Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls | Ashlee Marie

maple bacon cinnamon rolls


It doesn’t get much better than breads! And cinnamon rolls are pretty much a perfect food. By adding bacon into these cinnamon rolls and maple into the cream cheese frosting you’re adding a little savory to the sweet and making something already delicious even better!

What I think about Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

I think I’ve established over the years that I love maple bacon recipes. These cinnamon rolls are just the latest and honestly probably my favorite ever!

I’m one of those people who likes adding syrup to my sausage so it’s really no surprise that these maple bacon cinnamon rolls are my all time favorite breakfast foods!

Soft, sweet cinnamon rolls with diced crispy, salty bacon and topped with a maple cream cheese frosting – I’m drooling just thinking about them!

Just take me to the cinnamon roll recipe already!

If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for the perfect cinnamon roll, and get straight to baking this maple bacon cinnamon goodness — scroll to the bottom of the page where you’ll find the printable recipe card.

maple bacon cinnamon roll recipe

Tips for the perfect maple bacon cinnamon roll

-My first tip for all yeast breads – add half the flour first, mix until the dough is smooth and slowly add more flour 1/2 C at a time until the dough starts to pull away and clean the sides. This will keep your dough fluffy vs dense and tough.

-the larger you roll out the dough the more swirls you’ll have, they will also be thinner swirls so it’s up to you – thicker and less swirls or more, thinner swirls. Personally I like more swirls for more cinnamon and bacon.

-Don’t skimp on the cinnamon sugar filling, I like mine fairly thick, it means more of a mess when cutting the rolls and placing them but it also means a more gooey filling – which is a win for me.

-Don’t skimp on the rise time – when the recipe says let rise until double I mean it – even if it takes longer than the estimated time – the temperature, altitude and weather will all effect the rise time.

-Finally – do you use a glaze or frosting for cinnamon rolls? Personally I like cream cheese frosting. I like the thick creamy frosting spread all over the cinnamon rolls and melting into all the swirls. The glaze is just not enough for me – sweetness without flavor.

maple bacon cinnamon rolls process

To make these cinnamon rolls you’ll need

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

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maple bacon homemade cinnamon rolls process

If you loved these maple bacon cinnamon rolls, you’ll love these other Maple Bacon recipes!

Maple Bacon Cheesecake | Maple Bacon Cupcakes | Maple Bacon Fudge

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maple bacon homemade cinnamon rolls

To watch me make 5 different cinnamon rolls and talk about how to tweak the base recipe to create any flavor play the video in the recipe card. You can find all my cooking show style recipe videos on YouTube, or my short recipe videos on Facebook Watch, or my Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

maple bacon cinnamon roll

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: American

Keyword: cinnamon roll recipe, cinnamon rolls, homemade cinnamon rolls, maple bacon, maple bacon cinnamon roll

Servings: 12 cinnamon rolls

Calories: 808 kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie



  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C water warmed, between 100 and 120.
  • 8 Tbsp butter melted
  • 3/4 cup whole milk warmed
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 lrg egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 C all purpose flour plus more for dusting counters

Cinnamon/Sugar Layer

  • 8 Tbsp butter softened
  • 3/4 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 12 slices thick center cut bacon


  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese softened
  • 4 Tbsp butter softened
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp maple


  1. bake the bacon 375 degrees 15 mins, stop before it gets crisp then chop

  2. lightly stir the yeast, sugar and warm water together in the bottom of your mixing bowl

  3. let sit 5-10 mins (until double is size) to activate the yeast

  4. With the mixer on low add the milk, butter, sugar, egg and salt – mix until smooth.

  5. Add the flour 1/2 C at a time (you might not need the full 5th C) until the dough starts to pull away from the sides and clean the bowl – do not over add flour – it will end up too dense.

  6. now beat/knead until the dough stretches without tearing.

  7. Pour it into a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel and let rise, someplace warm, until doubled in size, about 60 mins.

  8. flour your counter top and pour the dough on to it, knead it LIGHTLY and roll it out into a long rectangle, about 15×26 inches. You want it thin, that will give you more twists, about 1/4 inch thick

  9. cover the dough from edge to edge with the soft butter. Use it all, don’t be stingy.

