Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting #SundaySupper

bacon cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting

Welcome to another Sunday Supper! We have a birthday theme this week, because the Sunday Supper Movement turns 2 years old today!! Indeed, a celebration is in order. Many thanks to Isabel and the other admins who work tirelessly to keep this community strong.

making cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls, second rise

Since I firmly believe that everyone deserves breakfast in bed on their birthday, and a decadent one at that, cinnamon rolls seemed like the order of the day. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s just go ahead and make them bacon cinnamon rolls. And then, just for good measure, let’s pile a rich and delicious cream cheese frosting on top. These rolls handily go into my Top 5 Best Cinnamon Rolls I’ve Ever Tasted In My Entire Life. Words fail me to describe how insanely delicious they were.

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Since we are celebrating the second birthday of Sunday Supper, we were to write about our favorite Sunday Supper moment. I’ve only been here since last summer, but I have enjoyed every minute of it. So picking a favorite is tough; but I suppose it would be our Being Thankful week. I shared a very special family recipe and delved into why my blog is named what it is. I loved writing that out, and I’m very pleased to have those thoughts recorded in (at least somewhat, hopefully) articulate fashion.

bacon cinnamon rolls

I also wanted to honor the Sunday Supper movement on its birthday by making and photographing a past Sunday Supper recipe contributed by one of the other members; so I looked through past #SS recipes I’ve pinned and chose this one since it fit the theme of a decadent breakfast. (Did it ever!) I hope you all enjoy Sunday Supper as much as I do! It’s quite a special community that I’m extremely honored to be a part of. Here’s to many more…

Bacon cinnamon roll with maple cream cheese frosting

Source: slightly adapted from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1 package instant yeast
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp kosher salt
½ cup sugar
4 ½ cups bread flour

5 thick cut slices of bacon, chopped
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbs ground cinnamon
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tbs pure maple syrup
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

To make the DOUGH: pour the milk and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the eggs, melted butter, salt, and sugar. Turn the mixer on low to medium-low and mix until just combined. With the mixer on low, add the flour a bit at a time. When all the flour is added and mostly combined, turn off the mixer and switch to the dough hook. Set the mixer on medium-low (I think it’s the number 2 or 3 setting on the standard Kitchen Aid mixers) and beat the dough for 8-10 minutes. When done, turn off the mixer and grease a large bowl with cooking spray. Briefly knead the dough into a ball and place it in the prepared bowl. Cover it loosely with a clean kitchen towel or some plastic wrap and leave it in a warm place for 60 to 90 minutes, until it has doubled in size.
While the dough is doing its first rise, make the FILLING. Preheat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until the fat has rendered and it is nice and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Pour the fat into a heat-proof bowl or glass and let cool to room temperature. Once it has cooled, mix the softened butter and 1 tbs bacon fat together. Set aside, making sure to keep it at room temperature.
Place the risen dough on a floured surface and flour your rolling pin. Roll out into a large rectangle, making sure you don’t roll it too thin or it will tear on you later. Once you have your rectangle, liberally spread the softened butter/bacon fat mixture all over the dough, leaving a 1 inch border on all sides. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top the butter, then sprinkle the cinnamon over the sugar. Sprinkle ¾ of the crisped bacon pieces on top of the sugar.
Carefully roll the dough up the long way and pinch the seams together. With a sharp knife, trim the ends off, then cut the log into 12 individual rolls.
Grease a 9×13” baking pan and place the rolls in, evenly spaced apart. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise for a second time, about 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 400 F. Bake the rolls until golden brown on top, about 15 minutes.
While the rolls are baking, make the FROSTING. Using either a hand mixer or a clean paddle attachment and clean bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the butter and cream cheese. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar a little at a time, mixing on low speed until it is all incorporated and the frosting is smooth.
Remove the rolls from the oven and, while they are still warm, slather them liberally with the frosting – use it all! Sprinkle the reserved bacon pieces on top and serve warm or at room temperature.

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12 responses to “Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting #SundaySupper

  1. Drooling, I haven’t eaten breakfast yet and I so want one of those!!!

  2. You have just scratched my itchy spot, for want of a better analogy, Julie. Bacon in a cinnamon roll sounds ideal. I love the sweet and savory combination. One of my mottos is “Everything is better with bacon.” I do believe that these rolls prove my point.

  3. OH, my. Is it wrong to want to eat them all?! What a fabulous combination of breakfast flavors in soft yummy buns!

  4. Holey Socks! Okay, see some crazy recipes with bacon, but THIS looks fantastic! Great for breakfast. Yum!

  5. What a great twist on cinnamon rolls! Love it! Thanks for being part of this great group.

  6. MY OH MY, these look incredible. I love your ‘breakfast in bed’ post to honor Sunday Supper’s 2nd birthday!!

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