Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze


Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese GlazeCinnamon rolls seem to make everything right in the world.

Growing up in my home, decadent breakfasts were a Sunday morning affair. Vast spreads were displayed and devoured amongst the warm comfort of family.  The table was constantly stacked full with every breakfast imaginable…ranging from traditional egg and bacon dishes to hot breads, exotic fresh fruits and pastries. The pastries were always delivered promptly each morning to our doorstep and undeniably were my favourite part of that Sunday morning ritual.

Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese GlazeCinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese GlazeI have incredibly fond memories of these special times shared and no matter how hard I can try; I will never be able to reproduce those morning moments. Sticky cinnamon rolls were one of the pastries in the assortment delivered. The rolls were always softly textured, filled with an oozing brown sugar centre and then glazed generously with a sweet cream cheese glaze.  That is why this recipe has a special place in my heart, as it captures the essence of those Sunday mornings.

Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese GlazeCinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese GlazeThis cinnamon roll recipe will leave you longing for more. The lightly yeasted dough is spread with butter, vanilla and a cinnamon brown sugar- then rolled up, sliced and baked. The cinnamon sugar and butter caramelize together to make the inside texture of the soft buns extra sticky. When pulled out of the oven, the hot cinnamon rolls fill the air with a sweetly distinct aroma.

When you first take a bite, each flavour unites in one sticky sweet mouthful…the filling is rich, buttery and oozes with gooey spiced brown sugar which combines perfectly with the maple cream cheese glaze.

Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese GlazeCinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese GlazeI prefer these rolls for breakfast rather than dessert…however they equally taste as delicious at any time of day. They even keep well in the freezer and can be reheated perfectly before you rush out the door. These rolls are sinfully delicious and are perfect to be devoured by you or shared as a Sunday morning treat with family.

Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
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For the roll dough
  1. 1 cup warm milk
  2. 1/2 cup caster sguar
  3. 1 package of instant yeast
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 3 tbs butter, melted
  7. 4 cups of plain flour
For the Cinnamon Filling
  1. 3 tbs cinnamon powder
  2. 2/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  4. 2 tbs almond meal
  5. 2 tbs butter, melted
For the Maple Cream Cheese Glaze
  1. 200g of softened cream cheese
  2. 3 tbs milk
  3. 1 tbs vanilla essence
  4. 3 tbs maple syrup
  5. 5 tbs icing sugar
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the warm milk, sugar and yeast then let sit until foaming (5-10 minutes).
  2. To the bowl, add the eggs, salt and melted butter and mix until just combined.
  3. With an electric mixer on low add the flour.
  4. Once the dough becomes tacky and is holding it's form remove the dough from the bowl onto a well floured surface.
  5. Knead the dough well until smooth (don't be afraid to really bash it!).
  6. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and place in a warm and draft free area.
  7. Let the dough rise for one and a half to two hours, or until the dough has doubled it's original size and the dough's skin is no longer tacky to touch.
  8. Remove, punch down and flip the dough and let arise for another half hour.
  9. Once the dough has risen a second time, place onto a floured surface. Roll into a rectangular shape.
  10. In a bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, almond meal and vanilla.
  11. Brush the dough rectangle with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon brown sugar mixture.
  12. Tightly roll the dough into a log and press the ends to seal.
  13. Cut into 3cm rolls.
  14. Place the rolls in a large pan lined with baking paper.
  15. Cover and let the rolls rise for another 20 minutes before baking.
  16. Bake in a 170 degree oven for 20 minutes or until puffed, risen and beginning to brown.
  17. Meanwhile whisk together the glaze ingredients until desired consistency.
  18. Drizzle the rolls with the maple glaze and serve.
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Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Eileen Cheong July 16, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Those rolls look good! Am just wondering, can the dough be chilled for baking at a later time?

    • thalia July 16, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Chill the dough after the first rise then you can let it rest in the fridge, before setting out and letting it rise again.

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  • Leia October 20, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Oh man, these cinnamon rolls look divine!! My mouth is watering.

  • Caroline October 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Holy wow these look drool-worthy! I’m going to HAVE to try to make a gluten free version of these. Yum!

  • Stacey September 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    These look amazing! I miss homemade cinnamon rolls so much since finding out that I have Celiac Disease. I have had the gluten free versions, but they are not anything like these. I am guessing that your house smells amazing. Beautiful photos!

