Give a classic favorite a festive makeover with my maple walnut cinnamon rolls recipe. With the warm, gooey cinnamon center, the sweetness of maple syrup, and the crunch of walnuts – these rolls bring holiday joy to every bite.

Crafted for a cozy batch of 4 because let’s be real, sometimes you just want a taste of something sweet without committing to a baking marathon.

For an even breezier bake, we’re using instant yeast, so you don’t have to wait what can feel like an eternity for your dough to rise. It works its magic in a fraction of the time, transforming cravings into warm, gooey roll in just under 2 hours.

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This pan is from their 8 piece ceramic bakeware set which is non toxic, FDA compliant, and free of PFAS, PFOS, PTFE, and heavy metals.

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Ingredients for maple walnut cinnamon rolls

Elevate your cinnamon roll game with a holiday touch.

  • Milk
  • Instant yeast
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Walnuts
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar

These silicone trivets are great because of their limited heat transfer and they’re super easy to clean. Oh, and they can double as a spoon rest or an oven mitt too! You can find them at Larder and Vine.

How to make maple walnut cinnamon rolls

  1. Prepare the yeast mixture. Mix yeast with milk and a pinch of sugar; let it foam for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and form dough. Mix dry ingredients and then combine with the yeast mixture and melted butter. Form a dough, knead for 5 minutes until not sticky, and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  3. Prepare and spread filling. Mix sugar with cinnamon and roll the dough into a 5×10-inch rectangle. Spread with butter, cinnamon mixture, drizzle maple syrup, and sprinkle walnuts.
  4. Roll and shape rolls. Roll, cut into 4 rolls, and place in a pan to rise for 20 minutes or until doubled in size.
  5. Add heavy cream and bake. Pour heavy cream into the holes at the bottom of the pan and bake for 13 minutes at 400 degrees.
  6. Prepare cream cheese frosting and drizzle. For the cream cheese frosting, whisk cream cheese until smooth, add butter, powdered sugar, milk, maple syrup, and mix until smooth. Drizzle the frosting over warm cinnamon rolls and top with walnuts. Enjoy!
Can I make the dough ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the dough, cover it tightly, and refrigerate overnight. When you’re ready to bake, let it come to room temperature, roll, fill, and bake as usual.

Why is heavy cream included in the maple walnut cinnamon roll dough?

The addition of heavy cream is a secret weapon for creating irresistibly tender and rich cinnamon rolls. The heavy cream is added to the uncovered spots of the pan to ensure those areas stay moist during baking. The heavy cream not only prevents the exposed edges from drying out but also adds a richness to the final rolls.

Can I use active dry yeast instead of instant yeast?

Absolutely! When substituting active dry yeast, proof it in warm milk with a pinch of sugar for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy. Keep in mind that the rising time may extend a bit, so be patient and let the dough double in size. The swap won’t compromise the outcome – you’ll still achieve perfectly fluffy cinnamon rolls with a slightly adjusted timeline. 

Maple walnut cinnamon rolls small batch instant yeast ceramic baking pan

Maple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Give a classic favorite a festive makeover with my maple walnut cinnamon rolls recipe. With the warm, gooey cinnamon center, the sweetness of maple syrup, and the crunch of walnuts – these rolls bring holiday joy to every bite.
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 33 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Maple walnut cinnamon roll dough:

  • ? cup + 1 tsp warm milk
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp + 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 cup flour all purpose
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

Maple walnut filling:

  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp walnuts finely chopped

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 1 tbsp butter softened
  • ? cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup walnuts lightly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Mix yeast with milk and a pinch of sugar; let it foam for 10 minutes.
  • Mix dry ingredients and then combine with the yeast mixture and melted butter. Form a dough, knead for 5 minutes until not sticky, and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Mix sugar with cinnamon and roll the dough into a 5×10-inch rectangle. Spread with butter, cinnamon mixture, drizzle maple syrup, and sprinkle walnuts.
  • Roll, cut into 4 rolls, and place in a pan to rise for 20 minutes or until doubled in size. Pour heavy cream into the holes at the bottom of the pan and bake for 13 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • For the cream cheese frosting, whisk cream cheese until smooth, add butter, powdered sugar, milk, maple syrup, and mix until smooth. Drizzle the frosting over warm cinnamon rolls and top with walnuts. Enjoy!

Notes

  • When rolling out the dough, aim for a 5×10-inch rectangle. Rolling it too flat or too wide might affect the texture and structure of your cinnamon rolls.
  • Ensure your yeast is frothy after mixing with milk and a pinch of sugar. This indicates the yeast is activated and ready to work its magic, resulting in fluffy and perfectly risen rolls.
  • When spreading the butter, cinnamon mixture, and other fillings, be mindful not to go too close to the edges. Leaving a bit of space ensures your rolls seal properly, preventing any filling from leaking out during baking.
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