Tastiest Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Rolls

This post is all about cream cheese icing for cinnamon rolls!

Are you looking for a cream cheese icing recipe for your cinnamon rolls? You’ve come to the right place! A cream cheese icing is spectacular for any cinnamon roll recipe but also quite the addition for many more tasty treats that call for icing.

This cinnamon roll cream cheese icing is beyond creamy, delicious, and sure to add a touch of elegance to your next breakfast or brunch gathering.

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cream cheese icing for cinnamon rolls

Now, you may be thinking that bagels are the only thing that tastes good with cream cheese…but just hold up a minute. Cream cheese icing can be sweet and incorporated into desserts, too! This is due to the added advantage of mixing in confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar) and splashes of vanilla extract used to sweeten up the cream cheese icing mix.

This is one of those recipes where you know the cream cheese is in there, but it’s not overly bitter, sour, or thick. Thus, making the creamiest cream cheese that will complement numerous desserts and baked goods.

This cream cheese icing recipe will most likely become one of your favorite baking-related recipes to devour and show off to guests!


Simply put, cream cheese makes everything better! Wouldn’t you agree?!

Even though not every recipe with icing or frosting requires to be made with cream cheese, cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing are hands down exceptional!

Another reason to love cream cheese icing is that it can be made with a few simple ingredients. When you make this recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought icing again. And trust me, I know how yummy store-bought cream cheese icing can be.


Now, I’ve gone into all the reasons you’d love cream cheese icing so if you’re not sold by now, let me give you one more tidbit. It’s totally ok if you’re not sure if cream cheese icing will taste much different than a regular icing or glaze (sans the cream cheese).

In addition, if you’re cooking for more than one, taking others’ tastes and food preferences into consideration is a deciding factor in whether to use cream cheese in an icing. I can assure you; that cream cheese icing will taste a bit different than regular icing – but in a good way!



This is due to the slight tang cream cheese has.

Though, this doesn’t make this icing far greater to make a radical taste difference as far as icing goes. Cream cheese will be an added benefit that will make any easy icing taste slightly creamier and appear a tad bit denser.

If you’re stumped, this is also a recipe that is a safe option as kids and adults seem to adore sweet treats with cream cheese icing. So, you can’t go wrong making either icing here if you’re not sure


  • 4 oz cream cheese softened (or ½ block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese)
  • 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (may use milk or creamer)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



  1. Soften or melt your cream cheese and butter separately.
  2. In a small-medium size mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream until evenly incorporated.
  3. Spread the cream cheese icing over the cinnamon rolls when done baking. Then, cool and serve while warm.


  • Have your cream cheese and butter at room temperature or melted. For a velvety smooth cream cheese frosting, it’s crucial your butter, and cream cheese are at room temperature and is softened before attempting to combine them. Cold ingredients won’t incorporate as well and will form lumps. Another way is to warm up cream cheese in a microwave to soften it and then do the same thing to the butter.
  • Milk options: If you do not have heavy whipping cream, try to use the heaviest milk option available. This would be creamer, half and half, or whole milk.
  • How to make cream cheese icing tarter: You can adapt your cream cheese icing to be tarter by adding extra cream cheese, sour cream, or a slash of lemon juice/freshly squeezed lemon.
  • How to make sweeter icing: Add extra vanilla extract or if better yet – vanilla paste! I highly recommend vanilla bean paste to add that extra dazzle of a vanilla flavor which will balance out the tart cream cheese taste.


Now that you know how to make cream cheese icing, enjoy it, and find different ways to incorporate it into your baked goods! I especially love cream cheese icing with birthday cakes and fall treats. Here are a few more ideas to get you started:

  • Cinnamon Rolls: (Obviously!) Though, if you want to get creative, try adding a little bit of this icing recipe to the inside of your cinnamon rolls before baking. Use these squeeze bottles to add filling in a snap. It’ll be a delicious surprise to bite into a cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing filling.
  • Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing: Pumpkin bars are a must to bake in the fall time. Baking pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing is the ultimate fall dessert that’s light, fluffy, and slightly savory.
  • Pancakes with icing swirl: Add a dollop of cream cheese icing to your next stack of pancakes or flapjacks for an extra special treat for your loved ones or make and enjoy yourself. You can even add a little bit of cinnamon or nutmeg to the icing for an extra flavor boost that tastes similar to that of a cinnamon roll pancake.
  • Waffles: Transform your waffles into a decadent dessert by topping them with cream cheese icing, fresh berries, and some mint garnish. Oh so yum and vibrant looking.
  • Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting: Any cake is epic with some added cream cheese frosting! A classic red velvet cake is delicious on its own, but it’s even better with cream cheese icing. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you! The famous red velvet cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes are even made with a healthy serving of cream cheese icing on top. It’s no surprise this is a crowd favorite at the popular cupcake atm.

So, there you have it!

Cream cheese icing is the quintessential way to add a little bit of luxury to your breakfast or brunch. And once you start using homemade cream cheese icing, you’ll never go back to plain old icing again.


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