Make-shift cinnamon rolls made the easy way and you will not believe how amazing these Cinnamon Roll Crescents are!
When it’s nice out, I really try to take advantage of it. During the nice weather, it’s always good to have a little trick up your sleeve for yummy treat ideas that take only minutes to prepare so you’re in and out of the kitchen in no time! If you know me, you know how much I adore cinnamon rolls and now I don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen rising dough! And neither do you.
These “cinnamon rolls” are made easier with crescent dough or puff pastry and they have the same flavors you know and love about our beloved friend, cinnamon roll. These come SO close and the fact that they’re so easy to make is unreal.
Why these cinnamon roll crescents are the best ever
- They have the same flavors you know and love about our beloved friend, cinnamon roll, without the hassle.
- You get the same iconic gooey center, fluffy dough and sweet glaze on top that just seals the deal.
- 1 8 oz can crescent dough or puff pastry
- light brown sugar
- confectioner’s sugar
- heavy cream or milk
How to make cinnamon roll crescents
- Separate all of the dough triangles.
- A brown sugar/cinnamon mixture is packed on top.
- They’re get rolled up and baked to perfection!
- When they’re done, they’re drizzled with the glaze and you’ve got yourself a make-shift cinnamon roll that took no time at all to make. They’re amazing.
Christmas morning I always try to make some kind of special breakfast and normally we are out on Christmas Eve and we will be this year too. Since we won’t be home and I won’t have time to make a big batch of my traditional cinnamon rolls, I think these just may make an appearance! My big, soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls are ALWAYS a hit and always so worth the effort and these always get the same excitement.
You may enjoy these other cinnamon recipes:
- Cinnamon Roll Crescents
- Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake
- Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
- Pecan Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake
- Cinnamon Chip Glazed Scones
- Cinnamon Roll Donuts
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Cinnamon Roll Crescents
- 1 8 oz can crescent dough or puff pastry
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 2-3 tbs heavy cream or milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent dough on a large, ungreased baking sheet and separate triangles.
- In a small bow, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread mixture on top of each triangle of dough. Roll up the triangles on an angle and position them on the baking sheet 1″ apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden brown.
- In a small bowl, mix confectioner’s sugar and heavy cream together until combined. I like a thick glaze but you can add as much or as little cream as you’d like to get your desired consistency.
Joanne McGowan says
These look really good and easy to make. I will have try making them soon.
Oh, they are!! 🙂
Can these be prepared the night before and refrigerated, then baked in the morning?
I have to make them for a large group.
I don’t see why not! I’m so sorry for the late response!
The recipe is really easy. It turned out really good. The only changes that I made, were adding butter, and instead of using the icing I used powdered sugar spinkled over the top. It was a hit with my kids and husband!!
Yum! Glad your family enjoyed them! 🙂
Zurisadai Brito says
You added butter to he cinnamon and brown sugar?
I do not see butter in your recipe?
That is because there is no butter in this recipe.
Ingrid Durham says
These were good. Liked them better than the canned cinnamon rolls for when you don’t have the time to make from scratch. I added a bit of vanilla and orange extract to the glaze. Definitely elevated them.
Right?! They give you the cinnamon roll fix without actually making cinnamon rolls! Ha ha
I made these this morning. It was so quick and easy! Nothing can compare to hot Cinnamon Rolls dripping in icing with brown sugar oozing out. They are delicious! Thank you for the recipe.
Yay! So happy you loved them! You’re very welcome.
I made these this morning for my daughter and husband and I had a hard time not stabbing them with my fork for the last one! Instead of separating the dough, I just left as a sheet for easier application of the sugar mixture then rolled up jelly roll style and cut into traditional looking cinnamon rolls. I also doubled the icing after making what you had listed because I could literally eat it by itself! They turned out wonderful! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be making these again!
Haha!! This cracked me up. I have to say, you are a GENIUS, woman! I am so trying that next time!
That’s how I’ve been making them for years, except I use white sugar and cinnamon. Spread melted butter on the rectangle and sprinkle lots of cinnamon and sugar. Soooo good!
Yes i just tried making these they are ok but next time i will only sprinkle lightly with sugar and cinnamon. The brown sugar was a little strong. Great little idea though, thanks!
I am going to use nuts also and I am going to cut the triangles in half and make them bite-sized.
Claudette. Floyd says
I will try this recipe. This look great.Claudette. I can made this sugar free for myself.
Michelle Marshall says
These were delicious! So easy!
Will make this this weekend for breakfast sound so good and easy to make
Just made these. They are awesome!
Tammy Brabham says
Yum!!!! How easy and delicious, I will be making these sometime this weekend!!!!
