For Mama: Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

by Lauren


My friend Linda has this magical piece of equipment called a bread machine. She let us borrow it a few weeks ago and we may or may not have made apple bread, Italian herb bread, wheat bread, 2 batches of pizza dough and cinnamon roll dough.

Clearly, we aren’t counting carbs here in the LYK. Good thing dough freezes well.


Now about those cinnamon rolls.

Your mother will absolutely love you forever and ever if you make her these cinnamon rolls on Mother’s Day.

If the thought of abandoning you as a small child ever crossed her mind, because you screamed too much and didn’t let her get a wink of sleep, well, those thoughts will surely dissipate after one bite of these beauties.

Sidenote: My mother never went through with anything like this but I’ve been told there were some close calls.


You could also give these out to your neighbors (eh hem, Pearl) and they will most definitely swoon and perhaps even propose that you move in with them.

Or they might be so bold as to request a key to your home so they can sneak in and steal leftovers while you’re away.


Pretty please don’t wait as long as we did to make these. You will most definitely be full of sorrows because homemade cinnamon rolls most definitely surpass the cinnamon rolls served at that one cafe you spend too much money on coffee at every day.

You know that one, right?

If you’re anything like me, you stare into the case of goodies each time wishing you had the guts to buy something as caloric as these.


Here’s what ya’ gotta do to make Mama swoon on her special day:

Roll out the dough. Keep rollin’ rollin’. Roll onnn.


Brush with melted butter. A lot of melted butter.


Spring with cinnamon and sugar. If you spill a little extra on there, mom might love you more.


Then toss on some of mom’s favorite nuts. Pecans perhaps?


Roll it up. Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’. Sorry…


Cut into cinnamon roll size chunks. What’s that? You want a specific measurement?

Puhlease. Just make them whatever size mom wants them. Remember, it’s her special day so she should get an extra large bun.


Place into a well greased baking dish and top them off with some more nuts.


Bake then top with luscious cream cheese frosting!


Bring one to mom in bed then sneak back to the kitchen and eat the rest of them.


Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting


DOUGH – We used a recipe from the bread machine recipe book, dumped it all in and pressed “start”. If you aren’t so lucky, here is a link to how to make cinnamon roll dough without one!

Adapted from Joy of Baking

  • 4 1/2 all-purpose flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs


  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar – Feel free to add more if you mom likes it extra sweet!
  • 2  teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 thick. Brush the dough with 1/2 of the melted butter.

Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the dough. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Roll the dough long ways and cut into 3-4 inch pieces. You may have to pinch the dough a little to get the spiral to stick.

Brush some more butter onto the bottom of a large baking dish. Place cinnamon rolls in the pan and let them rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. Brush the tops of the cinnamon rolls with the remaining butter and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden on the outside and gooey in the middle.

Combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla with electric mixer. Pour over the warm cinnamon rolls. Dig in!


Happy Mother’s Day to my best friend and Mama! I love you!

I know you would kill me if I actually made these for you because it would require an extra gym session or two next week. Instead, I’ll make you some cupcakes! Winking smile

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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16 Responses to “For Mama: Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Ok sweet daughter of mine. I look forward to whatever you put out there for me to gobble up. You’re amazing and I can’t wait to bite into one of your cupcakes. You’re right about the extra cinnamon, I personally can never get to much of that in my bun.

  2. I will admit that baking with yeast scares me…doughs rising, resting, kneading, etc but my goodness, these are stunning!

    And cream cheese frosting. Oh yes!

    I wish someone would make me these for mother’s day!

  3. Um, wow… that looks incredibly amazing!

  4. Oh man! That frosting is insane…looks so good! Have a good weekend!

  5. YUM!! Love cinnamon rolls and I love cream cheese frosting even more:-)

  6. Lauren

    Oh yea, I def licked the bowl of frosting clean. No shame.

  7. Lauren

    You too Joanna :) P.S. The frosting is pretty darn insane, you are correct!

  8. Lauren

    It’s very easy to bake w/ yeast when you have a bread machine haha Kitchen Aids also help a lot though! We cheated just a little w/ the bread machine :) When your daughter is old enough, I am sure she will be making you many delicious goodies on Mother’s Day if she takes after you at all!

  9. ….let’s hope you have leftovers for Monday, *wink~wink*

  10. These are beautiful! My mom and I love making cinnamon rolls together :) I totally want to make these for Mother’s Day, but my sister already called banana bread. Not half as exciting!

  11. EVERYTHING should be topped with cream cheese frosting. Those look incredible.

  12. THEY LOOK SOOO GOOD. I get way too much joy out of this site

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