Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on March 21, 2013

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My earliest memory of solo baking was to make cinnamon rolls. They came in a tube that you whack on the edge of the counter, the dough pops out, you bake them, and then top with the frosting in a little plastic container that came in the tube with the dough. I am sure you know the very cinnamon rolls I am talking about!

Not exactly from scratch baking but not bad for a 6 year old either. I was so proud to be able to prepare something delicious for my family.

I have since had to give up the quick convenience of using that tube of dough, but have not given up my love for cinnamon rolls.

I can make a pretty darn good gluten free cinnamon rolls from scratch – if I have several hours to devote to the project. But what’s a gal to do when she gets an overwhelming urge for cinnamon rolls and hasn’t got hours to spend baking?

Cheat a little, that’s what! I made some cinnamon rolls using Chebe Cinnamon Roll Mix recently. They make pretty darn good gluten free cinnamon rolls as they are, but what I really wanted was frosted cinnamon rolls. So while the rolls were baking I whipped up an orange cream cheese frosting – this turned pretty darn good cinnamon rolls into really darn fantastic cinnamon rolls!

In less than half an hour, my house smelled like heaven and once again I felt the pride of preparing something delicious for my family.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


1 (7.5-ounce) package Chebe Cinnamon Roll Mix
3 tablespoons grapeseed (or other neutral flavored) oil
2 large eggs
4 – 6 tablespoons milk or dairy free milk substitute – divided use
2 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter plus more for the pan, softened – divided use
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
¼ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons orange zest, grated
2 tablespoons powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a standard muffin tin with butter.

Combine the Cinnamon Roll Mix, oil, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of milk in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Dump the mixture out onto a clean work surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute.

Lay a piece of wax or parchment paper on a work surface, top with the dough, and another piece of paper. Roll into a 12 by 8 inch rectangle. Spread with 1 tablespoon of softened butter.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, nuts and remaining tablespoon of butter until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over dough. Starting with the long side, roll the dough into a log. Slice into 1 inch pieces and place in the prepared pan, cut side down. Bake 16-18 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from pan immediately and let cool.

Combine the cream cheese, orange zest, and powdered sugar. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is spreadable. Frost the cooled cinnamon rolls.


A gluten free recipe that makes 12

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Carlyn Berghoff March 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

I can’t wait to try these – I have to admit that of all the gluten-free products out there, Chebe is one of my favorites. And cream cheese dressing – my mouth is watering! Thank you for the inspiration!


Carol Kicinski March 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I hope you enjoy them Carlyn! I enjoy Chebe products as well, so easy and tasty!


Lynne H March 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Hi Carol: I used to love those cinnamon rolls in a tube but not now. I cannot find Chebe products in my local health food stores or The Fresh Market – what could I use to replace the Chebe Cinnamon Roll mix, if that is possible. Thanks. Lynne


Carol Kicinski March 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Hi Lynne, I would try using a cup of tapioca starch, a pinch of salt, and some cinnamon and sugar – I am going to guess about 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. You may have to play with the sinnamon and sugar amounts to get it right as I am just taking an educated guess here. You can also buy the mix online if you wish – here’s a link –

Good luck!


Lynne H March 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Carol – thanks for the info. Before I experiment, I will try Whole Foods this Friday and if I can’t locate it I will try your suggestion – I would love to have them for Easter morning. Thanks again. Lynne


Laurie Barrie March 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I like the bite-size of these cinnamon rolls, and the orange frosting sounds delicious! I have a yummy recipe for gf cinnamon rolls, but I’m sure they take a little longer to make than the boxed variety! I’ll have to try Chebes cinnamon roll mix.


Carol Kicinski March 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hi Laurie, the Chebe mix is great when you don’t have a lot of time but want a lot of yummy flavor. Enjoy!


Jamie March 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm

I have been looking for advice on a gluten free diet and a friend told me to come here. So pleased she did. Your cinnamon rolls look delicious, I can’t wait to try them.


Carol Kicinski March 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Thanks Jamie! Good luck with your gf diet!


Erin March 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

I love cinnamon rolls so much and it’s good to know that I can make it easily using the Chebe Cinnamon Roll Mix. Can’t wait to try it, I also like the idea of the orange cream cheese frosting, I love to bake but I’ve never tried making this kind of frosting. Thanks to this recipe of yours, I now have an inspiration for the other types of frosting that I will make. :)


Carol Kicinski March 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Aww, thanks Erin!


Carl March 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

These look really good. Unfortunately I do not think I can get the Chebe mix where I live (3rd world country) right now. I usually am forced to make anything from scratch if I really want it healthy. The offsetting thing here is the food that already exists here is a lot more natural less processed though (and the fruits are dirt cheap!), so not having to cook quite as much as I used to.


Carol Kicinski March 29, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Hi Carl, eatting naturally gluten free foods, less processed is a really good thing!


Samantha March 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm

These look amazing!


Carol Kicinski April 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Thanks Samantha!


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