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Love homemade cinnamon rolls, but not quite a fan of the work involved?

Here’s an easy shortcut that requires very little hands on time in the kitchen and results in delicious warm and gooey cinnamon rolls from your oven at home!

In case you haven’t tried frozen bread dough, it tastes so much like homemade and is a great starter for cinnamon rolls. I also made a quick cream cheese glaze for the top, but you could use a different icing if desired. This is a great basic recipe that you can easily add to if your family prefers nuts and/or raisins etc.


 Cinnamon Rolls from Frozen Bread Dough

Adapted from allrecipes.com


One 1 lb. frozen bread loaf, defrosted
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream *Optional

For cream cheese glaze:
3 Tablespoons Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk, or more as needed
dash of vanilla extract


  • Sprinkle surface area with flour.
  • Roll out defrosted loaf of bread into a long rectangle.
  • Spread melted butter on top of dough, followed by brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Start from the longer end and roll up dough.
  • Cut about 12 slices across.
  • Place rolls into a greased cake pan or casserole pan.
  • Cover rolls and let rise until they double in size for about 1 & 1/2 hours.
  • Drizzle 1/3 cup heavy cream over top (optional but yummy!)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • Whisk together cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar, and Vanilla until glaze is formed. Add milk to get desired thickness.
  • Drizzle over rolls.

These turn out AWESOME and are definitely a crowd pleaser for sure! The cream makes them extra delicious and helps them not dry out at all.

My sister-in-law uses this method and shared that these are so easy that she just estimates the amounts of sugar, butter, etc and they always turn out great. She makes them for morning tailgating games as well as special occasion holidays and they ROCK!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 56

  1. ?

    Would they have to be refrigerated?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hmm…Great question, unsure. They didn’t last past a day in our house, but I would place in fridge if longer than a day. 👍

  2. mom2boys

    Yum…can’t wait to try these!! Love your sugar container….where did you get that??

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks! Thrift store find 😀

      • mom2boys

        Bummer…..I was hoping to get one but so glad you were able to find it!

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Oh you know what duh I have a white sugar container that’s from a thrift store-My brown sugar container is just a normal clear food storage container found at any big box store with an adhesive chalkboard label on it. 👍

  3. Karen

    I wish I hadn’t seen this recipe! 😉

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I know sorry! So good. 😁

  4. Eliana

    Even easier than this recipe is the Rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls instead of using frozen bread. They are delicious and much less work. Just set them out a few hours or the night before and bake. They even come with their own packets of cream cheese frosting. The ones in the circular metal pan are not as good as the ones in the plastic bag.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Good to know! Never tried those 👍😀

  5. MommySpendsLess

    Honest question – how are these better than the refeigerated tubes? Some things are better homemade or mostly-homemade but for a lot of things I find that getting a natural/simple/organic/high-ish quality version of a boxed/canned item (like soup, muffins, brownies, mac&cheese, cinnamon rolls) and adding a couple ingredients is as good or better than what I could make and at half the cost and effort…

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Interesting. I actually usually make the tubes as a once in a while treat. These definitely tasted better and “homemade” to us. So if you’re in the mood to bake something special, celebrate an occasion, make as a gift, potluck, or simply want to customize it with your own topping or nuts than this method is a plus. 👍😀

    • Stephanie

      These taste more like regular cinnamon rolls. The tube obes have a funny, odd (maybe preservative?) flavor to me.

      • ash

        Because it is more of a biscuit dough instead of a traditional yeast dough.

    • Michele L

      we had to stop using the tube ones cause they add a ton of dye in them. My son cant have red dye #40 and he always had issues when we made them until I finally realized all the additives that pilsbury puts in their rolls. I am sure other whole foods stores or trader joes has ones with more natural ingredients

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Oh interesting! Thanks michelle

  6. shannon22

    I made homemade yeast rolls tonight with my daughter. ÷)

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  7. Kandyce

    My husband loves cinnamon rolls. This a great recipe for us to make over the holiday weekend. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure and thanks Kandyce! Enjoy. happy holidays!

  8. Ashley

    Great recipe for Christmas morning breakfast. Thank you!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great Ashley – thanks for reading!

