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How To Make Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Updated on August 22, 2012


I found this recipe at Christmastime this year when I was looking for a great breakfast bread for Christmas morning. 

I happened on it a few weeks before Christmas so decided to go ahead and make it up but divide the recipe into 3 small round containers I bought at the Dollar Store. 

I baked the 3 sets of rolls and then gave 2 of them away as gifts to a couple of friends and froze the third for us on Christmas morning.  I tied up the finished rolls in green cellophane paper with a red ribbon and they were very well received indeed!

These blueberry cinnamon rolls turned out to be the best cinnamon roll recipe I've found in years. 

I also used only about one third of the icing recipe and froze the rest for my next batch of sumptuous blueberry cinnamon rolls!

from the kitchen of Audrey Kirchner
from the kitchen of Audrey Kirchner



  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package dry yeast (or 2-1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 2-1/4 cup flour, divided (1-1/2 cups and 3/4 cup)
  • 1 large egg


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


  1. Mix 1/4 cup milk, sugar, salt and 3 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. Heat until the butter melts. You can also do this part in the microwave.
  2. Cool this mixture to 105-115 degrees.
  3. Dissolve the yeast in warm water (1/4 cup) in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk mixture that has cooled, 1-1/2 cups of flour and egg.
  4. Beat on medium speed with mixer until dough is smooth. Add in remaining 3/4 cup of flour.
  5. Either turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead for 8 minutes or use a dough hook on the mixer and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  6. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough in bowl, turn over to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place (about 85 degrees) and let rise. It will take about an hour and the dough will be just shy of doubled when the hour is up.
  7. Punch down the dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle. It should measure 12 x 8 inches.
  8. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  9. Spread 2 tablespoons of butter on the dough.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the butter and then sprinkle the blueberries on top of the cinnamon sugar.
  11. Roll up like a jellyroll starting on the long side. Don't seal the ends but make sure the roll is pinched closed along the long side seam.
  12. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Or spray 3 small circular pans and make 3 individual portions.
  13. Cut the cinnamon rolls into 1-inch slices with a sharp knife and place slices into the pan cut side down.
  14. Brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Cover again and let rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes. Rolls should increase but not necessarily double in bulk.
  15. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes depending on what size pan you use.




  • 6 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (sifted through wire sieve)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk or nonfat half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Beat all ingredients with a mixer until combined.  Drizzle warm rolls with icing after the rolls have cooled just slightly. 



The original recipe for these great little cinnamon rolls came from

Apparently she found the recipe in a Southern Living magazine! 

While I used this recipe for the most part as written, I did change it up because I didn't want to use whole milk or heavy cream. 

You can also cut back on the brown sugar for the filling if you want a less sugary filling. 

Likewise, you can cut way back on the icing and use only about one third of the recipe for the icing and it's still delicious.  I froze the rest of the icing for my next batch. 

I wasn't sure at first if I'd like blueberry cinnamon rolls but after making these - wow is all I can say.  They were fantastic. 

Some other revamps I might try?

  • Adding some walnuts
  • Throwing in some slivered almonds
  • Substituting almond extract for the vanilla
  • Another type of frozen berry

I think that no matter how you cut it, these cinnamon rolls are worth the old-fashioned experience of letting them rise, kneading them, rolling them out and then cutting them into slices.  The aroma factor alone was fantastic!

Give this blueberry cinnamon roll recipe a try - I think you'll never want a store-bought cinnamon roll again!  They also freeze well.  My friend popped hers into the freezer and thawed them out a few days later and said they were fantastic!  She slipped the little round pan inside a freezer bag. 



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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Indeed, Ken - having a lot of fun with the pups as Gabby is growing leaps and bounds. Wishing you all the best as well and hope life is treating you kindly. I can't complain - just having a severe bout of BO (not body odor but burn-out) and not sure it'll get 'fixed' but trying to take it 1 lovely day at a time~ Hugs!!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Audrey so nice to see you come in and leave a comment. How is life treating you, have you been relaxing and enjoying your dogs? I sure hope so, we miss you here, but know you will come back on your own good time. Hugs from the Saddle

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Sure thing, RT~

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Oh my, these look wonderful! I would like to link these to my blueberry recipes hub, if you have no objection. Thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping in sunnymarie and hope you enjoy. They are fabulous!

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      sunnymarie 6 years ago

      I have bookmarked this page so I can make this recipe. Sounds yummmy! Thanks for sharing

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dr. Irum - Thanks for stopping by - it is truly yummy - bet you can't eat just one!

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      Dr irum 6 years ago

      Lovely recipe ,it sounds so yummy we will try it very soon .

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      chspublish - Hope you like it - I think the recipe is just fantastic....just a little different but that's what made it so delish!

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      I'm curious to try this - it sounds so exotic to me. Thanks for the idea.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping by ssaul - they are delish!

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      ssaul 6 years ago

      Never had blueberry, but after reading this I am salivating for some of this! Great hub!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Darlene - I never leave my cooking behind...I just ran out of time to type about it - ha ha! These were so yummy I had to share and now a family favorite.

      Leah - I hear you - I use a candy thermometer to get the water and liquids just right and that seems to be the secret....only found out by many, many mistakes on my part!!

      Chirls - I love ANYTHING with cream cheese associated with it so this was definitely a winner!

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      chirls 6 years ago from Indiana (for now)

      Yum! This sounds good! I love the idea of the cream cheese icing.

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      Leah Lefler 6 years ago from Western New York

      Oh, that looks absolutely delicious! I have never had any luck with yeast doughs (my own ineptitude), but I need to try that one. Yum!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Oh yummy, I am so glad you are going back to your food recipes, you are like the msot awesome cook. I love you food choices and recipes. I have even made some of your food. You like good food and so do I...rate up peace & love darski

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      These are so awesome...I'm making some up in my little Dollar Store round pans and saving them for family get together times not to mention on a rainy/snowy day when you just want to have something delish! Hope you like them!!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Now this will wow my famly tomorrow morning. How nice to wake to the aroma of sweet dough blueberry cinnamon rolls. I have some frozen blueberries, can't wait to bake them, a perfect Saturday morning treat on a cold winters day! Thank you! :) Katie