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Quick and Easy Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

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!

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A few years ago, I remember wanting some type of cinnamon roll 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!

Simple Ingredients

Crescent Rolls

The first ingredient for these crescent roll cinnamon rolls is, well, crescent rolls! And don’t be like Justin and mix up crescent rolls with croissant rolls. You want the can of crescent rolls dough that comes in a tube in the refrigerator section at the grocery store. I like the regular buttery crescent rolls for this as the flaky crescent rolls tend to fall apart a bit more when they bake. 

Unsalted Butter

There’s no need to add sodium to this recipe, and you want to keep it sweet. Opt for unsalted butter for this recipe. It works best if it’s softened to room temperature as melted butter doesn’t stay on the crescent roll dough as well. 

Granulated Sugar

Regular everyday sugar is perfect for this recipe. You want the cinnamon filling to be sweet, and that comes from adding sugar to the cinnamon. 


Of course, one of the most important ingredients for homemade cinnamon rolls is cinnamon! In addition to the health benefits you get from cinnamon, it makes this delicious recipe work!

Powdered Sugar

You’ll want a base of powdered sugar to make the sweet glaze. This is an easy recipe for a glaze that can be used for a delicious treat on a variety of recipes. 

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

I like the extra flavor that comes from the coffee creamer in the glaze, but it isn’t necessary. You could also substitute it for any type of milk. We like to use almond milk (and vegan butter) when we are making these without dairy. Or you can use apple juice for a more mild flavor.

Vanilla Extract

The sweet vanilla glaze needs one more burst of flavor which comes from the vanilla extract. You could also use almond extract or for a holiday twist use peppermint extract. 

Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls Step by Step


Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 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


Start with a package of regular crescent rolls, and keep them in the rectangles they come in. Don’t fully pull them apart into triangles, keep two triangles together from the crescent dough sheet. 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. If you don’t have a baking stone, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Baking stone with rectangular crescent rolls on top on a white and grey surface

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.

Baking stone with rectangular crescent rolls covered in butter on top on a white and grey surface

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 cinnamon sugar filling.

Baking stone with rectangular crescent rolls covered in butter and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon on top on a white and grey surface

Starting with the shorter end of the crescent rolls, carefully roll them up. Pinch the edges to seal the seam. 

Baking stone with rolled up crescent rolls on a white and grey surface

Use a sharp knife to cut each roll into five pieces and place rolls on their sides to lay on a flat side. These become your mini easy cinnamon rolls.

Baking stone with sliced cinnamon crescent rolls on top of a white and grey surface

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. 

Wire whisk with icing dripping into a tan bowl on a white surface

Drizzle the simple powdered sugar glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls and serve immediately. This is a great recipe to enjoy with a cup of milk or a warm cup of coffee. 

Three mini cinnamon crescents on a piece of brown paper with a glass of milk and a brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls Leftovers

Storage: Keep extra cinnamon rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store any leftover icing in a separate container.

Reheating: For the best results reheat these mini cinnamon rolls in either the toaster oven or the microwave. They will only take a couple of minutes since they are so small. Make sure to whisk the icing before spreading on warm cinnamon rolls.


Originally Published On: September 11, 2017

Last Updated On: May 3, 2024

Three mini cinnamon crescents on a piece of brown paper with a glass of milk behind all on a wooden surface

Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Dietary Needs:
Servings: 20 rolls
4.80 from 5 votes


Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 110mg5%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 71IU1%
Calcium 3mg0%
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.

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52 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Mini Cinnamon Crescent Rolls”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 4 stars
    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

  4. 5 stars
    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! 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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!

  7. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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.

  8. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?!

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