Craving cinnamon rolls but don’t have any? Use crescent rolls and cinnamon-sugar to make Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls from home in less than 30 minutes!Jump to Recipe
A few years ago, I remember wanting some type of cinnamon rolls for breakfast, but we weren’t going to go out. So I started trying to think about what we had and what I could use to try to make our own cinnamon rolls. Well, we didn’t have some ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls. We had some crescent rolls, and those are similar. I had cinnamon and sugar in the pantry. Let’s do this! Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls it is!
One batch of cinnamon crescent rolls makes enough for 2-3 people. It was almost too much when it was only Justin and me and while the boys were really little. Although, the last time we made these, I think the boys both ate more than me, so it’s about time to start doubling.
Yes, we are stereotypical Americans in our house and love sweet breakfast foods. And no one enjoys breakfast here as much as Tyler. Ryan, on the other hand, just wants to eat no matter what the food is.
We’ve tried a few other recipes for cinnamon rolls over the years, but this is the easiest. My favorite is still the Jumbo No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls. And making the dough in the bread machine is another good option. But those all take more time. I can have these ready and baked in less than half an hour. It’s great for lazy mornings!
Step by Step
Start with a package of regular crescent rolls, and keep them in the rectangles they come in. Don’t fully pull them apart to triangles, keep two triangles together. Pinch the edges so they stay together as you work with them. I like to do this right on the baking stone so there is less mess to clean up.
Cover the crescent rectangles with a small layer of butter. Using the back of a spoon will spread tub butter easily without tearing the rolls. Just make sure you are gentle and it won’t be a problem.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. It may help to mix the two together in a small bowl first then add it to the rolls to get an even distribution of both the sugar and cinnamon.
Starting with the shorter end of the crescent rolls, carefully roll them up. Pinch the edges to seal
Cut each roll into five pieces and turn the pieces on their sides to lay on a flat side. These become your mini cinnamon rolls.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the rolls start to turn golden-brown and the dough is no longer soft.
Meanwhile, whisk the powdered sugar, creamer, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until it’s smooth. If you don’t have coffee creamer or don’t want to use it, you can substitute for either milk or apple juice.
Drizzle the icing over the warm cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.
Originally Published On: September 11, 2017
Last Updated On: December 18, 2019
Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
- 1 can crescent rolls
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 tsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp french vanilla coffee creamer (or milk)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- Separate the dough into 4 rectangles and firmly press the perforations to seal
- Spread 1 tbsp of butter evenly over each rectangle
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix well
- Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar evenly over the buttered rectangles
- Starting with the short side of each rectangle, roll them up and pinch the edges to seal
- Cut each roll into 5 slices
- Place the slices, cut side down, on an ungreased baking stone or baking sheet
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar, creamer/milk, and vanilla extract until smooth
- Drizzle the icing over warm rolls and serve immediately
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.
52 thoughts on “Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls”
Oh yum looks so good, already imagining their taste when their warm. Thank you for the recipe.
Yes, they are so good straight out of the oven!
Oh goodness you are speaking my love language…. cinnamon rolls are my love language! haha! I can’t wait to try these!
Haha! They are so yummy!
I LOVE cinnamon rolls these look incredible, great recipe!
Thanks! They are so easy to make.
These is so a great idea. I love crescent and cinnamon rolls so my mouth is watering.
Me too! I’m thinking of making them again this weekend 🙂
Wow. I never would have thought to add coffee creamer. So interesting.
We add it to a lot of things like this. It gives that extra tiny boost of flavor!
I love crescent rolls, they are so versitie. Using them for cinmon rolls are the best but I would not have thought to use french vanilla cofffee creamer, that I will have to try.
I agree, crescent rolls are great! And I love adding it, just a little pop of flavor. I put it in my pancakes too 🙂
These sound so good! We love cinnamon rolls, but not the amount of time it takes to make them homemade! This is a great compromise.
I’ve never actually tried to make some homemade, from scratch, cinnamon rolls before! I don’t know if I will after knowing how easy this is!
