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Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

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  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened



  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Make the dough:

  1. Step 1
    In a small saucepan over medium low heat, add the milk and butter. Stir until butter has melted and remove from heat. Let stand until it is lukewarm temperature.

  2. Step 2
    In large mixing bowl whisk together 2 1/4 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add to the stand mixer with dough hook attached. (You can also make this by hand, just knead until smooth once all the ingredients are added).

  3. Step 3
    Add the egg and water and mix until just starting to combine. Slowly add in the milk mixture and 1 cup flour until dough starts to form and become smooth.

  4. Step 4
    Let dough rest for 10 minutes.


  1. Step 1
    On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a large 9X15 square, about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

  2. Step 2
    Spread strawberry fruit filling evenly on top of the dough.

  3. Step 3
    In small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top of the strawberry fruit topping.

  4. Step 4
    Roll up the 15 inch side into a log and pinch the seams. Cut into 9-12 slices depending on how thick you want your cinnamon rolls.

  5. Step 5
    Place in a greased 9X13 inch pan, cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.

  6. Step 6
    Preheat oven to 375°.

  7. Step 7
    Bake for 30 minutes or until just golden brown on the top.

Make the glaze:

  1. Step 1
    Beat together the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the half and half, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest until combined.

  2. Step 2
    Frost warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

What others are saying about this recipe

  1. CJ says:

    Looking fat reward to new recipes !

  2. Disna says:

    I enjoyed making this
    It is awesome
    Than you

  3. Joan says:

    These are delicious! A little messy to roll up but worth it!!!

  4. Janelle Renee Thirsty says:

    I’m na novice baker so i made a huge mess rolling these but they’re in the oven now and they smell great!

  5. Pamela Kauffman says:

    I thought these came out kind of tough.
    The strawberry flavor was ok and the iceing was ok but the rolls cooking time was to much and it was to much cinnamon and not enough sugar

  6. Kenyatta M. Gibson says:

    Turned out excellent

  7. Bridgette says:

    My family absolutely loved these! Like another comment said they are definitely a little messy to roll up but worth it. I’m actually making these for Christmas morning along with some apple ones. I’ll just do a simple glaze or some caramel on the apple ones.

  8. Anne says:

    Made some minor tweaks, but overall delicious! As other’s said, it’s messy rolling up but very worth it! (I also think I maybe used too much filling)

    I did following the rise/proofing schedule in Alton Brown’s recipe, but from the comments, that doesn’t sound necessary! (I just had the time!). I used my own homemade strawberry jam and did a 1 to 1 ratio on the cinnamon mixture.

    Highly recommend, my team loved these!

  9. Chris says:

    “Sprinkle the fruit topping” . . . Very funny… gloop gloop plop… It thickens as it cooks but very very messy. However very tasty.

  10. Christina LaBadie says:

    I will suggest that if you really want to taste the strawberry ( even apple, cherry, peach what ever you want to fill them with) I would use 2 cans of pie filling. It is amazingly better.

  11. Susan says:

    Made this and it was the BEST EVER. Love making these. Had nothing but massive compliments.

    I would post a picture but it wouldn’t let me.

  12. Kathy says:

    I had some leftover strawberry pie filling, and I didn’t want to waste it. It turned out to be plenty for this recipe. They were almost too pretty to eat, but they were delicious!

  13. Cheryl Law says:

    It was good. I would love to see a video using the exact same ingredients and instructions.

  14. Rebecca says:

    These were delicious! We changed up the recipe a tad using some our our sourdough discard and didn’t mess it it. These were definitely fool proof! Thank you lucky leaf for a delicious recipe for Christmas morning!

  15. Mary Ross says:

    These were delicious. My daughter was. sing as she was.eating them.

  16. Ree says:

    Came out doughy and messy. It was almost like the dough didn’t completely cook, even after 40 mins.

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