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Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

These quick crescent roll cinnamon rolls are amazing! Just 30 minutes from start to finish and packed with caramel and cinnamon inside with an easy vanilla glaze. If you love our Bisquick cinnamon rollls but want something even faster, this is it!!

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I LOVE fresh cinnamon rolls, but I’m not a from scratch kinda’ girl typically that’s why these 30 minute quick cinnamon rolls are the bomb! (originally posted 12/16, affiliate links present)

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

We used to make “from scratch” sweet rolls on Christmas morning but by the time they rose. We were distracted a hundred times with everything going on that day, and they were ready to come out of the oven it was literally lunch time.

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So…I was bound and determined to find a way to create a semi-homemade cinnamon roll recipe that was almost as good as those but could be done quickly. I started with a fun Canned Cinnamon Roll Recipe but crescents were on sale so tried yet another. These worked great too!

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Crescent Cinnamon Rolls

I added caramel bits to these because well, why not??!! Literally from start to finish they take just 30 minutes and are super flaky!

Every Christmas we like to make homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls, or semi homemade in this case. Along with our crockpot breakfast casserole it’s a great way to start the busy day.

This year I thought I’d like something a bit quicker than years before where we’ve made them from scratch because we were going to travel to relatives houses and wouldn’t have much time. This was my trial run to see if my fast cinnamon rolls would turn out and it worked!!

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30 minute caramel cinnamon rolls

Pillsbury Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

This is seriously how easy they are to make. You just need 1 can crescent sheet (just like crescent rolls without the perforations), cinnamon, sugar, melted butter, and if you want to add caramel bits it’s super delicious.

If you have ever made cinnamon rolls you make them the same way, you can just eliminate the lengthy process of making and letting the dough rise. Below are the cheater cinnamon rolls ingredients you will need and a video showing how we make them and the recipe:

  1. Crescent dough sheet – different from individual crescent rolls, this doesn’t have any perferations
    • if you can’t find this you can buy the other and pinch the separations together to smooth
  2. Butter
  3. Cinnamon and sugar mixture
  4. Caramel bits – seriously these make them really good

Along with liking quick cinnamon rolls, I don’t spend time on the topping either. I just spoon some vanilla or cream cheese frosting into a bowl, microwave for about 10 sec. and pour on top.

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Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls in Air Fryer

If you want to make these in your Foodi or air fryer you can!! Just follow the temperature and timing in our air fryer sticky buns post here. No need for a pan or baking sheet there. You just use a springform pan, no need to heat up your entire kitchen, and follow the same preparations here with your crescent roll dough. For the oven you will;

  • Unroll crescent sheet. 
  • Use the back of a spoon to evenly spread a thin later of softened butter on top. 
  • Mix white or brown cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle a fairly thick later on top of your butter followed by your caramel bits. 
  • Roll from one end all the way up. 
  • Use a sharp knife to cut pcs. approx. 1″ thick of your cinnamon rolls. 
  • Place into a pie plate or square pan with non stick cooking spray inside
  • Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 min. or until golden brown on top. 
  • Pour melted vanilla frosting on top of warm rolls and enjoy.

What Can You Add Inside Cinnamon Rolls

We already spoke about bits of caramel like we did here. That is easy if you like that flavor but there are so many other options like;

  1. Chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts can add a delicious crunch to your layers.
  2. Raisins added to the filling can add a chewy texture and extra sweetness to your rolls.
  3. Chocolate chips make for a decadent treat sprinkled on top of the cinnamon filling before rolling the dough.
  4. Diced apples, pears, or dried cranberries can add a fruity sweetness and a pop of color. Diced dried fruits work best though as they won’t add moisture.
  5. Cream cheese: Adding a layer of cream cheese frosting on top of your cinnamon rolls can add a rich and tangy flavor.
  6. Drizzling caramel sauce over the top or inside the middle layer can add a sweet and gooey texture.
  7. Mix pumpkin puree into the cinnamon filling or add a layer of pumpkin butter on top.

Adding additional spices like nutmeg, allspice, or cardamom can add depth and complexity to the flavor profile of your dessert or breakfast dish.

Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

Your 30 minute caramel easy cinnamon rolls are done! If you love this recipe you should try our easy caramel monkey bread, cinnamon roll muffins, or Rhodes monkey bread with chocolate too. Perfect for the holidays! Now jump to recipe below and let us know what you think!!

How to Save Leftover Cooked Cinnamon Rolls

So these are definitely best when they are fresh, for sure. You can save them for the next day though and kinda’ revive them if you follow these steps. Wait until they are cooled completely first. Then wrap each one or a few in plastic wrap tightly and leave on the countertop. If you put into a small bowl or container it won’t keep as much air out and they will get more dry.

The next day whisk up some powdered sugar with a bit of milk for a simple glaze. Put them on a plate and drizzle that on top to add moisture. Microwave for 45 seconds or so until warmed. Then you can enjoy your delicious cinnamon rolls for a second time.

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Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls

These quick crescent roll cinnamon rolls are amazing! Just 30 minutes from start to finish and packed with caramel and cinnamon inside with an easy vanilla glaze.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon rolls, quick, semi homemade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 149kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Unroll crescent sheet. 
  • Use the back of a spoon to evenly spread a thin later of softened butter on top. 
  • Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle a fairly thick later on top of your butter followed by your caramel bits. 
  • Roll from one end all the way up. 
  • Use a sharp knife to cut pcs. approx. 1″ thick of your cinnamon rolls. 
  • Place into a pie plate or square pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray well and place in oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 min. or until golden brown on top. 
  • Pour melted vanilla frosting on top and enjoy.

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Nutrition Facts
Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 272mg12%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tayler

Thursday 1st of February 2024

I made these cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning and they were incredible! Both my husband and kids loved them!

Tavo

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

Your Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls were a delightful morning treat. The aroma alone had me eager to dig in, and they didn't disappoint. The balance of cinnamon and sweetness was just right, making each bite a comforting experience. The flaky crescent rolls were a genius twist on the classic cinnamon roll, and I'll definitely be making these again. Great job!

Dana

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

These are fantastic. Just a nice quick way to get cinnamon rolls on the table without making actual tedious cinnamon rolls!

Shelby

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

I love a good shortcut and this quick cinnamon roll recipe is perfection. My kids loved them!

Stephanie

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

These cinnamon rolls just ooze goodness! Much better than ones I've made from scratch in the past - and the addition of the caramel bits makes these extra decadent. An added bonus is how quick they are to make.

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