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Cheater Half Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

My family loves cinnamon rolls from scratch but they can be time consuming and on Sunday mornings I don’t always want to put that much effort into it.  After all, this is generally our only morning to get moving slow and I like to take advantage of that.  That’s one of the reasons we stick to homemade pancakes on Sunday mornings because they can be whipped up in a hurry, especially when you let a blender do the mixing for you.

Cheater Half Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

However, once in awhile the family wants something a bit different and cinnamon rolls are what they ask for.  Yummy, gooey cinnamon rolls with icing pouring off them because they are still warm.  This last Sunday I wasn’t up to the work that making cinnamon rolls required, good thing I had a can of refrigerated pizza crust in the fridge that needed used up (I have also made these with crescent rolls).  Even the whole wouldn’t deter me from the task at hand!

The Cast Of Cheater Half Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

1 can refrigerated pizza crust or seamless crescent roll
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
few dashes of cinnamon

The Cast Of Cheater Half Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup powdered sugar
2 – 3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions For Cheater Half Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Spread 1/4 cup butter into the bottom of your baking pan (I like these baking pans by Pyrex) and sprinkle with 1/4 cup brown sugar.  This makes a good “sticky” base that really pumps up the gooeyness of these delicious cinnamon rolls.

2.  Roll out our pizza crust.  Don’t worry about one little hole if you can’t manage to patch it together.  20120129-175147.jpg

3.  Spread 1/4 cup softened butter to your rolled out dough.  Sprinkle 3/4 cup brown sugar on top of your butter.  Give your cinnamon rolls 3-4 dashes of cinnamon based on your families taste.


4.  Roll it into a log making sure to pull it as you are rolling to keep things tight. 20120129-175221.jpg

5.  Slice them into mini cinnamon rolls and place into your baking pan.

6.  Bake for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

7.  While your cinnamon rolls are baking mix milk, powdered sugar and vanilla to creamy.  Have it ready to top your cinnamon rolls when they come out of the oven.  By adding your icing while they are still warm it will melt down the sides of your cinnamon rolls.

There you have it, easy cinnamon rolls made in less than twenty minutes. Eat them while they are hot and I can guarantee you won’t have any leftovers.  Some nuts would be delicious spread out in these.

Does your family have a favorite Sunday morning breakfast?  Do you have any “cheater” tips for your favorite recipes?

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  • Gloria Moore

    I have also used canned biscuits and rolled each one out individually, added cinnamon-sugar, rolled them up and cut them into 3 pieces and placed in one section of a muffin tin. You can then add glaze or apple-pecan topping or whatever. They are very cute and much like the mini-cinnis or what ever they call them at Chik-fil-a.

    • Brandy

      That sounds yummy Gloria. My boys would like to customize their own biscuit so thank you for the idea!

  • Lisa

    Oh my goodness! I am bookmarking this for sure! My kids will love it. Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you will be able to linkup again this week. 🙂

  • I love cinnamon rolls, but sometimes don’t have the patience to make the dough so this is great! Using a pizza crust is such a good idea. Thanks for sharing!

    • Brandy

      Using the pre-made crust really is a time saver and with all the “goodies” in them you can’t tell that you didn’t spend hours letting it rise. Enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

  • Definitely going to try this recipe!

    • Brandy

      I love how simple it is. It may mot be mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls but it works like a charm in a pinch.

  • Jessica Eaton Ledford

    So easy! Will have to try!

  • Christy

    Oooh these look yummy! good idea using the products you already have on hand!


  • Laura Muzughi

    THIS IS should use PINinterest
    so we could pin it..its great

    • Brandy

      We have trying for a couple of weeks to get our “pin” to work. I think I finally got it and there should be a new pin at the bottom of our posts. Thank you for making me get in top if this.