Today’s recipe is for cinnamon roll whoopie pies filled with an easy cinnamon cream cheese buttercream frosting!
There is midwest gas station that I go to that has a great bakery. They make cinnamon rolls that have the most delicious cinnamon frosting on them. That frosting inspired me to try making my own version. Since I wanted to make cinnamon roll whoopie pies, I wanted my frosting to be more sturdy. Plus, I’ve had a lifelong obsession with buttercream so that had to be included and since cream cheese is the cinnamon roll frosting of choice that is in there too!
When I was a kid, the Target stores in our area sold baked goods from McGlynn Bakery. From what I remember, there was a small bakery counter at the front of the store where you could buy treats on your way out and they had huge frosted sugar cookies. You know, the kind with big piles of buttercream frosting in cute little shapes! I think they sold them for $1.00 a piece. I would save my money so that when I had the opportunity to go to Target with my mom, I could buy myself a frosted cookie! Yum!
These cinnamon roll whoopie pies start with Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls which makes things so much easier! I didn’t follow the instructions on the package about putting the rolls in a cake pan. Instead, I put them on a cookie sheet and baked them at 350°F for about 20 minutes.
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, I made the frosting. This frosting is like a heavy buttercream frosting with cream cheese added in. If you have been looking for a frosting that is heavy on the cream cheese, you’ve come to the wrong place. Start by whipping the butter then slowly adding in the powdered sugar. Once those two things are combined, add the cream cheese in four sections. Finally, mix in vanilla and cinnamon. This recipe made way more frosting than I needed for these 5 cinnamon rolls so only make half of the recipe if you don’t want leftovers. I asked Google if I could freeze buttercream frosting and found out that yes I can but it will need to be re-whipped after it thaws, so my leftover frosting is in the freezer.
Cream together butter and powdered sugar.
Cut cream cheese into four sections and beat into buttercream one section at a time.
Add vanilla and cinnamon.