Cinnamon Roll Icing Recipe

A fluffy cinnamon roll needs its perfect topping! This Cinnamon Roll Icing Recipe has the best texture and the perfect amount of sweetness.

This Cinnamon Roll Icing recipe is a necessity on freshly baked Cinnamon Rolls, but could also be used on Donut Muffins, a Sweet Breakfast Casserole, or Banana Bars! It’s very versatile.

Cinnamon roll icing recipe on top of cinnamon rolls.

Icing for cinnamon rolls

To eat a Cinnamon Roll without a thick layer of cream cheese icing on top should be illegal. Icing completes the cinnamon roll and makes it finger-lickin’ good.

I love to smooth the icing on top of my fresh-out-of-the-oven Famous Cinnamon Rolls or Nutella Rolls. Making sure it seeps into every nook and cranny is the best part!

No part of the cinnamon roll should go untouched by icing (just my personal opinion but I think you’ll agree with me.)

This Cinnamon Roll Icing Recipe is the easiest icing recipe ever. Just 4 simple ingredients and a few minutes will turn into icing heaven! A little butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk (or half n half) are all you need.

Cinnamon Roll icing recipe for cinnamon rolls in a white bowl.

how to make cinnamon roll Icing

Room temperature ingredients. Begin by gathering together your ingredients. Make sure the butter and cream cheese are both softened, not melted, and not still cold from the fridge. Leave on the counter for at least 45 minutes before making the icing.

MIX. In a medium mixing bowl, Mix together ingredients and beat until smooth. Do this with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.

our favorite cinnamon roll recipes:

This Icing for Cinnamon Rolls is thicker than a glaze, but not as thick as frosting. It is the perfect addition to Homemade Cinnamon Rolls or to top quick bread or muffins. Some of my favorite cinnamon roll recipes include: 

Recipe Tips

Flavor variations.

  • Add a little cinnamon to the icing for an extra pop of spice.
  • Make these during the fall and add a little Pumpkin Pie Spice. It adds the cinnamon but also the flavors of fall we love so much.
  • Leave out the cream cheese. Just add in more butter and a little vanilla extract. Mix until you get the right consistency before spreading.

Texture. Use the confectioners’ sugar or milk to adjust the thickness of this icing. Thin the icing with a little bit of milk or half n half. Thicken the mixture using powdered sugar. 

When to frost. When to add Cinnamon Roll Icing to your rolls is a personal preference. I add a thin layer of icing when the rolls are still hot causing the icing to melt into the nooks and crannies. Once the rolls have cooled, top them with a layer that will stay in place.

Storing Info

STORE the icing. To make it ahead of time, keep it covered in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks until ready to use, or freeze it for 3-4 months.

Let it sit on the counter to soften before spreading it over your Cinnamon Rolls.

STORE Cinnamon Rolls. Due to the cream cheese, the frosted Cinnamon Rolls can be kept at room temperature overnight but should be refrigerated for longer storage. FREEZE frosted Cinnamon Rolls for up to 8 weeks. 

Close up of cinnamon roll icing recipe on top of cinnamon rolls.

For more frosting recipes:

Cinnamon Roll Icing Recipe

5 from 26 votes
A fluffy cinnamon roll needs its perfect topping! This Cinnamon Roll Icing Recipe has the best texture and the perfect amount of sweetness.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 183 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • milk or half and half: enough to make it a spreadable consistency.


  • Mix together in a medium bowl and beat until smooth. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.


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  1. 5 stars
    I could just eat this by the spoonful, haha! Thanks for such an easy recipe to follow with only a few ingredients.

  2. 5 stars
    This is perfect for my daughter! She love cinnamon rolls and she’ll definitely love this recipe for them! Can’t wait to show him!

  3. 5 stars
    Officially my new go to recipe for icing. My wife made cinnamon rolls last night and drizzled some icing that disappeared the following day. I asked if she was going to put icing on the rolls. She told me she already did. Confused and disappointed, I searched for a recipe myself and yours seemed the easiest. Not only was I thrilled but I impressed the wifey too! Win win all around. Thank you for sharing and God bless.

  4. 5 stars
    Made carrot cake in a bunt pan used your cream cheese frosting! Knocked it out of the park!! Thank for the recipe it was quick easy and fun!!!