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!
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 Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 415kcal
Author Sarah Bond



  • 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 App├ętit Magazine


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