Take the best little shortcut with these easy cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls! This easy cinnamon roll recipe takes just a few minutes to make.

It’s easy to turn this secret little shortcut into an upgraded cinnamon roll your family will clamor over.

With an incredible cinnamon roll filling and a layer of delicious icing, this recipe is a major winner in our house!

Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.
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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 made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.

Cinnamon Rolls Made with Crescent Rolls

On days you want a shortcut, but almost homemade, you’ll love this easy shortcut!

They make a quick and delicious weekend breakfast and yet feel special enough to serve to guests over the holidays.

Why You’ll Love It

  • So Simple – They take about 10 minutes hands on time using crescent roll sheets.
  • Same Gooey Center as Traditional Yeast Rolls – The secret is in the cinnamon roll filling. The perfect blend of melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon make this shortcut recipe stand out!
  • Make Ahead – You can even make these crescent rolls cinnamon rolls in advance and bake just before you’re ready to serve.
  • Beautiful to Serve – They are not only simple to make, but to present as well. They go from oven to table serving them directly from the casserole dish!

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

Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • 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 rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.

Cinnamon Roll Icing Ingredients

  • 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.

Variations

Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.

How to Make

An overview, visit the printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and prepare baking dish.
  2. Make Rolls – Unroll dough and brush butter onto crescent sheets. Combine filling ingredients and sprinkle onto dough. Roll the dough and slice as directed.
  3. Bake – Place in a buttered casserole/baking dish. Bake. Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish. Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.
  4. Ice – Combine cinnamon roll frosting ingredients until smooth. Spread over warm rolls. Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval 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.
Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.

Serving Suggestions

Of course the icing is well, the icing on the “cake” that takes them over the top.

Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.

How to Store

  • 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 made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.

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Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls in a white oval dish.
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Cinnamon Rolls Made with Crescent Rolls

Take the best little shortcut with these easy cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls! This easy cinnamon roll recipe takes just a few minutes to make.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 26 minutes
Total: 36 minutes
Servings: 24
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cans crescent dough sheets
  • 5 tablespoons butter salted, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (dark or light brown, packed)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Roll Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter salted or unsalted, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk Whole, 2% or whatever you have on hand

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

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

Julie’s Tips

Substitutions and Variations

  • Crescent Sheets – Can use crescent rolls or dough sheets.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 107IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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25 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love these ! They are easy and delicious and my husband adores them . Every recipe form Julie has been outstanding. Thank you for helping me to be a better cook , baker and hostess ❤️.

    1. Thank you, Karen! You made my day! I’m so glad you enjoy my recipes. You HAVE to try caramel rolls next…he’ll take you on a second honeymoon!

  2. These were so yummy and super easy. I already had all the ingredients and my 8 year old daughter did most of the work.

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely not only the best tasting, but easiest recipe for cinnamon rolls! They were fun to make and everyone loved them!

  4. 5 stars
    I have made these several times and they are more delicious then the first time I made them. Best recommendation eat these while warm! Looking forward to making more of your recipes! Winner !