WE EAT | Homemade Cinnamon Rolls {with Cream Cheese Icing}

{adapted from Cooking Light}
original recipe HERE


Cinnamon Rolls were always such a treat for me growing up.  If I woke up to that smell – you know that delicious bakery smell, I knew I had to throw myself out of bed or else the brother trio would chow down my chance of getting anything on the breakfast table.


I had never made cinnamon rolls from scratch before and was determined to find the most simple recipe on the planet.  Bread dough scares me – bread bowls I made a couple years ago could break a window, and then last year I tried my hand at some sweet potato slider buns (they were good and I was proud). 


and then last week.. I made my own dough, ya’ll.

I prepped the cinnamon rolls on Friday evening after the girls went to bed.  I usually save my personal ‘to-do’s’ (like blogging) and food prep for nights Jordan is at the fire station.  On Saturday morning I let them rise for about an hour before baking and they came out perfect!


Parks wasted ZERO seconds before she stuffed a handful of gooey pulled cinnamon bites.

I took it upon myself to remove the possibility of icing in the hair, and the look I got from this one as I interrupted her breakfast meal..



We liked the cinnamon rolls.  A LOT.

Parker sucked all the icing off before she decided to eat the actual bread part of her breakfast.  I learned she was doing this the hard way after popping a piece in my mouth when I offered her some milk. 
Soggy.  Why does that always happen to me?

If they could talk they would be chanting about what a great/awesome/amazing cook their mother is.

The original recipe called for a basic powdered sugar icing, but I opted for a cream cheese version.
Good ol’Martha helped me out on this one, but I cut the recipe a bit (give or take..) to make it more of a glaze than cake frosting. 
But cake is always well received in the mornings. So- frosting would be welcome, too, I suppose.
Cream Cheese Glaze
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

My kids ran in circles for 44 minutes and then fell face first into their cribs for a morning nap – completed sugared out for the entire year.
While I don’t often feed my babes this sort of thing (aside from the occasional donut hole, you know..)  it was such a treat for these baby’s first.


July 17, 2014

  1. These look absolutely AMAZING!! I love cinnamon rolls!! And that picture of Parker giving you the stink eye is to DIE for! Haha She cracks me up!