These Crescent Cinnamon Rolls are so simple to make and are an easy breakfast treat! Plus, they're delicious treats for weekend mornings or holiday breakfasts when you want something special but don't have a lot of time.
Be sure to try this recipe for Yeast Rolls - so soft and delicious!
Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ It uses just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, which means you can avoid a trip to the grocery store.
✔️ It's an easy recipe that anyone can make and cleanup is a breeze.
✔️ These are perfect for Christmas morning and taste great with a cup of coffee when an unexpected guest stops by!
For the exact measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- sheet crescent roll dough, though if you can't find that, use a can of crescent roll dough - just pinch the seams together.
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
- powdered sugar
- cream or milk
This is an overview of the instructions for the fresh cinnamon rolls. For the complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Preheat the oven. Spray 13x9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
- Melt the butter and set aside. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
- Unroll the flaky crescent roll dough.
- Brush the surface with melted butter, sprinkle with half the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Begin rolling from the shorter edge of the rectangle.
- Pinch the edge of the roll to seal.
- Using a sharp knife, cut in 6 even slices, repeat with the remaining sheet.
- Place the rolls cut side down in the pan and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven.
- Mix together icing ingredients. Drizzle over crescent roll cinnamon rolls while they are still hot.
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- 13x9 baking dish
- small bowl
- pastry brush
The center of a cinnamon roll is often referred to as the cinnamon buns. This is because the center is typically filled with a sweet, sticky, and fragrant mixture of cinnamon and sugar - YUM!
The main difference between a sticky bun and a cinnamon roll is the filling. A sticky bun is typically filled with a sticky, sweet, and often pecan or caramel-flavored filling. A cinnamon roll is filled with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Cinnamon rolls can be either breakfast or dessert, depending on how they are served. If they are served with a cup of coffee, then they are typically considered breakfast. However, if they are served with a scoop of ice cream, then they are considered dessert.
No, cinnamon rolls and honey buns are not the same things. Although they are both sweet and often filled with a sticky filling, honey buns are typically made with yeasted dough while cinnamon rolls are made with a rich, buttery dough.
Things to know
- If you can't find the crescent dough sheets, you can crescent rolls dough, be sure to pinch together the perforations.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper instead of using the cooking spray for easy clean up.
- If you want your rolls to be extra soft, brush the tops with melted butter after they come out of the oven.
- Use a spoon to drizzle the icing over the warm rolls for an even layer of icing.
- You will know that these cinnamon roll crescents are done when they are golden brown on the top.
- Instead of using the cinnamon-sugar mixture, try using a pecan or almond filling.
- Add some chocolate chips or raisins to the center of the rolls for a different flavor.
- Or, try a chocolate hazelnut spread in the center for a nutella-filled treat!
- Omit the icing and serve with a little butter and honey.
- Instead of the simple icing, you could top these delicious cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese frosting if you prefer.
- Add a squeeze of orange juice and some orange zest to your icing for a sweet citrus flavor.
Refrigerate - these will last for 3-4 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Freezer - you can freeze these cinnamon rolls by individually wrapping them in plastic wrap and then placing them all in a freezer-safe bag. They will stay fresh for 2-3 months.
Reheat - to reheat, place the cinnamon roll on a plate and microwave for 15-20 seconds until warmed through. You could also reheat it in a 350-degree oven for 5-7 minutes.
- If you are a fan of traditional cinnamon rolls, then give this Pull-Apart Cinnamon Rolls a try, your whole family will love this easy recipe.
- Do you love cinnamon? If so, you are going to want to make this Apple Spice Bundt Cake recipe next time.
- Love cinnamon but want something a little more healthy? This Cracker Barrel Fried Apple recipe is a great recipe to make when you want something easy to make sweet treat.
- Want to balance this sweet treat with a protein-filled dish, look no further than this Easy Frittata recipe.
- Eggs are a staple breakfast option in our house, and this Huevos Rancheros recipe is an easy way to add some flavor to traditional eggs.
- A side of Cracker Barrel Cheesy Potatoes is great for breakfast!
- Next time you are looking for a fresh side dish to serve with breakfast, give this Mexican Fruit Salad recipe a try. It's the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
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Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
- 2 packages sheet crescent roll dough
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup butter melted
- cream or milk if needed to create the right consistency
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Melt the butter and set aside.
- Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
- Unroll the dough gently - try not to pull it out of shape.
- Brush the surface with 2 tablespoons melted butter then sprinkle with half the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Begin rolling from the shorter edge of the rectangle.
- Pinch the edge to the roll to seal.
- Cut in 6 even slices... ( I got seven ... I'm not great at eyeballing it. Repeat with other tube of crescent roll dough.
- Spray a 13x9-inch pan with no-stick cooking spray and add a little butter.
- Place the rolls cut side down in the pan and bake at 375F for 12-15 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and add the icing while they are hot.
- Add the butter to the powdered sugar.
- Mix well until it is a very thick paste.
- Add a little milk or cream if it's too thick.
- Place a spoonful on the top of each cinnamon roll while they are hot.