Easy Cinnamon Rolls

LAST UPDATED: Jun 09, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 23, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

Take a shortcut with this Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe! Crescent rolls cinnamon rolls take just a few minutes to make using incredible cinnamon roll filling and classic icing.

cinnamon rolls in cream baking dish covered in icing

I love making and enjoying the best cinnamon roll recipe because they’re light and fluffy, thick and moist, but making yeast cinnamon rolls requires more effort.

Truly a treat, however, sometimes you don’t have an hour (including rise time), especially in the morning. You’ll love this recipe as an alternative!

If you love sweet little breakfast treats as much as we do, don’t miss my incredible fried biscuit donuts! They could not be easier! 

cinnamon rolls in baking dish with pink napkin

On days you want a shortcut, but almost homemade, you’ll love these Easy Cinnamon Rolls! They make a quick and delicious weekend breakfast and yet feel special enough to serve to guests over the holidays. They take about 10 minutes hands on time using crescent roll sheets.

They’re topped with my amazing Cinnamon Roll Frosting for irresistible flavor!

crescent rolls rolled in baking dish with cinnamon and sugar

The secret is in the cinnamon roll filling. The perfect blend of melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon make these Easy Cinnamon Rolls stand out!

baked cinnamon rolls in casserole dish

Of course the icing is well, the icing on the “cake” that takes them over the top. Powdered sugar, butter vanilla and milk poured over the top of the rolls just before serving make them memorable – and irresistible! If you prefer, cream cheese icing is amazing, too!

icing cinnamon rolls

These Easy Cinnamon Rolls are not only simple to make, but to present as well. They go from oven to table serving them directly from the casserole dish!

how to ice cinnamon rolls

You can even make these crescent rolls cinnamon rolls in advance and bake just before you’re ready to serve.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

  • Crescent Sheets – The key “ingredient” to make these amazing rolls quickly!
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted.
  • Brown Sugar – You can substitute white sugar, if needed, but I love the flavor brown sugar gives rolls and how it caramelizes.
  • Cinnamon

Cinnamon Roll Icing

  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar. If you just have granulated sugar, you can put it into a food processor until fine. It gives this icing the best consistency!
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your choice.
  • Vanilla Extract – You can substitute almond or rum in a pinch.
  • Milk – Whatever you have on hand. Thin to desired consistency.
easy cinnamon rolls crescent rolls

How to Make Easy Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and grease baking or casserole dish.
  2. Make Rolls – Unroll crescent sheets onto parchment paper. Brush butter onto crescent sheets. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle onto dough. Roll the dough and slice each log into 12 pieces.
  3. Bake – Place in a buttered casserole/baking dish. Bake.
  4. Ice – Combine cinnamon roll frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread over warm rolls.
cinnamon rolls in casserole dish

Tips

  • Refrain from removing crescent rolls from the refrigerator until ready to make your easy cinnamon rolls. This makes them easier to slice.
  • Line your working surface with parchment paper for easy clean up.

How to Store Cinnamon Rolls

  • Room Temperature – Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 days.
  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – You can also freeze cinnamon rolls, storing in an airtight container covered in plastic wrap to avoid any freezer odor up to 3 months.

To Reheat – Reheat cinnamon rolls individually in the microwave for 20 seconds or in the casserole dish in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

cinnamon rolls with icing
icing cinnamon rolls in baking dish

easy cinnamon rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Julie Blanner
Take a shortcut with this Easy Cinnamon Rolls recipe! Crescent rolls cinnamon rolls take just a few minutes to make using incredible cinnamon roll filling and classic icing.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 26 mins
Total Time 36 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 145 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans crescent sheets
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cinnamon Roll Icing (without cream cheese)

  • 2 cup powdered sugar aka confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Unroll crescent sheets onto parchment paper.
  • Brush butter onto crescent sheets.
  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle onto dough.
  • Roll the dough and slice each log into 12 pieces.
  • Place in a buttered casserole/baking dish. Bake 26-28 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll Icing (without Cream Cheese)

  • Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and milk.
  • Pour over rolls and serve.

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Notes

Substitutions and Variations

  • Crescent Sheets – Can use crescent rolls, if needed.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted.
  • Brown Sugar – You can substitute white sugar, if needed, but I love the flavor brown sugar gives rolls and how it caramelizes.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar. If you just have granulated sugar, you can put it into a food processor until fine. It gives this icing the best consistency!
  • Vanilla Extract – You can substitute almond or rum in a pinch.
  • Milk – Whatever you have on hand. Thin to desired consistency.

Tips

Refrain from removing crescent rolls from the refrigerator until ready to make your easy cinnamon rolls. This makes them easier to slice.
Line your working surface with parchment paper for easy clean up.

How to Store Cinnamon Rolls

  • Room Temperature – Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 days.
  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – You can also freeze cinnamon rolls, storing in an airtight container covered in plastic wrap to avoid any freezer odor up to 3 months.
To Reheat – Reheat cinnamon rolls individually in the microwave for 20 seconds or in the casserole dish in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories:145kcalCarbohydrates:20gProtein:1gFat:7gSaturated Fat:4gCholesterol:9mgSodium:179mgPotassium:7mgFiber:1gSugar:14gVitamin A:107IUCalcium:7mgIron:1mg
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