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Walnut cinnamon rolls with sweet maple nuts on top.

Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Stephanie Rutherford
These walnut cinnamon rolls are gooey, and soft. They are filled with cinnamon, brown sugar, and crushed maple nuts. They are topped with maple cream cheese frosting, and more maple nuts.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Resting Time 1 hr 35 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 37 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 533 kcal



  • 1 cup Milk warm 110°F
  • ½ cup Unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 Large eggs room temperature and slightly beaten
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon Fast rise yeast 1 packet
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
  • cup White granulated sugar
  • 4 ½ cups All-purpose flour sifted. may need an extra ⅛-1/2 cup of flour


  • ½ cup Unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup Brown sugar packed light or dark
  • 2 tablespoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Diamond of California Sweet Maple Snack Walnuts crushed very finely
  • ½ cup Heavy cream room temperature

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz Cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 tablespoon Unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup Powdered sugar sifted
  • ¼ cup Maple syrup real maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • Diamond of California Sweet Maple Snack Walnuts chopped for decoration



  • Using a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix the yeast, sugar, salt, and eggs together. In a separate large bowl, sift the flour. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter, and allow to cool while you heat the milk. Heat milk in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 1 minute. Use a thermometer to make sure it is around 110°F. Too hot milk can kill the yeast. If too hot, let it cool until right temperature. Pour milk and butter in the mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  • Add in all of the flour. Mix on low until a dough forms, then switch to medium. Knead dough for 5 minutes. Halfway through, check to see if the dough is sticky. The dough should be slightly tacky. If too sticky, add ⅛ cup flour to dough at a time. Let it mix thoroughly before adding more if it is too sticky still.
  • Spray a large mixing bowl with non-stick spray. Place dough in the bowl and cover with a dish towel. Let it rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.


  • When the dough is almost done rising, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Use a blender/ food processor to ground up the sweet maple nuts until the size of a pea. Melt the butter in the microwave, then allow to cool slightly.
  • Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll into 15X24 inch rectangle. Spread all melted butter over the dough. Spread using a pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture over the butter. Use your hands to spread it evenly throughout the entire dough. Sprinkle the crushed maple nuts on top. Roll dough from the bottom very tightly to get the most swirls in the roll.
  • Measure out 12 rolls evenly using a ruler. Cut the rolls using a knife, pastry cutter, or unscented floss. If using a knife or pastry cutter, make sure to form rolls back into a circle if they get squished.
  • Spray a 9X13 inch pan with baking non-stick spray. Place rolls in the pan and cover with a dish towel. Let it rise for 35 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Pour heavy cream in the holes between the rolls. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The rolls are done baking when they are lightly golden brown on top. The heavy cream will keep the bottom of the rolls moist as it bakes. Place pan on a cooling rack

Maple Cream Cheese Icing

  • As cinnamon rolls start to cool, start the icing. In a small bowl, use a hand mixer and beat the cream cheese for on medium for 1 minute. Add in the butter and beat for another minute. In a separate bowl, sift the powdered sugar.
  • Add in the sifted powdered sugar. Mix on low until combined. Turn to medium-high and beat for 1 minute until smooth. Add vanilla, maple syrup, and milk. Mix on low until combined.
  • Spread icing on top of the cinnamon rolls by using a spoon. Chop up the sweet maple nuts. Top the cinnamon rolls with the extra nuts. Serve immediately.


Flour- Make sure flour is spooned and leveled, or it could dry out the dough.
Make sure all room temperature ingredients are pulled out 2 hours before baking.
For mixing by hand instructions, see blog post.


Calories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 82gProtein: 7gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 344mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 897IUCalcium: 88mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chocolate chip cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls, donuts, easy, gooey, maple cream cheese icing, sweet maple nuts, walnuts
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