Maple Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

November 26, 2019


Maple cream cheese cinnamon rolls.  So ooey, so gooey, so amazingly cinnamonerrific.  Cinnamon swirls of fluffy dough mixed with a luscious cream cheese maple frosting.  


If you are a cinnamon roll connoisseur than these maple cream cheese cinnamon rolls are for you!  You need them, you have to have them, go make them right away!



It's quite exciting, obviously (insert snarky smile).  We can't take ourselves too seriously, now can we?


It all starts with the dough.  



Cinnamon roll dough should be very soft and still a bit tacky when it goes to rise.  If it's too dry then you'll have dry cinnamon rolls.  That makes sense, right?



To get perfect fluffy swirls, you'll want to pat or roll the dough out so it's not too thin. The thinner your roll it, the faster it will get dry.


I like to do the traditional 12 rolls in a 9x12 dish.  It's the perfect size.



The other thing that makes a great cinnamon rolls is, drum roll, cinnamon.  Don't get skimpy on the cinnamon. This recipe calls for 1 whole tablespoon of cinnamon.  And it's perfect and spicy.  



1 1/4 c milk, heated for 1 minute

2 1/4 tsp yeast

4 tbsp butter, melted

3 1/2 c flour + more if needed

1/4 c sugar

1 tsp salt



4 tbsp butter, melted

1/2 c white sugar

1/2 c brown sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

pinch of salt



1/2 stick cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 c powdered sugar

1/4 c maple syrup

2 tbsp butter, softened


splash of vanilla

pinch of salt



  1. Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute, so its pretty warm but not hot

  2. Add the yeast, stir and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar

  3. Let this sit for 5-10 minutes, until frothy

  4. In a stand mixer add 3 1/2 c of flour, 1/4 c sugar and 1 tsp salt, stir

  5. To this add the water/yeast mixture and the melted butter

  6. Mix for a 2-3 minutes, until combined on a low speed

  7. If it's still extremely sticky, add a bit more flour, it should be soft and sticky but not excessively sticky (maybe only 1/3 c flour more max, no more, if needed or rolls will be dry)

  8. Dump the dough out on to a floured surface, shape into a ball and place in a bowl, covered, for 30 minutes

  9. On a floured surface press out the dough into a 12x20" rectangle, you can use a rolling pin as well

  10. Pour on the melted butter, spreading to all the edges

  11. In a small bowl stir together the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt

  12. Sprinkle this over the melted butter, evenly

  13. Roll up the cinnamon roll dough like a jelly roll and end with the seam side down toward the counter to hold it in place

  14. Grab a piece of sewing thread, or a knife, and cut 12 rolls

  15. Place the rolls in a 9x13 baking dish (I like to use the butter wrapper to grease the bottom and edges)

  16. Preheat the oven to 350

  17. Place the rolls in the baking dish near the oven, covered, let them rise a bit while the oven preheats

  18. When the oven has come to temperature, bake the rolls for 25 minutes

  19. Meanwhile you can make the frosting

  20. Beat together the "frosting" ingredients; cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, a splash or two of milk, vanilla and salt until smooth and silky

  21. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven

  22. Immediately spread some of the frosting over the rolls, since they will be very hot the frosting will melt and coat the inner swirls of the cinnamon rolls (YUM!)

  23. Wait some minutes until they have cooled a bit, spread over the rest of the frosting

  24. Serve!

enjoy -- tara



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Thanks for stopping by.  I'm Tara.  Food fan, avid crafter and pizza lover extraordinaire.  I'm a wife and a mom of two kids.  

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