  10. mix the sugars and cinnamon and cover the dough entirely, again use it all, it will be thick.

  11. sprinkle the chopped bacon over the top, spread evenly

  12. Starting at one of the 15 inch sides roll it up.

  13. slice into 12 rolls, 1 1/4 inch thick

  14. place the rolls in a 9×13 pan let and rise slightly, until poofy, about 30-45 mins.

  15. Preheat the oven to 350

  16. bake 18-23 mins

  17. When it’s golden brown and doesn’t feel squishy anymore it’s done!

  18. Beat the frosting ingredients together until smooth and spread across the top

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Man Catching New Orleans Beignets – Disney Princess Tiana | Ashlee Marie

cafe du monde beignet new orleans


It’s easy to make these Authentic New Orleans Beignets! Fluffy, light and delicious these homemade fried beignets taste amazing.

How to make Beignets!

When it came time to pick a recipe to represent Tiana for our disney princess spa party there was NO question I was making Beignet’s! This goes right along with my other Disney Copycat recipes. Ever since I first watched Princess and the frog I was dying to try authentic New Orleans Beignets. So when I went to Disneyland this year my daughter and I hit up the Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Kitchen and shared a bag… EVERY SINGLE DAY. Seriously these are SO good.

I’ve tried a few different recipes trying to really get these right, and on man was it worth it! You want the dough to be soft, slightly sticky and have a nice stretch.  You want to be careful not to add too much flour and to knead it long enough to get the dough the stretch and strength you need. 

Just take me to the Perfect Beignet Recipe!

If you’d rather skip my tips and tricks for making the dough and get straight to this delicious fried dough recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

What Equipment I use to make the perfect Beignet recipe

  • Good Mixer – I like my Bosch Universal Mixer for breads and doughs (well for everything)
  • Rolling pin – I like a french rolling pin!
  • Pizza cutter – seriously the best way to cut the dough, knifes tend to stick and pull
  • Electric skillet – you can of course use a sauce pan, or deep fryer – but I like the shallow electric skillet best
  • Oil – you want an oil that can handle the heat of frying – use anything you like I tend to stick with vegetable oil or canola oil
  • Paper Towels and/or newspapers – great for soaking up the oil after frying the dough
  • Sugar Shaker – I like this oxo dusting wand

Copycat Cafe Du Monde Beignet Recipe

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If you love Beignets you’ll love these other decadent fried recipes too!

To watch a video of me making my classic cheesecake check the video under the recipe card.

easy homemade beignets

Tradition New Orleans Style Beignets Recipe

these beignets are super simple to make and oh so delicious – a fluffy light dough square fried and covered in powdered sugar! 

Course: bread, Desserts

Cuisine: American, new orleans

Keyword: beignets, fried beignets, new orleans beignets

Servings: 50 beignets

Calories: 248 kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie


  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C evaporated milk
  • 6 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1/4 C shortening
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar


  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the warm water, sugar and yeast and stir. Let it proof for 5 minutes.

  2. In your mixer (using your whisks) combine the eggs, evaporated milk and salt, beat until combined.
  3. With the mixer on low, add in the yeast mixture to the egg mixture.

  4. Still mixing on low add in 2 C of the bread flour..

  5. Add the shortening in and continue to mix

  6. Switch to your dough hook then add the remaining 3 1/2 cups bread flour.

  7. If you have a bosch keem mixing the dough on med until smooth (if you don’t then you can hand knead).

  8. Grease a bowl and place the dough inside, cover with a damp towel, set the bowl in a warm area and let it rise for 2 hours, it should double in size.

  9. Sprinkle your counter with a ton of flour, the dough wil be crazy sticky. Place the dough on top , sprinkle more flour on top and roll out the dough to 1/4? thick. (don’t knead in the flour, just use it to keep the dough from sticking to the counter or rolling pin)

  10. Slice into 2 inch squares with a pizza cutter.

  11. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven until the temperature reaches 350 degrees.

