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Special Day Cinnamon Rolls

These decadent buttermilk cinnamon rolls are glazed with a rich, creamy mascarpone icing, making them the perfect breakfast for special days!

Special Day Cinnamon Rolls

So yesterday was my birthday, the big 2-4. I was awoken to the sweet sound of the tulip-man singing me the birthday song (which you should probably watch and cherish and send to all your loved ones on their birthdays here on out), which was proceeded by a huge breakfast of Dutch bakery treats. But growing up in my family, no birthday, Christmas, or Easter breakfast was complete without cinnamon rolls. These cinnamon rolls.

And they’re perfect for special days for a lot of reasons:

  1. You can make them the night before for minimal efforts on the special day
  2. They don’t require yeast or rising the dough, which would be all too much hassle on a special day
  3. They’re loaded with buttermilk and mascarpone, decadent ingredients for a special day

The recipe was originally published by the foodies over at Bon Appétit, who just this month released an issue of their magazine shot entirely with iPhones. Seeing as it was my birthday and I just couldn’t be bothered to break out the big ole camera, I drew inspiration from Bon Appétit and shot this whole post with my iPhone! No movie magic or Photoshop tricks here, just decadent foolproof cinnamon rolls for your next special day.

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Special Day Cinnamon Rolls
5 from 4 votes

Special Day Cinnamon Rolls

These decadent buttermilk cinnamon rolls are glazed with a rich, creamy mascarpone icing, making them the perfect breakfast for special days like Christmas and birthdays!
Course Baked Goods, Breakfasts, Desserts
Diet Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day
Time 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 415 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn



  • 2 1/2-3 cups all-purpose flour 320 to 384 g
  • 2 Tbsp sugar 25 g
  • 1/2 tsp salt 3 g
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 6 g
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 g
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk 295 mL
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter 85 g, melted


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 150 g
  • 1/4 cup sugar 50 g
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 10 g
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1 g
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 28 g, melted


  • 1 cup powdered sugar 128 g
  • 2 Tbsp mascarpone cheese 28 g
  • 2 Tbsp buttermilk 30 mL


  1. Whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Stir buttermilk and melted butter into dry mix, then transfer to a well-floured surface and knead a few times, until blended. If dough sticks easily to hands, add a touch more flour.
  3. Roll dough into a 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
  4. Combine all filling ingredients and sprinkle evenly over dough, leaving 1 inch on one of the long sides free.
  5. Starting at the long side opposite to the free border, roll the dough tightly, gently pinching to seal. Use floss or a sharp knife to cut the dough into 8 even segments.
  6. Place rolls in a parchment paper-lined or well-greased baking sheet, leaving some wiggle room between rolls (they'll grow!)*
  7. Bake at 425 degrees F (218 C) for 20 to 25 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
  8. Combine all icing ingredients and drizzle over warm rolls.


  • *At this point you can cover and leave these in the fridge overnight for baking in the morning!
  • Adapted from Bon Appétit Magazine
Nutrition Facts
Special Day Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 415 Calories from Fat 115
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.8g 20%
Sodium 362mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 70.4g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Protein 6g 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Sarah says:

    These look so delightful! Wishing I was having one for breakfast right now! 🙂

  2. These cinnamon rolls look absolutely delicious! Perfect for those special occasions! 🙂

  3. Great looking cinnamon rolls. A good one for Sunday morning.

  4. Yum. Any day I got to eat these would be special. My daughter would love these.

  5. I have both buttermilk and mascarpone in the fridge (not many people can say that on a lark) and these look amazing. I know what I’m doing for Easter now, thanks!

    1. Sarah says:

      Getting those is half the battle! I hope you’ll give them a go, they’re seriously so tasty 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday! And seriously, NOTHING is better than homemade cinnamon rolls!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Kelly! And I know right? I could live off of them.

  7. Allie says:

    I made these yesterday and cooked them today. They were delicious! It wagreat texture and the flavor was also good.

    1. Sarah says:

      So happy to hear, Allie! Hope your special day was great! 🙂