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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Each year, I make these Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups for Christmas breakfast. I usually bake a batch at the end of November and tuck them in the freezer, because they freeze very well.

These heavenly breakfast treats are crispy on the outside with a crunchy brown sugar-cinnamon-butter crust, and creamy on the inside with a sweetened cream cheese that’s reminiscent of the filling in our Strawberry and Cream Tart recipe.

Ten cream cheese roll ups on a serving tray with fresh fruit in the background.

I might as well confess that I make them with WHITE BREAD — something we normally never eat — but once a year we do indulge. You can make these with whatever bread you like, and you’ll find it’s easier to roll up bread that is fresh and soft.

My family loves these cinnamon rollups, and they’ve become part of our holiday tradition. I especially love that they can be made ahead of time, so that Christmas morning can be a sweet, relaxed family time.

Ingredients and Substitutions

Sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cream cheese, butter, 10 bread slices, an egg and a small dish of salt.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these tasty breakfast roll ups:

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 large egg yolk

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

10 slices soft bread of your choice – We use plain white bread, but you can use whatever you like as long as the slices can be rolled.

3/4 cup packed brown sugar – Either light or dark brown sugar works fine.

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted – we like salted butter, but feel free to use unsalted, too.

Equipment Needed

You won’t need any fancy cooking equipment to make this recipe:

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife or kitchen scissors
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatula
  • Spreader knife
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment paper

Step by Step Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Roll bread slices with a rolling pin to flatten slightly.

Roll bread flat for Cinnamon Crispies.

Trim off the crusts. Beat the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until combined. Divide the mixture among the bread slices and spread evenly.

Spread Crispies with the cream cheese mixture.

Roll up slices tightly jelly-roll style, pressing on the edges to seal.

Roll the crispies up jelly-role style.

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a shallow bowl. Generously brush each roll on all sides with the melted butter and roll in the brown sugar mix.

Arrange the cinnamon rollups on the parchment lined baking sheet bake them for 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned and crispy. Makes about 10 crispies.

You can also freeze the rollups. Store in an airtight container or bag and keep frozen until ready for use. To cook, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and arrange the crispies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until hot and crispy.

Here’s the printable recipe card:

Two cream cheese roll ups on a green and white plate.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Eliza Cross
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups are easy breakfast pastries that are perfect for brunch and holidays. They're crispy on the outside with a sweetened cream cheese filling you'll love!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 roll ups
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 slices soft bread of your choice
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  • Roll bread slices with a rolling pin to flatten slightly, and trim off the crusts with a sharp knife or kitchen scissors.
  • Beat the softened cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl until combined.
  • Divide the mixture among the bread slices and spread evenly. Roll up slices tightly jelly-roll style, pressing on the edges to seal.
  • Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a shallow bowl. Generously brush each roll on all sides with the melted butter and roll in the brown sugar mix. Arrange the roll ups on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake until lightly browned and hot, about 10 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes and serve. Makes about 10 pieces.

Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled.
These roll ups freeze really well. Simply freeze them before baking, on the parchment lined baking sheet. Transfer them to a zip lock bag when they're frozen.
To reheat, arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees F until lightly browned and hot, about 20 minutes.
Store any leftovers tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 20.9gProtein: 2.8gFat: 17.9gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 198mgPotassium: 52mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 13gCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
Keyword breakfast pastry, cream cheese
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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups shown on a serving platter and as an individual serving on a plate.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 16 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

2 thoughts on “Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups”

  1. Eliza – thank you very much for posting this recipe. The week before Christmas my little nephew helped me roll out the bread for a double batch and after freezing I divided the batch up with my sisters-in-law so that we all had yummy treats Christmas morning. The crispies were SO YUMMY! A huge hit! I will definitely be making them part of my Christmas tradition from now on. Thank you again for sharing and hope you are having a lovely holiday season.

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  2. 5 stars
    These Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Ups look so easy to make and my mouth is watering looking at your photo. I’m going to try these with our boys on the weekend! Thanks for this lovely recipe!

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