Delicious, fluffy honey maple cinnamon rolls, the breakfast treat we all love the most. Honestly, I can’t think of a tastier, more indulgent breakfast than cinnamon rolls. Sweetbread with a cinnamon, sugary filling topped with a maple cream cheese frosting. Don’t be surprised when I go back for seconds.
Step 1: The Cinnamon Roll Dough
I have developed a love for baking bread simply because working with dough so therapeutic and fun. It’s like playdough for adults.
For the honey maple cinnamon roll dough, heat 1 cup of warm whole milk till warm to the touch. You don’t want the milk to be too hot or else it will kill the yeast instead of activating it! To be specific, the milk should be between 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit to activate the milk. However, this recipe does not require you to be too precise and lukewarm milk will do just fine.
Next, add the warm milk, 2 1/4 tsp of yeast, 2 eggs, 4 tbsp of melted butter, and 1 tbsp of honey to the mixing bowl. Whisk the ingredients together enough to incorporate the eggs.
Then add 3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour and 3/4 tsp of salt. Use a dough hook and knead for 3-4 minutes. The dough should become smooth and elastic. If your dough is sticky slowly add more flour.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size. (If your house is chilly or you are on a time crunch, place the covered bowl in a warm oven, 170 degrees Fahrenheit, to rise)
Step 2: The Filling
To make the filling, set out 6 tbsp of butter to warm up a few hours ahead of time. Or soften the butter in the microwave for a few seconds at a time. You don’t want melted butter for the filling so keep a close eye on it!
In a small bowl, mix together 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon.
Step 3: Assemble the Cinnamon Rolls
Turn your risen dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll it out into a rectangle roughly 12 x 18 inches.
Next, spread the softened butter over the top of the dough. Then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top.
Roll the dough into a log and pinch the end together to make a seam.
Cut the log approximately every inch or so to make 12 cinnamon rolls. You can use a sharp knife or floss the cut the dough.
Place them in a 9×12 oven-safe baking dish. I like to line mine with unbleached parchment paper to make cleanup easy.
Step 4: The Second Rise
For this recipe you have two options:
- Place in a warm place to rise for 45-60 minutes and then bake
- Place in the fridge to rise overnight and bake in the morning once they reach room temperature again
Step 5: Bake the Cinnamon Rolls
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top. If your rolls are browning too fast, cover them with foil.
Step 6: Ice the Cinmnamon Rolls and Enjoy
To make the icing, combine 4 tbsp of softened butter, 6 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 2 tsp of vanilla extract, 2-3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp of salt, and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg. Mix on low speed until fully combined.
Spread over warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy!
Honey Maple Cinnamon Roll Recipe Card
- 1 cup of warm milk
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp of room temperature butter
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Maple Cream Cheese Icing
- 4 tbsp of softened butter
- 6 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2-3 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1/8 tsp of nutmeg
- Combine 1 cup of warm whole milk with 2 1/4 tsp of yeast, 2 eggs, 4 tbsp of melted butter, and 1 tbsp of honey in a mixing bowl.
- Add 3 1/2 to 4 cups of flour and 3/4 tsp of salt. Use a dough hook and knead for 3-4 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. (let it rise in a warm oven set to 170 degrees Fahrenheit if needed)
- To make the filling, mix together 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon. Set 6 tbsp of butter on the counter to warm up to room temperature.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it out into a 12 x 18 inch rectangle.
- Spread the 6 tbsp of softened butter over the top of the dough.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture over the top of the butter.
- Roll the dough up into a log and slice it into 1-inch pieces.
- Place the rolls in a 9x13 pan. (I like to line mine with parchment paper for easy clean up)
- Allow them to rise for an hour in a warm place or place them in the fridge overnight.
- Once the rolls have risen or have reached room temperature once removed from the fridge, bake them at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top.
- To make the icing, combine 4 tbsp of softened butter, 6 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 2 tsp of vanilla extract, 2-3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp of salt, and 1/8 tsp of nutmeg. Mix on low speed until fully combined.
- Spread the icing over the warm honey maple cinnamon rolls and enjoy!
Overnight rise - complete steps 1-10 and then allow them to rise in the fridge overnight. Make sure they are covered with a tight lid or plastic wrap to prevent the tops from drying out. Remove them in the morning and allow them to reach room temperature before baking.