Spicy Cinnamon Rolls

Now, this is a decadent dessert with just enough spice to warm the palate and enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more. Dare I say it? This simple spicy cinnamon rolls recipe results in a cinnamon bun even better than your favorite fast-food or store brand. And that extra spice (via cayenne pepper powder) just cranks up the addictiveness even higher.

Plan ahead. You will need some time on your hands to prepare this one; with two rising periods, you will need at least three hours to complete the recipe. You also have the option to freeze the cinnamon rolls after the second proofing time so you can cook them whenever you have guests. Add 5 minutes to the cooking time if cooking from frozen.

See these spicy cinnamon rolls being made

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Cinnamon Rolls with Extra

Spicy Cinnamon Rolls

This delicious rolls made bold with cayenne
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Proofing 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 20 Servings
Calories 354 kcal



  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package active yeast 2 ½ teaspoons
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground sea salt


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prepare the Dough

  • Heat the milk in a microwave for 1 minute.
  • Mix the sugar and butter together in a stand mixer with a dough hook on slow speed.
  • Slowly pour the milk into the mixer and add the yeast and eggs.
  • Mix for a few minutes then add flour and salt then leave on low for 10 minutes.
  • Set the dough aside to rise for 60 minutes or until doubled in size.

Making the Cinnamon Rolls

  • Prepare the filling by mixing the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper together (microwave for 20 seconds if needed to soften).
  • Roll the dough into a rectangle and spread the spicy cinnamon mixture gently over top.
  • Start to roll along the long edge and create a long cylinder shape ready to cut into rolls.
  • Grease a large, deep baking tray.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the rolled-up dough into slices around 1 inch in thickness then place them into the greased tray leaving a little space between each one to allow for rising.
  • Set aside for 1 hour to rise.

Baking the Cinnamon Rolls

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit then bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes or until turning golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, combine the creamed cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.
  • Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and smother with the cream cheese topping while still hot.
  • Allow to cool, then enjoy!


Calories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 275mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 587IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cayenne Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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