  9. ~jenn~

    If you really wanna get crazy, brush the dough with Nutella that’s been microwaved for a few seconds. Use half the icing in the recipe and replace with Nutella (again that’s been warmed in the microwave to soften the consistency).
    My family loves them and they don’t last long….

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      This is amazing! Will do that. Thanks Jenn! 😋

    • Amy

      Stop it!

  10. JA

    Slightly off topic…but this post reminded me of a Christmas a few years ago. I woke up before everyone else and decided to make coffee and cinnamon rolls from the can. I had the vision of the kids and my husband waking up on Christmas morning to yummy smells and a toasty warm house. Except everyone slept in! The kids were exhausted from the day before and my husband was just happy to have a day off. I drank all the coffee and my cinnamon rolls got hard and cold. By the time they all rolled out of bed I was ready to go back to sleep. I started giggling as soon as i saw this! post.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh too funny! 😀

    • Leighton

      Haha…great post

  11. Stefanie

    Can I prepare the night before and then refrigerate to bake the next morning? If so, how would I go about it?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya I haven’t tried yet but I may for this Christmas. Everything I’ve read says you can roll out cinnamon rolls, place in pan covered and refrigerated overnight. Then in the morning take them out and let them rise for an hour or so on the counter and bake.

      • Polly

        Yes it works, although I’ve found it may take them longer to rise after being refrigerated, so maybe allow a little extra time.

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Thanks Polly!

    • Jessie

      I make homemade cinnamon rolls (Pioneer Woman recipe is fantastic!) and do this. I use this method from Alton Brown and it works perfect:
      Preheat oven to 200. Put cinnamon rolls in straight from fridge and turn the oven off. Leave them to rise in the warm oven for 30 minutes. Keep them in and turn oven to 375. Set the timer for 15 minutes and take them out. I also freeze pans of the rolls before baking and move them from freezer to fridge about 24 hours before I want to bake, then follow the above. Yum!

      • Lana

        You can take the frozen pan of rolls out of the freezer the night before and leave them on the counter and they will be thawed and raised and ready for the oven in the morning. I have been doing it that way for decades.

        • Kimberly

          I do this too but I actually just leave overnight in the oven(not on) and then turn the oven on when I wake up.

          • Leslie Ramey

            Thank you ladies for all the advice. It’s so helpful, I would never know you can do all this. I’ve never made cinnamon rolls expect from a can.

  12. Lolie

    These look so good and sounds easy! Will have to give it a try, my boys will love these! Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure Lolie!

  13. Catie

    Ooh I bet you could do some version of this with pillsbury crescent rolls or grands biscuits…I’m going to have to do some playing!

    • Kamaya

      I do the crescent rolls all the time. They are delicious!!!

    • Lana

      Grands make wonderful cinnamon rolls. I lay them out overlapping and just roll them with the rolling pin into one big sheet of dough.

  14. Cheryl

    FYI – don’t cut dough with a knife. I always use dental floss when I need to cut through dough! Just tie once and it cuts right through the dough without smashing it.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That is genius! Thanks for the tip Cheryl ✅

    • JenniferS

      Make sure you’re using plain waxed floss, nothing flavored when working with food.

    • Kamaya

      Thank you. I’m going to try this trick this weekend.

  15. Grace

    These look delicious and since I’ve only ever baked cinnamon rolls from a tube, I’d like to try it. Where is the best price to be found on frozen dough? TIA

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      They can usually be found in the grocery or Walmart type stores in freezer section. We enjoy the dinner rolls and also the loaf bread.

  16. Tippy

    Will the Rhodes dinner roll dough work??

  17. The new Mrs Rowe

    There are good recipes online for cinnamon rolls in the slow cooker which I’m sure this recipe would be great for! Thank you for all your recipes, crafts and everything you do😊

  18. Leslie Ramey

    These sound so good. Thanks for sharing! I love semi homemade stuff, makes life easier.

  19. Sara Bonert (@sbonert)

    I just buy the frozen Rhodes cinnamon rolls, pre made. They are great! Then you can make your own cream cheese frosting or caramel topping (if doing caramel rolls) with those.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great suggestion!

  20. Jennvern

    These are so amazingly delicious! After making some for family, I have continued to make them and gave to friends as gifts over the holidays. Just made 4 pans tonight for my coworkers. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Lina D

      Oh how nice! Thanks for sharing with me 😉

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