Make-Ahead and Pull-Apart Mini Cinnamon Bites

Prepare Make-Ahead Cinnamon Bites at night so you can just wake up, bake, and serve! Perfect for lazy weekend mornings together.

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Over the summer, when we were visiting my family in Florida, we went to my sister’s house for “Cinnamon Roll Sunday.” It’s a tradition she started with her boys where, you guessed it, they have cinnamon rolls every Sunday morning for breakfast. We have tried a lot of different cinnamon roll recipes since. I come back to make-ahead cinnamon bites because it’s so easy.

Well, of course, our boys loved the idea! They immediately started asking if we could do that, too. Justin and I decided that we could do a variant and have “Big Breakfast Sunday”. It isn’t always cinnamon rolls, but something different from our normal school morning breakfast.

I also like to try make-ahead breakfasts, so I don’t have to do much in the morning. We first tried this recipe out on Christmas morning this year and it was such a hit. We’ve made it again a few times now. Since I didn’t take the time to photograph the meal on Christmas, it was a good opportunity to get my pictures and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

As I mentioned, I love make-ahead breakfasts, and this one is really easy in the morning. Or, if you have time to make the entire thing in the morning, you can do that as well. It’s a very flexible meal and so delicious!

Mini Cinnamon Bites Step by Step


  • 8 tbsp butter (divided)
  • 1 pkg homestyle biscuits
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Melt 3 tbsp of butter and pour it into the bottom of a pie pan or casserole dish.

Cut the biscuits into quarters. I find my kitchen shears work best for this, but a knife will also get the job done.

Use your hands to roll each piece of biscuit into a ball. When I do this step, it starts to make my hands feel funny after a while so I will often recruit someone to help.

In a small bowl, melt 4 tbsp of butter. In another small bowl, mix the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Take each biscuit ball and roll it in the melted butter, then the sugar mixture until it is completely coated. Place the coated biscuits in the prepared dish. Continue with each piece of biscuit, until they are all in there. If you like more of the crunchy parts of a cinnamon roll, then make sure more are along the edge. I like the soft ones, so I stack a lot of mine close together.

Cover the dish and place it in the refrigerator overnight.

When you are ready to cook, melt 1 tbsp of butter and pour it over the biscuits. Place the biscuits in the oven and THEN set the oven to 350F. Bake for about 30-45 minutes, until the biscuits are cooked through and the mixture is bubbly.

NOTE: If your dish is cold from the refrigerator, place it in the oven while it heats up. A cold dish into a hot oven can make the glass shatter.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together for icing.

When the biscuits are done cooking, drizzle the icing over them and serve warm.

Mini Cinnamon Bites Leftovers

Storage: Store the cinnamon bites and glaze in separate containers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Reheating: You can reheat the cinnamon bites in an air fryer, toaster oven, or oven until warmed through.


Originally Published On: January 8, 2019

Last Updated On: December 20, 2022

Make-Ahead and Pull-Apart Mini Cinnamon Bites

Prepare Make-Ahead Cinnamon Bites at night so you can just wake up, bake, and serve! Perfect for lazy weekend mornings together.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Refrigeration Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings: 24 pieces
5 from 5 votes


  • 8 tbsp butter (divided)
  • 1 pkg homestyle biscuits
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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  • Melt 3 tbsp butter and pour it in the bottom of a glass pie pan or casserole dish and swirl to coat the sides
  • Use kitchen shears or a knife to cut the biscuits into quarters
  • Roll each piece of biscuit into a ball
  • Melt 4 tbsp butter in a small dish
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon
  • Roll each biscuit ball into the melted butter then coat with the sugar mixture and place in the prepared dish
  • Continue until all of the biscuits have been coated and placed in the dish
  • Cover and refrigerate
  • When ready to bake, remove the cover from the dish
  • Melt 1 tbsp of butter and drizzle it over the biscuits
  • Place the dish in the oven, then set the heat to 350F (make sure NOT to preheat the oven as the cold baking dish going into a hot oven could shatter)
  • Bake for about 30-45 minutes, until the biscuits are done in the center and the mixture is bubbly
  • Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to make an icing
  • When the biscuits are done baking, drizzle with the icing and serve warm
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Nutrition Facts
Make-Ahead and Pull-Apart Mini Cinnamon Bites
Amount Per Serving (4 pieces)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 466IU9%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

24 thoughts on “Make-Ahead and Pull-Apart Mini Cinnamon Bites”

  1. 5 stars
    This is something that I will definitely do with my daughter and I know she will enjoy that. Last weekend she was sick and this will be the perfect way to start our weekend tomorrow.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my God, this looks absolutely divine. I love everything cinnamon and I love everything bread. My kids would definitely enjoy this as well and it looks so simple to make! Thank you for sharing this Stephanie

  3. I absolutely love cinnamon roles, they are by far my favorite breakfast treat. This looks like the perfect twist, and so simple too.

  4. Amazing tradition, I like how it started because it kinda mean something and good to remember. these mini cinnamon bites looks delicious and first time to know about, I’m gonna have to try it on the next week, thank you for sharing it.

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