Love the step by step photos. Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorites. I make them at least once a month!
I always love step-by-steps when I’m making something new, so I wanted to incorporate it in my recipes to 🙂
Oh my, these look heavenly! My favorite weekend sweet treat.
One of mine too!
Oh these look so good! I know pillsbury has those cinnamon bun ones, but these looks amazing and easy to make. yum!
Yes, and these taste better in my opinion. And healthier because I know more of the ingredients going in them.
These look super tasty!
They are delicious!
This is right up my ally! I love when recipes are easy, quick but fun! This is something I just might whip up this weekend!
I love quick and easy recipes, too. Especially for breakfast since I like to eat soon after waking up most mornings.
Yum! These look delicious – I love anything with cinnamon in! And I bet they’re so much tastier than shop bought ones…
Cinnamon adds great flavor to anything! I feel like these are better than storebought but not as good as making completely from scratch. But they are a great quick in-between option!
Man this is just awesome, we too love them. They are however not in the budget from the shops as they are expensive in SA. But you have just solved that issue with this nice recipe and step by step instructions. The photos left my mouth with a sugary taste. Thanx
This is easily more budget-friendly than buying from the bakery. And you don’t have to leave the house for them, which is always a win for me!
I also love eating sweets for breakfast. But I make sure not to drink coffee with it, you know, to keep it balanced. 🙂 I’ve made cinnamon rolls before and they were yummy. I think I’m gonna give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂
Hah, balance is always a good thing! I don’t drink coffee, so I guess I am already balanced when I eat these 🙂
I am a huge cinnamon bun but never make them because of the hours of rising. Using a pre-made crescent roll is an awesome idea. Would make them light and fluffy guaranteed.
It’s not quite the same as making them completely from scratch, but it’s as close as you can get without having to run out somewhere!
What a great idea and yo have the option to control how sweet it is. With growing boys you will indeed need to double the recipe.
Yeah, even at ages 4 and 6 we are about ready to double the recipe. But, both of my boys eat the most at breakfast, so it isn’t easy to keep them full in the morning!
OK, now my mouth is watering and I want to make these for breakfast. Unfortunately I don’t have the ingredients, but I think I’m going to pick up some ingredients next time I go shopping.
Luckily, they are easy ingredients and it doesn’t cost much to get them, either!
Your pictures are so so tempting! I love how these are mini in size. Sometimes cinnamon rolls are so big that I can never finish them.
I agree, they can be so big sometimes! We started with mini ones since I first made these when my oldest was really young. But they just work so well we haven’t changed the recipe.
Once again you created a stellar recipe. I love semi-homemade baking and these cinnamon rolls look delicious! It’s brilliant using the dough like that!
Thanks, Jessa! I like cooking from scratch, but also having some quick and easy recipes ready to go when I don’t have time to make it completely homemade.
I love all the differebt things you can make with crescent rolls! My little cousins would love these
I know, they are so versatile! I’ve used them in a few ways now in addition to their intended use.
These look like they would be perfect for my kids. We make the regular cinnamon rolls often but they can never seem to finish a whole one.
My kids love that they are so tiny and bite-sized for them, too!
Yum! These would be good for our weekend brunch, and I bet my daughter could make them. I love cinnamon rolls and so do my kids!
My boys like to help with this one, too. They would be great for a brunch since they are basically finger foods at this size.
LOVE that these are MINI because, well, um, I can then eat like 10 for the calories of ONE and feel like I am eating more?! LMFAO! 😉 My logic is ON POINT, amiright?!
I totally agree with that logic 🙂 And they are more fun at this size.
These cinnamon rolls look sooo delicious!!!! I would love to make them myself, yummmmm….
They are so easy to put together! That’s one of the many things I love about this recipe 🙂
What a clever hack! Love it!!! And they are so adorable besides, not to mention more appropriate from a portion-size standpoint!
And they are great for little hands because they can easily eat them on their own!