Quick Cinnamon Rolls from Refrigerated Crescent Rolls – How to Make Cinnamon Rolls using Refrigerated Crescent Rolls

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These Quick Cinnamon Rolls from refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy breakfast idea when your family wants a sweet but you don’t have the time to bake! Using crescent rolls or a crescent dough sheet, you can make flaky cinnamon rolls in just minutes – no kneading or rising time needed.

Quick Cinnamon Rolls

While we were growing up, every once in a while our mom would buy a package of cinnamon rolls for us to bake on Sunday morning before church. There is just something about popping open one of those rolls of dough. We loved it!

This recipe reminds us of those days but with a twist. One Sunday morning, Barbara was looking for a quick recipe for breakfast and she was able to throw these together in a flash. This recipe is slightly modified from Taste of Home: Most Requested Recipes cookbook and it only has 5 ingredients!

These crescent cinnamon rolls hit the spot and her family loved them too. But, who doesn’t love crescent rolls? Many of us tend to keep a roll of these in the fridge as a staple. They even make rolls of crescent roll dough WITHOUT the individual scored rolls, making this recipe even easier if you can find those in your local grocery store.

Ingredient List for Cinnamon Rolls using Crescent Rolls

When your kids are begging for a sweet morning treat but you don’t have time to bake from scratch, these breakfast rolls are the perfect solution.

Refrigerated Crescent Rolls (Or a refrigerated crescent dough sheet)

White, Granulated Sugar

Ground Cinnamon

Powdered Sugar

Milk

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls out of Crescent Rolls

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for crescent cinnamon rolls, scroll to the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Unroll a tube of crescent roll and seal the seams with a rolling pin. Keep the dough as a rectangle when rolling out.
  2. Mix together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on dough.
  3. Roll up the dough jelly-roll style.
  4. Cut into 8 cinnamon rolls. Place the rolls in a greased 9-inch round cake pan or pie pan.
  5. Bake until golden brown approximately 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. While they are baking, mix together the powdered sugar glaze. Drizzle over warm rolls once out of the oven.

These easy, quick cinnamon rolls are great for a speedy breakfast. But, there’s a special place in our hearts for cinnamon rolls the old fashioned way using yeast and taking the time and effort. Check out our two favorite recipes.

Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

For a homemade yeast roll, these Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls are relatively quick to make and the result is a super soft cinnamon roll. Top these homemade sweet rolls with a cream cheese frosting for a delicious breakfast, brunch or afternoon snack.

Grandma’s Butterscotch Pecan Rolls

Grandma's Butterscotch Pecan Rolls are a perfect addition to your holiday menu. The classic homemade cinnamon rolls are covered in a sweet, sticky topping.

What can I use as a substitute for crescent roll dough?

If you have a recipe calling for crescent roll dough, try substituting refrigerated pizza dough for the crescent roll dough. The pizza dough in the tubes from the refrigerated section is very similar to crescent rolls, maybe not as flaky but still yummy.

Or, use the breadstick dough from the refrigerated tubes instead of crescent rolls. Just be sure the breadsticks aren’t pre-seasoned. Nobody wants an Italian-flavored dessert!

Notes About Quick Cinnamon Rolls with Crescent Rolls

  • Try using crescent sheets from the refrigerated section instead of rolls, if you want to save even more time. This prevents you from having to pinch or roll the seams.
  • You may want to put a little flour down on the table before rolling the seams to prevent it from sticking to the table.
  • Substitute brown sugar for granulated, if desired.
  • Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the cinnamon sugar for Nut Rolls, around 1/4 cup nuts.
  • The powdered sugar glaze is optional.
  • I like these even better when they’ve cooled down to room temperature. The crescent dough combined with the cinnamon sugar center and powdered sugar makes for an extra special texture.
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Recipes Using Refrigerated Crescent Rolls

Refrigerated crescent rolls are a versatile ingredient and can be used in so many different ways for breakfast, dinner and desserts. We have several recipes on the blog where crescent rolls are a key ingredient.

Ground Beef Crescent Pie Recipe

French Onion Hamburger Pie is a quick, thirty minute dinner.   This ground beef crescent pie recipe will satisfy the hungriest of appetites. 

Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls

Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls are the perfect way to use up leftover Holiday ham.  What's not to love about a buttery crescent roll stuffed with ham and cheese and smothered with a cheesy cream sauce?  

Chicken Crescent Bake with Canned Chicken

This Chicken Crescent Bake recipe features just five ingredients - many of which are probably already in your pantry or refrigerator. We use canned chicken for this recipe but feel free to substitute leftover rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken.

Shortcut Cream Cheese Danish

Quick Cinnamon Rolls from Refrigerated Crescent Rolls - How to Make Cinnamon Rolls using Refrigerated Crescent Rolls

These Quick Cinnamon Rolls from refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy breakfast idea when your family wants a sweet but you don't have the time to bake!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crescent cinnamon rolls, how to make cinnamon rolls out of crescent rolls, quick cinnamon rolls from refrigerated crescent rolls
Servings: 8
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Quick Cinnamon Rolls from Refrigerated Crescent Rolls

  • 1 8 oz. tube refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white sugar)

Powdered Sugar Glaze (optional)

  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Unroll crescent roll dough into a rectangle; using a rolling pin, seal the seams.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!
  • Mix together cinnamon and granulated sugar; sprinkle over the crescent dough.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!
  • Roll up the dough (jelly-roll style), and seal the long edge.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!
  • Cut into eight roll slices.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!
  • Place rolls, cut-side down, into a 9-inch round baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!
  • Optional: To make the glaze, mix confectioners sugar and milk.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!
  • Drizzle over warm rolls.
    Quick Cinnamon Rolls with refrigerated crescent rolls are an easy, shortcut breakfast idea when you don't have the time to bake!

Notes

  • Try using crescent sheets from the refrigerated section instead of rolls, if you want to save even more time.  This prevents you from having to pinch or roll the seams.
  • You may want to put a little flour down on the table before rolling the seams to prevent it from sticking to the table. 
  • Substitute brown sugar for granulated, if desired.
  • Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the cinnamon sugar for Nut Rolls, around 1/4 cup nuts. 
  • The powdered sugar glaze is optional. 
  • I like these even better when they've cooled down to room temperature.   The crescent dough combined with the cinnamon sugar center and powdered sugar makes for an extra special texture. 
  • Have extra tubes of crescent dough sitting around? Try our easy Chicken Crescent Bake for an easy dinner idea. 

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