I was browsing TikTok the other day and came across this recipe for TikTok Cinnamon Roll in a Mug that has 1,500,000 million views. I was intrigued of course and had to try it! I mean, who wouldn’t love a quick and easy Cinnamon Roll made in a mug in the microwave??? 

Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

When done properly, this is actually a pretty good craving buster. If you just have to have Cinnamon Rolls, it will certainly do in a pinch!

Cooked Cinnamon Roll in a Mug Made in Microwave on White Plate with White Fork

TikTok Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Tips for Success

Use a smaller, or standard-size mug. A large mug will produce a flat cinnamon roll that will be gooey on the inside and hard on the outside. Not fun.

Be sure to spray your mug with non-stick spray or coat with butter and dusted with flour. Having the cinnamon roll stick to the sides makes it harder to eat and might even make the edges really tough as opposed to soft. 

Get out all your ingredients before starting. There are a few different steps with a couple of different bowls and while the recipe as touted as “easy” there are just as many steps involved as when you make regular Cinnamon Rolls

Pouring Glaze over a Cinnamon Roll that was microwaved in a Mug

How to Make a Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Begin by melting 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in your microwave. In a small bowl add flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix together well until you have a fairly loose dough. It is not solid like a traditional cinnamon roll dough, but you can “firm” it up enough to use but having a dusting of flour on your clean counter.

Scoop the dough onto the counter and then sprinkle more flour over top and on your fingers. Gently flatten the dough (checking to make sure it isn’t sticking) into a long rectangle. Mine was about 10 inches long, but it just needs to be a minimum of 6 inches and about 1/2 inch thick.

Melt the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together for 60 seconds and stir well. It will technically be melted together in about 40 seconds, but the brown sugar will not break down much more when microwaving the cinnamon roll so I like to microwave for 60 seconds. (Cover your bowl with paper towel to avoid making a mess.)

Lift up the dough to make sure it’s not sticking to your counter, then flatten again. Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture over top and smooth out. 

Roll the dough into a cinnamon roll and place it into your greased mug.

Microwave for 90 seconds. If after 90 seconds the dough appears wet on top, put it back in the microwave for 10 seconds and continue to do that until it no longer appears wet. Everyone’s microwave is different so I recommend making 1 cinnamon roll in a mug, seeing how it works, then you will know how much time it needs in the future. 

Cinnamon Roll in a Mug Cut in Half to Reveal the Inside

While the cinnamon roll is in the microwave, grab another bowl and stir together the confectioner’s sugar and milk. This will be your glaze. You can make it as thick or as thin as you would like!

When the cinnamon roll is done, carefully remove it from the microwave. You can either pour some of the glaze over the top while it is in the mug or remove the cinnamon roll to a plate. If you leave it in the mug it will stay hotter longer, which also means it will need to be eaten slower. 😉 

White Fork Taking Bite from TikTok Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

How Does TikTok Cinnamon Roll in a Mug Taste?

Well, if you use her recipe, you might be disappointed. If you use the recipe below, I think you will be pleased! I have made enough of these now to know it can work, and when using a solid recipe, it can actually even taste good. 🙂

4.64 from 22 votes

Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
I was browsing TikTok the other day and came across this recipe for TikTok Cinnamon Roll in a Mug that has 1,500,000 million views. I was intrigued of course and had to try it! I mean, who wouldn't love a quick and easy Cinnamon Roll made in a mug in the microwave??? When done properly, this is actually a pretty good craving buster. If you just have to have Cinnamon Rolls, it will certainly do in a pinch!



  • 1 ½ tablespoons salted butter, melted (set aside)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk, I prefer whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk, (can also use heavy cream)



  • Add the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, milk, vanilla, and melted butter to a small bowl and stir until combined.
  • One the dough is solid, drop onto a clean and slightly floured surface.
  • Use your hands to flatten dough into a rectangle .


  • In a small bowl, melt the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon for about 1 minute. (Depending on how cold your butter is.) Stir well.


  • Pour filling over dough rectangle and then roll up into a cinnamon roll shape.
  • Place roll into mug (I prefer to use a standard size mug, nothing too wide). Make sure your mug is sprayed with non-stick spray or greased.
  • Heat roll in microwave for 90 seconds. If the dough appears WET on top, it may need to heat for a few more seconds. (10 second increments.) If the dough appears dry the cinnamon roll is done. You can also test with a toothpick.


  • Stir confectioners sugar and milk together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Pour over warm cinnamon roll in the mug or invert the roll onto a plate and pour glaze over top.

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Reader Comments

  1. This wasn’t good. I followed the recipe exactly and the dough was waaaay to sticky to roll out. I tested a small amount of it because another reviewer said the dough tastes weird. I have to agree. The dough tasted funny and the texture was nothing like a cinnamon roll–it was crumbly like a biscuit. I ended up adding more sugar and a bit of cinnamon to the dough to make it taste decent. Becuase I couldn’t roll the dough out, I had to layer the filling in between dollops in the mug. Cooking took way longer than the recipe said. Do not recommend.

  2. Can this be done with Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in a can instead of making the cinnamon rolls from scratch

  3. i loved it! i had to put a little bit more flour tho… it tastes so good!! try adding some chopped up apple to the sauce and heat it VERY well (3 1minute intervals)

  4. Maybe it would be good with improvements?
    First of all, the flavor of this is fantastic and its super sweet so I have no idea why other commenters thought it was bland.
    However I ran into a couple issues.
    1- as others mentioned the dough was too wet, so i had to add extra flour. Even after extra flour it just fell apart as I tried to put it in my mug
    2- it does not fit well in a standard size mug. It absolutely started to overflow in the microwave and made a mess
    3- the cook time is off. It was still extremely wet on top after almost double the time.
    4- all of the brown sugar “filling” went to the bottom of the mug, and the dough part floated to the top. The bottom inch or so of my mug was all caramelized hard brown sugar that wasn’t edible.

  5. I LOVE I this cinnamon roll recipe. It’s very easy to make and tastes DELICIOUS. My only problem with this is that it’s addictive and I’ll want to make it all the time.

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