8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls


8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls are ready in under 10 minutes. Sweet and poppable, they disappear in minutes! 


We’ve got tons of Thanksgiving traditions in my family that I look forward to every year:

Sipping mimosas while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Someone throwing a fit about losing at Scrabble, fueled by the aforementioned mimosas.

The food.

Pumpkin pie eaten while watching movies by the fire at night.

Cinnamon rolls to start the day off right.

Yes, before the mimosas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, turkey and pie – there’s always a warm batch of cinnamon rolls waiting for my brothers and me as we trickle into my parent’s house from our respective neighborhoods.

They’re warm. They’re sweet. They’re covered in thick icing.

They also kind of sit like a rock in your stomach for a couple hours afterwards. Especially the doughy center piece you fought your brothers off for.

Well this year I thought I’d try something new when it came to those special Thanksgiving morning cinnamon rolls. I thought I’d be the one to bring ’em, so I could scale back the size and sugar quantity a bit, and start the Thanksgiving morning off right with 8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Icing!

Don’t you just want to pinch their plump, cinnamon-swirled, icing covered CHEEKS?


These babies are totally awesome because you only need to pop one or two (ok probably three!) to get the comforting taste of an indulgent cinnamon roll, and YOU control the sugar and butter content in them. Plus they’re really easy. Yep, get ready to channel your inner Sandra Lee and bust out a tube of crescent roll dough. One tube will get you 16 mini cinnamon rolls.


Lay half the dough next to each other, and pinch the seams together.


Flip and repeat.


Next take a rolling pin and roll the dough into a square about 1/4″ thick.


Brush on 1 Tablespoon butter,


sprinkle with cinnamon,


and add a dusting of brown sugar.


Roll the dough into one big log, and cut into 8 even slices.


PS you can use as much cinnamon and brown sugar in these rolls as you want. This is a total non-recipe recipe!


Place the rolls into a non-stick sprayed mini muffin tin and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.




Aren’t they the cutest? I can’t even describe how delicious they smelled warm out of the oven!


As the minis bake, mix up a quick icing made with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and a little bit of milk. While the cinnamon rolls were still warm, drizzle a teaspoon or two of the icing on top of each one.




8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 16 mini cinnamon rolls


8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls are ready in under 10 minutes. Sweet and poppable, they disappear in minutes! 


  • 1-8oz tube crescent roll dough
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • For the maple icing:
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • 1 Tablespoon skim milk
    • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven according to crescent roll dough package directions. Layout half the dough (4 triangles) and pinch all the seams together. Flip over and pinch the seams on the back side together too.
  2. Using a rolling pin, smooth the seams and roll the dough into a square about 1/4" thick. Brush with half the butter, and sprinkle with as much cinnamon and brown sugar as you want. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces.
  3. Place mini cinnamon rolls into a non-stick sprayed mini muffin tin. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other half of the crescent roll dough. Bake according to package directions.
  4. Meanwhile whisk together maple syrup and milk in a bowl. Add in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


These sweet, poppable bites are tiny enough to sit on a spoon…


but pack BIG, bold flavor!


I’d advise making a couple batches – they’ll go fast!


Have a wonderful, happy, tasty Thanksgiving everyone!



What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions?

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  1. just clicked over to your blog form google reader and noticed it was redesigned – love it! and this might just be what is on the menu for the morning after our little kansas city turkey trot 5K! happy thanksgiving!

  2. You guys sip mimosas during the parade?! Why didn’t I think of that? That’s so smart!

  3. kathleen 11.23.2011

    mimosas+scrabble+cinnamon rolls = heaven! have a happy thanksgiving! i am thankful that i stumbled upon your blog! look forward to it on a daily basis!! :)

  4. erica 11.23.2011

    that looks soo good and sounds easy! maybe i’ll start my own cinnamon roll tradition!

  5. Chris 11.23.2011

    These look as yummy as they are cute! I’d like to print this one for my recipe binder but I am not seeing a link to print the recipe…did I miss it?

  6. Nancy 11.23.2011

    really easy and quick!

  7. Meagan 11.23.2011

    They look so good and easy! I will have to bake a batch for Christmas morning for my family ..and my fiance’s family!

  8. Lauren Beaver 11.23.2011

    This is wonderful! Reminds me of my family’s Thanksgiving Day morning tradition of eating warm glazed donuts and watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade before chaos ensues as we prepare the home and meal for an enormous family party.

  9. Cinnamon rolls are one of those foods that I love and never have. I have to make these… like nowish.

  10. Terri 11.23.2011

    I love that you have mimosas during the parade! I added that to our plan this year and my husband thought I was crazy!

