake tim with a kitchen towel for 35 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375F and bake cinnamon rolls until golden, about 15-18 minutes.
While rolls are baking, make glaze.
In a bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
While rolls are still warm top with glaze.
Serve warm or at room temperature. (best warm or piping hot out of the oven)

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  1. Posted on: 7-5-2011

    Oh I love this Beth! My kids would go crazy for sure. Using cream is probably the best option, and you are okay as long as you don’t bake this every day or maybe every week. I rather want to eat the best cinnamon rolls even though I can’t eat them so often. 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks Nami! Definitely cannot make these every day or week. My husband would kill me!!!

  2. Posted on: 7-5-2011

    Oh dear, that is pure, unadulterated, delicous sin! To be eaten in private as so to enjoy the moment and not worry about getting the glaze all over your nose & chin! You don’t know how much I want one of these right now!! 😀

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Natalie, I agree, these are best eaten alone so you can stuff your face with a few without anyone judging you!!

  3. Posted on: 7-5-2011

    as a kid, i never used to eat cinnamon rolls but now, i can’t get enough of them. lol. there is something about cinnamon that just puts me ina good mood…hehe. your cinnamion rolls look fabulous! so cinnamony and creamy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Cakewhiz, I never ate them as a child either. Never really cared much for them. Now I look back at my younger self and think “what the heck was I thinking?!”

  4. Posted on: 7-8-2011

    Hi Beth

    I came across your blog through another Israeli blogger and I think we may have some commonality in our interests and writing style. Currently, I am seeking to find sites that maybe interested to have a guest post written by me. I am sure you know, that guest posting is one of the way to introduce oneself to the blogging community and simultaneously the host gets to rest for a week. Please check my blog, where you can see the types of posts I have, but I am sure you know that if one is a good writer, he/she can report on many different topics with varied writing style.

    Since you do not have a “contact page” I am writing to you in comments. Please check my blog, where you can see the types of posts I have, but I am sure you know that if one is a good writer, he/she can report on many different topics with varied writing style.

    You may be interested to know that I have lived in Israel for quite a few years and my sister resides in Kiryat Motzkin forever. What this means is, that my cooking and baking style was influenced by that era.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Jayne Georgette

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Hi Jayne, I have been away all summer and have been now checking all my comments and mail. I will send you an email.

  5. Posted on: 7-8-2011

    Hi Beth,

    I just paid attention that my comment got scrambled upon submission. Sorry about this; I have no idea how did it happen, but I trust you can correct the error. Thanks

  6. Posted on: 7-8-2011

    Ooooo how I love cinnamon rolls! These look fantastic! Makes me wish I had some right now with my coffee. 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks Tanya! They are definitely PERFECT with coffee.

  7. Posted on: 8-20-2011

    Oh, man, I shouldn’t have looked at these first thing in the morning! Wow, I love the idea of making cinnamon rolls in muffin tins. My youngest has been begging me to make cinnamon rolls, so you’re inspired me 🙂 Just gorgeous~

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks Liz! These are most definitely dangerous to look at in the morning. Especially if you havent had breakfast yet!! I think your little one will be very grateful for some of these.

  8. Posted on: 8-20-2011

    You had to write ” sticky glaze dripping from it” LOL! Now I want some for breakfast :))
    This looks absolutely mouthwatering Beth..I love your photos, and recipe is must try! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thank you so much Sandra!! You will have to make some and that way you will be able to indulge for breakfast 🙂

  9. Posted on: 8-20-2011

    these look fabulous perfect for breakfast and snack

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-20-2011

      Thanks Torviewtoronto! They are fabulous any time of day!

  10. Posted on: 8-20-2011

    Wow these look fantastic Beth, what a great recipe! Love your pictures! 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-26-2011

      Thank you so much Kelly!

  11. Posted on: 8-20-2011

    A day that starts off with cinnamon rolls is a very good day. These look good.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-26-2011

      Briarrose, I totally agree. No better start to the day!

  12. Posted on: 8-21-2011

    These look so good. I have been craving cinnamon rolls lately. They remind me so much of my childhood, yours are awesome!

  13. Posted on: 8-21-2011

    This cream cheese glaze is a delish! I’ve made it before, it perfectly fits with those yummy cinnamon rolls!

  14. Posted on: 8-21-2011

    Cream instead of milk? 😀 Naughty indeed! LOL! Beth Michelle, these look great … warm, ooey, gooey, sweet, tender, cinnamony… just wonderful! Thanks for sharing and so nice to have you back! HUGS!

  15. Posted on: 8-22-2011

    I am so happy you are back!!! I missed you! I had missed these fantastic rolls!!! They look amazing… yes, sinful would be the best way to describe them! 🙂 Looking forward to all your yummy food! Welcome back and thanks so much for all the sweet comments on my posts! <3

    BTW, I have read about the situation there… the article actually mentioned Beer Sheva… so I got worried! Stay safe!!! <3

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-26-2011

      Thanks Manu! I am so happy to be back! Now I just need to get all my photos on the computer so I can start blogging about the trip! Ahh
      The situation here is calming down (sort of) and will hopefully stay quiet for awhile! We are keeping safe and spending lots of time at home near our safe room and that means lots of yummy stuff being made 🙂

  16. Posted on: 8-22-2011

    Those are simply gorgeous! I love your recipe for these, what a perfect treat with a cup of hot coffee… MMMM!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-26-2011

      Thanks so much Farmers Wife! They are the perfect accompaniment to coffee!

  17. Posted on: 8-26-2011

    These looks divine!!!! I love cinnamon rolls, they are cozy and warm and huggable and…. Yours look perfect.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 8-29-2011

      Thank you Reem! They are cozy, warm and huggable!!

  18. Posted on: 1-21-2012

    I never though cinnamon rolls could get more perfect but your cream cheese glaze has got rid of that idea! Look absolutely fabulous 🙂

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