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.

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34 Responses to “Low Fat Cinnamon Rolls with a Vanilla Glaze”

  1. #
    Cherine — June 15, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    mmm looks yummy!
    .-= Cherine´s last blog ..Kafta in a tray – kafta bel sanniyeh =-.


  2. #
    Joanne — June 15, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    Can I get one of those teflon armor suit things for when I cook for my father? Do they sell them at K-Mart?

    I don’t know how anyone could deny a cinnamon roll, especially ones that look this amazing. I love the spice mix inside. And cottage cheese? Really? I’m intrigued.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Strawberry Shortcakes with Balsamic and Black Pepper Syrup – Have the Cake =-.


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    Su-yin — June 15, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    I have a love hate relationship with cinnamon rolls – I love them but yet they will make my face very round.. :P 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) =-.


  4. #
    Mary — June 15, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

    Those both sound and look delicious! A must try… especially since I love “treats” for breakfast!!

    Delightful Bitefuls
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Brazilian Shrimp Soup =-.


  5. #
    LESLIE — June 15, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

    Holy Cow these look good!


  6. #
    Steph — June 15, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    What an interesting recipe! I’ve never seen a recipe like this. They look fantastic!
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Tequila-Lime Chicken =-.


  7. #
    Michelle — June 15, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

    Looks wonderful!
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Chocolate and ginger scones =-.


  8. #
    Lynne @ CookandBeMerry — June 15, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    I saw your photo on TasteSpotting and…oooh baby…it stopped me right in my tracks. That is one of the most delicious things I have ever seen!! I’m printing out the recipe right now.


  9. #
    Kristy — June 16, 2010 @ 1:20 am

    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!


  10. #
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — June 16, 2010 @ 2:50 am

    I love cottage cheese and these look amazing! Gorgeous photo…now I *need* a cinnamon roll!!!
    .-= Jamie | My Baking Addiction´s last blog ..Chocolate Chip Cupcakes & An Interview =-.


  11. #
    Tracey — June 16, 2010 @ 3:05 am

    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 :)


  12. #
    Aparna — June 16, 2010 @ 3:08 am

    I saw these rolls at Foodgawker and the they looked good especially with the “low-fat” tag. :)
    This should satisfy my daughter’s taste buds and my attempt at cooking “healthy”. :)
    We love cottage cheese, so that should help.
    .-= Aparna´s last blog ..Cucumber Pachadi (Cucumber in Spiced Yogurt) And Mujadara (Lentils and Caramelized Onion Pilaf) =-.


  13. #
    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — June 16, 2010 @ 4:02 am

    Hey Naomi!

    Gorgeous cinnamon rolls you’ve got there… and it never occurred to me to bake with cottage cheese (I don’t enjoy it in it’s raw form, either).

    Just had to say hello. :)

    .-= Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro´s last blog ..The Mighty Blue 9.5g Fiber Salad =-.


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    Anne @ the doctor takes a wife — June 16, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

    These look so awesome. I love cinnamon rolls but rarely make them for fear of eating the entire pan… but I might be able to get away with it with these lovelies. Eating the pan, that is ;)


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    Oswaldo Schroeder — December 3, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    this was a very entertaining read. i enjoyed it very much!


  16. #
    Domenica — July 16, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    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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    Vale — July 19, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    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.


  22. #
    Samantha — March 23, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Did you cook this is a non stick pan or a greased pan? What size also?


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    Jan — February 16, 2015 @ 7:21 am

    Hi. Looks like a recipe I can try. Tell me what kind of cottage cheese do you use? Creamy or dry?


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