Low Fat Cinnamon Rolls with a Vanilla Glaze

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Low Fat Cinnamon Rolls with a Vanilla Glaze


As I have previously mentioned, I have a house of picky eaters.The repetoire of what they like is small, so their tongues are usually  aimed and ready to fire off every excuse why they can’t eat my cooking when I present something new. Luckily, not only am I stubborn, but my Teflon suit has a double armor of coating for any ego breaking bullets.

With three previous cinnamon roll versions declined after one bite, this recipe with its vanilla glaze came out a winner. My boys loved the lightness of the glaze—no smothering of white goo, no glaze made of buttermilk or cream cheese just a little bit of powder sugar, vanilla powder and milk.

A few notes:
•  The recipe I have assembled has a spice flavoring. If you don’t like that, simply omit the allspice, nutmeg and cloves.
•  I don’t recommend making this in advance. Reheating this in the oven will dry it out and reheating it in the microwave will either make it mushy or rubbery.
•  To keep the glaze form being overly tinted I used vanilla powder.  If you do not have vanilla powder, vanilla extract will work fine.

Low Fat Cinnamon Rolls with a Vanilla Glaze

Makes 12 buns
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Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray.

Low Fat Cinnamon Rolls


¾ cups cottage cheese
1/3 cup buttermilk
¼ sugar
4tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
9 oz unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ ground allspice
¼ ground cloves
1/8 ground nutmeg
1 cup pecans (optional)

½ cup powder sugar
5 tablespoon whole milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract



1. Combine cottage cheese, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter and vanilla. Process until smooth, approximately 10 seconds. (See picture panel 1)
2. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and pulse in short bursts just until the dough clumps together. (See picture panel 2 and 3)
3. Lightly flour your surface and place dough on top. Knead with the heel of your hand 4-5 times. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into 12×15 inch rectangle.

1. Brush the dough with the melted butter, leaving ½ inch border unbuttered around the edges.
2. In a bowl combine all filling ingredients.
3.  Sprinkle the mixture over the buttered area. Pat flat and sprinkle nuts on top. (See picture panel 4)
4.  Starting at a long edge roll up the dough jelly roll style. Pinch the seams and leave the ends open.
5. Cut 12 equal pieces. Set pieces cut side up, in the prepared pan. Don’t worry about the small gaps. (See picture panel 5 and 6)
6. Bake for 20-28 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes.

1. In a bowl whisk all ingredients until smooth and pouring consistency.
2. Drizzle over rolls and serve.

Adapted from Fine Cooking magazine.


  1. says

    I have a love hate relationship with cinnamon rolls – I love them but yet they will make my face very round.. 😛 This is such an interesting recipe, I’ve never heard of cottage cheese being used in the dough and am very intrigued.
    .-= Su-yin´s last blog ..Yam cake (or kuih) =-.


  2. Kristy says

    Is the butter in the filling 1-1/2 tbsp?


    • Naomi replied: — June 16th, 2010 @ 4:25 am


      Yes. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’m changing it now.

      Happy Baking!


  3. says

    These look delicious Naomi! Of course if I made them I’d try to convince myself I could eat 3 since they had cottage cheese in them :)


  4. Domenica says

    Hi Naomi,

    My question is that for the sugar it says 1/4 sugar. What do you mean with 1/4? It’s 1/4 of …. (what) (tablespoons, cups, of bag, etc…)?

    BTW: They look awesome!!!!!! I hope they taste’s as good as they look. As soon as you respond I’ll bake them.



    • Naomi replied: — August 15th, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

      Domenica-Sorry for the delay, that’s 1/4 cup sugar.


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  8. says

    Well, I was super excited to try these since they didn’t have to sit and rise nor involve a lot of complicated kneading time….however I don’t know what 9 ounces of flour is supposed to come out to. It looked like a little over one C but then I had to keep adding and adding flour and it ended up really really doughy and didn’t roll up at all…basically turned into a cinnamon mess :( Even the mess is making my house smell delicious so I know they’d be good if I get the flour worked out. What would be an accurate measurement if I don’t have a scale for the flour? Don’t worry I’ll be buying one soon! Cheers.



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