These Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups are the best thing to happen to sliced bread since….sliced bread!
I was moved to reintroduce this recipe as it’s one of my most visited and pinned posts. And like anything I bring back from my early years, new photos were in order. Nothing about the recipe needed changing – it’s a classic – and the story remains the same. But believe me, it’s a recipe you’ll want to keep close at hand as friends and family stop over during the holidays.
While organizing my recipe drawer I stumbled upon directions for a dessert that I hadn’t made in years. This small torn and tattered recipe card, wedged between the pages of a small book, had made its way back to my attention.
I love this recipe…
I was first introduced to it back in my newlywed days when I was just beginning to collect recipes.
A colleague of mine hosted a group of us for a work/social gathering at her house. I remember walking into her Tudor style home and thinking what a beautiful residence with all its nooks and crannies. Anyway, after the home-tour but before shop-talk, she brought out some desserts which included Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups.
This dessert, aromatic and fancy (to me) created quite the shock for all of us when we discovered that its main ingredient was sliced bread.
It’s a winner on so many levels…it invokes in me the same flutter of excitement that I get when I hear the sounds of a tea kettle set on the stove, as the click-click of the burner gently erupts into a small flame…or the aroma of my favorite pumpkin spice candle as it slowly flickers in the darkness of the early morning…or the beep beep of the coffee machine alerting me that it’s time to fill my mug…
And here’s the good news….all that stands between you and a flurry of warm emotions are:
- Sliced Bread
- Cream Cheese
- Melted Butter
To begin, you’ll remove the crusts and roll each piece of bread flat with a rolling pin.
Then, you’ll coat the bread with vanilla-sweetened cream cheese, roll it up, and dip in melted butter.
Lastly, roll it through some cinnamon sugar, then bake until slightly puffy and completely warmed through.
It’s perfect nosh with a steaming cup of tea or your favorite espresso…great for dinner parties, baby showers, and holiday brunches…really any place where people congregate and don’t mind that their day is made sweeter by a tasty treat that’s warm and cinnamon-y.
- 20 slices white bread, crusts removed
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup sugar
- 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ⅔ cup melted butter
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- One at a time, roll out each slice of bread until flattened.
- In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla and ¼ cup of sugar.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining ¾ cup of sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.
- Divide cream cheese mixture and spread on each slice of bread (about 1 Tbsp./slice).
- Roll up each slice.
- Dip each roll in melted butter so that it's fully covered.
- Roll in cinnamon sugar mix.
- Arrange, seam-side down, on baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 - 18 minutes until rolls start to puff.
- Serve warm.