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Gooey cinnamon rolls in a pan with cream cheese glaze.

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Stephanie Rutherford
These are the gooiest cinnamon rolls! The dough is super soft like a pillow. They are filled with cinnamon filling and topped with cream cheese glaze.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 23 mins
Resting Time 1 hr 35 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 58 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cinnamon rolls
Calories 410 kcal


Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1 cup Warm milk Warmed to 110°F
  • 2 packets Active rise yeast (14 grams)
  • 2 Large eggs room temperature slightly beaten
  • 4 ½ cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup White granulated sugar
  • 10 tablespoon Unsalted butter room temperature

Cinnamon Roll Filling

  • ½ cup Unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup Packed brown sugar light or dark
  • 2 tablespoon Ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon Salt

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 oz Cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 tablespoon Unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon Milk


Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat the milk until 110°F. It needs to be warm but not hot for the heat. Pour in both packets of yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes to activate. The yeast will be foamy.
    1 cup Warm milk, 2 packets Active rise yeast
  • In a mixing bowl, sift the flour. Mix in sugar and salt. Cut the butter into cubes and add to the flour. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to cut the butter into the flour until the butter is the size of a pea.
    4 ½ cups All-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon Salt, ¼ cup White granulated sugar, 10 tablespoon Unsalted butter
  • Pour in the milk and beaten eggs.
    1 cup Warm milk, 2 Large eggs
  • Mixer using a dough hook: Mix on low until a dough forms. Turn to medium and knead for 5 minutes.
    By hand: Use a rubber spatula and mix until a dough starts to form. Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Knead for 5 minutes until a soft dough ball forms.
  • Preheat oven to 200°F. Spray a large mixing bowl with non-stick spray. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Place bowl in the oven, crack open the door and turn off the oven. Rise for 1 hour. *Overnight instructions see notes.

Cinnamon Roll Filling

  • Using a hand mixer, mix the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix on low until a paste-like filling forms.
    ½ cup Unsalted butter, ¾ cup Packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoon Ground cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon Salt
  • The dough should be double in size. Punch down using your fist. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll until ¼ inch thick.
  • Spread the filling over the dough. Roll the dough from the bottom tightly. Roll from the bottom to get more swirls inside the roll.
  • Cut the uneven ends off with a knife. Use unflavored dental floss or a serrated knife to cut 12 cinnamon rolls.
  • Place in a 9x13 pan sprayed with baking non-stick spray. Cover with the towel and rise at room temperature for 35 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes. The rolls should be lightly golden on top.

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter on high for 1 minute. Add in sifted powdered sugar. Mix on low until creamy. Add in vanilla and milk.
    4 oz Cream cheese, 4 tablespoon Unsalted butter, 2 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract, 1 cup Powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon Milk
  • Let the hot cinnamon rolls rest for 10 minutes before icing them. They should be warm when you apply the icing.


Flour- Make sure flour is spooned and leveled or use a kitchen scale. Compacted flour can dry out the dough.
High altitude baking- Add an extra 1-2 tablespoon of flour while kneading if dough is too sticky.
Overnight Instructions:
Allow the dough to do the 1st rise overnight. Cover the bowl very tightly with cling wrap. Rise overnight. (8-12 hours is okay. Don't go over 16 hours) Roll the dough out like normal. The second rise should be at least 1 hour or until the dough is room temperature.


Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 6gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 253mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 777IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Keyword best, cinnamon, cinnamon rolls, cream cheese frosting, fluffy, from scratch, gooey, soft
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