How to Make a Cinnamon Roll Wreath

This showstopping cinnamon roll wreath conveys all the comforting flavors and feelings of the holiday season. It's incredibly delicious, makes an excellent hostess gift and is the ideal show-stopping centerpiece for your holiday table. The bonus? It's surprisingly easy to make.

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What to Expect

This recipe is comprised of individual buttery and soft cinnamon rolls that are easily formed into a circular wreath-like shape. The wreath is then baked until golden brown and deliciously drizzled in a light glaze of cream cheese frosting.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour

  • 1/3 cup + 4 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • .25 ounce / 7 gram dried instant yeast sachet

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 cup + 8 tablespoons whole milk, lukewarm

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 8 ounces / 230 grams cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 cup confectioners' (icing) sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Set out all the ingredients needed beforehand.

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Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients

Begin by making the dough. Combine the flour, 1/3 cup granulated (caster) sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.

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Step 3: Add the Milk and Eggs

Add in 1 cup of the milk and two of the eggs.

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Step 4: Mix to Combine

Begin to mix on low speed until the dough combines and forms a ball around the hook. Increase the speed to medium and continue to mix until very smooth and sticky, 4 to 5 more minutes.

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Step 5: Add the Butter

Continue mixing the dough and begin to add in 1/2 cup of the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time until it is all incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix for 5 more minutes, or until very smooth and elastic.

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Step 6: Let the Dough Rise

Transfer the dough to a large lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.

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Step 7: Make the Filling

Meanwhile, prepare the cinnamon sugar filling by combining the remaining 1/3 cup of butter, brown sugar, remaining 4 tablespoons of caster sugar and ground cinnamon until smooth. Set aside until needed.

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Step 8: Roll Out the Dough

Once the dough has risen, transfer it to a lightly floured work surface and flour the top. Roll the dough into a 1/2 inch / 1.3 centimeter thick rectangle.

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Step 9: Spread the Filling

Spread the prepared cinnamon sugar filling over the face of the dough.

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Step 10: Roll the Dough Into a Log

Starting with the longest side, roll the dough into a tight log shaped roll.

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Step 11: Cut the Log Into Pieces

Using a serrated knife, slice the roll into 1 inch / 2.5 centimeter pieces.

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Step 12: Arrange the Rolls

Arrange the pieces on a parchment lined 11 inch / 30 centimeter circular baking pan or cake tin so that they are just touching. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 more minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit / 190 Celsius.

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Step 13: Bake

Once risen, brush the top of the wreath with the remaining egg. Bake until golden brown and the filling is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the wreath cool in its pan for 15 minutes before inverting out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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Step 14: Make the Glaze

While the wreath is cooling, make the cream cheese glaze. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the beater attachment, beat the cream cheese on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' (icing) sugar and beat until just combined. Lower the mixer speed to medium and add in the vanilla followed by the remaining 8 tablespoons of milk.

Tip

If the glaze is too thick, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it is smooth enough in consistency to drizzle.

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Step 15: Drizzle the Glaze

When the wreath has cooled, drizzle with the cream cheese glaze.

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Serve and enjoy the wreath warm.

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