Cinnamon Rolls Hack: Level Up Your Breakfast Game with This Genius Trick!

Frozen Cinnamon Rolls Hack

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 8 HOURS 20 MINUTES

cook time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 8 HOURS 55 MINUTES

Directions

1

Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

2

Place all 12 cinnamon rolls spaced evenly apart in the pan.

3

Mix the heavy cream and vanilla extract and pour into the bottom of the pan.

4

Cover and place the rolls in the fridge overnight.

5

In the morning, remove the cinnamon rolls from the fridge and let them rise for about 1.5-2 hours until they are fluffy.

6

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the covered cinnamon rolls into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15-18 minutes until slightly browned.

7

Remove from the oven and spread the frosting that comes in the bag on top of the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

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Use this Rhodes cinnamon rolls hack to take a favorite comfort food from frozen to next level gooey! 

Woman holding a pan of Cinnamon Rolls, made with the Rhodes cinnamon rolls hack

Cinnamon rolls are a beloved breakfast treat just about anyone enjoys!

My family’s love of eating cinnamon rolls runs deep, except for the part of baking them from scratch. I usually bake these simple cheater homemade cinnamon rolls by defrosting and using frozen Rhodes white bread as a shortcut, and it yields yummy results without a ton of effort. They do, in my opinion, have that homemade taste and texture!

Horray for another frozen cinnamon roll hack to try!

3 ingredient frozen cinnamon roll hack

Collin’s sister Marley recently shared with our team that she bakes the best Rhodes cinnamon rolls with heavy cream. By adding heavy whipping cream to the bottom of the pan, she takes these popular thaw, rise, and bake cinnamon rolls to the next level!

I was intrigued and had to test this Rhodes cinnamon rolls hack for myself!

rhodes cinnamon rolls hack using heavy cream

Verdict: I love these fluffy and gooey Rhodes cinnamon rolls with heavy cream and I think you will too!

As if cinnamon rolls couldn’t get any better, I can confirm that adding whipping cream and vanilla extract to the bottom yields a rich and delicious cinnamon roll experience. The bottom is soft, gooey, yet caramelized, and has that amazing fluffy texture of homemade from scratch cinnamon rolls.

I love that these don’t turn out dry at all, and are over the top yum!

hand holding a plate containing rhodes cinnamon rolls with whipped cream

Tips for pulling off the best frozen cinnamon rolls:

  • Make sure to buy Rhodes cinnamon rolls in the bag. You’ll find these thaw and rise cinnamon rolls in the freezer section of your grocery store. Rhodes also makes a ready to bake tray of cinnamon rolls, but those are different from what I’m using in this recipe.
  • The key to fluffy rolls will be to let them rise overnight in the fridge and then let them rise on the counter for another 1-2 hours. You’ll see how they puff up nicely and trust me it will be worth the wait!
  • Cover your rolls for the first 20 minutes of baking with foil so that the tops won’t dry out. Then remove the foil and let the top brown slightly to perfection.
  • Leftovers can stay good in the fridge for up to 5-7 days, covered.

adding frozen cinnamon rolls to baking pan

adding heavy cream to frozen cinnamon rolls

frozen cinnamon rolls with whipped cream in a baking pan

placing cinnamon rolls in the fridge overnight

using the rhodes cinnamon rolls hack to make gooey rolls

cinnamon rolls in the oven lightly browned

adding frosting to rhodes cinnamon rolls

Spreading icing over cinnamon rolls

Pan of rhodes Cinnamon Rolls

Using a cinnamon rolls hack to make gooey cinnamon rolls

rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls hack


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Frozen Cinnamon Rolls Hack

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 8 HOURS 20 MINUTES

cook time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 8 HOURS 55 MINUTES

This easy tip for making convenient frozen cinnamon rolls extra gooey works perfectly!

Directions

1

Grease a 9x13 baking pan.

2

Place all 12 cinnamon rolls spaced evenly apart in the pan.

3

Mix the heavy cream and vanilla extract and pour into the bottom of the pan.

4

Cover and place the rolls in the fridge overnight.

5

In the morning, remove the cinnamon rolls from the fridge and let them rise for about 1.5-2 hours until they are fluffy.

6

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the covered cinnamon rolls into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15-18 minutes until slightly browned.

7

Remove from the oven and spread the frosting that comes in the bag on top of the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

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Using a fork to eat a cinnamon roll

Here’s what Marley, Collin’s sister, says about this frozen cinnamon rolls hack:

“I swear these are the best cinnamon rolls and I love how easy they are to make for a crowd. To take them over the top, I have finished them in a cast iron pan on the stove and those are the absolute best ever! It kind of caramelizes the bottom of the rolls and OMG!”

Enjoy friends!

Woman holding a pan of rolls made with her cinnamon rolls hack


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About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 46

  1. WestbergFive

    I love Rhodes Cinnamon rolls and have made the for years. I have not heard of adding cream and vanilla. Canโ€™t wait to try it out this weekend! Thanks for the tip.

  2. Susie

    What does Marleyโ€™s comment about finishing in cast iron on top of the stove mean, specifically?

    • Susie

      Does she take them out of the 9×13 and place in a cast iron skillet, or does she bake in skillet and then heat briefly on top of the stove??

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        I think it’s the first thing you said “she takes them out of the 9ร—13 and place in a cast iron skillet”
        and honestly the cast iron would be a good way to reheat as well for leftovers yum…

  3. Melissas

    I fix these with a package of vanilla cook and serve pudding sprinkled on top with a stick of melted butter. Thaw in refrigerator overnight and rise on the counter like the above recipe. I think I may try adding the whipping cream & vanilla also. We LOVE these!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      WOW sounds pretty epic! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon

      That is very similar to another coffee cake recipe my mom would make. Something about the pudding, butter and cream makes these rolls delectable!

