Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze

by Irvin on July 10, 2017 · 5 comments

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These soft and fluffy Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze are surprisingly easy to make with no kneading required! (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“So why did you use rosemary in the cinnamon rolls?” asked my friend Rita as I shared with her what I was working on, a blog post about my pistachio rosemary cinnamon rolls with brown sugar cream cheese glaze. It’s the sort of ridiculously over-the-top baked good that I have lately been drawn to making. I had made the recipe back in April but hadn’t gotten around to blogging about it. Rita was curious as to both why I hadn’t posted about it and also HOW I came up with recipe.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Folks occasionally ask me how I come up with a recipe and to be honest, when they do I don’t really know how to answer it. I can tell folks that I found inspiration from other recipes, from cookbooks, from my surroundings, but somehow it never seems to satisfy them. They want me to tell them some sort of secret to making recipes up as if there was a magic wand that I wave in the kitchen that conjures up delicious baked goods. If I lived in a Harry Potter world, maybe that would be the case, but sadly I am muggle without those powers. I’m influenced by nearly everything around me, including things that aren’t even food related and it’s just a lot of hard work and experimentation in the kitchen that leads to the recipes.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The pistachio rosemary cinnamon rolls are a perfect example of how I took my surroundings as inspiration. Thanks to our generous friends Peter and Grant who own a second home up in Sonoma on the coast, we were able to spend a weekend away at their place for a last-minute trip in April. It’s a gorgeous house nestled in the woods, with floor to ceiling windows, surrounded by giant redwoods, and two wraparound decks. It’s the sort of home that make me never want to leave.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Waking up to the bright sunlight, surrounded by trees, slightly disconnected from the world in our friend’s house, was exactly what I needed to help sort of out some of the anxiety I was having of late. And it was the green leaves in the majestic redwoods trees that towered right outside the window that made me think of rosemary as a perfect addition to the cinnamon rolls. It might have also inspired me to add pistachios as well, though AJ really adores pistachios, so he’s probably a huge influence as well.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

In the end, as I took another large bite of my cinnamon rolls in the house in the woods, I realize that I am exceedingly lucky. I have friends who are amazing and let us stay in their beautiful home in wine country. I have friends who are take an interest in my life so much that they want to know the minutiae of how I work and how I make up recipe. And I have AJ in my life, someone who I couldn’t do what I do without his support and love. And though my life is far from perfect, from what folks often see online via social media, it’s not as far off as it might seem. I mean, it led me to make these cinnamon rolls right? It can’t be all bad.

Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.


These fluffy and soft Rosemary Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Glaze are surprisingly easy to make and require no kneading!
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Shikha @ Shikha la mode July 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm

I’ve been thinking about herbs a lot in dessert lately too. I was making jam over the weekend and really wanted to add sage to it. Worth experimenting with!

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Tatiane July 21, 2017 at 7:12 am

This recipe seems to be delicious but a bit complicated for people like me who do not have much familiarity with the kitchen I’m going to ask someone to do it for me because it seems to be tasty

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Viet Anh Auto July 26, 2017 at 1:28 am

wow! This looks so yummy! When I have free time, I will make it. Thanks for sharing.

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