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Maple Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon swirls of fluffy dough mixed with a luscious cream cheese maple frosting.  
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cinnamon rolls, cream cheese frosting, maple
Author: Tara Moore

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c milk heated for 1 minute
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 3 1/2 c flour + more if needed
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

filling

  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

frosting

  • 1/2 stick cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • milk
  • splash of vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute, so its pretty warm but not hot
  • Add the yeast, stir and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar
  • Let this sit for 5-10 minutes, until frothy
  • In a stand mixer add 3 1/2 c of flour, 1/4 c sugar and 1 tsp salt, stir
  • To this add the water/yeast mixture and the melted butter
  • Mix for a 2-3 minutes, until combined on a low speed
  • If it's still extremely sticky, add a bit more flour, it should be soft and sticky but not excessively sticky (maybe only 1/3 c flour more max, no more, if needed or rolls will be dry)
  • Dump the dough out on to a floured surface, shape into a ball and place in a bowl, covered, for 30 minutes
  • On a floured surface press out the dough into a 12x20" rectangle, you can use a rolling pin as well
  • Pour on the melted butter, spreading to all the edges
  • In a small bowl stir together the white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt
  • Sprinkle this over the melted butter, evenly
  • Roll up the cinnamon roll dough like a jelly roll and end with the seam side down toward the counter to hold it in place
  • Grab a piece of sewing thread, or a knife, and cut 12 rolls
  • Place the rolls in a 9x13 baking dish (I like to use the butter wrapper to grease the bottom and edges)
  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Place the rolls in the baking dish near the oven, covered, let them rise a bit while the oven preheats
  • When the oven has come to temperature, bake the rolls for 25 minutes
  • Meanwhile you can make the frosting
  • Beat together the "frosting" ingredients; cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, a splash or two of milk, vanilla and salt until smooth and silky
  • Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven
  • Immediately spread some of the frosting over the rolls, since they will be very hot the frosting will melt and coat the inner swirls of the cinnamon rolls (YUM!)
  • Wait some minutes until they have cooled a bit, spread over the rest of the frosting
  • Serve!