Mickey Cinnamon Roll

A favorite weekend breakfast in my house is cinnamon rolls. I've always wanted to make them from scratch. Making a yeast dough, hours of proofing/rising time, and attempting to cut perfect rolls has always lead to back to the jump-scare like refrigerator cans. Not this Saturday though! I was determined to make the perfect Mickey cinnamon rolls with the perfect recipe. I achieved my goal but #ohboy did circumstance really try to get in the way! What I can confidently confirm is a 1 hour rise time can definitely become a 3 hour rise time if you need it to and nobody will be the wiser.

Our day started out without any unusual occurrences. My daughter got up at her usual time, had her breakfast, and my husband and father-in-law got back to work on our arcade room in the basement. I was ready to go because I knew I had a few things to accomplish. I had to pick up my car from the repair shop, take my daughter for her flu shot, and @sarahemm was coming over to help make other blog related treats (check out these Cheshire Cat Tails we made!). I got to work right away on the dough.

The dough for these cinnamon rolls comes together beautifully in a stand mixer. I was also a bit short on yeast - one packet is not quite 1 TBS - but in the end there was no obvious difference. The bread hook attachment made for easy combining of ingredients after a bit of hand whisking to break up the egg yolks. Once the flour was added it really went to task. What makes this recipe special is cinnamon added right to the dough! If you forget though (I might have...) they still are delicious. Baby approved might I add! Once the dough was kneaded for 5 minutes #armday I placed it in a greased bowl covered with a damp towel to get happy and puff in a sunny spot on our counter. Then it was off to pick up my car. Upon arriving home I told my husband my next line item was our pediatrician's office for a walk-in flu shot clinic. No problem, right? In an out. I don't need the diaper bag. There was a collective sigh just now from all you moms out there. Yes, I was very, very wrong.

What should have been a 15-20 minute wait in my mind became a 1 hour wait for a 2 min in/out flu shot. Luckily my daughter was exceptionally well behaved and just wanted to sit on my lap most of the time, sit on the waiting room couch, or wipe her face with a 1 ply facial tissue #notKleenex. The embarrassing part was her diaper that desperately needed a change! I felt terrible for her little bottom. All was eventually made right, though, and she even went down for a nap once we got home.

So... back to cinnamon rolls. The dough had now proofed for 3 hours instead of one and was very puffy but completely perfect. It rolled out well and was smothered with a butter-brown sugar-cinnamon mixture, and rolled into a log. I also decided I would use a handy-dandy trick of cutting the cinnamon rolls with unflavored dental floss to avoid squishing them since I had gone through all the trouble to make them! Can I just say it is the easiest way to cut anything, ever?! You might need to wind the floss around your fingers a bit as it gets buttery but it is like magic otherwise. Check out the video below!

Making these rolls go from domestic to Disney meant combining two regular rolls into one large roll. I started with two rolls cut to the same height, unrolled one, and rolled with back onto the first roll starting with the inside end. The area with the extra cinnamon mixture became perfect glue for Mickey's ears. Most of the rolls got a spread of thick, delicious cream cheese frosting. My Mickey was drizzled with the same icing thinned out a bit with milk until the desired consistency. The perfect tip for any frosting or glaze you want to drizzle - thin with milk!

Biting into this snack is pure perfection. The cinnamon sugar on the bottom is crunchy while the roll is soft and chewy with more buttery cinnamon sugar swirled within. Tangy drizzles of cream cheese icing balance out the richness. Serve these with coffee and you can't go wrong!

Mickey Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Dough
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • ½ cup + 1 TBS granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 TBS Active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 6 TBS butter melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 to 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Cinnamon Sugar Filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 ½ TBS ground cinnamon
  • 6 TBS butter softened
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  1. Warm milk in the microwave milk for 45 seconds.
  2. Add milk to the bowl of stand mixer, add 1 TBS sugar and 1 TBS yeast, stir and allow to become foamy for about 5 min.
  3. Add ½ cup sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla to the bowl of stand mixer, break up eggs with fork if needed and combine on stir setting using dough hook.
  4. Add 4 cups flour, salt and cinnamon starting on low and increasing to medium.
  5. Knead dough in stand mixer until large ball is formed, dough should be smooth and only slightly tacky. Add 1 TBS of flour at a time until no longer sticky if needed.
  6. Turn dough out on a a clean, flour surface. Knead with hands for 3-5 min. Form into a ball.
  7. Grease a large bowl and place the dough inside to rise/proof.
  8. Cover the bowl with a warm, damp towel. Let the dough rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. 
  9. While the dough is rising, make the filing. Combine butter, brown sugar and cinnamon until mixture is uniform. Set aside.  
Assemble the Cinnamon Rolls 
  1. Sprinkle a large work surface with flour. Gently press the gas out of the dough and form it into a rectangle. Roll the dough into a 24x12 inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Spread the filling all over the dough.
  3. Roll up dough cut into 12 equal sized rolls about 1 inch each. (If using the dental floss method, cut a piece of floss about 12 inches long, slide floss under cinnamon roll log, pull sides up and across then away from each other until the floss cuts through the dough and is completely free. If a layer of dough as moved use your fingers to straighten the roll). If making Mickey rolls, unroll one roll, wind it around another, and gently pinch two ears to the top. Recipe will yield 3 Mickeys or 12 regular rolls.
  4. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish for regular rolls or line two cookie sheets with parchment paper for Mickeys. Each cookie sheet will hold two Mickeys.
  5. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes.
Make the Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract, thin with more milk for a drizzle if desired.
  2. Spread the cream cheese frosting on rolls.
  3. Serve warm. 
My daughter loved these. She continued to request bites throughout the afternoon. My husband requested a roll with his after dinner coffee as well. I think these will keep and reheat well for the rest of the weekend. @sarahemm said her little boy approved, too! These are going to be a staple in our household going forward.

Will you take the leap and leave the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls at the grocery store? Comment below!


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