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. Alissa 03.05.2012

    and, this settles it- we NEED a mini muffin pan! totally wanna make these! :)

  2. Ally 03.11.2012

    These are delicious and easy! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. They are a huge hit at my house. :)

  3. Jill 03.13.2012

    I am a cinnamon roll lover and I say this is BRILLANT!

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  5. Paula 03.18.2012

    You’ve got some great ideas. I can’t wait to try them!! Thanks ror sharing!!!

    • Nurul 06.02.2012

      Why do you think the government keeps inruidtcton new dollar coins every few years? It won’t be but a few more years before we will be using dollar bills instead because it will be cheaper than toilet paper.

  6. anne 03.20.2012

    wat else can i use for the pastry as we dont have the one u mentioned. puff pastry??

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  9. Monica Melgar 03.31.2012

    I just wanted to thank you for posting this. I try making new things in the kitchen, create art, crafts,etc. But I never take the time to take pics and write out a how to. So I’m so grateful that there are people out there like you doing it. So a huge THANK YOU!

    Tried these today and they turned out amazing! This will be made many times in my home…all thanks to YOU! :)

  10. Noreen 04.03.2012

    I tried these this weekend and have to thank you for posting such a delicious and easy recipe! It was a huge hit!

  11. Sue Hale 04.04.2012

    I just made these with my 9-year-old son, and they are fantastic! We had fun rolling out the dough, sprinkling the cinnamon and brown sugar, and eating them! Ours came out looking like little flowers and were gone within just a couple of minutes. Thank you!

  12. Alice 04.08.2012

    I have made these with regular sugar and then when making the icing, use orange juice for the liquid with the powdered sugar. They taste like like orange muffins! Lemons are also and good flavor.

  13. Lyris 04.13.2012

    I tried these! They were very good and very easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  14. helen 04.14.2012


    Can someone please explain to me what crescent rolls are please. I really want to make these.

    Thank you

  15. Alison 04.20.2012

    So I guess the big question is, how do you not just eat them all at once?

  16. JEss 04.21.2012

    How did you cut them without one side turning into a triangle type shape?

  17. lilly-lu 04.22.2012

    Thought I’d let you know that my sister and I here in the UK saw your recipe and made some…well over 100 to be honest. Yes 100, we made them for my sisters Church congregation today April 20th. She has just reported back that they went down a storm with none left. Luckily I made a few extra for my boys and now I have to make more as they ate them all.
    We couldn’t get the dough over here, so we used puff pastry, but they are really yummy.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Oh yeah and we made your corn dog muffins…all gone. Thanks x

  18. laura 05.03.2012

    Made these this morning for the first time…WOW! SUPER EASY AND QUICK! My boys LOVED them! A nice (and surprising) change from cereal for breakfast :) Thanks for sharing!

  19. mary 05.05.2012

    Love these! I added crumbled microwave bacon to the maple frosting, they were fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. yeni 05.05.2012

    I just made these but added chunks of chopped, ripe banana to the inside and it was even tastier than the plain ones!

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    I made these for breakfast… Sooooo good! Thanks so much for this simple recipe!

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  25. Hayley 05.13.2012

    I am so excited to make these this morning for Mother’s Day! Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  26. Lynn 05.29.2012

    I love the mini muffin pan idea! You can bake them on a cookie sheet in shapes, too! At Christmas make them into tree shapes and tint your icing green.

  27. Hi Kristin! I wanted to let you know that I made these mini cinnamon buns this weekend and oh my goodness! They were so yummy and SO perfect. I’ll be posting them on my website tonight. Thanks for the inspiration Kristin! Your blog is adorable! :)


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  29. Angie Koehn 06.11.2012

    Pampered Chef sells a Min Tart Pan that are perfect for this recipe, I can hardly wait to make them!!!

  30. Erin Motz 06.11.2012

    These look ridiculous! In a great way, I mean ;)

  31. Lexy 06.13.2012

    I’m new to cooking/baking. So why Brown sugar instead of normal sugar? What does brown sugar have that everyday sugar doesnt?
    Thanks :)

    • Phyllis Stroble 06.21.2012

      It has molasses in it and better in some recipes

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  33. Renee 06.17.2012

    I have made these several times and they are always a hit! My sister in law just told me about cresant roll sheets by Pilsbury! All you do is take them out, roll it (a little), add the butter, br sugar, cinnamon, and bake! They are so handy!

  34. Marci 06.17.2012

    These are simply amazing!!! I must admit I have made them almost every weekend since I discovered the recipe about two months ago. SO sweet and yummy!

  35. Susan 06.18.2012

    Can i make these in a regular standard size cupcake pan?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.19.2012

      I’m sure you can, but they might flatten a bit, and take less time to cook!

      • susan 06.20.2012

        thanks for the reply, hoping to get an answer about the amount of brown sugar and cinnamon too that I asked and following up on the pan used, I am on a very strict budget, I think I will just bake them in the round cake pan I use when I bake pillsbury cinnamon rolls, more will fit in the pan of course, but that should work well too, right?

      • Lexy 03.22.2014

        If you use a regular size muffin pan then cut the roll into half the pieces you would for the mini size. Might have to bake a bit longer also.

      • Lexy 03.22.2014

        A regular size pan would require to cut the rolled up log into half the amount of slices.

  36. susan 06.18.2012

    How much brown sugar and cinnamon are people using? anyone using ceylon cinnamon (I just learned about it) and curious if I love cinnamon, which I do, and it is the other kind (cassia), will I like this stuff?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.21.2012

      Probably 2 Tablespoons or so per half!

      • Susan 06.21.2012

        2 tbsp of each per half? (brown sugar and cinnamon) and thanks for the reply

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  38. Natasha Whiteley 06.29.2012

    ooooh my goodness.

    We stay in South Africa and I’ve not seen that dough anywhere.. do you know what I could substitute that with?
    desperately need to make this. hehe.
    thank you.

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  42. kristy 07.22.2012

    These are FANTASTIC!!!!!! I will definitely make these as often as possible. My kiddos loved them.

  43. Kelly 07.27.2012

    I can’t wait to make these, thank you!

  44. Lizy b 08.11.2012

    This could very well be the cutest breakfast I’ve ever seen. Yes, I do want to pinch their cheeks!

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  47. Ady 08.14.2012

    Oh my goodness! Saw how great these looked and had to give them a try since im becoming baking-obessed & I LOVE how they turned out! You are right there is a lot of big & bold taste in such small rolls! :)

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  49. Lisa 08.21.2012

    Okay so I remember way back when I was in jr. high cooking class we made something similar to these and the teacher had us use un-flavored dental floss to ‘cut’ them before cooking…it was genius! Put the floss around the roll, cross over at the top and pull.

  50. Danielle Harms 08.21.2012

    I used biscuit dough and they were still great :)

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