cinnamon rolls recipe

What could be better than waking up on Christmas morning to the smell of something delicious baking in the oven without spending a ton of time making them? We used to travel to the mall every year to do a Cinnabon tradition, but frankly the crowds just about did us in last year. I’ve decided to create a new tradition and actually bake fresh cinnamon rolls in my own oven. Yum!

This delightful quick and easy cinnamon rolls recipe might be just the thing to make and bake on Christmas morning. It’s what I’m doing to treat my family but adding hot chocolate into the mix. I mean, separately as a drink. One thing I absolutely love about this recipe is that I don’t need to make fresh dough and the rolls still taste great. That’s about as easy as it gets and as homemade as it gets on Christmas morning.  No matter how hard I try, I am never finished with gift wrapping  until the night before Christmas.  Shortcuts are my best friend!

Ingredients for Easy Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 tube of refrigerated Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

How to Make the Icing

  • 1 cup Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Directions for Baking Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with greased aluminum foil.
  2. Unroll crescent rolls and separate into two rectangles.
  3. Brush melted butter over the two rectangles.
  4. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and then sprinkle over the rectangles.
  5. Roll up the two rectangles separately and then cut the rolls into 1-inch pieces.
  6. Place the rolls cut side up on the prepared aluminum foil.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the rolls are golden.
  8. Remove from baking sheet, allow rolls to cool and then drizzle with icing (Directions for icing: Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl).

Enjoy your easy cinnamon rolls!

UPDATE:  Excited about this, Pillsbury now has no seam crescent roll tubes.  This is great for pumpkin rolls or cinnamon rolls.  Yippee!

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