Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls

sweet heart cinnamon rolls
Leah Maroney
  • Total: 105 mins
  • Prep: 90 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 24 rolls, serves 24
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
466 Calories
33g Fat
44g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24 rolls, serves 24
Amount per serving
Calories 466
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 20g 101%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 2g
Calcium 106mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sweet heart cinnamon rolls could not be an easier Valentine's Day breakfast treat. Especially when you use store bought cinnamon roll dough. You can of course use homemade cinnamon roll dough, but if you are in a pinch, it's super easy to use store bought dough!

I've given the homemade version below, but feel free to skip all most of the steps and jump to the end if you have store bought dough! You will also won't need the icing recipe if you get the rolls that include an icing pouch!


  • For the Rolls:
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 8 to 9 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • For the Filling:
  • 2 to 3 cups melted butter
  • 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups sugar
  • For the Icing:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the milk, butter, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Just let it simmer, not boil. Remove from the heat and let it cool to lukewarm. This may take 10 minutes or so. You can transfer it to the fridge in another bowl if you need to speed up the process!

  3. Pour the yeast over the top of the milk mixture and then stir to combine.

  4. Add about 7 cups of the flour and stir together gently. cover with a towel and put it in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour.

  5. Add the rest of the flour and the baking powder and stir to combine. Divide the dough into two or three large pieces.

  6. Roll out one piece at a time into a large rectangle. Leave it relatively thick, about 1/2-inch. Make sure the rectangle is long, width-wise. Think hot dog, not hamburger.

  7. Pour about 3/4 cup of butter over the dough and sprinkle about half the cinnamon and sugar over the top.

  8. Roll the dough away from you in a tight roll until it is halfway rolled up. Roll from the other side of the dough as well, so that you have two spirals touching.

  9. Cut into 2-inch sections. Grab each section and pinch the bottom underneath the touching spirals so that it looks like a heart. Place each section on a baking sheet so that they are not touching. 

  10. Cover the baking sheet with a towel  and repeat with the remaining dough.

  11. Let the rolls rise for about 20 minutes.

  12. Whisk together all icing ingredients until smooth.

  13. Bake rolls at 375 F for about 15 minutes, making sure not to over-bake. They should be lightly brown and slightly firm to the touch.

  14. Remove rolls from the oven and if you can manage let them cool a bit and then drizzle icing over the top. If you want them to look super festive, sprinkle with Valentine's sprinkles!

  15. Enjoy!