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Cinnamon Roll Frosting

This easy cinnamon roll frosting is rich, creamy and perfectly sweet. It’s the best icing recipe to top any cinnamon roll.

This frosting recipe can be ready in only 5 minutes! It’s a must for homemade cinnamon rolls and also great on cinnamon roll casserole and banana bars.

Frosted cinnamon rolls on cooling rack.
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Cream Cheese Frosting for Cinnamon Rolls

This is my favorite recipe to use for homemade cinnamon rolls. It’s a combination of my favorite buttercream frosting and cream cheese frosting.

It’s smooth and creamy, with a delicious sweet flavor. It adds the perfect richness to baked goods and is so easy to whip up. You only need 5 simple ingredients and it can be made in less than 5 minutes.

We love to use this frosting for cinnamon rolls, but it also works great for sugar cookies and cinnamon roll cookies. You can even enjoy it by the spoonful.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Creamy and tangy. The perfect compliment to the sweet cinnamon sugar baked rolls, all thanks to the softened cream cheese included in this recipe.
  • Quick and easy. Made with just 5 ingredients in 5 minutes, this homemade cinnamon roll frosting beats the store-bought icing in flavor, texture and all around deliciousness!
  • Versatile. Spread on top of raspberry sweet rolls in the spring, pumpkin cinnamon rolls in the fall and over Christmas sugar cookies during the holiday season.
Mixing frosting in glass bowl.

5 Simple Ingredients

  • Cream cheese: Make sure you soften the cream cheese before using.
  • Butter: Unsalted, softened butter works best. Learn how to soften butter quickly if you’re in a pinch.
  • Powdered sugar: Use more for a thicker consistency and less for a thinner consistency.
  • Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract adds a nice boost of flavor.
  • Milk: Use as needed for a thinner or drippier consistency. Cream will also work.

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Frosting

  1. Mix. Beat the softened cream cheese and softened butter until smooth. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla and beat just until combined and fluffy.
  2. Adjust. Taste and add more salt or vanilla if needed. If the mixture is too thick, add a Tablespoon or two of milk or cream. Too make it thicker or more sweet, add 1/2 cup more powdered sugar.
  3. Spread. Once ready, spread the frosting on top of warm cinnamon rolls with a spatula.


This is a thicker cinnamon roll frosting, similar to the consistency of a classic cream cheese frosting. If you prefer a drippier cinnamon roll icing, add more milk to make it more in line with a cream cheese glaze.

Frosting in a glass bowl.

More Ways to Use Cinnamon Roll Frosting

This frosting isn’t just for cinnamon rolls! It’s also the perfect finishing touch to any sweet bread, cookies or dessert.

Recipe FAQs

Do you frost cinnamon rolls before or after cooking?

Spread the frosting over the cinnamon rolls after they are done baking. I usually wait about 10 or so minutes before adding it on top, so that it doesn’t melt completely from the hot rolls.

Can I make this recipe without cream cheese?

I prefer the tangy flavor that the cream cheese adds, however making it without will taste more like a classic buttercream.

You could even replace the cream cheese with sour cream to make a tangy sour cream frosting. A powdered sugar icing is another great alternative!

Make Ahead + Storage

Whenever I make my overnight cinnamon rolls, I always make this recipe the night before too. That way everything is knocked out and ready to go the next morning. Once you’ve made the cinnamon roll icing, it will keep for about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. So you could even make it a couple days in advance if you want!

Frosting cinnamon rolls with a spatula.

Want more variations? This caramel cream cheese frosting or brown butter frosting would both taste delicious on top of your homemade cinnamon rolls.

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frosting cinnamon rolls with a spatula

Cinnamon Roll Frosting Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This easy cinnamon roll frosting is rich, creamy and has the perfect amount of sweetness. Made with just 5 simple ingredients in less than 5 minutes! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16


  • 2-3 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 6 Tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar , more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Milk or cream , as needed


  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat just until combined and fluffy. Do not over mix. Add a Tablespoon or two of milk or heavy cream as needed.
  • Taste and add a pinch of salt and more vanilla if desired. You can also add 1/2 cup more powdered sugar if you'd like it a little sweeter or thicker. Or add more milk or cream if you want it more of a glaze consistency.
  • Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Then spread over top of warm cinnamon rolls.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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