Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream

Maggie Who?

DH and I like to treat ourselves once in a while to ice cream at Maggie Moo’s, a popular chain that has several stores in the greater San Juan area.  They have a lot of ice cream flavors, as well as treats to mix into them.  My ‘usual’ order is butter pecan ice cream, mixed with pecans and caramel sauce.  Eduardo is partial to the Cinnamoo Bun: their suggested mix of cinnamon ice cream, cookie dough, and crushed graham crackers.  While this combination is pretty tasty, I wanted to try to make a true cinnamon roll ice cream.  When my siblings and I were kids, Mama would take us to the Tiendita Pepín (the accompanying store for the Flowers Bakeries affiliate in Puerto Rico) to stock up on cinnamon rolls, jelly rolls, doughnuts… all fresh from the factory.  We were pretty spoiled back then with all those sweets!  I had the habit of unrolling the cinnamon rolls and eating them in the tiniest bites, trying to stretch their sweet and spicy goodness for as long as I could.      

While looking around for cinnamon roll ice cream recipes, I came across several Ben & Jerry’s inspired posts that combined salted caramel ice cream with cinnamon roll bits.  I decided to prepare Eat Real’s Cinnamon Brown Sugar Ice Cream, toss in iced cinnamon roll bits (as described in other recipes) and swirl a brown sugar and cinnamon sauce.  The ice cream base was not cloying at all, which made it a great foil to the sugary extras.

The Ice Cream Base
(adapted from Eat Real)

  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt

Combine the half-and-half, the cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a sauce pan over moderate heat until it begins to bubble gently (scalding point).  The sugar should dissolve into the cream.  It’s okay if the cinnamon floats to the top. While this mixture warms up, prepare an ice bath and nestle a bowl with a fine mesh strainer in it (where the custard will be transferred to cool off)

  • 5 egg yolks at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Whisk together the yolks and sugar.  When the cream mixture is scalded, add a ladlefull of into the egg yolks, and whip vigorously to temper them.   Add a bit more custard, whisk, and then add the yolk mixture into the saucepan.  Continue stirring to prevent the egg from curdling, and cook until the custard coats the back of a spoon.  Strain the mix into the bowl sitting in the ice bath, and cool off the custard before storing in the refrigerator.  The mixture should chill for at least six hours before freezing.

The Cinnamon Roll Bits

  • 1 tube pre-made cinnamon rolls (regular size)

Preheat the oven to 400F°.  Grease a glass pan and arrange the cinnamon rolls per the package directions.  Bake for 12 minutes (one minute less than the suggested time).  Allow the rolls to cool enough to be handled.  With a serrated knife, slice off the browned tops and bottoms from the rolls, slicing the rest into doughy cubes.  Toss the cubes with the packaged icing in a microwave safe bowl – you may want to warm it for about 15-20 seconds to make sure the icing is evenly distributed.  The cinnamon roll cubes will compact as they absorb the icing.

The Swirl

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon flour

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the sugar, the cinnamon and one tablespoon of heavy cream.  Let the sauce bubble for about a minute to ensure the brown sugar melts into the butter and cream.  Remove from the heat, and whisk in the flour and remaining tablespoon of cream.  Set side to cool.

Putting it Together

Freeze ice cream according to manufacturer’s instructions.  On the last minute of freezing time, add the cinnamon roll bits into the ice cream.  Scoop a third of the ice cream into the storage container and layer a third of the sauce, repeating until using all the sauce.  With a knife, draw a circle to distribute the sauce in the ice cream.  Using a tight fitting lid, seal the ice cream container and transfer it to the freezer for at least four hours before enjoying.

This ice cream is part of the delicious Letz Relish event from Tasty Appetite featuring different ice cream flavors!  Go check it out!



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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

19 Responses to “Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream”

  1. ainegueaicila
    May 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    That is one of my fave desserts, and made into ice cream…awesomeness!! 😉

  2. yummychunklet
    May 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    This looks like a great ice cream recipe to try! Can’t wait to crack open my new Cuisinart ice cream maker for this!

  3. Emily @ Life on Food
    May 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    Oh my goodness! Cinnamon rolls are my favorite. I cannot imagine them in ice cream form. I would love to try this!

  4. Valerie (Love through the stomach...)
    May 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Oooooohhhhh. I love cinnamon rolls and I love ice cream so this is a perfect combo! Will definitely try it some time soon!

  5. Meghan
    May 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    This ice cream looks sinful and oh so good!!!

  6. Yuri
    May 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    This looks amazing, Adriana! I have never used my ice cream maker, can you believe it? My bf would love this ice cream. He’s obsessed with cinnamon rolls 🙂

  7. Christine
    May 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Wow! Sounds amazing!

  8. Carolyn
    May 31, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow, this sounds fantastic, what a great flavour of ice cream. I used to eat my cinnamon buns the same way, rolling them out!

  9. Ryan
    June 1, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Oh wow, this looks heavenly! I was so close to buying an ice cream maker that was really cheap at Costco the other day and now I’m kicking myself!!! I may have to go back and get it just so I can make this delicious looking ice cream! I love that it has real bits of cinnamon rolls in it. Divine!

    June 1, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    I love making my own ice cream! Thank you for this recipe… I will definitely try it. I love adding new ice cream recipes to my repertoire. 🙂

  11. kitchenarian
    June 1, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    It is definitely time to pull out the ice cream machine so I can make this. What a great recipe.

  12. Elaine
    June 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Oh, wow, Adriana. I am going to try this recipe in my new ice cream maker. It looks delicious!

  13. Vicki @ WITK
    June 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    This looks amazing! I’m loving the bits of actual cinnamon roll mixed in, I would like a large bowl of this right now!

  14. LaPhemmePhoodie
    June 3, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    I received an ice cream maker for Christmas and have yet to do anything with it. I think I need to break it out and give this recipe a try. Hard part will be not eating the cinnamon roll before it goes into the ice cream.

  15. natalie
    June 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Oooh, that looks incredible! And if I remember my Maggie Moo’s correctly, they have the ice cream cupcake thingys that look like Hostess cupcakes, right? I used to go crazy over those! 🙂

  16. Adriana
    June 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    You remember right, Natalie!  I have been successful at ignoring those cupcakes.  They look so good!

  17. Jay
    June 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    super fab..! I have added this to my must try folder..Thanks dear for linking it to my event..looking forward more of your yummies..:)Tasty AppetiteEvent: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

  18. Eftychia
    June 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Delicious ice cream. Thanks for sharing!


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