Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

How To Make Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Make the classic cinnamon rolls even more wonderful with the added sweetness and nutty flavor of brown butter, topped with cream cheese frosting.

Preparation: 55 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes



For Dough:

  • 1cupmilk
  • ¼cupbrown butter,melted
  • cupsall-purpose flour,divided
  • ¼cupgranulated sugar
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1envelope instant or ‘rapid rise’ yeast,about 2¼ tsp
  • 1egg

For Cinnamon Sugar Filling:

  • cupgranulated sugar
  • cupbrown sugar,packed
  • 2tbspground cinnamon
  • cupbrown butter,melted

For Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2tbspbrown butter,melted
  • 4ozcream cheese,softened
  • ½cupspowdered sugar
  • tbspmilk,if needed


Dough and Filling:

  1. Pour the milk into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high in the microwave for 30 seconds, then remove and stir in the melted brown butter, and test the temperature with a finger. Mixture must be lukewarm, but not hot to the touch.

  2. If it is too cool, continue heating the mixture in the microwave for 20-second intervals, pausing after each to stir, until the mixture reaches the correct temperature. If the mixture gets too hot, let it sit out for a few minutes until it has cooled to the lukewarm temperature.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour, sugar and salt until combined.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add yeast and lukewarm milk mixture and stir by hand to combine. Add the flour mixture and egg, and beat on medium-low speed until combined.

  5. If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add the remaining flour, ¼ cup at a time, until the dough begins to form a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

  6. Continue beating for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Remove the dough hook and cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, make the filling by whisking together sugars and cinnamon in a bowl until evenly combined.

  8. When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured work surface. Then use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 14 x 10 inches in size.

  9. Use a knife or pastry spatula to spread the melted brown butter evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture evenly on top of the melted butter so that the entire surface of the dough is covered.

  10. Beginning at the 14-inch edge, tightly roll up the dough. Give the final seam a little pinch so that it seals. Use a piece of dental floss to “cut” off the two ends of the roll (an inch on each end) so that they are even, then discard the dough that was cut away. Use the floss to cut the remaining dough into 12 equal pieces.

  11. To cut dough with dental floss, simply break off a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Then very carefully slide the middle of the floss under the dough where the cut will be, then pull the ends of the floss up and cross over the top of the dough. Give a quick tug to cut all the way through the dough. Alternately, use a knife.

  12. Place each of the cut cinnamon rolls into a greased pie plate or 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Then cover again with a damp towel, and leave the dish in a warm place to rise for 25 minutes.

  13. While the dough is rising, make the icing.

  14. When the rolls have risen, uncover the dish. Then place on the center rack of the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden and cooked through. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes. Drizzle with frosting and serve.

Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Either in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, or a mixing bowl, whisk the melted brown butter and cream cheese together until combined.

  2. Add in powdered sugar and whisk until combined. If the icing is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk to thin it out.

Recipe Notes


Prepare brown butter before making the dough and filling. To make brown butter in the microwave, place butter in a large microwaveable bowl and heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the butter has come to a boil and then turns an amber color. Be careful that the butter does not burn. To make brown butter on the stove, place butter in a large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Let the butter boil for 2 to 4 minutes, or until it turns an amber color. Be careful that the butter does not burn.



  • Calories: 356.18kcal
  • Fat: 15.53g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.27g
  • Trans Fat: 0.44g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 3.99g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.80g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.17g
  • Fiber: 1.84g
  • Sugar: 19.98g
  • Protein: 5.83g
  • Cholesterol: 54.57mg
  • Sodium: 149.18mg
  • Calcium: 59.69mg
  • Potassium: 104.06mg
  • Iron: 1.96mg
  • Vitamin A: 141.53µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.05mg
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