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. Dwight 08.24.2012

    Made these with my daughter at her sleep over and they were great. Thank you….

  2. Bonnie 08.25.2012

    I made these yesterday for my son and his friend. They are so easy to make. They loved them! So did I! This is a great recipe for an afternoon snack for kids!!

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  5. Tonya 08.31.2012

    Me and my 5 y/o little girl made these, it took no time at all and she LOVED them. lol now we have to make some for Daddy, I suggest making this as a new bonding moment or do on family day (ours is Sunday). May God bless you all.

  6. Barb 09.06.2012

    Found you on pinterest – these look so good – can’t wait to try them. I will be back to see what other goodies you have to share.

  7. Kay 09.07.2012

    I made these for breakfast this morning and they were AMAZING! My 12 and 5 year old loved them so much, after eating the entire batch, they requested more for breakfast tomorrow. I prepared the dough on a piece of Saran wrap sprayed with cooking spray than used bottled cinnamon and sugar which made it even quicker. Thank you for a great recipe.

  8. maureen 09.07.2012

    Just made these this morning, omg love them. Thank you

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    Hi!Just made these this morning, -yummy- I love them. Thank you for this great tip! Petra

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  13. Shawna C. 09.21.2012

    Do you have to put them in a mini muffin pan? Can you just space them out on a cookie sheet? What’s the reason behind the mini muffin pan? Hold em together? Just curious. Thanks! Fellow Iowa Girl! Go Hawks!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 09.22.2012

      You could try spacing them out, but they might fall apart. Something else you could try if you don’t have a mini muffin tin is lining them up in a mini baking dish and baking them like regular cinnamon rolls!

      • Shawna C. 09.22.2012

        Thanks. They totally fell apart baking like regular cinnamon rolls. Still tasted great. I made a double batch and put 24 in the mini pan and 8 in a pie tin. The ones in the pie tin really spread out. So a mini muffin pan is recommended. :-) Thanks for getting back to me. That game was awful today. So sad my 3 boys were there to witness that debacle. On Iowa and Go Hawks!

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  15. Margaret 09.23.2012

    Mini Cinnamon Rolls are amazingly delicious and SO easy! I have made them three times now and have altered them: adding finely chopped pecans and cooking without mini muffin tin (as I do not have one). They have been perfect every time! Love this recipe!

  16. LJ 09.26.2012

    Brilliantly simple! Love this and so will the kiddos!

  17. Anne Failes 09.29.2012

    I live in Australia. What are the ‘Crescent Rolls’ like ?? We don’t have it here, so I’m wondering what I can substitute for it ??

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  21. Kathleen 10.14.2012

    I got your recipe from pinterest and made these for my 15 yr old son and his 3 friends this morning!! They were such a hit and they went so fast! I thought I’d better make 2 batches but ended up making 3. Each batch I experimented with the sugar. 1st was with brown sugar. Oops, I noticed it was dark brown sugar so half of the first batch I added reg. sugar. 2nd batch was just sugar and the 3rd batch was my cinnamon and sugar mix. The boys didn’t noticed one way or the other. They said all were yummy great!! I did notice that the 3rd batch with my cinnamon sugar mix was not quite cinnamony enough but tasted yummy great anyway!! by the 3rd batch, I ended up cutting 12 out of each roll instead of 8 because they rose more then your pic showed. I’m thinking it is because I used pillsbury cresent rolls instead of a store brand. Hope this comment helps anyone about getting it just right. I thought I had too much cinnamon at first but they all came out yummy anyway. I don’t think you can mess this one up no matter how bad you cook!!! Thank you for sharing this!!

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  23. Senora Unknown 10.24.2012

    Soy going to make this!

  24. Barb in Ohio 10.29.2012

    These were SO GOOD! Our 11 year old son asked for Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast on Sunday and we didn’t have any-but we did have a tube of crescent rolls. I remembered seeing these on pinterest and pulled up the recipe. He read me instructions while I pulled ingredients – then we made them. First ten(yes, tried to stretch recipe to make more)I made I used white sugar by mistake, but they wound up tasting just as good as second set that I used brown sugar. Second eight(went with your instructions and they did plump up a bit nicer) Dear son said that ours(prior to baking)did not look as nice as yours! HAH! For anyone reading comments-I did use Aldi brand crescents-will try with Pillsbury next time to see if there is any difference. I WILL NEVER BUY THE TUBE CINNAMON ROLLS AGAIN – it was hard not to eat all of them at once!

  25. Jessica Ashley 11.01.2012

    Planning on making these for a Friends thanksgiving party, was wondering does the icing harden? Would they be okay to serve not right out of the oven? Such a cute idea by the way

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.02.2012

      The icing doesn’t harden like an iced sugar cookie, but it definitely doesn’t stay drippy. They are best warm out of the oven, so you should be good to go! :)

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  28. Pina 11.16.2012

    Hi there…..your mini-rolls are famous in MY house and MY house is in Montreal, Quebec, Canada! Gotta love Pinterest and thank you for sharing a wonderful idea!

  29. Sarita 11.17.2012

    I just made these.i also put some finely chopped nuts down the middle of the dough. They taste kind of like cinnmony peacan pie! Yummmm. Thanks for the recipe

  30. Belinda 11.20.2012

    Iowa girl.,,, you are the devil disguised in a coat of maple frosting.. lol.. these little cinnamon rolls are positively to die for. Being an Iowan myself .. .. I salute you.. this is a dangerously great idea…:)

  31. Belinda 11.20.2012

    worth every miserable calorie…

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    I can’t seem to see any nutritional information on your recipes. Am I missing something? Your recipes sound fantastic but need NI to follow my eating plan. thanks for you reply

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  36. Amme 01.24.2013

    I’ve tried this recipe a few times and the rolls always come out but the icing doesn’t :( any tips?

  37. Ashley 01.27.2013

    A friend wants me to make mini cinnamon rolls for her wedding of 200 guests…. My question is how long will they stay fresh and yummy since there will not be a place to heat them up and won’t be able to be eaten as soon as they are cooked????

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    I cook my son a hot breakfast most mornings, always on school days…what a fun way to do so!!

  39. Ashley 02.02.2013

    I cannot get mine to come out as cute and put together as yours… Any tips??? Help!!! Mine fall apart and come out all bunched up.. I’m using a mini cupcake pan… Would that make a difference…

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  43. Barb in Ohio 02.15.2013

    I first posted in October about how great these were. I have since made them many more times-my son asked for them for his birthday! I have since gotten lazy and put them on a cookie sheet/silpat (this way I can make THREE tubes at once)-they do spread out and don’t look as pretty, but taste just as awesome! I also have to say they taste just as good a day or two later! So, to Ashley, asking about making 200 for a wedding – I say go for it! Do a test run, I am sure you will have no problem getting takers to eat them.

  44. Megan 02.19.2013

    Heeeelp! sitting over here in the UK, drooling at this post and thinking what the UK version of some of these ingredients would be? What is powdered sugar? is it aritifical sweetener or caster sugar (fine sugar?) and I am assuming that the Crescent Rolls is a pastry for croissants!!
    Please help before I start licking the screen!!

    • Barb in Ohio 02.20.2013

      powdered sugar = 10X confectioners sugar. Found in the US next to the brown sugar in the the baking aisle – white powdery and used for dusting on top of baked goods. Do you have any kind of tubed rolls? It is layered and flaky. Hope this helps. For the maple syrup – I don’t buy the pure, too expensive – I used Log Cabin No High Fructose Corn Syrup Syrup. Tastes good.

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