The Little Epicurean

Jul 11 2016

Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Funfetti cinnamon rolls frosted with sweet cream cheese. With the addition of colorful sprinkles, classic cinnamon rolls are elevated to a whole new level of fun and excitement. 

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Within the past few years we have seen fried croissants, rainbow bagels, and over the top milkshakes. It’s time to put a fun spin on cinnamon rolls. Since it’s my birthday week, we’re adding sprinkles!

My funfetti obsession began last year when I made this funfetti doughnut cake for my 30th birthday. It looks like my 30s will be fondly known as “the confetti decade.”

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

On the outside, these look like your average cinnamon rolls simply sprinkled with confetti on top. But once you grab a slice, you’ll notice the all the color hidden on the inside.

Upon first meeting me, I’m rather quiet and introverted. It’s not until you spend one-on-one time with me that you’ll get to see the more bubbly, opinionated, and talkative side of me. I think these funfetti cinnamon rolls are a great representation of who I am right now.

As I’ve gotten older, birthdays have come to take on new meaning. Growing up, birthdays were a series of milestones, each more gratifying than the next. With each year, I was so eager to hit the next one, always rushing to get to the next stage. After a certain age, the focus shifts from parties and gifts. The race to the finish line is no longer alluring. Instead of rushing to the next stage, I’ve started to enjoy and appreciate the passing of time. I’ve come to see birthdays as a time of reflection. A time to look back at another year to be grateful for. Another year to learn from. And with year new year, I see another chance to improve and become better.

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

There are quite a few confetti/funfetti cinnamon rolls out there. Most of them add the sprinkles to the filling. I wanted to do something different. I added the sprinkles to the dough! And it turned out better than expected.

After dough has time to proof, the confetti sprinkles dissolve into the dough. You end up with this very cool tie-dye effect. (The mixture of colors remind me of rainbow sherbet!)

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Even after baking, the colors will still peak through the dough. All the drama and excitement is further heightened once you start slicing into the cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon rolls have always been one of my favorite treats. In all honesty, if given the choice between cake or cinnamon rolls for my birthday, 80% of the time I’d pick the cinnamon rolls. From the way they smell baking in the oven to the natural smile that appears on my face after devouring a roll, cinnamon rolls bring me much joy. Plus, they’re the dessert that I enjoyed eating with my dad the most.

In a world where rainbow bagels exist, it’s only natural to have colorful funfetti cinnamon rolls as well!

Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Print Recipe

Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: makes 12 rolls

Ingredients:

Funfetti Dough:

  • 1/2 cup warm water, about 110 degrees F
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large yolk
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confetti sprinkles (I used pastel colors)

Cinnamon Sugar Filling:

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch fine sea salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • additional confetti sprinkles, to garnish

Directions:

  1. Dough: Sprinkle yeast over water and milk. Add 1 Tbsp sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for 5-7 minutes to allow mixture to bubble and active.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together yeast mixture, remaining sugar, egg, and egg yolk. Whisk salt into flour. Add 2 cups of flour to mixing bowl. Use the dough hook attachment to mix together. Add another 1 cup of flour. Continue to knead on low speed, add softened butter 1 Tbsp at a time. Add remaining cup of flour and knead until the dough is smooth and cleans the sides of the bowl. Add confetti sprinkles and mix until evenly distributed in the dough.
  3. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest at room temperature for about an hour until double has doubled in volume.
  4. Punch down risen dough. Transfer to a lightly floured working surface. Roll dough into a 20 x 14-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup softened butter over dough.
  5. Cinnamon Sugar Filling: In a bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Distribute cinnamon sugar filling and gently press into dough. Sprinkle sea salt.
  6. Roll dough into a log, starting at the longer side. Slice the log into 12 equal parts. Place rolls in a greased 9 x 12-inch baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rolls rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature to allow rolls to rise.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and bake rolls for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top and the internal temperature of the rolls hit 185 degrees F. Allow rolls to rest for 5 minutes to slightly cool.
  8. Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat together cream and butter until smooth. Add sifted powdered sugar and beat until smooth and thickened. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls. Top rolls with additional confetti sprinkles, if desired.

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Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

20 Responses to “Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. July 12, 2016
    11:16 am

    Funfetti cinnamon rolls are just so pretty! I think putting sprinkles into dough needs to happen more often.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thank you! I’m definitely going to test sprinkles on everything! ;)

  2. August 11, 2016
    3:04 pm

    Funfetti cinnamon rolls?!? My dream life!

  3. August 11, 2016
    3:42 pm
    Amy Stafford says...

    All your recipes are incredible, and this one doesn’t disappoint!

  4. August 11, 2016
    6:56 pm

    I’m totally making these for my daughter’s birthday breakfast!!

  5. August 12, 2016
    11:57 am

    These are so fun, and so festive. Perfect for any type of celebration, or for a great start for a typical Monday work or school day to make it start off with a bang.

  6. August 12, 2016
    1:09 pm

    These are SO cute! And I’m obsessing over that adorable plate too! Happy birthday week!

  7. August 13, 2016
    12:31 am
    Abeer says...

    I just showed these to my little kiddo and he wants these for his birthday. He’s crazy about sprinkles! lol

  8. August 16, 2016
    12:11 pm

    I need to make these for my son’s birthday feast!

  9. September 7, 2016
    12:24 am
    Lizzy says...

    These look so pretty and mouth watering! I want to make them for breakfast on my husband’s birthday. Do you think I could do any of it the night before?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Yes, you can prepare the dough the night before. Follow the directions up to placing the cut rolls in the baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge overnight. The following morning, allow rolls to come to room temperature (30 minutes or so) and then bake as directed.

  10. September 11, 2016
    9:24 pm

    THIS IS AMAZING

  11. September 16, 2016
    3:49 pm
    Madeline L Murphy says...

    Can I sub coconut milk instead of whole milk?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I have not tested it with coconut milk. If you give it a try, please let me know how it goes!

  12. January 20, 2017
    5:56 pm
    Katelyn says...

    Am I the only one who can’t get the yeast to activate?
    Tried twice..what am I doing wrong?

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      The liquid the yeast is hydrated in should be warm, but not hot. Yeast activates between 90 – 115 degrees F, anything hotter and the yeast may die. Also, if the liquid is too cold, the yeast will not activate.

  13. January 29, 2017
    7:07 pm
    Sophie says...

    These are adorable. I love that they’re homemade.

  14. April 2, 2017
    5:23 am
    Jen says...

    Made these this weekend! So great. Thanks for the recipe idea. They were a big hit.

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