Cinnamon Roll Icing Without Powdered Sugar

by Hong Diep
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Cinnamon Roll Icing Without Powdered Sugar

Cinnamon rolls are a staple in many households. They’re sweet, gooey, and just a little hint of spice make them the perfect treat for any time of day. And if you’re looking for something to accompany your cinnamon rolls, look no further than this recipe for cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar!

What Are Cinnamon Rolls?

Cinnamon rolls consist of dough rolled out flat before being covered in butter and then covered in sugar or cinnamon-sugar mix and finally rolled up into a long cylinder shape. They are baked until they’re golden brown on top and then cooled to room temperature so that the frosting can be applied atop the still warm pastries. While several variations of the cinnamon roll icing recipe exist, the below is one of the most popular.

Why Make Icing Without Powdered Sugar?

There are several reasons to make icing without powdered sugar. Some of these include:

  • To avoid the unhealthy nature of powdered sugar.
  • To avoid the messiness of making frosting or icing with powdered sugar.

Particularly if you’re not using your powdered sugar for a specific recipe, it can be very difficult to handle and control.

Ingredients For Cinnamon Roll Icing Without Powdered Sugar

The ingredients for cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar are as follows:


  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • In a saucepot, whisk milk and flour.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat until the flour is cooked and you have a nice thick mixture.
  • Remove the flour mixture from the heat and place aside to cool down.
  • In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add vanilla and prepared flour mixture.
  • Beat it together until you have fluffy and creamy frosting.
  • Serve over cinnamon rolls.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What Can You Use Instead Of Powdered Sugar For Icing?

There are a few ways to make icing without powdered sugar. One is by using confectioners sugar and some condensed milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Another way is with brown sugar and melted butter. Other variations include mixing cream cheese with whipped cream or toasted marshmallow fluff for a more decadent version of the icing that goes perfectly on top of the cinnamon rolls.

What Can I Substitute For Powdered Sugar In Cinnamon Rolls?

If you’re looking for a healthier option, cinnamon roll icing without powdered sugar is probably your answer. Some alternatives are granulated sugar, brown sugar, raw cane or fruit sugars, dried cane syrup, molasses, and even honey.

Can I Use White Sugar Instead Of Powdered Sugar For Frosting?

Yes, you can use white sugar, which is just granulated sugar with cornstarch or other ingredients. But powdered sugar is much easier to work with because it dissolves into the liquid mixture instead of the remaining whole in clumps.

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