Made these for brunch yesterday. Quick and easy and devoured by all. I did find that the amount of sugar/cinnamon filling was a lot… I didn’t use all of it. Also, I think next time I would try to press the triangles into a sheet (each set of 2) and lengthwise fill, roll, and slice bite-sized before baking. I think that would be easy modification and go far!!
Do you roll these like regular crescent rolls? Thank you
Yes, exactly like that.
Good evening Jessica,
I was wondering what about putting apple pie filling with the light brown sugar and cinnamon. What would you recommend yes or no. I love this recipe and OMG amazing. But I was thinking about kicking it up a notch with apple pie filling. Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to read this comment. Respectfully, Sylvia
Sounds like an AMAZING addiiton! Lol
I just made a similar recipe last evening, but I put 3 thin apple slices on each flattened roll with the cinnamon and sugar, rolled up like usual, and sprinkled more cinnamon-sugar on top of each roll. Bake 375 on greased sheet, 15 min. Served warm with vanilla ice cream. O-M-G! Awesome, fast and easy.
There’re is an apple dumpling recipe made with with crescent roll and 7up that is excellent.
I’m going to make these for sure and add a small spoonful of cream cheese in the center
I add chopped maraschino cherries. It makes them even more scrumptious.
Mine came out a little dry. I’m thinking I’m going to add bits of butter and maybe maple flavoring to the glaze next time.
Love that this is super quick and easy! Are you sure that the glaze proportions are correct? My glaze came out super runny and watery – had to add another 1/2 cup sugar and it still ran right off the cinnamon rolls ??
Did you use heavy cream? It’s much heavier than regular milk – I’d suggest to just use less next time! 🙂
These are so easy and yummy!! I added fresh blueberries to some, they came out great! Thanks
These were absolutely fantastic! They were super easy to make and far better than those from a can. Watch out tho… you can’t stop eating them!!!
I’m not sure if this has been asked but did you use 1/2 c. Brown sugar, packed or not? I had a lot extra and thought maybe you didn’t pack it. By the way this was so delicious I have shared them plus the recipe with my friends and they thought the same thing.
I pack my brown sugar. So glad you enjoyed them!!
Just made these with the grands crescent rolls, and my husband and I LOVED them. I’m definitely making them for Christmas morning! Thank you for sharing!
Yay! I hope they were enjoyed by all!
My daughter is soy free so we sub out the phillsbury for annies crescent rolls and then added a chocolate drizzle to the top… yum!
These are super easy and really good. I LOVE cinnamon rolls but don’t want to make them from scratch. I have made these twice in the past week during the wonderful social distancing we’ve all been asked to do. They warm up nicely in the microwave in about 10-13 seconds. Thank you!!
Rhonda of Ohio says
I tried these this morning for the first time (happy May 1st) and Wow!!! These are easy, quick and delicious. I did make some changes after reading posts. I did 1/3 C of packed brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. of Cinnamon. I melted 1 Tbsp. of butter. I used non stick foil on my baking sheet (for easy clean up). I laid out wax paper to unroll the crescent on. Brushed butter all over then sprinkled the Cinnamon/brown sugar mix all over. I rolled it like a “jelly roll” (took that from another viwer post), made slices (pinch the dough together to make it stay) and put them on the baking sheet. After I seen them light/golden brown (10 min.) Pulled them out, rest for a minute. I made my icing while they were baking (I used heavy cream) and I added a drop or two of clear vanilla to the icing. Yum! I recommend this recipe.
Wow! The way you made them is a great idea. 🙂
Pam Nelson says
Just tried this recipe and it’s so yummy. I drizzled a little melted butter before I added the brown sugar and cinnamon and its buttery good.
I added some walnuts….yum!
Sounds like a delicious addition!
Karen Barry says
How about cardamom to replace the cinnamon? You may have to use less of the cardamom.
Doc's Mom says
On a whim, I bought some Pillsbury crescent rolls before Christmas. Have not used them yet but this sounds like a winner as I have been wanting some cinnamon rolls – not the cinnabons – and don’t want to make up a big batch of homemade. Thanks for the original recipe and also to everyone for the extra ideas!
Rae Jean says
I made these last night and oh my gosh! Heaven in a bite! My husband loved these! I did have a difficult time getting the brown sugar mixture to stick to the roll as I was rolling it up. But after making the first one, I pressed the mixture down and it helped a lot. I also had leftover filling so will make less next time. I’m going to add small chopped walnuts to my next batch for the whole flavor experience.
These are pure genius for when you don’t have time to be fancy! 5 stars for sure!!!