Walnut cinnamon rolls


  • Dough:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Walnut Date Filling:

  • 1 1/4 cups  Snack Primal blueberry flavored walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 /2 cup heavy cream


  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Turn heat off heat and add milk; Pour into bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook attachment. Sprinkle yeast over the surface and stir once; allow to bloom for one minute.

Add sugar, salt and egg; mix on low until incorporated. Add flour and beat for 5 minutes or until a smooth dough forms and pulls away from sides of bowl and leaves a small trail on bottom of the bowl.

Grease a large bowl and transfer dough to bowl; cover and let stand in a warm area for 2 hours or until dough has doubled in size.

While dough is rising, chop walnuts in food processor; remove and set aside.

Add dates, butter, cinnamon, salt, and honey; pulse to chop dates. With the food processor running, add boiling water a tablespoon at a time until a soft paste forms.

Transfer dough to a clean, lightly floured work surface and dust lightly with flour. Roll into a 12×18-inch rectangle. Spread date paste over entire surface of the dough; sprinkle with walnuts. Starting on the long side, tightly roll dough into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces.

Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Evenly space rolls cut side down in dish and cover with plastic. Let stand in a warm area for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove plastic from rolls and brush heavy cream over rolls. Let stand for 5 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

While rolls are baking, beat all icing ingredients on low in the bowl of a mixer, mixing on low until combined. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.

Allow cinnamon rolls to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before spreading with icing.

Total Time

4 Hrs, 15 Mins

Serves 12

Serving Size 1 Roll



Calories 500 cal

Total Fat 24 g

Saturated Fat 11 g

Sodium 240 mg

Carbohydrates 69 g

Dietary Fiber 4 g

Total Sugars 45 g

Protein 7 g


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