Strawberry Cheesecake Sweet Rolls-Mother’s Day Brunch

strawberry cheesecake cinnamon rolls


These yummy sweet rolls are sure to impress at your Mother’s Day brunch.  Cinnamon/sweet rolls kind of intimidate me, but these really weren’t hard to make.  I had some leftover cheesecake filling from these cupcakes (I made the cupcakes and sweet rolls within the same week, just timing on posts was different).  I wanted to experiment and see if you could use cheesecake filling in a sweet bread because those are probably two of my favorite treats!  I found out you can!  There’s a little trick to make it just right and not too sloppy.


1 oz. active dry yeast

1 1/3 c warm milk (110 F.)

3 extra-large eggs

1/4 c butter, softened

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

5 c flour

Vegetable oil (as needed)

Warm milk in a microwave safe bowl, about 45 seconds, but go by temperature.  In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk.  Allow yeast to proof 5-10 minutes.  Add eggs and butter.  Using dough hook, beat on medium speed until well blended.  Add sugar and salt.  Mix well.  Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and is barely sticky to touch.  Knead in mixer for a couple more minutes.  Lightly grease top of dough with oil.  Cover loosely and let rise 1 hour, or until doubled in volume.  Punch dough down, let rest 5 minutes.  Roll out on lightly floured surface to form 10 1/2 x 8 inch rectangle.

strawberry sweet rolls


Cheesecake filling from Paradise Cupcakes

1/2 C pureed strawberries

The strawberries just need to be bite-sized pieces, not too much smaller, and not pureed to jam consistency.

About 1/2 c toasted coconut

Spread the cheesecake filling on the dough until the dough is just peeking through the filling (like in the picture).  Add the strawberries, then sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the strawberries.  The toasted coconut helps absorb some of the moisture without changing the flavor (this is the trick I was talking about).

Roll the dough like a jelly-roll, carefully to avoid squeezing out the filling.  Roll from the 10 1/2 inch side.  Cut into 1 1/4 inch pieces and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Let rise for another 45-60 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes.

cheesecake sweet rolls


About 2 C powdered sugar

About 1/2 c pureed strawberries

This time go ahead a puree the strawberries until it is jam consistency.

2 T butter, softened

Mix all ingredients until the desired consistency is achieved.  You might need to add a little more powdered sugar or a little less strawberry.  Spread on warm sweet rolls.

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Now on to today’s Mother’s May Highlight: Diana Anderson

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From the words of Diana’s daughter, Christina Bartschi:
Diana is the oldest of two girls.  She was born and raised in Idaho.  She has three daughters.  She is the grandma of two, with another on the way.  She loves being a mom and grandma.  She is always willing to help out, serve others, and drive from Sun Valley to Caldwell, Idaho (3 hours away) to watch the grandkids.
Diana enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and yoga.  She loves to write and is an author of relationship books, but her latest book is a novel.  All of us girls get our creativity from her, we all just express it differently…an architect, jewelry maker, and painter/singer. 
Diana is an amazing mother and grandmother.  She has always been supportive of our dreams and independence.
My mom has always been a great example of giving love and service to others.  I am lucky to have her for my mom.
diana anderson and kids
One other fun fact I know about Diana (because I am friends with Christina), she loves ganache.  She also loves eating healthy organic food, so I’m going to share a healthier ganache recipe for Diana:
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/2 c honey
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
Whisk them together and enjoy!
(You can use a different sweetener like agave, and cacao powder if you prefer)
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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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