Treat Mom to Breakfast in Bed this Mother’s Day with Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the incredible women in our lives, and what better way to show appreciation than by treating Mom to a delightful breakfast in bed? These quick and easy cinnamon rolls are the perfect way to start her day on a sweet note. Best of all, you can make them the night before with the help of mom or dad, so all you have to do in the morning is pop them in the oven and prepare to impress.


For the Dough:

  • 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast from Red Star or any instant yeast (1 standard packet)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

For the Filling:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, extra softened
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 tablespoons non-fat milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 4 ounces full-fat block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


1. Make the Dough:

  • Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Heat the milk and butter in a saucepan on the stove until the butter has melted and the mixture is warm to the touch.
  • Transfer the mixture to a stand mixer and beat until the temperature reaches about 110°F/43°C.
  • Beat in the yeast until dissolved, then add the egg and mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms.

2. Fill the Rolls:

  • Roll out the dough into a 20×14-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  • Spread the softened butter on top of the dough.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the dark brown sugar, turbinado sugar, milk powder, and cinnamon, then sprinkle the mixture evenly over the dough.
  • Roll up the dough to make a 20-inch log, then cut into 10–12 even rolls and arrange in a lightly greased 9 X 13-inch square baking pan.

3. Rise:

  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow the rolls to rise in a warm environment for 60–90 minutes or until doubled in size.

4. Bake the Rolls:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake for 24–27 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • If the tops are browning too quickly, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

5. Make the Icing:

  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the butter and beat until smooth, then beat in the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla bean paste until combined.
  • Spread the icing over the warm rolls and serve immediately.

These homemade cinnamon rolls are sure to make Mom feel loved and appreciated this Mother’s Day. Serve them with a fresh cup of coffee or her favorite tea for the ultimate breakfast in bed experience. Remember, it’s the thought and effort that counts, so don’t worry if they’re not perfect – Mom will appreciate the gesture no matter what. Happy Mother’s Day!

Note: Leftover rolls can be stored tightly covered at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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