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

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 oven. Set a timer for 36 minutes. Note: 5 + 36 = 41 minutes.

 

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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 different 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 hot and enjoy!

 

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Recipe

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Cinnamon Rolls (Semi-Homemade)

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:
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time36 mins
Cooling time2 mins
Total Time43 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Caribbean
Servings: 10
Calories: 350kcal

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

Calories: 350kcal

First published: 12-04-19; Edited to update and add recipe card 12-16-19


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  1. Kim says:

    Does anyone have any suggestions for taking these to a gathering that is 2 hours from my house? A way to reheat, maybe? I could obviously add the frosting last minute but will only have limited ability to use an over (not 36 minutes).

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  2. Sally Davison says:

    5 stars
    I made these last year on Christmas morning and took them to our granddaughter’s house for her family. They insisted we stay and join them in eating the cinnamon rolls. I was so impressed! They were wonderful! I plan on making them again this Christmas too!

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  3. Neva says:

    My daughter and I cut the recipe in half, used a loaf pan instead of a 9 by 13 and cut the grands into quarters so they easily fit in the pan in a single layer. They were just as good, even better because there were more crispy edges and we didn’t over indulge with a smaller family gathering.

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  4. Patricia Lavenz says:

    These were delicious. I made them with the whipping cream the first time but this weekend it was so cold the truck wouldn’t start so I had to improvise. I used Bliss coffee creamer in place of the whipping cream and it was awesome. Finally got the truck started this morning. LOL

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  5. Kay Jones says:

    I love this! I especially like that I can make just one tube of rolls which is perfect for a small family. Making homemade rolls is fun, but I only made them when it was a family gathering. Now I can treat myself!

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    • Mary Hunt says:

      Yes Kay, I do make a half recipe like this: One can of Pillsbury Grands!, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream … in an 8″ x 8″ baking pan. One roll in each corner and the fifth one in the middle.

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  6. Barbara Tarleton says:

    This saddened me. There is no comparison of quick breads (out of a can?) to yeast bread. At least use Rhodes cinnamon roll dough.

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