Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Posted: March 4

Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 15 servings

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Cinnamon rolls are a breakfast favorite, but they can take so long to make. Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls cut down the baking time so you can make them for breakfast any time. The puffy pastry is light, flaky, and rich, a perfect vessel for warm cinnamon sugar and a creamy, smooth, delightful frosting. Sweet and sumptuous, Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls straddle the line between breakfast and dessert, and your taste buds will thank you for making them!


For the rolls: • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon • flour, for a work surface • 1 (1-pound) package frozen or refrigerated puff pastry, slightly thawed • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided For the frosting: • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened • 2 tablespoons butter, softened • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar • 1–2 tablespoons milk, optional, for consistency


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Step 3

In a small bowl, combine the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon, whisking until evenly combined.

Step 4

Lightly dust a work surface with flour.

Step 5

Unroll one sheet of puff pastry into a single layer.

Step 6

Brush the sheet of puff pastry evenly with 1/2 of the melted butter.

Step 7

Sprinkle the puff pastry sheet with 1/2 of the cinnamon/sugar mixture, leaving a 1/3-inch border on the right side of the puff pastry.

Step 8

Beginning on the left side, gently roll the puff pastry from left to right.

Step 9

Gently press the border to seal the roll.

Step 10

Using a bread knife, slice off about 1/2-inch from each end. Discard the ends.

Step 11

Cut the roll into 8 evenly sized rolls.

Step 12

Place the rolls in the prepared baking dish.

Step 13

Repeat the process of unrolling, buttering, sprinkling, rolling, and slicing with the second sheet of puff pastry, the remaining melted butter, and the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Step 14

Place the second batch of rolls in the prepared baking dish.

Step 15

Bake the rolls until they are lightly golden on top and have puffed up, for about 20-25 minutes.

Step 16

Transfer the baking dish to a cooling rack.

Step 17

Whisk the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add the milk to thin out the frosting according to taste.

Step 18

While the rolls are still warm, pour, spread, or drizzle the frosting over the tops of the rolls.

Step 19

Serve warm!

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