  11. Miri 11.23.2011

    They are so adorable! I can’t wait to try them.

  12. Carly 11.23.2011

    These are sooo cute! I absolutely love your blog redesign – it’s fabulous! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  13. Lauren 11.23.2011

    I’ve made these before for Christmas breakfast. Such a cute and easy idea.

  14. How cute!! Love them! This is my first year being a Mom… I plan in starting our own traditions this year. Homemade cranberry sauce, Kentucky derby pie, pumpkin pie, roasted turkey, your stuffed apples, and much more. I’ll be drinking mimosas tmrw too. Cheers!

  15. Super cute and bite-sized is perfect for a pre-Thanksgiving feast.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  16. AmandaD 11.23.2011

    Must be a mid-west thing-my family does the cinnamon roll tradition too! I bought a small tube (5 rolls) at the store this week because I want to continue that tradition with my 18-month old son and husband! My husband doesn’t “get it” because his family grew up eating overnight strata. We’ll have to compromise at some point but I’m the one who cooks so guess who wins this time ;)

  17. Jen 11.23.2011

    Super cute! These will be a must try at Christmas when I’m not traveling. By the way, *LOVE, LOVE, LOVE* the redesign. I just printed your party potatoes deluxe recipe – really like the pop up to the printer friendly window. These potatoes were requested by my brother, so I’ll be making them when I get to his place tomorrow ;-) Enjoy Turkey Day!

  18. Tiffany 11.23.2011

    Making them as I type!! I prefer cinnamon rolls as a dessert rather then breakfast.

  19. Lori 11.23.2011

    I, too, love the mimosa idea! I may have to make a grocery store run in the morning. I have your gingersnap pumpkin cheesecake cooling on the counter right now and I can’t wait to eat it tomorrow!
    My family doesn’t keep many family traditions for Thanksgiving. My dad makes my grandpa’s famous dressing with the turkey. Everything else is a smorgasboard put together by my siblings and I.

  20. Amy 11.24.2011

    Oh someone else who has family feuds over Scrabble! We no longer play Monopoly in our house over the great near divorce debacle of 2003 (it is still spoken of in whispers and fear sometimes….)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Katie E 11.24.2011

    These look so fun and easy (and yummy) – I think I could even let my girls help make them. Have you seen the seamless crescent roll dough – makes recipes like this even easier!

  22. Dawn Marie 11.24.2011

    Happy Thankgiving

  23. Jenna 11.24.2011

    OMG! These are completely drool worthy and soooo simple!! I feel a strong urge to whip them up right now, but my fridge is already full of Thanksgiving sweets for the families, so another time (SOON) it is!!!! :)

  24. Courtney 12.02.2011

    These sound fantastic! I am going to make them for Christmas morning, and probably before then as well! :) One question- in the ingredients for the icing it says 3/4 sugar. Is that a cup, tsp, tbsp? Thanks!

  25. Sharon Turner 12.02.2011

    I’m not even kidding ~ I saw this blog, printed off the recipe and got up and proceeded to making these little beauties. Here’s my review:

    These little gems are AWESOMELY EASY to make and ridiculously delicious! Would serve wonderfully for a quick breakfast side or for unexpected guests [since most of these items you already have on hand]. Oh my! Goodness overload! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Holidays!

  26. Ann 12.03.2011

    I love this! I am going to bring these to a potluck brunch I go to every year. Was planning on making full-size cinnamon rolls from the Southern Plate blog, but these are nice b/c there is SO much good food at the brunch full-sized cinn. rolls might be too much!

  27. How adorable! I could probably eat a hundred of these!

  28. Naomi 12.04.2011

    Probably a stupid question… but did you use a regular sized muffin tin or is that a mini-muffin tin? I am about to try them and I am using a regular sized so we shall see how it turns out. I hope just as good as your pictures!! Cinnamon rolls are a STAPLE around here ;)

  29. Karen 12.04.2011

    Cute idea!!!

  30. Amelia 12.07.2011

    Did the regular muffin tin work out? I don’t have a mini muffin tin. Also, could you make these in the evening and they still be good in the morning? I’m thinking about bringing them to work!
    So cute!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.08.2011

      I’m not sure what would happen if you used a regular sized tin – you might want to reduce the baking time. I think you could make them ahead of time – just cover with plastic wrap in the fridge!

  31. Susie 12.07.2011

    These look delish and I’m thinking about them for Christmas morning! Can you prep them ahead of time and then put them in the fridge overnight? Or will the dough rise?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.08.2011

      I think that’d probably be fine! Just cover the top with plastic wrap so the dough doesn’t dry out.

