Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe for Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Category: Desserts Cuisine: Southern


For the Cinnamon Rolls:

2C Buttermilk (minus 2T)

2T White Distilled Vinegar

½C Vegetable Oil

½C Sugar

2-3oz Red Food Coloring

1 Package of Active Dry Yeast (0.25oz Packets)

3 ¾C AP Flour + ½C AP Flour

¼C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

½t Baking Powder, Heaping

½t Baking Soda, Scant

1t Salt, Heaping

For the Filling:

1-2C Butter, Melted or Completely Softened**

1C Sugar

Generous Sprinkling of Cinnamon

For the Frosting:

8oz Cream Cheese, Room Temperature

2C Confectioners’ Sugar

Cinnamon (to your liking)

1 Stick of Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature

½t Vanilla

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Festive Valentine’s Day Sprinkles & Crushed Red Hot Candies, For Decoration



Add 2 cups buttermilk in a large measuring cup, and remove 2 teaspoons of buttermilk and add 2 teaspoons white vinegar. Mix the buttermilk, vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, and red food coloring in a pot. Heat the mixture until just before the boiling point. Turn off the heat and leave to cool for 45 minutes to an hour. Meanwhile, sift together the 3 3/4C AP flour with the 1/4C unsweetened cocoa powder, and set it aside. When the milk mixture is warm (but not hot), sprinkle in the package of yeast. Let it sit for a minute or two, and then add in the sifted flour-cocoa powder. Stir the mixture and cover, and then let it rise for at least an hour.

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After rising for an hour, add in 1/2C AP Flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir the mixture together. Leave the dough in fridge overnight to help it become firm.

The next day, sprinkle a rolling surface generously with flour. Take the dough and form a rough rectangle, and then roll the dough out to about 1/4-1/2inch thick (depending on your preference), while making sure to maintain a rough rectangular shape from before. Once rolled out, proceed to the filling step.


Spread on the amount of butter you desire over your dough, 1 – 2 cups. Sprinkle 1 cup of sugar and cinnamon over the butter.

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Begin rolling the dough in a line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Pinch the seam of the roll in order to seal it. Spray a 13×9-baking pan with Pam, and set it aside. Cut rolls into around 10-12 thick round pieces and place them into the already buttered pans. Let the rolls rise for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bake the cinnamon rolls from 15 to 20 minutes.


Mix and stir all ingredients until they become smooth Drizzle over the warm rolls.

Serve and enjoy while still warm.

Recipe for Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting.