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Cardamom and Cinnamon Rolls with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting

Everyone loves a good cinnamon roll, am I right? That being said, it's always fun to put a new spin on a classic! Cardamom and cinnamon is not a new combo, but add a little bit of almond in there and you have the best of cinnamon rolls, kardemummabullar (Swedish cardamom buns) and almond croissants all in one!

Hopefully you all are doing well and staying safe and healthy as we start to adjust to a new normal with things reopening. If you're looking for a weekend activity to keep your kids entertained, or just something tasty to look forward to, I hope you give these at try!

Cardamom and Cinnamon Rolls with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes



  • 4 cups flour

  • 1 packet instant yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup warm water (~110F)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 1 stick butter, softened

  • 3 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp cardamom


  • 4 oz cream cheese

  • 3 tbsp butter, softened

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

  • 2 tsp almond extract

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a small bowl, combine the water and 1 tsp of sugar. Sprinkle the yeast on top and set aside for 5-10 minutes, until frothy.

  2. While the yeast activates, add the flour, remaining sugar, salt, eggs and butter to a medium sized bowl and stir to combine. Add the yeast mixture and mix thoroughly. Once your ingredients are well-combined, knead for 5-7 minutes.

  3. Shape your dough into a ball, place in a greased bowl and cover. Let proof for 1 hour (I like to use my proof setting on my oven).

  4. While your dough is proofing, make the filling. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon and cardamom. The mixture may appear runny, but it will thicken as the butter cools down again. Set aside,

  5. After your dough has risen, place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 24" x 16" rectangle.

  6. Spread your filling across your dough with the back of a spoon or a rubber spatula, until you have a smooth, even layer. Start rolling up your dough, starting from the 24" side, rolling tightly to create that classic cinnamon roll swirl.

  7. Using a serrated knife, cut your roll into 12 even pieces and place your rolls in a lightly greased 9"x13" baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350F.

  8. Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes, until golden brown.

  9. While your rolls are baking, make the frosting. Combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, cardamom and extracts and whisk to combine.

  10. Once your rolls are done, let cool for 10 minutes, then top each roll with a dollop of frosting and spread out with a spoon.

  11. Enjoy!


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