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Coffee Cinnamon Rolls

Why just drink your coffee when you can eat it too? These coffee cinnamon rolls are fluffy, gooey, and caffeinated!

I used the "Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls" Recipe from Butternut Bakery for the dough, but made a few changes to the filling and icing to make it more coffee-ey!



  • 4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar

  • 2 packets Instant Yeast (4 1/2 tsp)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 cups of water

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (cut into tbsps)

  • 1 large egg


  • 1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter

  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp finely ground coffee

** I doubled the filling ingredients from the original recipe because I like A LOT of filling. Feel free to adjust to your liking!**


  • 2 cups of powdered sugar

  • 4 tbsp of milk

  • 2 tbsp of melted butter

  • 1 tsp of vanilla

  • Splash of espresso


1. Whisk together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.

2. In a microwaveable bowl - combine water and butter and microwave for 30 seconds and pour into the dry ingredients along with the egg -- mix.

3. Add 2 more cups flour - mix, then mix in another 1/2 cup.

4. Add in another 1/4 - 1/2 cup of flour and knead to mix in. If it's still a little sticky add in another 1/4 cup.

5. Once it's no longer sticking when you press a finger into the dough, shape it into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes.

6. Place the rested dough onto a floured surface - and flatten it into a large rectangle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about a 10x15-inch rectangle.

7. Mix the room-temperature butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ground coffee (I used Friendly Neighbor for this batch) together and spread evenly across the surface of the dough.

8. Carefully roll the dough into a log starting from the long side.

9. Cut both ends to make the log even ( I cook the ends in a little mini cake pan for a personal cinnamon roll).

10. Slice into 12 even rolls - the easiest way to get 12 even rolls is to cut the roll in half - then cut those halves in half. Lastly, cut the quarters into thirds.

*You can use unflavored dental floss or sewing thread to easily cut the dough. If you don't have either you can use a bread knife but be careful not to squish the rolls!

9. Place rolls into a greased 9x13 dish, cover with a towel, and place somewhere warm to rise for an hour. (If you live in a colder climate... like Flagstaff, preheat the oven so the top of your stove gets slightly warm -- now you have the perfect place to put your rolls to rise.)

10. Once the rolls have doubled in size bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes.

11. When the rolls are done, combine icing ingredients and spread over warm rolls.

12. Enjoy!

Adapted from:

“Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls”

@butternutbakery - Jenna Barnard

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