• Quick Cinnamon Rolls {copycat Cinnabon icing}

    filed under: Bread on December 15, 2015

    Making Cinnamon Rolls has never been easier nor more delicious! Paired with my copycat Cinnabon icing and breakfast will be a little bit of heaven!

    Copycat Cinnabon Rolls- in less than 45 minutes!

    I am ALWAYS craving cinnamon rolls but too lazy to make up a batch and wait for hours or heaven forbid, overnight. I had just read my friend Kelly’s blog about her pizza dough cinnamon rolls, so I knew it could be done.

    I set to making it happen! The first batch was delicious and consumed fully within one hour pleasedonttellanyone, but I made three more batches just to make sure the recipe was perfect. It was perfect every time!


    Copycat Cinnabon Rolls- in less than 45 minutes!

    What is my secret? Store bought pizza dough. The kind the comes in a long tin and POPS open.

    It works BEAUTIFULLY. I have tried it with both the regular crust and thin crust. I prefer the regular pizza dough, my husband preferred the thin crust as he likes a crispier roll.

    Quick Cinnamon Rolls

    Copycat Cinnabon Rolls- in less than 45 minutes!


        • 1 (13.8 ounce or approximate) can store-bought pizza dough
        • 3 tbsp. butter, room temperature
        • 1/3 c packed brown sugar
        • 2 tbsp. McCormick® Cinnamon

        Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

        • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
        • 1/4 c butter, softened
        • 1 1/2 c confectioners\' sugar
        • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
        • 1/8 tsp. salt


        1. Heat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 degrees in a convection) and prepare a 8 or 9inch round pie dish with bakers spray, goop, or parchment.
        2. Open and unroll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. It should measure about 12inches by 6inches.
        3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork.
        4. Rub 3 tablespoons butter over dough so that it covers entire surface.
        5. Spread brown sugar and spice mixture over dough making sure it covers entire surface.
        6. Starting at the edge that is 6inches long, roll up dough.
        7. Cut into 6 even pieces.
        8. Place in pie dish on its side so that layers of the roll is visible.
        9. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Rolls should be dark brown but not burnt.

        Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

        1. While rolls are baking put cream cheese, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and salt in stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
        2. Mix on low to just combine. Once ingredients are all incorporated turn mixer on high and leave it for 4-5 minutes. Frosting should be light and fluffy.
        3. When rolls are done baking allow them to cool for up to five minutes.
        4. Place cream cheese frosting on rolls right in the pan OR invert rolls onto serving plate and then top with frosting.

        Recipe adapted from Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls. Tips and tricks on how to make rolls also at the link!

        The real beauty of these rolls is the icing. I spent a LOT of time trying to replicate Cinnabon’s amazing icing recipe and I think this recipe is it. The trick? Whip it in your mixer for the recommended time. It is worth it!

        Copycat Cinnabon Rolls- in less than 45 minutes!

        You can definitely make from-scratch pizza dough in this recipe. Just make it the night before and chill until ready to assemble!

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        These are definitely “to the point” cinnamon rolls! A total saviour when you want these beauties on a busy morning. I love your frosting!

        Oh I love this quick version. What a saving grace on mornings you want something decadent but don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen. Sounds like the perfect this to have while opening gifts on Christmas morning!

        Oh what I wouldn’t give to just dive face first into a plate of these cinnamon rolls! They look amazing, especially with all of that fluffy whipped cream cheese frosting! Heavenly!

          I may have done that . cough cough

          Me too Rosanna! Lol! Just get it all over yourself type of an experience and to eat my own weight of them! Lol! Lord I’ve just lost my mine! Lol! Lol!

        Genius! I love this shortcut, and that icing sounds fantastic!

        Yum! What a great, time saving trick!

        Sounds delish… we can’t buy ‘dough in a can’ here in aus… is there an alternative or shoulr I just make the dough myself?

          Yes, you can make a quick dough and that will work great!

            I don’t have that kind of dough here either. Do you think I can do this with puffy pastry?

        What is the goop in pan?

        Can you make the frosting the day before?

        Oh my …….. I mean, OH my ……….. I mean, OH MY!!! These are amazing!! Made them this morning for hubby and me. Best cinnamon roll I have ever had. Recipe makes a lot of icing – our favorite part! Thank you so much!

        Don't Pass on Dessert!