Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time33 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 (7.5 ounce) package Chebe Cinnamon Roll Mix
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed or other neutral flavored oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 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.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 141mg6%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. March 22, 2013

    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!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 23, 2013

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

  2. Lynne H
    March 24, 2013

    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

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 25, 2013

      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!

      1. Lynne H
        March 25, 2013

        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

  3. March 24, 2013

    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.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 25, 2013

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

  4. March 25, 2013

    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.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 29, 2013

      Thanks Jamie! Good luck with your gf diet!

  5. March 25, 2013

    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. :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 29, 2013

      Aww, thanks Erin!

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  7. March 28, 2013

    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.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 29, 2013

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

  8. March 29, 2013

    These look amazing!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      April 3, 2013

      Thanks Samantha!

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