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. Mary Lou 12.22.2011

    After seeing these on Pinterest I tried them out today as a test batch before Christmas morning, and they are absoutley delicious and the cutest thing ever!! So simple and fast. I’m hoping I don’t eat this whole batch myself! Thanks again!

  2. Lainie 12.24.2011

    Just made these! Delicious and super easy. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

  3. Courtney 12.24.2011

    Outstanding! Such a hit!! Added them to annual Christmas Eve Pancake Breakfast! Thanks for sharing!

  4. kristina 12.24.2011

    These are great with dried apples or dried cherries inside the roll, too!

  5. Heather 12.24.2011

    Tried this today and loved it!

  6. Brea 12.25.2011

    Made these for our Christmas breakfast this morning. Oh my goodness, they are so easy and SO good! Thank you for sharing the recipe — this is a new Christmas morning breakfast tradition in our house, for sure! :)

  7. Jennifer 12.27.2011

    Yummy! I posted a link to this on my blog…thru my pinterest board.
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

  8. Suzanne 12.28.2011

    I am so going to try this but I’m thinking of using the new crescent sheets by Pillsbury! Make this easy recipe even easier. :)

  9. Brenda 12.29.2011

    Loved these. They are amazing!!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Teri 01.01.2012

    Just made them! Amazing!

  11. Meghan 01.02.2012

    Stumbled across your site through Pinterest and I am so glad I did! These are amazing, as are many other of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Culinary Cory 01.07.2012

    Super cute! I love how easy these are.

  13. Brenda Schleifer 01.07.2012

    I just made these with my 3yr. old and 6 yr. old…super easy and delicious! Iowa..you make me smile!

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  15. Elyse 01.07.2012

    “you only need to pop one or two (ok probably 3!) to get the comforting taste of an indulgent cinnamon roll”

    Maybe for you, but I ate 8 of them this morning!! :)

    • Mike 01.08.2012

      These are great and I added chopped pecans

  16. Amy 01.09.2012

    Made these this morning with generic crescent roll. Taste great but I had a hard time keeping my seams together. What’s the trick?

    • Debbie 01.16.2012

      Pillsbury makes the seamless crescent rolls now! Makes it sooo much easier. :)

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  19. Judy 01.11.2012

    These look sooo good, can’t wait to try them. They will be perfect for company!

  20. Emily 01.12.2012

    Well..sadly i have no brown sugar in this house…and sadly im not onld enought to drive out and get some so could someone please tell me would it mess them up if i just put normal sugar in it? :/

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.13.2012

      Hi Emily! I’m sorry to say I don’t think white sugar in this recipe would turn out so well. Let me know if you give it a go though!

  21. Morgan 01.13.2012

    I made these this morning with the seamless sheet and it worked great. They turned into little popover cinnamon rolls. Yum! Thanks for the recipe. I love your site.

  22. Lisa 01.13.2012

    Dropping in to say happy I found your blog, however found it because your content has been lifted here: http://www.bforbel.com/2011/12/teeny-tiny-cinnamon-rolls.html

    recipe, directions, a lot of the photos are all there.

  23. Lisa C. 01.15.2012

    These are awesome! I think next time I will invest the extra $0.50 for the Pillsbury dough. The off brand was really sticky and pretty thin, so I had to use some flour to help not make it so hard to work with. They were super easy and easy to make diary free as well! I just subbed butter with Earth Balance “butter” and skim milk with almond milk so my daughter could enjoy them as well.

    • Mary 02.12.2012

      Thank you for sharing your idea. I also have a daughter that is allergic to all dairy products. And we are always looking for ways to add the fun yummy foods without compromising her health . Can’t wait to try it.

  24. Jamie R. 01.15.2012

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I made these this morning and they were a wonderful. I made a batch of cinnamon and a batch of carmel. The carmel I melted 2 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon dark karo, 2 tablespoon brown sugar. Microwaved 30 seconds and brushed on top of the rolls then baked them. These will become a staple in my kitchen!!

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  26. Jenny 01.19.2012

    I want to make these – Where oh where do I get Crescent Roll Dough from – not fair if I can’t get it in Australia do you know of a similar substitute?

  27. Donna 01.19.2012

    Looks yummy! Anxious to try.f

  28. Brittany 01.19.2012

    Hi! These look so fun! Im wondering where you found a muffin pan small enough to make these fit on a small spoon? Can you just use a sheet pan?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 01.23.2012

      It’s a mini muffin tin. You can find them at Target or Bed, Bath & Beyond!

