Berry Cream Cheese Bites

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These are a fun alternative to our traditional cinnamon rolls. We make them in a similar way that we make our pizza bites. Instead of rolling them out like a cinnamon roll, we bake them in muffin tins. If you don’t have berries around, these would be delicious with cherries or mangoes as well. Served warm with a tall glass of milk, these babies can’t be beat!

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Berry Cream Cheese Bites


Bread Dough (I use our roll recipe and it’s amazing!)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

berry sauce (below)

1 1/2 tsp lemon zest

cream cheese frosting (below)

Berry Sauce


2 cups berries (frozen are fine)

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1 unflavored gelatin envelope


Whisk gelatin and water together. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a gentle boil until it has thickened and is bubbly. Mash the berries up with a potato masher, or pop them in your zyliss or food processor for about 30 seconds to puree.

Cream Cheese Frosting


8 oz cream cheese (softened in the microwave)

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup milk (more if you like a thinner frosting)


Cream ingredients together until smooth.

Instructions for assembling:

Start out with some bread dough. I always use the same dough that I use to make my dinner rolls. The cinnamon rolls come out amazing. 

Roll out your dough till it's about 1- 1.5 inches thick. Spread the butter all over the top. Then sprinkle brown sugar on top. Slice them into 4 inch by 1 1/2 inch strips. Grab your greased muffin tin and put 3 strips in each muffin cup. (makes 2 dozen)

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Next get your berry sauce and spoon in 1-2 TBSP of sauce over each cup of strips.

Preheat oven and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. My oven bakes these perfect at 17 minutes.

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Once they are out of the oven, cool for just a few minutes then drizzle with your cream cheese sauce. Sprinkle with lemon zest.

Voila! Eat up- and you may want a tall glass of milk to go with it!!

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