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Maple Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

These soft, fresh rolls filled with cinnamon and sugar, then drizzled with a maple syrup-infused frosting, are a treat for the taste buds and for the soul.  There is something about homemade cinnamon rolls that conjures up feelings of peace, comfort, and well-being.  Maybe it is the incredible aroma of cinnamon and dough baking in the oven, or maybe it is the warmth and sweetness of the first bite of the roll, but whatever the reason, homemade cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite comfort foods.

Topping cinnamon rolls with a maple-flavored frosting makes them even more of a treat.  With maple syrup season going on here, I thought a maple frosting would be seasonal and delicious.  In fact, I don’t know why I haven’t used this frosting before.  Maple syrup is another comforting flavor for me, stemming way back to my childhood.  I posted the recipe to these cinnamon rolls on this blog two years ago, but I thought I would post a slightly different version of it, this time with the maple frosting, because in my opinion, you can never have too many variations of cinnamon roll recipes.  The cinnamon roll recipe is adapted from my Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book, 10th Edition (June 1, 1989) Ring-bound cookbook and has been a favorite of mine for years.  The frosting recipe is just a basic one with the addition of pure maple syrup for a fresh twist.

maple frosted cinnamon rollsThe first time I made cinnamon rolls from scratch, I was about 12 years old, and my friend Celeste and I made them together.  I had never baked with yeast before, and I remember being a bit intimidated, and then so amazed and impressed that we made cinnamon rolls from scratch, and they turned out!  I think my love of baking was born on that day.  These maple frosted cinnamon rolls are really not hard to make, but they are a bit time-consuming.  Though while the dough is rising, you can do other things around the house.  You just need to pick a day or when you will be home for a few hours at a time.  And I have written about this before, in previous posts involving yeast and dough, but kneading dough can be very therapeutic and soothing.  I feel like I solve a lot of problems while kneading dough.  It must have something to do with the motion of the hands and the shaping of the pliable dough.  Maybe artists who work with clay feel the same way.

cinnamon rolls in panSo, it is still March, and it is still very much winter here as I write this.  We have been getting fresh snow every day for the past few days, though nothing like the snowstorms those in the Northeast have gotten recently.  Two mornings ago, the trees were absolutely coated with snow for the second time in a week.  And though I still long for warm weather, it is truly is beautiful outside.  I read that just like in January of this year, we will have two full moons in this month of March.  Two blue moons within two months of each other.  Pretty rare and interesting to think about!

maple frosted cinnamon rolls with spoonI hope you all have a great weekend, and stay warm! I know that is why I made these maple frosted cinnamon rolls this week–to warm the kitchen, the body, and the soul.  I am sharing these lovely rolls over at the virtual potluck Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Abbey @ Three Cats and a Girl and Antonia @ rolls with rolliing pin

Maple Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

  • Servings: 24 rolls
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For the rolls:

  • 4 to 4 and 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs

For the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of milk


In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and the package of yeast.  Meanwhile, place the milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of butter, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a small pan and heat and stir over low heat until the butter just melts.  Make sure the mixture isn’t too hot or it will kill your yeast when you pour it into the flour-yeast mixture.  Let it cool to luke warm (120 to 130 degrees F).  When the butter mixture is luke warm,  add it to the bowl with the flour and yeast.  Then add the two eggs.  Beat with an electric or hand mixer on low speed for 30 seconds and then on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go.  Then using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining 2  to 2 and 1/3 cups of flour as you can, until the dough is soft, moderately stiff and springy.  Place the ball of dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled in size.

Punch the dough down, turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide the dough into two equal balls.  Let them rest in your bowl, covered, for ten minutes.  While the dough is resting, melt the butter for the filling and combine the 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a small bowl.

Roll one of the halves of dough into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle.  Brush half of your melted butter evenly over the rectangle.  Sprinkle half of the sugar-cinnamon mixture evenly over the melted butter.  Roll up the dough from one of the long sides of the rectangle, rolling as tightly as you can.  Pinch the edges of the dough together to seal the seam and keep the roll in place.  Carefully slice the log of dough into 12 equal pieces (I use a serrated knife to do this).  Repeat the process with the second ball of dough.  Place the rolls in two lightly greased 9 x 1 and 1/2 inch round baking pans.  Cover them with the tea towel again and let them rise in a warm place for about a half hour, till about double in size.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bake the rolls in your 375 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the rolls are lightly golden.  Let them cool for about 5 minutes, and then carefully remove them from the pans to a serving platter.

While the rolls are cooling, whip up your frosting.  In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, melted butter, maple syrup, and milk.  Stir well to combine.  Adjust with a bit more milk or a bit more powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.  Drizzle the frosting over the cinnamon rolls.  This frosting is sweet, so a little goes a long way, in my opinion.  Everyone likes a different level of sweetness, so use as much or as little frosting as you wish. Enjoy!

The cinnamon roll recipe is adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, Tenth Ringbound Edition. 






    These rolls look delicious. I’m sure maple with the Cinnamon a nice flavor.

    • Jenny

      Thank you! Yes, the maple gives it such a nice smooth flavor. 🙂

  2. Monika

    These look fantastic, maple sounds great in this recipe:)

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Monika! I love maple syrup, so it was fun to add it to the frosting.

  3. Jhuls

    I’d like to dive into these!! Look so good!!?

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Jhuls! Yes, I have been diving into them myself! 🙂

  4. Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    They look divine

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Kat!

  5. Antonia

    Wow, your cinnamon rolls look so soft and delicious, and that frosting! I know everyone is going to love these over at Fiesta Friday! Thank you for sharing! 😀

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Antonia! And thank you for co-hosting Fiesta Friday this week!

  6. Lizet Flores de Bowen

    I love maple and I love cinnamon rolls. Those 2 together are a great combo. I’ll be making these rolls this week for done guests. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Lizet! I hope you enjoy the rolls!

  7. Amanda | Whats Cooking

    These look sooooo good. Maple and cinnamon are two of my hands down faves. These are so fluffy and beautiful. I’ve been trying to make vegan versions of these and they’re good! I just have to eat them all afterwards. I love the maple frosting you added here. Impressive that you made these so young. It is a wonder how yeast works. It is beautiful out covered in snow. I didn’t know that about the moons. Now I have to look up what makes a blue moon. I need to go to a place where I can look at the sky more. Thanks for this beautiful post. Xo

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Amanda! I would be interested to try a vegan version of cinnamon rolls. A blue moon is when there are two full moons in the same calendar month. I am still on my quest to appreciate the month of March as it is–wet, cold, snowy, and windy (instead of pining for warmer weather, which I usually do by this time of year), and learning about the moons this month helps! 🙂 Hope you are well! xo

  8. Karen

    I grew up eating cinnamon buns but never had homemade ones like yours…yum.

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Karen! I think half of the fun is making them (the other half is eating them of course). 🙂

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