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Cinnamon Rolls with Heavy Cream

Cinnamon Rolls with Heavy Cream – Thanks to a viral baking tip on TikTok, you can make store-bought rolls taste homemade by combining cinnamon rolls with heavy cream. I have seen recipes for them all over my for-you page, so I finally caved. Jump on the trend and make your very own TikTok cinnamon rolls.

A close-up of two cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

It wouldn’t be the first time TikTok made me try something new. Before this, it was healthy Coke with balsamic vinegar and the Bella Hadid sandwich recipe. I had to test it out. But unlike healthy Coke, which left me puzzled, this TikTok trend is drool-worthy; the tasty breakfast treats are light, fluffy, and moist, and nobody will know you didn’t make them from scratch. They’re just that good!

WHAT IS THE VIRAL CINNAMON ROLL HACK?

With so many videos of people recreating these unique cinnamon rolls with heavy cream, it was hard to track down the original creator. However, the mastermind behind the viral cinnamon roll hack broke the internet. And all she did was add heavy cream to store-bought cinnamon rolls, genius!

In addition to the heavy whipping cream, I noticed creators pouring a brown sugar glaze over the cinnamon rolls. I tried it, but it was too sweet for me. If you have an extra sweet tooth, add the mixture to the rolls before they bake.

Here’s What You Need to Make the Brown Sugar Glaze:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Warm ingredients in a skillet and pour it over the cinnamon rolls. Cover them with foil and bake according to the instructions below.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls: Remove the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls from their packaging and add them to a prepared baking dish for quick and easy cinnamon rolls ready to serve in 30 minutes! You can use frozen cinnamon rolls as well. 
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: I get the hype! I may include this SECRET INGREDIENT in all my cinnamon roll recipes from here on out because adding the cream results in gooey Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls, and I can’t get enough. 
  • Cream Cheese: Full-fat cream cheese creates a smooth and delicious frosting to take the pre-packaged icing to the next level.
  • Butter: Butter combines with cream cheese to make the perfect frosting. 
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweeten the frosting with powdered sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract: I use vanilla extract to flavor the cinnamon rolls with heavy cream, but get creative. Try caramel, orange, or maple extract for something different.
  • Sea Salt: Salt is an underrated ingredient and balances the sweetness of the dessert.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS

  • Nuts: Top the cinnamon rolls with toasted pecans or walnuts.
  • Icing: Melt butter and brown sugar to make the brown sugar glaze and pour it over the top.
  • Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls: For the pictures, I used seasonal pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls, but they have other flavors like original, lemon, strawberry, and hot cocoa.

HOW TO MAKE CINNAMON ROLLS WITH HEAVY CREAM 

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a baking dish. Line the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls into it with room to expand.

Line the cinnamon rolls into a baking pan with space to expand.

Pour heavy cream over and around the cinnamon rolls.

Pour heavy cream over the cinnamon rolls.

Cover with foil and bake them in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Cinnamon rolls baked in a baking pan.

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Place the icing from the packaging into a mixing bowl, and add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Combine the ingredients by hand or with a hand mixer; process until smooth.

Combine the ingredients for cream cheese frosting in a mixing bowl.

Top the cinnamon rolls with frosting and serve immediately.

Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting in a baking pan.

EXPERT TIPS

  • Line the cinnamon rolls into a baking dish and make sure they are spaced out with room to expand.

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SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

  • Fruit: Serve cinnamon rolls with sliced apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries, or mixed fruit.
  • Eggs: Scrambled eggs, a vegetable omelet, hard boiled eggs, poached eggs, or soft-boiled eggs are a great way to add protein to your meal.
  • Meat: Try serving the rolls with bacon, turkey sausage patties, or ham steak.
  • Beverages: If all you want is a grab-and-go breakfast, the cinnamon rolls taste delicious with a cool glass of milk, a cold brew latte, or herbal tea.

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • Refrigerate  If you end up with leftovers, fresh cinnamon rolls with heavy cream will keep at room temperature for 3-4 days. Place them on a plate and cover them with foil.
  • Freeze  I don’t recommend freezing baked cinnamon rolls unless you bake them and leave the frosting off. Sometimes I bake two batches, one to eat right away and one to freeze for later. To freeze the rolls, you should gather them together, wrap them tightly in plastic, and place them into a freezer-safe container or bag. Cinnamon rolls will freeze for 2 months.
  • Thaw – When you’re ready to eat, defrost them in the fridge overnight. Prepare the frosting, warm your cinnamon rolls in the oven according to the baking instructions, and enjoy.
  • Reheat  For best results, set the oven to 350°F (176°C) and pop them in for 5 minutes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Why do you add heavy cream to cinnamon rolls?

As the cinnamon rolls cook, the pre-made rolls will expand and absorb the heavy cream leaving them extra moist and gooey.

What is the frosting on cinnamon rolls made of?

We transform the store-bought icing into homemade cream cheese frosting by combining it with cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and butter.

Should cinnamon rolls be covered?

It’s a matter of preference. Doing so helps the cinnamon rolls retain their moisture and can help them absorb the heavy cream.

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Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting in a baking pan.

Cinnamon Rolls with Heavy Cream

Tressa Jamil
Jump on the TikTok trend and make store-bought rolls taste homemade by combining cinnamon rolls with heavy cream.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Cinnamon Rolls
Calories 177 kcal
Ingredients
  
For the Cinnamon Rolls:
  • 2 tubes Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls, 5-count
  • ½ cup heavy cream
For the Frosting:
  • 4 tablespoons Pillsbury Icing, (it comes with the cinnamon rolls)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
 
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C) and prepare a baking dish. Line the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls into it with room to expand.
  • Pour heavy cream over and around the cinnamon rolls. Cover with foil and bake them in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. Place the icing from the packaging into a mixing bowl, and add cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Combine the ingredients by hand or with a hand mixer; process until smooth.
  • Top the cinnamon rolls with frosting and serve immediately.
Notes
Expert Tips: 
  • Line the cinnamon rolls into a baking dish and make sure they are spaced out with room to expand.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Cinnamon Roll | Calories: 177 kcal | Carbohydrates: 22 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 9 g | Sodium: 223 mg | Sugar: 15 g
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Recipe Rating




Rosalyn

Thursday 13th of October 2022

These are SOOOO SOFT!

Tressa Jamil

Thursday 13th of October 2022

I had never tried heavy cream before, and I couldn't believe the difference it made.