Freezer Friendly Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls are a classic holiday recipe. This recipe came from Paula Deen, but I use cream cheese icing instead of glaze. These decadent rolls make Christmas brunch extra special. They are a tradition at our house. Serve them as a Christmas breakfast recipe, or for a dessert recipe.

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These cinnamon rolls are a Paula Deen recipe. However, the cream cheese icing is not from the original recipe.





Cream Cheese Glaze


  1. Start by prepping all of the ingredients.
  2. Scald a little more than 1/2 cup of milk (some of it will evaporate) by bringing it to a boil over medium high heat on the stove top.
  3. Melt the 1/3 cup of butter, and activate the package of yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the milk, sugar, melted butter, and salt. Then mix the egg in once the melted butter and milk have cooled a little (you don’t want to scramble it). Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth.
  5. Pour in the yeast and water mixture and combine. Add Add the remaining flour until a dough forms. knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes. Put the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let the dough rise for 1-1 1/2 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven the 350 degrees. Mix together the filling ingredients (butter, sugar, and cinnamon) and set aside.
  7. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down, and place it on a lour surface. Roll the dough into a big rectangle about 1/4 ” thick. Spread the filling all over the rectangle of dough in an even layer. Roll the long side of the rectangle into a long log. Using a serrated knife, slice the rolls into around 1 1/4″ rolls. You should get about 12-15 rolls.
  8. Place the rolls close together in a baking pan of your choice. Let the rolls rise another 45 minutes*. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned.
  9. While the rolls bake make the glaze. Mix together the cream cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar, and water. Set aside until the roll are finished, then pour the glaze all over the hot rolls.


*If you want to make these rolls a head, place them in the refrigerator at this step. They will rise slowly over night, and be ready to bake in the morning! If you are freezing the rolls, place the roll in a round aluminum pan. Wrap it tight with plastic wrap, and place in a plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.