Mini Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

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Prep time 45mins
Cook time 35mins

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For the Dough


  • 4 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 ounces buttermilk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 (¼ ounce) package instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Cooking spray

For the Filling


  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Icing


  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • a pinch of salt


  • Step 1

    Make the dough: Using a small saucepan, heat the buttermilk until just before boiling. Remove from heat. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, and butter. On slow speed, slowly drizzle the buttermilk until combined. Add 2 cups of flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined.

  • Step 2

    Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes or until the dough no longer sticks to the side of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds.

  • Step 3

    Using the cooking spray, spray a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top and cover and let double in size - about 2 hours.

  • Step 4

    Combine the brown sugars, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside.

  • Step 5

    Butter 2 mini muffin/cupcake pans or for larger cinnamon rolls use 2 regular muffin/cupcake pan. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide in half. Gently shape the doughs into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 9 by 6-inch rectangle. Brush the doughs with the of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough.

  • Step 6

    Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the doughs into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinders into 1/2-inch rolls; or the approximate size of the pan you are using. Arrange rolls in the pans; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Step 7

    Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; about 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.

  • Step 8

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. When the oven is ready, place the rolls in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven.

  • Step 9

    While the rolls are cooling, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Add the powdered sugar and salt, and whisk on high until smooth about another 3 minutes. Remove the rolls from the pans onto a wire rack and spread the icing over the rolls. Let excess frosting drip off, serve immediately.