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Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting with Cinnamon

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Cream cheese frosting is always a hit in my book, but spike it with brown sugar and cinnamon and it really is a taste of heaven.

piece of cake covered with cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese frosting and topped with a pecan half

Spice cakes, apple cakes, carrot cakes and more are just begging to be covered with this luscious brown sugar and cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  It is super simple to make and perfect between graham crackers, on cakes or cookies too! Whip up a batch asap!

Frosting is what makes the cake.  It adds the creamy layer of sweet goodness and can really tie it together.

That is especially true when the frosting is as flavorful as this one.  It has the tang of cream cheese, the sweet warmth of brown sugar and a little cinnamon spice.

bowl of cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese frosting ingredients with measuring spoons etc.

Great ways to enjoy brown sugar cinnamon cream cheese frosting

  • eat it on a spoon
  • spread it over a cake
  • spread it over a banana cake
  • dip apple slices into it
  • or pear slices
  • or peaches, or bananas or grapes
  • or, and this may be one of my favorite ideas, spread it over the bottom of a nice soft oatmeal cookie and cover with another cookie.  Smoosh and enjoy!
Bowl of cream cheese frosting with cinnamon and brown sugar mixed in and beaters, ready to use.

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Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting With Cinnamon

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Cream cheese frosting is always a hit in my book, but spike it with brown sugar and cinnamon and it really is a taste of heaven.
4.91 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 12 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • cups powdered sugar
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt


  • In large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until it is light and fluffy.  Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times and make sure there are no lumps. 
    12 ounces cream cheese, 3 Tablespoons butter
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix on low until combined. Turn mixer speed up to medium and beat for 2 minutes. 
    2¼ cups powdered sugar, ⅓ cup light brown sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 pinch salt
  • Spread over cooled cake, cookies, or use as a dip for fruit. 


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 125mgSugar: 26g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 29th of April 2024

this is good on so many things

Melissa French - The More With Less Mom

Thursday 14th of May 2015

Ooh this on apple cake! Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 14th of May 2015

Oh my goodness! That would be wonderful!


Sunday 10th of May 2015

Happy Mother's Day to you as well!


Sunday 10th of May 2015

mmmm...cinnamon and brown sugar with cream can't go wrong there! I could definitely eat it on a spoon!


Sunday 10th of May 2015

On the spoon is definitely a good way to go! Why waste the calories on anything else?!


Thursday 7th of May 2015

I love cream cheese frosting, this version with the cinnamon and brown sugar sounds wonderful!


Thursday 7th of May 2015

Have a great weekend, see you Monday!