  • Kristine September 7, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    These look incredible! I can’t wait to try them! Pinned. 🙂

  • Leigha @ The Yooper Girl August 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    These are beautiful!! Cinnamon rolls will always be my total comfort breakfast food. But the maple glaze… omg <3

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 16, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    What perfect cinnamon rolls. Love the maple in the cream cheese glaze!

  • Sandhya August 16, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Heyy , Thank you for visiting my space !!
    These Cinnamon Rolls are absolutely droolworthy.. They look gorgeous ..

  • Anna August 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    OMG Thalia!!! These look amazing! My mouth is watering!!!

  • Sarah August 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Wow! These look amazing! A Sunday breakfast treat for sure!

  • Danielle | Krafted Koch August 15, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I need some of these this weekend! YUM! I love the addition of almond meal in the cinnamon filling.

    • thalia August 15, 2014 at 2:19 am

      even such a small amount of almond meal really makes all the difference to the filling taste!

  • Michele @ Alwayzbakin August 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I have been making Sunday breakfasts for the family lately. I love it! These look so special. I can’t wait to make them on one of our Sunday breakfasts!

  • Kathleen R. August 14, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Cinnamon rolls are one of my fav breakfast treats! These sound and look amazing

  • Maggie August 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Really LOVE cinnamon rolls but I never tried to cook it at home. I really like those you made on the picture. The roll looks so fluffy, great texture!
    I like the type of roll that contains fatty fillings. Is it ok for me to increase the amount of cinnamon powder and sugar?

    • thalia August 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      of course you can increase the cinnamon and sugar maggie, you can also add in any other flavourings (i like crushed pecans)!

  • Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen August 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    You serioulsly have me drooling all over my keyboard. Could these look any more amazing?! Plus, I have a thing for maple flavored sweets. Maple bars are my favorite kind of donuts, so I’m just dreaming about how good these must taste! Pinning and will be making!

  • Erin @ The almond eater August 13, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Your photos are gorgeoussssss! I haven’t had a cinnamon roll in ages but this is making me want one pretty badly.

  • kristie@birchandwild August 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Beautifully written and beautifully photographed post. I am in love with these cinnamon buns. literally in love. wow.

  • Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats August 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m drooling. Plus I really want to come to your house as a child for breakfast on Sundays. Sounds amazing!

  • Heather Smoke (Curly Girl Kitchen) August 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    These photos are so mouthwatering. And I agree, these would make pretty much anything wrong seem right! 🙂

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter August 11, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I am a sucker for cinnamon rolls too and yours look amazing! Love the maple cream cheese glaze. Yum, I wish I had a few of these for breakfast!

  • Jenn@eatcakefordinner August 11, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I can’t believe how good these look and how bad I want one right now!! YUMMY 🙂

  • Brita August 10, 2014 at 2:54 am

    These look amazing! Blogging cinnamon rolls is next on my list. I definitely drooled over these.

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen August 10, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Your cinnamon rolls look amazing. The pictures are gorgeous!

  • Elena@ChillyFrosting August 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    These cinnamon rolls look AMAZING! I am trying this recipe tomorrow

  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ August 9, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve been meaning to make cinnamon rolls for a while. This look like the perfect recipe to me. I’m pinning it! p.s. I also like the idea of having them for breakfast.

  • Maryanne @the little epicurean August 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Cinnamon rolls are my weakness! And that maple cream cheese glaze sounds utterly wonderful. YUM!

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef August 9, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Damn, the title is already seducing me!!!
    the photographs made me drolling even more……

  • Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. August 9, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Mmmm, adding maple syrup to the glaze is just perfect. Definitely doing that next time I make cinnamon buns!

  • Immaculate August 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Cinnamon rolls maple cream cheese!!! Say no more! My son would love this- a must make for me.

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? August 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Look at that glaze dripping over the side! I’m pretty sure I could inhale a few of these! Yum!

  • Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} August 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Cinnamon rolls are so nostalgic! I think there is a reason they take a little waiting and effort to make, otherwise I would have them daily! These look amazing 🙂

  • Regina August 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Oh my…this icing!!! Those pictures with the icing running off make me want to lick the screen

  • Mandi August 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    mmmm please deliver a basket of these to my office immediately!! All my co-workers are suddenly gathering around my desk to look. Amazing.