  32. Nina 12.07.2011

    Super cute!! My only question for you (and you totally don’t have to reveal your secret if you don’t want to) is how you got them to cut so nicely?! I was with you all the way through the dough being rolled, but as soon as I tried to cut them, they squished almost flat! I’m not a huge baker so it could just be normal baking knowledge, but I’m clueless. Nonetheless, they were super tasty! Thanks for passing on the recipe!!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.08.2011

      Try using a sharp, serrated knife!

      • Shawna C. 09.21.2012

        My family always uses dental floss to cut cinnamon rolls. Just slide a piece under the rolled up dough log and bring the two pieces together and pull through each other cutting the dough. Makes cutting easy and no mushing if you don’t have a sharp enough knife.

    • John 09.30.2013

      Try using dental floss to cut them. Wrap the dental floss around 1 time, and pull the ends. makes nice cut.

      • Lexy 03.22.2014

        Please be sure to use UNFLAVORED DENTAL FLOSS…..some flavors might be tasted as part of the cinnamoon flavor..yuck.

  33. kristen 12.08.2011

    I found you on Pinterest! Can’t wait to make these for my family this weekend. in response to Nina, I wanted to suggest using dental floss to cut the rolls. You loop the floss around the dough log and put tight to get a nice clean cut. Hope that makes sense….and hope it works for you. It’s a little trick I picked up somewhere along the way when making cinnamon rolls.

  34. Kristin 12.09.2011

    Hi. I’m from Iowa too!! I just made these and they’re so easy and yummy. THanks!

  35. Pam 12.10.2011

    Found you on Pinterest a couple of days ago… Just made these for my 9 year old and two of her friends! SOOO yummy!
    For some reason though I was out of milk but had eggnog, so I made an icing with the eggnog. It turned out great!

  36. Lora 12.10.2011

    Just made these…DELISH! My son was eating them as soon as the icing hit the warm roll. Thanks!

  37. Babs 12.10.2011

    really great and easy!

  38. Donna 12.12.2011

    Do you use the mini muffin pans or the regular sized ones? I’m assuming mini since they are called mini cinnamon rolls.

  39. Bonnie Miller 12.12.2011

    Hi! I’m planning on making these soon. They are too cute and seem so easy to make. I do have a question though. Did you use regular pancake syrup or REAL maple syrup? Do you think regular pancake syrup like Mrs. Butterworth’s would work in the icing? Thanks so much! :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.13.2011

      I used real maple, but any kind like Mrs Butterworth would be totally fine!

  40. Sharee 12.13.2011

    Genius! Love it! Do they freeze well (after baking?)…
    Such an easy recipe and yet sooooooooooooooo (oooooooo) yummy :)

  41. Lisa 12.13.2011

    Ok…. I seem to be the one not getting it. If you used ONE tube…. and cut the dough roll into EIGHT pieces…. how did you get 16 cinnamon rolls? Did you cut the dough square in half before you rolled it? I’m missing something somehow. :(

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.13.2011

      The step-by-step pictures above are showing the steps with half of the dough. You repeat with the second half to get 16 rolls total.

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  43. Jules 12.15.2011

    Found you via Pinterest- I plan on making these for a potluck brunch tomorrow- any idea how they work the next day? In other words, if I bake them tonight, how will they be tomorrow AM? Thanks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.15.2011

      They’re definitely best the same day – preferably within a couple hours of baking. Just like the plain crescent rolls, they kind of get a little hard & stale!

      • Jules 12.15.2011

        Thanks so much! I just made a sample batch, and they are DELICIOUS. awesome recipe! Thanks!

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  45. Christie D 12.18.2011

    I just made these for my work snack share and oh my word, they were yummy!!!

  46. SpareMom 12.19.2011

    so easy and so cute! I’m making these this week!

  47. Sheyla 12.20.2011

    Came across this in Pinterest; I just made them for my daughter’s class Christmas party later today. They look very cute and they taste good, it was so easy to do!! I dressed them up by placing them in silver cupcake liners. Thank you for the recipe!!! It’s a keeper for me.

  48. Huma 12.21.2011

    Ahhh I really want to make these now! I looked in the fridge and all I have are pillsbury grands!jr golden homestyle buttermilk biscuits (the canned type). Can I just roll that out and use it instead? If I could that’d be amazing. :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.21.2011

      I’m not sure – maybe! They might be *really* puffy, and you may need to increase baking time.

      • Huma 12.21.2011

        Hmm… I should probably skip the butter too since theyre buttermilk biscuits. Ill try it out and tell you how it goes. :) The worst possible outcome would be to have random puffballs with cinnamon on them. :)

  49. Erich 12.21.2011

    this is the best tateing cinamen rolls i have every tasted!!!!!

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