Put a delicious spin on classic cinnamon rolls with this fun recipe! These crescent roll cinnamon rolls pack an addictive cinnamon sugar mixture between flaky crescent roll dough. Topped with a classic icing glaze, this is sure to become your new favorite sweet breakfast!
One night my wife, Jesi, and I were craving cinnamon rolls, but we didn't feel like making them from scratch or running to the store. We opened the fridge and had a pack of crescent rolls, and Jesi had the idea to make a cinnamon roll filling to put in the dough. Moments later, this recipe was born!
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's a fun change-up. This recipe puts a twist on a traditional cinnamon roll by bringing all of the elements you know and love, putting them into crescent rolls. Honestly, I might like this recipe better than regular cinnamon rolls!
So easy to make. With this recipe, you get all of the same flavors of homemade cinnamon rolls but with half the work and in half the time!
A crowd-pleaser. Whenever my wife and I are hosting brunch, we always make this recipe. It's a different sweet option that most people haven't had before, and our friends always rave over how good the rolls are. So I can almost guarantee everyone you make this for will love it!
Kid-friendly recipe. If you have kids, this is such a fun recipe to make with them. They can help prepare the rolls and will love eating them!
- Crescent rolls- I used the crescent dough sheets from Pillsbury, but any brand will work great!
- Butter- adds richness to the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Sugar- I used granulated sugar, but feel free to use brown sugar for a deeper flavor.
- Cinnamon- for the classic warm spice.
- Vanilla extract- to add a little flavor to the glaze
- Milk- whole milk works best for the icing glaze.
- Powdered sugar- for the sweetness to complete the glaze.
Should I use crescents roll dough or a crescent dough sheet?
Either will work just fine. If you're using a sheet, you'll just need to cut it into equal-sized triangles. The regular crescents should have a perforated line that you can tear along for clean triangles.
How To Make Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
Step 1: Prepare the dough. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking sheet with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Then, carefully unroll the crescent roll dough and lay the triangles on the prepared baking sheet.
Step 2: Make the filling. Add the softened butter, sugar, and cinnamon to a mixing bowl. Mix with a fork until the ingreidents fully combine and form a paste.
Step 3: Assemble. Using a spoon, spread the cinnamon butter mixture on top of the dough. Then roll them up and place them on the baking sheet in neat rows.
Step 4: Bake. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove them from the oven as soon as they're golden brown and allow them to cool slightly.
Step 5: Glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a medium-sized bowl. Using a spoon, drizzle the glaze all over the rolls and enjoy immediately.
Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- Melt a tablespoon of butter and brush the rolls just before going into the oven for an extra crispy golden crust.
- Add some more powdered sugar if you think the glaze is too thin, and add some more milk if you think it's too thick.
- Serve the glaze on the side for dipping instead of drizzling on top.
- Try using a cream cheese glaze instead of the icing glaze. The cream cheese frosting from my pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting would work great.
How To Store and Reheat Leftovers
At room temperature: My favorite way to store any leftovers is in an airtight container on the kitchen counter for a day or two.
In the fridge: To keep them for longer, you can transfer them to the fridge and store them for about a week.
In the freezer: To freeze the leftovers, lightly wrap them in tin foil and place them in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.
Reheating: The best way to reheat these is in the toaster oven for about 3 minutes or until they reach your desired temperature. You can also stick them in the microwave for about 20-seconds if you're in a hurry.
More Breakfast Recipes To Try Next
- Bisquick waffles
- Mini waffles
- Sheet pan pancakes
- Pancake mix muffins
- Dollywood cinnamon bread
- Cinnamon roll casserole
- Brioche French toast casserole
- 8 ounces Crescent rolls
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Unroll the crescent rolls and lay them on a baking sheet greased with butter.
- Mix together the softened butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl until combined.
- Using a spoon, spread the filling on top of the crescent dough. Then roll up the crescent rolls and place them on the baking sheet.
- Bake the cinnamon crescent rolls for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and cool for a minute.
- Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.
- When the crescent rolls have slightly cooled, drizzle the glaze on top. Serve immediately.
If you're using crescent roll sheets, just it into triangles.
When mixing the glaze, add more milk to make it thinner and add more powdered sugar to make it thicker.
Serving Size:1 crescent roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g