Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting beats store-bought cinnamon rolls, hands down. These are soft, fluffy, and irresistible.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
These are THE cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting to make when you’re craving the real deal, straight out of your own oven.
Never made your own fluffy cinnamon rolls before? No worries. We’re here to give you the step by step on how to make cinnamon rolls that are so good, it’ll kinda ruin all other cinnamon rolls for you.
In between classic cinnamon roll bakings, feel free to try our Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake in a jiffy for a moist coffee cake with cinnamon-roll flavors.
Your family will adore these fluffy, soft, and just-sweet-enough cinnamon rolls straight out of the oven. They may not bother to wait for you to top these with cream cheese frosting, and honestly?
This cream cheese frosting is similar to one we use for everything from Moist Carrot Cupcakes to Gingerbread Loaf Cake…which means it’s ridiculously awesome. That said, you can choose to go without, because these freshly baked rolls are just that good.
Ingredients for Your Best Cinnamon Rolls
For fluffy soft, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon rolls, gather these 9 ingredients. You probably have half of these items in your pantry or fridge already:
- regular butter
- 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) instant yeast, also called rapid rise yeast.
- 3 eggs
- all purpose flour
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
As for the luscious cream cheese filling, you’ll need the following 5 ingredients:
- real cream cheese
- corn syrup (helps with the ooey-gooey texture, but you can go without it if you prefer.)
- heavy cream
- powdered/confectioner’s sugar
- vanilla extract.
Quick Pro Tips
You’ll notice that we don’t simply pour all the flour in when mixing the dough; you’ll add it in increments, which is very important to the dough texture. You’ll ultimately aim for dough that’s soft and pliable and smooth; not overly sticky nor dry/crumbly. Adding a bit of flour at a time is key.
This cream cheese frosting is unbelievably scrumptious. It’s definitely not the thin, runny coating some of us are used to. This one is a rich, decadent frosting, thanks in part to the addition of corn syrup. Again, if you prefer to go without, you can omit the corn syrup as long as you don’t mind a slightly thinner texture.
The frosting marries perfectly with the warm rolls. I habitually lessen the amount of sugar in almost everything I make, so I personally use less sugar than what the recipe calls for. If you opt to use a bit less sugar as well, know that the frosting will still be delicious.
Prepare These Cinnamon Rolls Ahead of Time
My favorite thing about these cinnamon rolls is that they can be prepared the night before and taken out to bake the morning of! You just need to take it out to rise about 30 minutes in the morning, and it’s ready to be baked.
Note also that the cream cheese frosting can be made entirely ahead of time and chilled until ready to use.
If you’re not into the idea of waking up at 4am to make fresh cinnamon rolls, you’ll love the fact that the unbaked rolls can be prepared the night before.
It goes without saying that once you bake your cinnamon rolls, they must be eaten immediately, while still warm. We doubt that’ll be an issue at all.
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Back story: The first time I made these cinnamon rolls was the year I sent not only one, but two out of three of my sweet little boys off to their big school full of bright-eyed students. It marked the first time I ever watched two of my little guys go off to school for a full 7 hours.
That morning, many years ago, was a bittersweet one for me. No more loud, rambunctious noise every second of the day. Yet despite how crazy my wild ones drove me, I often wished they could stay small just a little bit longer.
One has to have a celebratory little send-off for such milestone mornings. I’m not talking sentimental photos in front of the school and surprise lunchbox notes. I did those, too. But I wanted to send them off with a special morning treat. And that is how these fresh baked cinnamon rolls came to live happily ever after.