  • Marta August 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

    They look amazing. I’m drooling….hence one month without flour in my diet 😉

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! August 8, 2014 at 2:34 am

    That’s one of the reasons why I love Sundays so much – the food. Your cinnamon rolls have it all. They look perfect and that maple cream cheese glaze is to die for!

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron August 8, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Gosh, girl, these look amazing! Love cinnamon rolls, and maple cream cheese glaze?? I’m drooling 🙂

  • Zainab August 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

    These are gorgeous and oh looks so delicious!!!

  • Asmita August 7, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Gorgeous rolls!

  • Chichi August 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I am literally drooling at your cinnamon rolls. I could just taste them from your description., looks so delicious

  • bakingaddict August 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Wow these look amazing! I love the sound of maple cream cheese. yum!

  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen August 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I would give just about anything for one of these right now! They look unbelievable! Your photos of these cinnamon rolls are beautiful!

  • Jessica (bakecetera) August 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    i love anything maple! i may sneak my way over to one of your family’s breakfasts!

  • Angel Reyes August 7, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Looks awesome. It reminds me of my high school years. For a while I would have one cinnamon rolls.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef August 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    mmm, cinnamon rolls are SO good! i used to make a maple icing for them all the time. i need to bring that back!

  • Kathy @ olives & garlic August 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    These rolls look delicious especially with that cream cheese glaze. Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese make everything better 🙂 How delectable.

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    That glaze sounds simply epic! The photos are beautiful too. I am bookmarking these to make at Christmas. Cinnamon rolls are a must at Christmas.

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice August 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    These rolls look amazing! I love that you made a maple cream cheese glaze. Sounds perfect for a Sunday breakfast!

  • Cheryl August 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Um, those are beautiful. Also, cream cheese makes everything better. Also also, maple syrup makes everything better. I’m pinning these and making them in about.. a month when I can pretend it’s full up here! 🙂

  • marcie August 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    These look so delicious and I can almost smell them now! I love the sound of the maple flavored cream cheese glaze. Delicious!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Um, get me a straw to drink that icing with. SO GOOD!

  • Padaek August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    They look scrumptious. I can almost smell them from here. The maple cream cheese glaze looks so tempting! 🙂

  • Muna Kenny August 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    They look heavenly! I prefer cinnamon rolls for breakfast, I like them warm and with a big mug of coffee. My mom never allowed us to have cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but I always find a way to grab one without her knowing 😉

  • Lindsey @ AMerican Heritage Cookin August 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    These look terrific! Such a sweet story! My mom would never let us eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast! I always had them at friend’s houses and they were never homemade. I really need to try my hand at baking them!

  • David @ Spiced August 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I think I just started drooling a little bit looking at these pictures! Cinnamon rolls are one of my top 3 foods of all-time, and I love the maple cream cheese addition here. Are there any leftovers?

  • Becca from It's Yummi! August 7, 2014 at 9:33 am

    What a great food memory! Sundays at my childhood home were chaotic, as mom raced to get the 8 of us dressed and off to church. A bowl of cereal was the expected experience. 😉

  • Emma @ bake then eat August 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

    These look spectacular, I love soft warm cinnamon rolls for a lazy weekend breakfast. I would happily devour a pan of these right now!

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine August 7, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Those look heavenly! I can almost smell them through my computer screen. There really is nothing like homemade yeasted bread.

  • Samina | The Cupcake Confession August 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I am droooooling looking at these fluffy rolls! I loveeeee the way you’ve described the flavor! Pinning! 😀

  • cristina August 7, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I can smell those cinnamon rolls from here with that delicious maple, cream-cheese glaze!

  • Erren @ Erren's Kitchen August 7, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Wow! These look absolutely AMAZING!

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu August 7, 2014 at 3:33 am

    These look fantastic! Wow! I love how nice and high they are and maple cream cheese glaze? Amazing! I will have to try. You cannot get cinnamon rolls anywhere in Australia so you have to make your own at home to satisfy those cinnamon cravings.

    • thalia August 7, 2014 at 3:36 am

      tell me about it Jessica, its so hard to find a good cinnamon roll here!