Cinnamon Sticky Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting

// Cinnamon Sticky Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time

12 mins

Cook Time

6-7 mins

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Fluffy, chewy, and packed with sugar and spice, every piece of these sticky buns tastes like a sought-after middle piece. They’re also insanely easy — we make ours with store-bought crescent roll dough. Top with a drizzle of tangy cream cheese frosting for extra decadence.

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The Medium Shallow Dish


For the sugar glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (60g) brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or dark rum

For the filling

  • ¼ cup (30g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or cocoa powder

For the dough

  • ½ package Pillsbury Grands Big & Buttery Crescent Rolls

For the frosting

  • 4 oz (115g) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup (30g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. For the sugar glaze: Melt the butter in the Anyday dish, and then add the remaining ingredients for the glaze. Cook in the microwave uncovered for 1-2 minutes.
  2. For the filling: In a separate medium bowl, mix the ingredients for the filling until well incorporated and set aside.
  3. Open the package of crescent roll dough. On a lightly floured large surface, position each triangular piece so the longest point is closest to you. Evenly spread the filling over the entire surface of each piece of dough. Starting with the pointy side closest to you, tightly roll the dough pieces, tucking in the sides to create a bun shape.
  4. Place the rolls on top of the sugar glaze. Cook uncovered at Power Level 6tooltip for 5 minutes, or until the dough is bouncy and the buns have doubled or tripled in size. Remove the rolls and allow them to cool slightly (note: the dough will be pale but firm to the touch).
  5. For the frosting: While the cinnamon rolls are cooking, mix the frosting ingredients in a separate microwave-safe bowl. After the rolls finish cooking, heat the frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix until it’s a smooth, creamy consistency.
  6. Once the rolls have cooled a bit, flip over onto a clean plate and drizzle the cream cheese frosting over the rolls. Pull apart and serve.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Substitute cinnamon for pumpkin spice in the filling.
  • Substitute the brown sugar for maple syrup in the glaze.
  • Sprinkle toasted pecans or walnuts over the filling for more texture.
  • Substitute the filling for chocolate hazelnut spread to make chocolate rolls.

Recipe notes

  • You can also use Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet for a more traditional look.  Just stretch the dough out, spread the filling, then roll it on itself and cut into portions. Cook as directed in the recipe above.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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