  12. Then place a few dough squares at a time in the hot oil and watch the magic happen! It’s AWESOME

  13. Turn them at least once so they don’t burn on one side. Cook about 1 1/2-2 mins on each side

  14. When you remove them, place them on a cooling rack over a papper towel/newspaper

  15. Dust with a light layer (or heavy layer) of powdered sugar
  16. Serve warm!

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Red and Green Pesto Star Bread Recipe – video tutorial | Ashlee Marie

an easy to make pesto star bread - video tutorial


This is a sponsored post for HemisFares™ brand that is available exclusively at Kroger family of stores.  All opinions are honest and 100% my own

It’s super easy to make this Pesto Star Bread. A simple, soft dough with both red and green pestos and a little cheesy goodness.  You can also swap out the pesto for other savory or sweet fillings.

I love anything Italian, no seriously can’t think of a dish I don’t enjoy or even love! Pastas, fresh sauces, cheese, breads… gelato!!! It’s hard to go wrong with an Italian dish.  But I had no idea there was such a thing as RED pesto! It’s AMAZING!

When I was asked to create a recipe using this HemisFares Pesto I immediately thought of a bread. I was planning on creating a basic braid – but then I recalled this star bread and thought “perfect”.  So I ran to my local Smiths grocery store to pick up the Pesto and low and behold there was the classic green, and right next to it this red pesto! I had to get both and give them a try!

red and green pesto braided bread

So the green pesto is made with classic ingredients like genovese basil, olive oil, pine nuts, salt, cheese and garlic – oh boy is it delicious! I thought I HAVE to make the bread with this one. THEN I tried the red pesto – with ingredients like cherry tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, basil and herbs and I fell in love.  I decided in the end to use a little of both, two red layers and one green.  But you can personalize this using one or the other or a mix like me.

The bread is of course impressive by itself – but using both colors really makes it pop.  And while it looks tricky it’s actually super easy to make! it’s 4 round layers of dough with the pesto in between – then a few cuts and twists and voila – a beautiful star bread everyone will rave about!

It was also a HUGE hit with my kiddos.  Seriously they finished it off in like 5 mins flat and then asked for another one.  Def going to be one we make over and over again! I probably could have eaten the whole thin myself I enjoyed it that much… But dang it all my kids could smell it coming out of the oven and all came running.

pesto star bread

If you love bread you’ll love these other decadent recipes and tutorials too!

To watch me make this pesto star bread along with a sweet nutella version play the recipe video in the recipe card

Red and green pesto star bread

Red and Green Pesto Star Bread Recipe – video tutorial

It’s super easy to make this Pesto Star Bread. A simple, soft dough with both red and green pestos and a little cheesy goodness.  You can also swap out the pesto for other savory or sweet fillings.

Course: Appetizer, bread

Cuisine: American

Keyword: pesto bread, star bread

Servings: 16 wedges

Calories: 120 kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie


  • 1 C whole milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C butter softened
  • 2 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 jar Hemisfares Pesto or 1 of each to use both red – find 49 – and green – 50
  • 1/2 C italian blend cheese
  • 1 Egg slightly beaten
  • Course salt optional


  1. In in your mixing bowl with a dough hook add yeast, sugar and warm milk (about 40 seconds in the microwave to get it to 110 degrees), let sit for 10 mins.

  2. then add the butter, salt and 2 C flour and mix until the dough comes together and starts to clean the sides – add more flour if needed just 2 Tbsp at a time, don’t add too much flour – you’ll end up with tough dough.

  3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and flip to coat both sides, then cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

  4. punch down and divide into four equal balls.

  5. Roll each ball out to 10-12 inches and use a plate cut circles.

  6. spread the 1/3rd of the pesto onto a circle then 1/3rd of the cheese, repeat leaving the 4th final circle blank

  7. place a 2 inch cutter or glass in the center of the circle – this is to mark where your NOT going to cut. cut the circle into 16 wedges

  8. twist every two wedges the opposite direction then pinch together – repeat around

  9. let rise 15 mins

  10. preheat oven to 400

  11. brush with the beaten egg, sprinkle on salt if desired

  12. bake 15-18 mins

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