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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!

Closeup photo of cinnamon rolls and icing

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.

Best cinnamon rolls for christmas or birthdays on red background

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
Special Day Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Special Day Cinnamon Rolls

You’ll basically just fill your dough with sugar, spice, and everything nice, then roll it into a log.

How to cut cinnamon rolls with floss

Pro-tip: cut your cinnamon roll log with floss for less mess on your special day.

How to cut cinnamon rolls with floss

Set the rolls in a pan with enough space for them to all expand.

Cinnamon rolls in a baking pan

Bake to perfection then devour. Have a happy special day!

Cinnamon rolls in a baking pan

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Special Day Cinnamon Rolls

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!
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Course: Baked Goods, Breakfasts, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls
Diet: Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July, Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day
Time: 45 minutes or less
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 415kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 4 votes


  • 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


  • Dough: Whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. 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. Roll dough into a 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick rectangle.
  • Roll: Combine filling ingredients and sprinkle evenly over dough, leaving 1 inch on one of the long sides free. 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.
  • Bake: Place rolls in a parchment paper-lined or well-greased baking sheet, leaving some wiggle room between rolls (they'll grow!)* Bake at 425 degrees F (218 C) for 20 to 25 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
  • Serve: 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


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 70.4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12.8g | Sodium: 362mg | Fiber: 1.4g
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  1. Sarah says:

    These look so delightful! Wishing I was having one for breakfast right now! 🙂5 stars

  2. Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction says:

    These cinnamon rolls look absolutely delicious! Perfect for those special occasions! 🙂5 stars

  3. Mark, Compass & Fork says:

    Great looking cinnamon rolls. A good one for Sunday morning.5 stars

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

  5. Lisa @ says:

    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. Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom says:

    Happy Birthday! And seriously, NOTHING is better than homemade cinnamon rolls!5 stars

    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! 🙂

  8. Kim says:

    Happy belated birthday 🎁🥳😍😍

    1. Sarah says:

      Aw, thank you! 😀