  4. Lisa

    This is a great recipe that has been used many timesโ€ฆ sooo good!!

  5. Judy

    Do you think these could be frozen again after they are baked? Now that I’m an empty nester I would only need a few at a time and would like to freeze 1/2 of them for a later date. Can’t wait to try them.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I do actually. That sounds like a smart idea!

  6. Cherrill

    Iโ€™m going to try these in my 9×13 cast iron pan and see how they come out. Thanks for the idea

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea!

  7. Christy

    My MIL pours heavy cream over the top of her homemade cinnamon rolls and they turn out so soft and pillowy. Yum!

  8. Jlee

    Wow and Wow!! Used your hack for the cinnamon and the orange freezer rolls and they were wonderful! Thanks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! That is so great to hear!

  9. Amy

    Could whole milk work in place of heavy cream?

    • Wendy

      To substitute heavy whipping cream, you can use 3 Tablespoons of melted butter and 2/3 cups of milk.

    • Amina BAM

      I’ve used it in a pinch and it works but it isn’t as fluffy it’s just moist, not soupy but I would rather use milk than make plain cinnamon rolls any day.

  10. Hannah

    How much heavy cream and vanilla? It doesnโ€™t say! Iโ€™m really wanting to try this but wanna do it right.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      So sorry for the trouble, Hannah! You’ll need 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract for this recipe. Hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ’ž

  11. Julie

    These rolls were awful. Soggy and wet in the bottom. Looked and tasted like they weren’t done. Period. I even cook them longer than the initial 20 minutes and went to 30 minutes longer. Still wet and soggy I followed the directions completely as far as though whipping cream and vanilla. What could I have done wrong. I also checked the temp on my oven and it was at 350 degrees

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh darn! That is so sad. I wonder if they were still too frozen maybe before putting in the oven? Thats the only thing I could think of? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” should be soft and fluffy dough, so leaving out longer may have helped. So sorry that happened ๐Ÿฅฒ

  12. Sharon

    My mom found a recipe years ago that used frozen bread dough, and she fixed in a bundt cake pan. It used cook and serve pudding along with butter, nuts, and cinnamon sugar. Talk about a fancy monkey bread! The cinnamon rolls sound heavenly, and I will make them over the holidays.

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That sounds interesting. We’ve done it with the dough, butter, and cinnamon sugar but the cook and serve pudding sounds really good! I’m gonna have to try that with my kids. I’ll bet you can do any flavor too!

      • Connie Crowe

        When I make the monkey bread, I mix the butterscotch cook and serve pudding with 3/4 cup brown sugar and sprinkle it on top of the rolls. Then drizzle the melted butter overall and stick in the oven overnight to raise. In the morning cook as directed. If you set the Rhodes rolls, (in the bag) on the counter for 30 minutes, they will become partly thawed and it’s easier to cut them in half before putting in the Bundt pan. By cutting then in half, the pudding mixture is more evenly distributed as they raise.

  13. Michele

    These are delicious made them for Christmas morning and not one was left. So easy

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Love that! Merry Christmas Michele. โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„

  14. Marcella

    Thanks so much for sharing this tip! I will definitely have to give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Marcella! Hoping you love how they turn out! ๐Ÿ’“

  15. Darla

    I use just enough cream to cover the bottom of the pan then pour a little vanilla, a sprinkle of cinnamon and an even sprinkle of brown sugar. Then put the rolls in. I like to use a clear Pyrex pan so I can see the bottom and bake until they are good and brown.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      That sounds delicious, Darla! Thanks for sharing how you prepare yours! ๐Ÿฅฐ

  16. Barbara

    I did these a little differently. I let the rolls rise then added the whipping cream. I then melted a stick of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar in a sauce pan and added this to the rolls. I added chopped pecans over the top and baked for 20 minutes @ 350 degrees! Soft sticky pecan rolls!

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Yum! That sounds delectable! Thanks for sharing how you made yours, Barbara!โค๏ธ

  17. Jennifer

    I made this today! I let the rolls rise on my pre-heating oven. That helped them get bigger faster.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing that helpful tip, Jennifer! Hoping you enjoyed these cinnamon rolls! ๐Ÿ’ž

  18. Karla

    Do you let them thaw first before putting in the refrigerator overnight, or do you just put them in the refrigerator frozen/right out of the bag?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You can just place them in there frozen out of the bag.

  19. Kathy

    I’ve made a similar version, but I use the Grands (or store brand) of the tube cinnamon rolls. They turn out delicious!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea to use those Kathy! Glad to hear they turn out yummy as well! ๐Ÿค—

  20. MamaDavis

    Looks so delicious! I am excited to try these out.

  21. grandmat57

    I make these! BUT sprinkle some brown sugar on top of the cream. Oh my!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      That sounds yummy! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Thanks for sharing, grandmat57! ๐Ÿ’•

  22. Karen

    While these rise on the counter the next morning, do you keep them covered? I plan on making these tomorrow morning

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there, Karen! you don’t need to keep them covered while letting them rise! Hope you enjoy! ๐Ÿ’—

  23. Renae

    We love these on Christmas morning, and they are in the oven now!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Happy to hear it’s been a family favorite, Renae. Hoping you had a very Merry Christmas! โค๏ธ

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