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Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

These coffee cinnamon rolls with maple-cream cheese frosting have it all. They're gooey, tender, sweet, and loaded with freshly ground coffee beans to give you a bit of extra pep in your step.


Coffee cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting

The Perfect Rise-and-Shine Cinnamon Roll Recipe.

We’ve taken everything you love about weekend brunch and rolled it all into one unique, sweet and sticky grown-up cinnamon roll! It’s the perfect combination of tender dough, maple and cream cheese, and coffee. Yes, you heard that correctly. We’ve added freshly-ground coffee beans straight into the cinnamon and sugar filling of these cinnamon rolls for a perfectly subtle and intriguing hint of coffee flavor right inside. In other words, yes, you’ll want to keep the kids AWAY from these cinnamon rolls. What better excuse to keep them all to yourself?

To pull this recipe off successfully, we used our new Conical Burr Coffee Grinder from OXO. It measures and grinds the beans precisely, just how we like them!

ground coffee, cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on to butter on dough
Coffee Cinnamon Rolls rolled out and cut

Did You Say Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting?

It may be time for you to invest in a good quality coffee grinder to get that homemade brew just right. However, for the purposes of making these delicious Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, the grind of your coffee beans doesn't matter too much as much as long as it’s not too fine (you want a bit of coarseness), but the freshness of your coffee beans most certainly does! Freshly-ground coffee beans will have a more assertive flavor, which is what you want—that delicious coffee bitterness to contrast with the rich, sweet maple cream cheese frosting that tops these coffee cinnamon rolls.

coffee cinnamon rolls in a 9 x 13 baking dish
coffee grinder on a counter
maple cream cheese frosting being made in a bowl

How Do You Make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls?

If you love cinnamon rolls, we can pretty much promise you that you’ll find these coffee cinnamon rolls to be pure perfection. Don’t let the recipe’s many steps intimidate you. It is so darn easy! Here’s how ya do it!

  1. Heat milk, oil, and sugar.
  2. Add the yeast followed by the flour, baking powder, soda and salt a few minutes later.
  3. Let the dough rise in a warm place before rolling it out.
  4. Roll the dough into a large rectangle.
  5. Spread the butter on the dough and load it up with sugar, cinnamon and coffee grounds!
  6. Roll, cut and place the rolls into a greased baking dish and place in the oven.
  7. Make your frosting while the rolls are baking.
  8. Frost and enjoy those ooey, gooey mapley cinnamon rolls!
coffee cinnamon rolls baked
maple cream cheese frosting being dolloped onto coffee cinnamon rolls
Coffee Cinnamon Rolls With Maple Cream Cheese Icing in a baking dish
Coffee cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting

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coffee grinder and cinnamon rolls
Coffee Cinnamon Rolls With Maple Cream Cheese Icing on a plate

You Put Coffee in Your Cinnamon Rolls?

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Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

  • Serves: 12
  • Prep Time:  2 hrs 40 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 703



  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  • 1 cup butter, very soft, not quite melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp fresh coffee grounds

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp maple extract


  1. Heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat; do not allow the mixture to boil. Set aside and cool. When mixture has cooled to 100-110°F., sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 2 minutes.
  2. Add 4 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for an hour.
  3. Remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and remaining ½ cup of flour. Stir thoroughly to combine.
    *use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl.
  4. Remove the dough from the pan or mixing bowl. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30 x 10 inches.
  5. Spread the butter evenly over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and coffee grounds evenly over the butter.
  6. Beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly toward you. Use both hands and work slowly, being carful to keep the roll tight. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together. On a cutting board, using a sharp knife, make 12 rolls.
  7. Place the sliced rolls into a greased 9X13 baking pan.
  8. Preheat oven to 375° F. Cover rolls with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towel and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Don’t let the rolls get overly brown.
  9. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, butter, salt and maple flavoring. Taste and add in more maple, sugar, butter or milk as needed until the icing reaches the desired consistency.
  10. After the rolls are finished baking, and still warm, generously coast them with the frosting.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories703
  • Protein7 g
  • Carbohydrates89 g
  • Total Fat36 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol73 mg
  • sodium527 mg
  • Total Sugars54 g

Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Questions & Reviews

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  • Trystan

    How much would the recipe be affected if i let them rest for 45 mins instead of the hour?

    We'd recommend letting them rise the entire hour.

  • Julia

    Could I use espresso powder for coffee grounds? 1:1 replacement?

    Theoretically yes, but we haven't tested it to know if it would be a 1:1 replacement or not.

  • Jessica

    Could you use maple syrup in this recipe instead of sugar and maple extract?

    I've never tested it that way. You will definitely need the sugar in it, but adding a little real maple syrup could be a good substitute for the maple flavoring it you don't have that on hand.

  • Christa

    When you make these the night before, do you just make the dough and then fill, roll, cut and bake in the morning? Or do you/can you keep the pan of ready-to-bake rolls in the fridge overnight? Do you let them come to room temp or bake direct from the fridge?

    Either way! As long as you keep the dough refrigerated, it won't rise very much. So you can roll them and let them rise a little, then put them in the refrigerator or just keep the dough in the fridge and roll it out in the morning. If you do that, I would bring it to room temp before rolling.

  • Mikayla

    Omg. These look amazing!! I MUST make these tonight!! (I also MUST make sure I don’t eat them all myself in one sitting.... because I really could)

    I prob could too. ; )

  • Matt

    Made these cinnamon rolls and they are amazing. We aren't fans of maple so we just made vanilla icing, but they are delicious. Very sweet, but well balanced with the coffee. I'm not even a fan of cinnamon rolls and these are great.

    Thanks Matt, we are so glad you enjoyed them!

  • Lindsey

    My cousin made these for a family holiday a few celebrations back and has continued to oblige our requests that they be at EVERY family gathering. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe; they've quickly become a much-loved tradition :)

    Wow! This is such amazing news! Thank you Lindsey, we are so happy we could help your family create a tradition!

  • Chaka

    These were a hit! Delicious and moist, and a wonderful glaze to top it all off! Because each oven works differently, it took my rolls about 25-30 minutes to cook thoroughly. But, I also subbed 3 out of the 4.5 cups of flour for Bread flour. Will definitely be making this again!

    Great! So glad you liked them!