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Birthday Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

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. 
Yield: makes 12 rolls
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Dough Rest: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rainbow cinnamon rolls, cinnamon rolls, funfetti cinnamon rolls, birthday cinnamon rolls
Servings: 12
Author: Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

Funfetti Dough:

  • ½ cup warm water, about 110°F
  • ½ cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon dry active yeast
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup confetti sprinkles (I used pastel colors)

Cinnamon Sugar Filling:

  • cup unsalted butter, softened
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch kosher salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  • additional confetti sprinkles, to garnish

Instructions

  • Dough: Sprinkle yeast over water and milk. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for 5-7 minutes to allow mixture to bubble and active.
  • 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 tablespoon 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350°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°F. Allow rolls to rest for 5 minutes to slightly cool.
  • 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.

Notes

The kind of sprinkles you use matters! See blog post for detailed notes regarding the different types of sprinkles. 
Fresh baked rolls can be left at room temperature for 24 hours. Once frosted, it can left at room temperature for 10-12 hours.
See blog post for detailed instructions regarding make ahead rolls and freezing rolls.
Reheating Notes: 
  • Cinnamon rolls can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.
    • To reheat in the microwave: place one bun on a microwave safe plate along with a mug filled with about 1/2 cup water. Cook for 20 second intervals until bread is soft and warm. (the water will prevent the bread from getting gummy)
    • Alternatively, reheat bun in a toaster oven until warm.
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