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Cinnamon Swirl Bread @themerythought

Cinnamon Swirl Bread with Cream Cheese Glaze

Rich cinnamon bread topped with a cream cheese glaze.

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert



  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3-1/4 cup bread flour


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, soft

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk


For the Dough:

  1. Add the warm milk & water to mixing bowl. Add yeast and let sit about 5 minutes to activate.

  2. Mix in sugar, salt and butter. Add flour and mix until combined and the dough comes together.

  3. Knead dough for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic, either by hand on a lightly floured surface or in a stand mixer with a dough hook on low speed. 

  4. Place dough in a large bowl lightly greased with oil, cover loosely with a towel and let rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size. 

For the filling:

  1. Remove dough from bowl and roll out into a 9”x 18” rectangle on a floured surface.

  2. Spread butter over rectangle, leaving about 1” border around the edges.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar & cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over butter.

  4. Roll up dough tightly into a 9-inch log. Pinch seam and ends to seal.

  5. Place into a greased 9”x5” loaf pan seam side down. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm place for about an hour, until the dough rises to the top of the pan. 

  6. Preheat oven to 350ºF. If desired, brush top of loaf with about 1 tablespoon melted butter. Bake about 40-45 minutes, until golden brown, and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then cool completely on wire rack. 

For the Glaze:

  1. Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. 

  2. Top warm slices of cinnamon bread with glaze. Enjoy!