Cinnamon Roll Icing Without Powdered Sugar

Cinnamon rolls are so popular in the US that an official National Cinnamon Crescent Roll Day is on April 10th. These beloved sweet rolls are celebrated with a special Cinnamon Roll Day on October 4th in Sweden as well.

While there are variations in the recipes for preparing these sweet rolls, what makes this favorite breakfast and dessert so wonderful is no doubt the icing.

Usually, the glazing for the sweet rolls is made of mixed butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.

But if you have just baked the delicious cinnamon rolls and have realized that you are out of powdered sugar, don’t fret.

There is an easy way to make the icing for this dessert without using powdered sugar.

There are various alternatives for making the icing without powdered sugar, including using confectioners’ sugar, buttercream, heavy cream, and even plain Greek yogurt.

We have selected our favorite recipe for icing without powdered sugar. It may not taste as sweet as the traditional one, but it is still delicious.

This alternative icing recipe will help you avert the disaster of serving your beautiful rolls “naked.”

Plus, it is easy to make and requires simple products which you already probably have in your pantry.

Reasons for making the cinnamon roll icing without the powdered sugar

If you are wondering why you should stray away from the traditional icing recipe when making cinnamon rolls, here are some obvious and not-so-obvious reasons.

The first may be that you have simply run out of powdered sugar and don’t have the time to go to the store.

The other is that powdered sugar usually contains cornstarch which helps prevent clumping. The problem is that there are allergic people or have an intolerance to it. Also, some types of cornstarch contain gluten, which is a no-no for those with gluten intolerance.

Finally, you can be more precise with the measurements when preparing the icing by using regular granulated sugar. Powdered sugar is traditionally harder to measure than granulated sugar. This is why you may get carried away when adding powdered sugar to the frosting or desserts.

How to make the cinnamon roll icing without using powdered sugar?

The recipe calls for some milk, soft butter, flour, vanilla extract, and granulated white sugar. You will also need a suitable pan and a cooktop for preparing it. Plus, be prepared to do some stirring to get the icing right.

You will need to cook the milk with the flour until they combine and turn into a paste. Add the vanilla extract at the end and let the mixture cool down.

Meanwhile, you can mix the granulated sugar with the soft butter. Use a stirring spoon or whisk to combine the ingredients into a fluffy and pale-colored mixture.

When the flour and milk have turned into a smooth paste, you can remove the saucepan from the stovetop and set it aside, letting it cool down to room temperature.

Once the mixture is cool enough, you can gradually add the butter and sugar mixture while continuously mixing all ingredients.

When you have combined everything, you should beat or whisk the mixture until it turns into fluffy and light icing.
If you have an electric mixer, this process will be much faster and easier, and the results will be even better.

Once you are ready with the icing, you can start spreading it on top of the beautiful cinnamon rolls.

If you need more liquidy and thinner icing, you can either add three spoons of milk to it or use less flour when making it.

You can store the leftover icing in an airtight container in the fridge. Read on to find out how to utilize the rest of the icing.

What else can you use this icing for?

Apart from spreading it and serving the icing with the cinnamon rolls, you can use it for a wide variety of other desserts.

This fluffy and creamy icing will be a perfect finishing touch for various cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or muffins.

To prolong the shelf-life of the icing, make sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When stores like this, the icing can last for up to a week.

Hopefully, you will love the taste and the texture of this icing without powdered sugar as much as we do.

The best news is that it is easy to make, and you will need basic and inexpensive ingredients, which you most likely already have in your kitchen or pantry.

Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls Icing Without Powdered Sugar


Milk – ½ cup
All-purpose flour – 2 tablespoons
White granulated sugar – ¾ cup
Soft butter – ½ cup
Vanilla extract – 1-2 tablespoons

Equipment needed

Whisking bowl
Whisk (or electric mixer)

Other info

Servings: 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Calories: 191 kcal


Pour the milk and the flour into a saucepan

Place the saucepan at medium heat on the stove

Stir it continuously until the consistency becomes paste-like

Add the vanilla extract to the mixture and stir it in

Take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool down to room temperature

Add the soft butter and the sugar to a whisking bowl and whisk the two together until you get a fluffy consistency. If you have an electric mixer, use it instead of manually mixing the two together.

When the milk and flour have cooled down, start adding the butter and sugar slowly and gradually while stirring them.

Spread the icing on your cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Pour any leftover icing into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will last for up to a week.

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