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Cinnamon Rolls—So Decadent, So Simple It Might Be Illegal!

A quick glance at the calendar tells me that the best time of the year is in full view ahead! Oh, how I love autumn for all its bounty, cooling temperatures, falling leaves, holidays and food! Traditional, warm, comforting food.

There was a time that I felt compelled to rise early on Christmas morning to bake Cinnamon Rolls—my family’s breakfast item of choice on that very special day of the year.

 

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When I say early, I mean 3:30 am. It takes hours for sweet bread dough to rise multiple times. And let’s just say that over the years, some attempts have been more successful than others.

Those days are gone. I’m done with that routine and not because I don’t love my family.

Now I sleep in until exactly 43 minutes before I want everyone to wake up to the smell of fresh, hot, decadent, perfect-every-time Cinnamon Rolls.

I may regret letting the cat out of the bag on this because they still think I’m a world-class Cinnamon Roll baker, but for right now, I’m excited to show-and-tell the most outrageously awesome food hack I’ve ever discovered.

You’re going to doubt me as we get started here, but you shouldn’t. Trust me on this. Magnificent Cinnamon Rolls in just 43 minutes from start to glorious finish.

Ok, here we go:

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Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls
  • light brown sugar
  • heavy whipping cream

That’s it.

 

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Directions

Open both cans of refrigerated dough. You’ll find 5 rolls in each can plus a little tub of icing. Set the icing aside for later, then arrange the rolls in the baking dish—4 down the middle, and 3 on each side.

 

A close up of food on a plate, with Cinnamon roll and Baker

All of those open spaces will fill up, so do not be concerned about this arrangement.

 

In a small bowl or preferably, a 2-cup measuring cup, combine 1 cup light brown sugar and 1 cup heavy whipping cream.

 

A glass cup on a table, with Cinnamon roll and Icing

Mix well until the sugar and cream are fully incorporated and it looks like melted ice cream. You’ll be tempted to take a sip, but do not give in. You need every drop for these amazing Cinnamon Rolls.

 

A dessert on a plate, with Cinnamon roll and Icing

Pour this thick liquid over the rolls. Every last drop of it.

 

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The rolls will appear to be swimming in liquid and you will be certain this cannot possibly be right. Do not fret. This is right. And for the record, up to this point you have spent 5 minutes prepping this recipe.

Place baking dish and rolls into the pre-heated oven. Set a timer for 36 minutes. Note: 5 + 36 = 41 minutes.

 

A tray of food on a table, with Cinnamon roll and Icing

Once the timer goes off, check to make sure rolls are golden brown. They may look slightly underbaked, and this is right. However, not every oven is the same—yours may be calibrated slightly differently than mine, so use your good judgment. Just be careful not to overbake! I have determined that 36 minutes at 350F. is the perfect amount of time.

While baking, remove all evidence (packaging for those cans of cinnamon dough for starters) by pushing it way to the bottom of the trash can. I am not suggesting that you lie, not at all! I do suggest that you simply clean up, to avoid any hint of negativity or chiding on such a lovely day.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool only as long as it takes to open those little tubs of icing.

 

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Spread the icing over the hot Cinnamon Rolls, and there you have the last 2 minutes, to make it 43 minutes start to finish.

Greet your family members as they will now be wandering into the kitchen to find out what smells so amazing.

 

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Serve warm and enjoy!

 

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Recipe

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Cinnamon Rolls

There was a time that I felt compelled to rise early on Christmas morning to bake Cinnamon Rolls—my family's breakfast item of choice on that very special day of the year. You're going to doubt me as we get started here, but you shouldn't. Trust me on this. Magnificent Cinnamon Rolls in just 43 minutes from start to glorious finish. Ok, here we go:
4.1 from 20 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes
Cooling time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 169kcal
Cost: $9

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 baking dish
  • 2-cup measuring cup

Ingredients

  • 10 Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls (two refrigerated tubes/cans)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Open cans by following the directions on the label. Set aside both tubs of icing.
  • Arrange the 10 rolls (5 in each can) in a 9" x 13" baking dish as follows: 4 rolls down the middle and 3 on each side.
  • In a small bowl or 2-cup glass measuring cup, place 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup heavy whipping cream. Mix well until it looks like melted ice cream.
  • Pour the liquid over the rolls
  • Bake at 350 F for 36 minutes. Remove rolls from the oven. Allow cooling for 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Spread the icing over the rolls.

Notes

To make half this recipe (5 cinnamon rolls) start with an 8" x 8" baking dish, 1 can of Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup brown sugar. Place one roll in each corner of the pan and one in the center. Carry on.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 47mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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First published: 12-04-18; Updated and republished 9-20-20


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12 replies
  1. Daria Doering says:

    My nutrition program tells me these rolls each have 464 calories, 16 g of fat, 76 g carbohydrates and 6g protein. Your website states each roll has 169 calories, 23g carbohydrates, 1g protein and 9g fat. The Pillsbury Grands can itself says each roll has 300 calories, and your recipe adds a lot of additional calories. Too bad I bought the ingredients, because this is not something I can eat.

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  2. Cinnamon rolls says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely the best cinnamon rolls. My family loves them and wants me make them every time they come to visit.
    Thanks, Mary

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    • Karla says:

      I agree that that the canned cinnamon rills don’t meet my family’s standard. For rolls that will pass for home-baked and take only 15 minutes, You can’t beat Rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls. You could definitely still use the yummy topping in Mary’s recipe, but they come with packets of cream cheese frosting – altho sometimes I use homemade vanilla buttercream icing. All you have to do Is to spray a 9 x 13 pan with baking spray, lay out the dozen frozen rolls in 4 rows of 3. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and either put in the frig overnight (will probably need a little additional rising time in the morning) or set on the countertop for 6-8 hours overnight and wake up to huge, beautifully risen rolls. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes (depending how brown your family likes their rolls), frost and serve. If you have more than 8 people in your family, I suggest making a second pan. Most will not be satisfied with just one!

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      • Ann says:

        I haven’t tried the cinnamon rolls yet, but definitely will. I get a little upset when someone criticizes a recipe and then continue to tell others to do this and this and this for a better outcome. If you don’t have anything nice to say to someone, keep your opinions to yourself!

  3. Katy says:

    5 stars
    This looks wonderful! If I wanted to halve the recipe – aside from halving the contents- should there be any changes on the baking time?

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