Bake The Best Frozen Cinnamon Rolls Using This Hack

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 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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If your family enjoys cinnamon rolls, you’ve gotta try this easy hack to take them from frozen to next level gooey! 

rhodes frozen 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 frozen Rhodes cinnamon rolls by adding heavy whipping cream to the bottom of the pan with the thaw, rise, and bake cinnamon rolls found in the freezer section of the grocery store.

I was intrigued and had to test this frozen cinnamon roll tip for myself!

frozen rhodes cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet pan

Verdict: I love these fluffy gooey cinnamon rolls and I think you will too!

As if cinnamon rolls couldn’t get any better, I can confirm that by 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!

serving cinnamon roll on plate

Tips for pulling off the best frozen cinnamon rolls:

  • Make sure to buy these thaw and rise cinnamon rolls in the bag in the freezer section. 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 cream to frozen cinnamon rolls

adding cream to frozen cinnamon rolls when baking

placing cinnamon rolls in the fridge overnight

adding foil to cinnamon rolls

cinnamon rolls in the oven lightly browned

adding frosting to rhodes cinnamon rolls

spreading frosting onto cinnamon rolls


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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 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!

Brought to you by Hip2Save.

fluffy cinnamon roll on a plate

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 pan of cinnamon rolls


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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 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 15

  1. WestbergFive

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

  2. Susie

    What does Marley’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 9×13 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 times… 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

    I’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!

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