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Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

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Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Leah Hall

What a better way to warm up than with cinnamon rolls from scratch with bacon AND bourbon! Yeah, I said bacon cinnamon rolls!


When the weather starts turning cooler and the leaves start changing colors, we get a hankering for some fresh baked goods! Here in Nebraska, one of the most popular baked goods is a cinnamon roll! And while a good cinnamon roll is a glorious thing, what makes anything better?


How about adding a little bacon and bourbon to make these cinnamon rolls into the ultimate brunch bakery item!


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Bourbon bacon cinnamon rolls topped with bacon pieces on white plate with fork. Pumpkin and fall leaves with rolls in skillet.

Cast Iron Skillet

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

We love good cinnamon rolls from scratch, the sweet spicy cinnamon and airy doughy bread a delight to enjoy with a good cup of coffee or a mimosa at brunch. We have even been known to indulge our penchant for a good cinnamon roll while wandering around the Omaha Farmer’s Market!


The other day we were planning a little brunch get together for some of our friends and were trying to do a fun little menu.

We were thinking about what dishes we were could make, when our boys mentioned that they thought we should make some cinnamon rolls and bacon (in the words of our youngest “We need bacon! Its the candy of meats!) This combination must have tickled our brains because all of a sudden we both blurted out bacon cinnamon rolls!


This sounded like a delightful treat, as salty and sweet makes for great combination.

Close up of a bourbon bacon cinnamon roll.

Pastry Brush

Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Of course being known as cocktail bloggers (especially among our friends) we have a little bit of a reputation to uphold when it comes to what we serve! We do like serving some boozy food, so since we had already made the decision to add bacon to our cinnamon rolls, we figured why not add another layer of flavor that plays well with both bacon and cinnamon, bourbon!


Two of the flavors we are always talking about when we talk about when we make bourbon cocktails are the warm baking spices like cinnamon, and the toasted caramel sweetness that baked goods get, so bourbon seemed like a natural fit with cinnamon rolls from scratch!


We started out with a classic sweet dough which gave us two advantages, the first being it doesn’t require yeast to proof, which leads to the second advantage, we can add in the bourbon into the dough without killing the yeast! With bourbon integrated right into the dough, you will get a rich full flavor of the bourbon but the alcohol all cooks off during the baking process.


The bourbon adds a nice extra hint of caramel and sweetness to the dough.

Bourbon and bacon cinnamon rolls on a plate.

Bacon, How can You Say No?

We next cooked up some bacon, getting it nice a crisp.  Once cooked, we crumbled the bacon into small pieces so we could layer it into the rolls along with the cinnamon, spice and sugar mixture. The bacon pieces get rolled into the dough along with the spice mix and becomes a happy bits of candied bacon after the rolls are baked.


To top the rolls, we wanted a little stronger bit of bourbon flavor, so we added bourbon to the classic cream cheese icing. Adding bourbon to the icing makes these a definite adult take on the classic cream cheese frosting, as unlike the rolls where the booze bakes out, the icing definitely keeps all the alcohol!


What Ingredients are Needed for the Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls?

  • Filling
    • Nutmeg
    • Brown Sugar
    • Sugar
    • Bacon
    • Cinnamon
    • Butter
    • Salt
    • Cloves
  • Rolls
    • Baking Soda
    • Buttermilk
    • Flour
    • Butter
    • Baking Powder
    • Salt
    • Bourbon
    • Sugar
  • Icing
    • Buttermilk
    • Cream Cheese
    • Powdered Sugar
    • Bourbon
    • Cinnamon


We liked the way the bourbon makes the icing a little less sweet than the plain icing, not to mention added a great bourbon smell to the icing. A final sprinkle of bacon crumbles on top of the icing is the perfect final touch to these delicious Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls from scratch!

A fork sits next to bourbon bacon cinnamon rolls on a plate.

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We unveiled the Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls from scratch at our brunch with friends and they were a huge hit! Want a great brunch cocktail to go with it? Try our Spicy Bloody Mary!



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Close up of a bourbon bacon cinnamon roll.

Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Bourbon and bacon in cinnamon rolls? Yes please, makes for a fabulous breakfast or brunch.


Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For the Icing

  • 2 Tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

For the Filling

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


For the Rolls

Preheat the oven to 425°.

Grease and flour a cast iron pan or 9 inch pie plate.

In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in buttermilk, bourbon and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Stir until just combined.

Transfer to a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth. Add more flour as needed, so it's not overly sticky.

Flatten the dough into a rectangle, about 12x18 inches. Brush on 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

Dump filling onto dough and spread evenly, leaving about 1/2 inch border around the edge. Press the filling down a bit so it sticks. Place about 1/4 cup bacon crumbles on top of filling. Set aside the rest of the bacon.

Starting on the long side of the dough, start to roll up, pressing as you go, to create a tightly rolled log. Pinch the seam closed and lay seam side down. Cut into 9-10 slices, placing in pan as you go.

Brush rolls with remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

When slightly warm, top with icing and remaining bacon. Enjoy!

For the Filling

Combine all dry ingredients, except bacon in a small bowl.

Add in butter and mix with a fork until it resembles wet sand.

For the Icing

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, adding sugar and nutmeg.

Add buttermilk and mix until well combined.

Stir in bourbon.

If it's too runny, add in more sugar if needed. If too thick, add in more buttermilk or bourbon (cause, why not?)

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 12.6gSaturated Fat: 6.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 569mgCarbohydrates: 57.1gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 27.5gProtein: 7.9g

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Sunday 21st of June 2020

These are eyes rolled in the back of your head delicious!! I made them for my husband for Father’s Day this morning and they were a HUGE hit. Love them. Perfect for the Bourbon themed day I have planned. We’re off to a great start! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe❤️

The 'Noms.

Sunday 21st of June 2020

Nancy, Fantastic! I love hearing that, and I am so glad you guys enjoyed them! Happy Father's Day to your husband!

Cassandra Fit

Saturday 6th of April 2019

But what a tasty dish. I'll make this recipe!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 6th of April 2019

Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy them, they are tasty!


Monday 6th of November 2017

My grandma made the best cinnamon rolls ever... I wish she was still around so I could show her these... I mean she loved bourbon and bacon she would have been over the moon. Pinned them!

Whole Food Bellies (@Wholefoodbellie)

Monday 6th of November 2017

Ooh I love homemade cinnamon rolls, but this just takes it to a whole other level. These sound amazing!!


Monday 6th of November 2017

I pretty much wanted to claw through my phone screen when I saw these on Instagram. Oh my word! You took cinnamon rolls, which are basically food perfection as it is, and made them even better with bacon and bourbon! I'm a very sharing person, but I want to make a batch of these and keep them all for myself! haha :)

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