Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Glaze

12 rolls
40 min

Add a fun festive twist to a brunch favorite with this recipe for Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze! If you're ready to take brunch to the next level, this delicious cinnamon roll recipe will be sure to help you achieve just that. Though it requires a bit of time, every minute of patience is absolutely worth the end result. February being so near also makes the perfect excuse to make red velvet anything, so this is totally something you need to make! The cream cheese glaze adds the perfect level of tanginess, balancing out the sweetness and truly bringing out the red velvet experience. Let's get baking!

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Glaze
Recipe details
  • 12  rolls
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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Red Velvet Dough
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk, warm
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • Red food coloring
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp of heavy cream
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tbsp milk (depending on your preferred consistency)
In a large mixing bowl, stir the warm milk and yeast together. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Add the eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, a couple of drop food coloring and melted butter- mixing until combined.
Add 4 cups of flour, then add cocoa powder while mixing in separate increments. Start kneading the dough until it is elastic and sooth. You may add about 1tbsp of extra flour at a time depending on the tackiness of the dough (make sure it reaches a smooth consistency)
Lightly grease a large bowl with any neutral oil or cooking spray. Transfer the dough into the bowl and move it to a warm place to rest for two hours.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, softened butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
Once the dough is done "relaxing," sprinkle some flour on a clean workspace and on top of the dough. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle that is about 1/4-inch thick. Brush the dough all over with melted butter and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly on top of the butter.
Starting from the long end, tightly roll the dough up inside a log. Cover the rolls again in a greased baking dish and allow to rest and proof for an additional 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Bake the rolls for 19-20 minutes, then set aside to cool before glazing.
Cream Cheese Glaze
In a small bowl, mix your cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add vanilla, mix, then add milk until you reach the desired consistency. Pour your glaze over the cinnamon rolls after they are cooled completely.
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