One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Easy one hour cream cheese cinnamon rolls have cream cheese IN the DOUGH to make them extra soft, super fluffy, and more flavorful!

One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls |

I have had breakfast on the mind all week. When it comes to Christmas, breakfast is absolutely my favorite meal of the day. Maybe it’s because I’ve recently overdosed on holiday dishes between Thanksgiving (takes weeks to recover really) and all the parties and get togethers… by the time Christmas day rolls around I’m just not craving turkey and ham and potatoes quite as intensely as I was at the beginning of November.

Okay that’s a lie. I’m always craving potatoes.

One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls |

But you get what I’m saying right? Come Christmas day it’s the breakfast-slash-brunch happenings that really have me excited. This year we’re hanging at home in our cozy jammies on Christmas morning instead of rushing out the door to meet up with extended family, and that means I am making a special breakfast for the four of us. Enter: one hour cream cheese cinnamon rolls.

Also known as the fluffiest, richest, BEST cinnamon rolls to ever be tasted by this cinnamon roll lovin’ mouth of mine.

One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls |

I’ve always had a soft spot for cream cheese in my frostings, particularly where cinnamon rolls are involved, but recently I had the idea to add cream cheese to the actual cinnamon roll dough. The result? The fluffiest, richest cinnamon rolls I’ve ever eaten. SO good I’m not sure I can ever make them any other way after this.

One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls |

Adding cream cheese to the dough only creates one little extra step in making your cinnamon rolls and they will still be done in about an hour. From scratch! Kind of unbelievable right?? It’s pretty magical. Just magical enough in fact to make the perfect Christmas morning breakfast.

One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls |

If you’re a beginner to cinnamon roll making or working with yeast, this easy recipe is a great place to dive in. You can make them with or without a stand mixer, the rise time is only 30 minutes, and the recipe is really forgiving so if you get distracted or jump the gun by a few minutes on one of the steps, the cinnamon rolls will still come out amazing. Topped with my very favorite, easy 5 ingredient BEST cinnamon roll icing, these are unbeatable!

One Hour Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls |

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Easy one hour cream cheese cinnamon rolls have cream cheese IN the DOUGH to make them extra soft, super fluffy, and more flavorful!
Recipe type: Breakfast / Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into several chunks
  • 3¼ – 3½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant or rapid-rise yeast (about 2¼ tsp)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • click HERE for my favorite easy 5 ingredient BEST cinnamon roll icing
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine ¾ cup milk and 4 tablespoons butter. Heat on high for 1½ minutes. (Butter should be partly melted.) Stir in remaining ¼ cup cold milk and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer with paddle attachment) whisk together 2 C flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  3. Add milk mixture and egg to the flour mixture while the beater (or paddle) is running. Beat for about 1 minute until ingredients are completely incorporated. Switch to your dough hook attachment and add remaining flour only until dough barely pulls away from the sides of the bowl. (It should still be very soft and slightly sticky - do not add too much flour!.) Knead for 5 minutes (if using stand mixer, continue to use dough hook, if using a hand mixer transfer dough to a floured surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes).
  4. Transfer dough out onto a floured surface, roll one or twice to lightly coat in flour, and allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
  5. Roll dough out into a large rectangle (about 12x14 inches). Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to spread cream cheese all over the top surface of the dough. Fold dough in thirds (like a letter) and then in thirds again. Turn dough once or twice to lightly coat in flour again and smooth out the folds. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Roll dough out into a rectangle again (about 12x14 inches). Spread softened butter over the dough. Whisk together cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle buttered dough with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  7. Roll tightly starting and ending with the longer ends. Cut dough log into 12 equal sized pieces (see note) and place side-by-side in a greased 9x13 inch pan. Cover pan with plastic wrap or drape a towel over the top and place in warm place for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown around the edges and on top. Top with the BEST cinnamon roll icing ever.
To cut the dough, my favorite trick is to use dental floss (even minty floss is okay, it won't flavor your dough). Simply place a piece of floss underneath your dough log at the place you want to cut it. pull both ends up above the dough, criss cross them, and pull tightly to "scissor" cut the dough log. This keeps the dough from getting smashed like it does with a knife.

Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites.

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hey girl- these look so divine! Yummy!

I’ve never made cinnamon rolls from scratch before, but now I’m convinced I have to. I LOVE everything cream cheese, and these look and sound heavenly! Plus, after having my wisdom teeth out the other day, my doctor said I have to eat soft foods…that’s basically a prescription to make and eat a pan of these, right? Thanks for the recipe!


What are your recommendations on making the rolls ahead of time and refrigerating or freezing until ready to bake?

I made these cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve. You are right they were quick and came out very good. I used your recipe for the icing as well and I think I know I now have a new favorite.

I would recommend this website to everybody who loves food an cooking this is excellent!

Tiffany, do you think these would work if I use cup-4-cup gluten free flour? I have celiac disease and I’ve been trying to find a good gluten free cinnamon roll recipe. Thanks.

    Hi Marjorie!

    I personally do not have experience in baking with gluten free flour, but I imagine that it would work! Please let me know how it goes if you give it a try! Thanks!!

Thank you for posting your recipes for cinnamon rolls and cream cheese frosting!

Made these for CHRISTMAS Eve. Loved them!


Oh wow! I stumbled on your blog looking for an easy but from scratch, fast rising cinnamon roll RECIPE to use on christmas morning. these were easy and INDESCRIBABLY delicious. PROBABLY the best cinnamon roll i’ve had in my life, and i’ve had a lot of cinnamon rolls! i want to add these to my go to list for gifts, meal trains, etc. i was WONDERING if you have ever made the dough the night before and refrigerated it, just to quicken the process the morning of…since we all know that even an hour can seem like eternity with hungry toddlers running around. i appreciate your thoughts and your skills!

this looks super amazing 😉