      • Maria 01.29.2012

        What if I don’t have a mini muffin tin? Can I just place them on a cookie sheet?

        • Iowa Girl Eats 01.30.2012

          I haven’t tried it, but you probably could!

          • Maria 01.30.2012

            Thanks! I will give them a try this weekend. By the way, I love your website!

  29. jackie 01.20.2012

    I have made these twice this week and they are fantastic!!

  30. kero 01.20.2012

    sooo cute! i love all your pics — so helpful. i saw a similar recipe with only a final picture so, as a first time cinnamon roll maker, i had a hard time envisioning the steps. thank you!

  31. […] I made these cinnamon rolls this morning, but I forgot to take a picture of the yumminess after they came out of the oven. I loved the maple icing. It was to die for! You can find the recipe here: http://iowagirleats.com/2011/11/23/8-minute-mini-cinnamon-rolls/ […]

  32. Lisa 01.23.2012

    WoW delicious!!! ;-)

  33. Ronna 01.25.2012

    Love these! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Shumaila 01.26.2012

    These are on THE LIST! I am scared to make them- such a small size is not good for my waist line as I would end up eating a lot of these thinking what harm can such a tiny thing do!

  35. Hilary 01.26.2012

    i saw these on Pinterest and just made them today….i cannot stop eating them! these are ridiculously simple and amazingly tasty! well done!

  36. Katie 01.28.2012

    DELICIOUS!!! I made these this morning and I absolutely LOVED them!! Super easy too!

  37. Jackie 01.28.2012

    I recently discovered your blog, and it’s good to see the younger crowd cooking. Those Mini Cinnamon rolls are beyond great thinking. At my age I’m ashamed I didn’t think to make them this way. Good Job.

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  39. I just made these this morning and they were a huge hit for my moms’ group! Needless to say, I directed my child towards the fruit, so I could eat his share of the cinnamon rolls… so glad I found you/this recipe via pinterest!

  40. Elisa 01.31.2012

    If anyone is interested… if you used 1/2 c brown sugar, and the recipe yields 20… they are only 52 calories

  41. Liz Curr 02.05.2012

    This morning, after I made these cute little rolls, my husband said, “are they really as good as they look?” I proclaimed, “Even Better!”

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  43. pat 02.11.2012

    You are right…these are fantastic and easy as well! Came to you via The Lettered Cottage, great blog, great fun to be here…wish your B&B was near me in the South!

  44. Angela 02.11.2012

    I made these and they were delicious! I got vanilla flavored topping for it and it melt in my mouth!

  45. Colleen 02.19.2012

    They now make a SHEET OF CRESCENT ROLL dough in a can!!! no more pinching the seams shut.

    I’m making these as I type. I’m adding orange zest to the powdered sugar glaze instead of maple. mmm mmmm orange danish

    Keota IOWA

  46. Amanda VHB 02.21.2012

    I can’t wait to make these on Sunday! I love all things MINI

  47. Jessica 02.24.2012

    I made these last week for me and my husband. I wanted to try them out before I doubled the recipe for my Bible study group. They were so delicious and very easy to make. I made them on a baking sheet with no problem. I don’t understand how you were able to make them look so pretty though. They wouldn’t stick together, the rolls kept coming undone. They didn’t look very nice, but they tasted great! Any tips on how you rolled them so well would be nice. I’m doubling the recipe early next week.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.27.2012

      Make sure you don’t spread the filling all the way to the edges, so the crescent roll can stick to itself. Hopefully that helps! :)

    • Dee 02.29.2012

      Maybe try a little beaten egg white on the edge and press to seal down, or water might work too.

  48. Liz 02.26.2012

    Made this as a treat for my kiddos this morning – I didn’t have a mini-muffin pan, but I used a regular size – my kids ate them SOO quickly – they absolutely loved them! Thanks for the great idea! Mom rocked this morning!

  49. Candy 02.28.2012

    Do you think you could freeze these either before or after baking?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.29.2012

      I’m not sure as I’ve never tried, but I bet it would work! Let me know if you give it a shot!

  50. Carolyn 02.29.2012

    These were wonderful………so yummy! Had to laugh though at your recipe calling for skim milk in the frosting!! Like that makes this low cal…….haha………oh well, I just won’t make them very often!
    Love your website by the way! Tasty stuff, along with a dose of your cute personality!
    Thank you!
    And fyi to Jessica, I think you really needed to use the mini muffin pan, that likely keeps them rolled up while baking!

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