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I love waking up to a warm cinnamon roll, and with these minimal ingredients, Easy Cinnamon Rolls, it is a great tasting way to start the day off right.

Overhead of three cinnamon rolls on white plate glazed

Very few things are quite as good to wake up to in the morning as a beautifully made cinnamon roll.  And, with our Easy Cinnamon Rolls I’m sharing today, you can have a batch ready in under 30 minutes!

The sweet and spicy balance of just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar blankets a sheet of dough. Sigh – these are some of the best cinnamon rolls.

The rolled up frosted treat is the perfect indulgence whether you are rushing out of the house, or while enjoying a leisurely morning. 

This easy cinnamon rolls recipe is a great tasting way to start the day off right. You are not going to believe how easy they are!

I especially love making these on Christmas morning, so I can jump back into the festivities super quickly!

So, what makes this particular cinnamon roll recipe quick and easy? The secret to this easy cinnamon roll recipe is using crescent roll dough.

Way faster than yeast cinnamon rolls, waiting around for yeasted dough, and having the dough rise for hours in a warm place. Don’t get me wrong, I love making my cinnamon roll dough from scratch, but sometimes I just don’t have the time.

That’s when I whip up a batch of these Easy Cinnamon Rolls, everyone loves them just as much!

Some of my favorite cinnamon roll-type recipes we have on my site include Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Roll Morning Buns and Cinnamon Roll Blondies.

One cinnamon roll glazed on white plate

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. With minimal simple ingredients, this recipe comes together super fast. I’m telling you, this is the best cinnamon roll recipe.
  2. Cinnamon buns are done from start to finish in about 30 minutes.
  3. You can easily double or triple this batch to make more or freeze.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Crescent roll dough sheet
  • Unsalted butter 
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

HOW TO MAKE EASY CINNAMON ROLLS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F degrees. Spray 6 sections of a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Roll out the crescent roll sheet onto a clean kitchen work surface. Brush it with the melted butter.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly over the top of the dough (yes, it’s a lot. yes, use it all.)
  5. The crescent roll sheet is a large rectangle, with the shorter side facing you; roll it up tightly into a roll. Slice into six even pieces with a serrated knife or sharp knife.
  6. Place each roll cut side into each section of the prepared muffin tin.
  7. Bake for 11-15 minutes in a preheated oven or until rolls are golden brown. Place the muffin tin on a wire rack and let cool slightly.
  8. While the rolls are cooling, make the cream cheese icing by placing the softened cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl and whip until smooth with a hand mixer.
  9. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla mix to combine.
  10. Add the butter and mix to combine until smooth.
  11. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. The glaze should be thick but pourable.
  12. Take the rolls from the muffin tin, glaze the warm rolls, and serve immediately.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

HOW DO I KEEP CINNAMON ROLLS FRESH?

Cinnamon rolls are more a challenge to keep around than they are to preserve. You can keep them at room temperature for a couple of days, or even in the refrigerator for about a week. 

For maximum freshness, delay topping the cinnamon rolls with the cream cheese glaze until you are ready to eat them. 

My easy cinnamon rolls recipe includes the most amazing cream cheese glaze topping!

HOW DO YOU SOFTEN HARD CINNAMON ROLLS?

If your easy homemade cinnamon rolls are too cold, simply let them sit at room temperature.

To warm up and soften quickly, wrap them in a damp towel and warm them up on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F for about 7 minutes.

You can also microwave them for about 20 seconds.

Baked cinnamon rolls in muffin tin

CAN I ADD ANYTHING?

Absolutely, here are some ideas to add to our homemade cinnamon roll recipe:

  • Add chocolate chips to the filling.
  • Spread a layer of your favorite jam, peanut butter, or apple butter before adding the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Top with a dusting of powdered sugar if you don’t want to make the homemade cream cheese frosting

ANY SUBSTITUTIONS?

I suggest substituting the white sugar with brown sugar. You can also use room temperature pizza dough in place of the crescent dough, however cooking time will vary.

Close up of one glazed cinnamon roll on white plate

HOW TO STORE:

Luckily, for this easy recipe, we are using store-bought crescent roll dough.

If you want to prep the dough with the seasoning according to my cinnamon rolls recipe below and not bake it yet, cover the dough tightly with plastic before refrigerating.

If you choose to freeze, then make sure you wrap them tightly and thoroughly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. 

For the best results, only freeze unglazed cinnamon rolls and later apply the icing just before serving.

Thaw them out at room temperature and then drizzle on the cream cheese glaze according to my cinnamon roll recipe. *aggressively drooling.*

To reheat room-temperature cinnamon rolls, you can use the oven or the microwave. In the oven at 400°F for about 10 mins.

In the microwave, you’ll want to only do about 20-20 seconds covering them with a moist paper towel.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure you use crescent dough sheets and not regular crescent rolls, if you use regular ones, make sure you pinch the seams together to make a sheet.
  • These can be frozen, see my tips above.
  • We recommend glazing the delicious cinnamon rolls when still warm.
  • Adding a little bit of cinnamon to the glaze is absolutely delicious!
  • You can easily double or triple this recipe to serve more people.
  • You can use unflavored dental floss to cut the rolls if you love that trick.
  • This is a fantastic recipe for beginners making cinnamon rolls for the first time.

Close up of glazed cinnamon roll with title on photo

Want a fun, tasty, easy recipe that makes your mornings great? Next time the craving hits you need to make these Easy Cinnamon Rolls!

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    5 from 1 vote

    Best Quick & Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

    Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
    Prep: 10 minutes
    Cook: 15 minutes
    I love waking up to a warm cinnamon roll, and with these minimal ingredients, Easy Cinnamon Rolls, it is a great tasting way to start the day off right.
    Servings 6 servings

    Ingredients
      

    Cream Cheese Icing Glaze

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 375°F degrees. Spray 6 sections of a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
    • Roll out the crescent roll sheet onto a clean kitchen work surface. Brush it with the melted butter.
      1 can crescent roll dough sheet, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
      1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly over the top of the dough (yes, it’s a lot. yes, use it all.)
    • The crescent roll sheet is a large rectangle, with the shorter side facing you; roll it up tightly into a roll. Slice into six even pieces with a serrated knife or sharp knife.
    • Place each roll cut side into each section of the prepared muffin tin.
    • Bake for 11-15 minutes in a preheated oven or until rolls are golden brown. Place the muffin tin on a wire rack and let cool slightly.
    • While the rolls are cooling, make the cream cheese icing by placing the softened cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl and whip until smooth with a hand mixer.
      4 ounces cream cheese
    • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla mix to combine.
      1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • Add the butter and mix to combine until smooth.
      1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency. The glaze should be thick but pourable.
      3 tablespoons milk
    • Take the rolls from the muffin tin, glaze the warm rolls, and serve immediately.

    Notes

    1. Make sure you use crescent dough sheets and not regular crescent rolls, if you use regular ones, make sure you pinch the seams together to make a sheet.
    2. These can be frozen, see my tips above.
    3. We recommend glazing the delicious cinnamon rolls when still warm.
    4. Adding a little bit of cinnamon to the glaze is absolutely delicious!
    5. You can easily double or triple this recipe to serve more people.
    6. You can use unflavored dental floss to cut the rolls if you love that trick.
    7. This is a fantastic recipe for beginners making cinnamon rolls for the first time.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 359mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
    Nutrition Disclaimer
    Course Baked Good, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine American

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