The Best Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Breads and Muffins  |  Published Sep 16, 2019  |  Updated Sep 13, 2020  |  By Tawnie

cinnamon rolls made with blueberries

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Creating these cinnamon rolls from scratch:

Have you ever made homemade cinnamons rolls before?

Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t hard to make. The take a little more time than, let’s say, cinnamons rolls you buy in a can but if you have a slow afternoon and feel like baking these fluffy and soft cinnamon rolls are for you!

The cinnamon swirl with the blueberry filling sets this recipe apart from the rest. Plus, the recipe makes extra sauce so you can spoon some on top when serving to your guests, friends or family!

blueberry sauce in a pyrex glass bowl

Blueberry Nutrition & Facts:

Blueberries are a staple in my house because they are a good source of fiber, are a convenient food that can be eaten on the go and are a good source of Vitamin C.

Fiber is an important nutrient that aids in our digestion and may help with keeping us satiated.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps the body absorb iron from plant-based foods.

The Body also needs vitamin C to make collagen, a protein required to help heal wounds.

Did you know fresh blueberries last at least 10 days in the fridge and frozen are best used within 10 months?

homemade blueberry sauce lathered on soft cinnamon roll dough from scratch

Like fresh blueberries, frozen blueberries are a good source of fiber, and only have 80 calories per cup.

Did you know frozen blueberries are picked at the peak of ripeness and are individually quick-frozen? This helps to preserve their taste, durability and nutritional components.

Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch Ingredients

For the blueberry sauce

  • Fresh blueberries (or frozen works too!)
  • Orange Juice
  • Sugar
  • Corn starch & water
soft cinnamon rolls from scratch

For the dough:

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Egg

For the cinnamon sugar filling

  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter

Optional Lemon Glaze:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Milk (or heavy cream or half & half)
cinnamon rolls from scratch with blueberry sauce on top

How to make cinnamon rolls from scratch:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, sugar and orange juice . Cook until blueberries begin to break down and then add the corn starch/water mixture. Cook until mixture thickens. Blueberries won’t be completely broken down, that’s how it should look! Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. For the dough, heat the milk in a small saucepan just until it bubbles, then remove from heat and stir in the butter until it melts. Let the milk and butter cool for 5 minutes.
  3. In a bowl of an electric mixer with the flat beater, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, sugar and salt. Add in the milk and butter mixture, water and egg. Beat well.
  4. Add in the remaining flour ½ cup at a time. Dough will be thick. When dough has pulled together, switch out the flat beater for the dough hook and knead dough for 5 minutes.
  5. You will know when the dough is ready when it feels tacky but doesn’t stick to your fingers. If still sticking, add 1 Tbsp. flour and knead again.
  6. Cover dough with plastic wrap or a warm cloth and let rise on the counter for 40 minutes. Dough will double in size.
  7. Then on a lightly floured surface (I like to use a marble slab) roll out the dough into 12×9 inch rectangle. I like to use the 13×9 inch baking dish as a guide.
cinnamon rolls from scratch with blueberry sauce on top on a white plate
cinnamon rolls from scratch with blueberry sauce on top on a white plate
  1. Use a pastry brush to slather the dough with butter (leave a ¼ inch boarder) and then combine the cinnamon & brown sugar and generous sprinkle on the dough.
  2. Spread ½ cup of the blueberry sauce over the dough. Carefully roll the dough up into a log as tight as possible and pinch the edges to seal. Dough is very soft, work gently and carefully. It’s okay if some of the filling oozes out!
  3. Trim off the uneven edges and cut clean slices with a sharp knife – you will have about 12 cinnamon rolls from this batch.
  4. Place the cut side up in your 13×9 inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick baking spray.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise again for 20-30 minutes. Dough will once again double in size!
  5. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool (If you can wait!).
  6. Once cooled, you can whisk together the ingredients for the glaze and drizzle over the top with more of the remaining blueberry sauce.
cinnamon rolls from scratch with blueberry sauce on top on a white plate

Why the dough is sticky/loose and how do I handle it?

If you follow the directions exactly from above and take the dough straight into make the rolls your dough will be very loose and sticky.

The rolls won’t look perfect in shape, but that’s OK!!

Sprinkle flour both on top and under the dough to help work with the dough, and to help ease your frustration.

Plus, some of the blueberry sauce might ooze out. That’s OK too, there is plenty leftover to spoon on top when you serve them.

How to reheat cinnamon rolls:

This is a question I get asked often. Because cinnamon rolls come out of the oven soft and pillow-like, but once they set they become rock hard.

Reheat them in a toaster oven or in your oven at 350° F for 10 minutes or in the microwave for about 45 seconds.

fresh homemade cinnamon rolls with blueberry sauce on top

How to store cinnamon rolls:

Cover them with foil and store on the counter and eat within a few days.

