Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

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Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing
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These Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting have it all. Gooey, tender, sweet, and best of all, loaded with coffee to give you a bit of extra pep in your step.

We’ve taken everything you love about a weekend brunch and rolled it all into one unique, sweet and sticky cinnamon roll! It’s the perfect combination of tender dough, cream cheese, maple,and coffee. Yes, you heard me right. We’ve added fresh ground coffee straight into the cinnamon and sugar filling for a perfectly subtle and intriguing hint of coffee flavor right inside.

To pull this recipe off successfully, we used our new Conical Burr Coffee Grinder from OXO. It measures and grinds the beans precisely how we like them, creating a uniform grind for optimal flavor extraction every time. 

You may be wondering why we used a coffee grinder for this recipe as opposed to using pre ground coffee beans. We believe it is so important to grind your beans fresh at home…read on to find out why! 

Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Why Grind your own Coffee Beans?

For starters, it’s all about the flavor! The goal of making coffee (aside from the energy boost, of course) is to get all the goodness that is sealed inside those bean extracted and into your cup. By grinding the beans fresh you are getting the most of that fresh taste. The smaller the grind, the more “surface space” you are creating to extract their flavor.

One of the most important benefits of grinding your own coffee at home is that you’ll be able to choose the grind size that fits your preferred brewing method. Different grinds are appropriate for different methods. The finer the grind, the less time that is needed for it to brew. 

Different Grinds and when to use them: 

Extra Course - Toddy (Cold Brew)
Course - French Press, Percolator
Medium Course - Chemex Brewer
Medium - Drip coffee with flat bottom basket for grounds
Medium Fine - Pour Over w/ cone filter or Drip coffee with cone basket for grounds

As you can see, 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 doesn't matter as much (as long as it’s not too fine), but the freshness most certainly does! The goal here is for a super fresh flavor hit of coffee to compliment the maple cream cheese frosting. 

If you love cinnamon rolls, I can promise you that you’ll find these Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting to be pure perfection. We used our favorite dough recipe that we adapted from The Pioneer Woman many years ago. It's so easy and the thing I like most about it is that the dough can be used right away with minimal wait time. After spending just an hour in a relatively warm place it is ready to be roll out. Once you get the rolls into the pan you’ll just have to wait another 20 mins before popping them into the oven. Simple, and so worth it! It’s also a really fun project to do with your kiddos. 

I like to make my dough the night before and place it in the fridge overnight! There’s nothing like making Cinnamon Roll dough at 10 pm in anticipation for what’s to come the next morning.  This one is worth waiting for. 

If you are in need of some more delicious cinnamon roll recipes, we’ve got you covered! 

Our Dairy Free Cinnamon Rolls are also made with maple glaze and will have everyone you make them for smitten.

These Cardamom Rolls with Almond Glaze are going to knock your socks off. They’re a personal favorite, for sure. 

If you have a good coffee grinder at home already and you enjoy making fun and unique coffee drinks, you may want to try your hand at our Iced Bulletproof Coffee or our Vietnamese Coffee with Sweet Vanilla Cream

If you make these Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, we’d love to hear about it! Be sure to snap a photo, add it to your Instagram feed or stories and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper if you do. Also, feel free to leave a comment on the post and tell your friends where you discovered the recipe!

This sponsored post is written by TMP on behalf of OXO. The opinions and text are all ours. Thank you for supporting the brands we love.

Coffee Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Serves 12

Dough

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

Filling

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

Method

  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.