Or, cover and place in fridge. They will harden this way so be sure to use the reheating instructions above when you want to snack on one later!

Can I make cinnamon rolls in advance?

Yes! You can prep your cinnamon rolls all the way up to rolling them and putting them in your greased pan. Then let the cinnamon rolls proof in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake the next day.

cinnamon rolls from scratch with blueberry sauce on top on a white plate

OR…

Simply assemble them in the greased pan like you would if you were baking right away, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and freeze. When you’re ready to bake, remove them from the freezer, and allow them to thaw to room temperature. This may take 1-2 hours. Then bake according to the recipe instructions!

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cinnamon rolls made with blueberries
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The Best Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

Elevate your cinnamon rolls by adding blueberries to the mix. These blueberry cinnamon rolls are extra soft and have the most delicious blueberry filling. Your entire family will love them!
4.84 from 25 reviews
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls

Ingredients

For the blueberry sauce:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (or frozen)
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp. water

For the dough:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 (.25 oz.) package Platinum Yeast (active dry yeast)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup water

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. softened butter

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
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Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, sugar and orange juice . Cook until blueberries begin to break down and then add the corn starch/water mixture. Cook until mixture thickens. Blueberries won’t be completely broken down, that’s how it should look! Remove from heat and set aside.
  • For the dough, heat the milk in a small saucepan just until it bubbles, then remove from heat and stir in the butter until it melts. Let the milk and butter cool for 5 minutes. (Note: The milk should never get too hot, if it does wait for it to cool to 110°F. If milk being added into yeast gets too hot (120°F+) it can kill the yeast and your dough won’t rise.
  • In a bowl of an electric mixer with the flat beater, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add in the milk and butter mixture, water and egg. Beat well.
  • Add in the remaining flour (1 cup) ½ cup at a time. Dough will be thick. When dough has pulled together, switch out the flat beater for the dough hook and knead dough for 5 minutes.
  • You will know when the dough is ready when it feels tacky but doesn’t stick to your fingers. If still sticking, add 1 Tbsp. flour and knead again.
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap or a warm cloth and let rise on the counter for 40-60 minutes. Dough will double in size.
  • Then on a lightly floured surface (I like to use a marble slab) roll out the dough into 12×9 inch rectangle. I like to use the 9×13 inch baking dish as a guide.
    Use a pastry brush to slather the dough with softened butter (leave a ¼ inch boarder) and then combine the cinnamon & brown sugar and generous sprinkle on the dough.
  • Spread about ½ cup of the blueberry sauce over the dough. Carefully roll the dough up into a log as tight as possible and pinch the edges to seal. Dough is very soft, work gently and carefully. It’s okay if some of the filling oozes out!
  • Trim off the uneven edges and cut clean slices with a sharp knife – you will have about 12 cinnamon rolls from this batch. Place then cut side up in your 9×13 inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick baking spray.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise again for 20-30 minutes. Dough will once again double in size!
  • Bake in the oven at 350° F for 18-20 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool (If you can wait!). Once cooled, you can whisk together the ingredients for the glaze and drizzle over the top with more of the remaining blueberry sauce.

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Notes

  • If you do not have blueberries and are wanting to make “regular” cinnamon rolls, increase the filling measurements to:
    • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar (dark or light)
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • If you don’t have orange juice, you can sub with lemon juice, cranberry juice, pomegranate juice or even simply water. 
 
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Maria
1 year ago

First time reader long time Baker here, I just want to know what kind of flour should I use? All purpose or bread?

Lisa
1 year ago

I was really wanting to make these but then I saw that there are no measurements for the ingredients. Is there a more detailed recipe somewhere?

Jewel
1 year ago

I sooo wanted to make these! Unfortunately, we do not have blueberries or frozen blueberries sold in our local market here in our country. Is it okay to use those in cans?

Brianne
1 year ago

I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a recipe before, but I needed to for this one, because holy cr**! These are one of the best things I’ve ever tasted! No changes needed. They’re simply mind blowing.

Katerina I Once a Foodie
1 year ago

These are good looking rolls! I love cinnamon and I love blueberries but I never thought to pair them – what a great idea!

Andrea
2 years ago

I’m drooling over here. The blueberry sauce sounds amazing!

Tisha
2 years ago

OMG!! I’m drooling These looks absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to try this blueberry cinnamon roll recipe! They wont’ last long

kim
2 years ago

This recipe is absolutely wonderful! The flavor is delicious and they were way easier than I thought they would be.

Raia Todd
2 years ago

Oh my goodness. You’re killing me. I have to have these now!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
2 years ago

What a delicious combination! I love cinnamon rolls anyway but to add blueberry too – super tasty!

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