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Cinni-Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Mini cinnamon rolls are made from refrigerated biscuit dough layered with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, and baked into a bite-sized cinnamon roll! You can roll them or braid them into sticks and dip them in homemade frosting glaze for a special breakfast treat!

Mini cinnamon roll strips braided on a pan

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day especially when I can have scrambled eggs, yogurt parfaits, or homemade everything bagels, but sometimes I crave something sweet to have with my morning coffee and these cinnamon rolls are perfect. 

Cinnamon Rolls From Canned Biscuits

My son had been begging me every weekend to ‘please make cinnamon rolls.' I kept putting it off as I did not have my normal mix on hand and to make from scratch would take way too long.

Sometimes for time and ease, I keep a can of cinnamon rolls ready for sleepover guests.

I did have a can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits to have for a stew I was making, but I decided to use this for cinnamon rolls instead! Since I had only one can, I needed to stretch out the recipe to make a lot.

I went to the Pillsbury website to look up a recipe, fully expecting to find one. Guess what?! None!

Lots of recipes for Monkey Bread and even one for a giant cinnamon roll…but no recipe for what I was searching for.

So I began to experiment…and created a recipe that is a keeper for sure!

What you need to make mini cinnamon rolls

  • Mixing bowl-  small & medium mixing bowl are good to have on hand for mixing cinnamon & sugar, and the icing. 
  • Cookie sheet- any sized cookie sheet will be fine. 
  • Rolling pinwhether you have grandma's rolling pin or a pastry pin, either will work so you will be able to roll out the dough.
  • Parchment paper – as you may know from my baking recipes, I love to bake with my favorite parchment paper

It received thumbs up from the entire household…the kids liked that they could ‘Dip their own’ into the homemade icing & I liked that I could enjoy the same great satisfying feeling of indulging, all in an itty-bitty bite.

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Cinni-Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients for Rolls:

  • 1 container (16.3oz) Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits (I used Pillsbury)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Butter or Margarine softened

Ingredients for Icing:

  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

How to Make Mini Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.

Open the biscuit can and separate 2 at a time.

With 2 biscuits together, press down on the very lightly floured surface, with your palm to flatten.

With a rolling pin, roll out to a circle approximately 5×7 in diameter. It does not have to be perfect.

Spread butter or margarine on pastry round.

Sprinkle with the cinnamon/sugar mixture making sure to cover the entire surface right to the edges

Roll as tightly as possible. Slice in ½ inch segments, placing cut side down on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes, or until slightly brown.

Cool for 1 minute and frost with Icing if desired.

mini cinnis recipe

Ingredients for Icing:

  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

Mix all together in a small bowl. If too thick, add milk until desired consistency.

** Variation:

I also tried making braided cinnamon sticks! Follow the same instructions as above for Cinni-Mini Rolls, with these changes:

  • Using 1 biscuit round, roll out to a 5×7 square. Spread with butter or margarine and top with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  • Cut into 3 equal strips. Roll the long side into a rope, repeat with 2 other sections.
  • Pinch the top of all three ropes together and carefully braid.
  • Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 11 minutes.
  • Makes 8 braided sticks.

If you love cinnamon flavored treats, be sure to give these a try too!

Mini Cinnis Recipe

Mini Cinnamon rolls are super easy to make with refrigerated canned biscuits! With a little bit of butter, cinnamon, and sugar, you can have a tasty breakfast treat ready in no time!

Yield: 32

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

mini cinnamon rolls

Mini cinnamon rolls are made from refrigerated biscuit dough and layered with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, and baked into a bite-sized cinnamon roll! You can roll them or braid them into sticks and dip them in homemade frosting glaze for a special breakfast treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 container (16.3oz) Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits (I used Pillsbury)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • Butter or Margarine, softened
  • Ingredients for Icing:
  • 1 Cup Confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. Set aside. 
  3. Open the biscuit can and separate 2 at a time.
  4. With 2 biscuits together, press down on the very lightly floured surface, with your palm to flatten. With a rolling pin, roll out to a circle approximately 5x7 in diameter. It does not have to be perfect.
  5. Spread butter or margarine on pastry round.
  6. Sprinkle with 2 tsp. of the cinnamon/sugar mixture making sure to cover the entire surface-right to the edges
  7. Roll as tightly as possible. Slice in ½ inch segments, placing cut side down on an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  8. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes, or until slightly brown. 
  9. Cool for 1 minute and frost with Icing if desired.

Notes

Icing:

1 Cup Confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 TBSP Milk

Mix all together in bowl. If too thick, add milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until desired consistency.

Variation

I also tried making braided cinnamon sticks! Follow same instructions as above for Cinni-Mini Rolls, with these changes:

Using 1 biscuit round, roll out to a 5x7 square. Spread with butter or margarine and top with cinnamon/sugar mixture. 

Cut into 3 equal strips. 

Roll long side into a rope, repeat with 2 other sections. Pinch the top of all three ropes together and carefully braid. 

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 11 minutes.

Makes 8 braided sticks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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Original post 10/23/12

Updated 2/29/24

Barbara Platt

Tuesday 13th of November 2012

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Lady Jennie

Thursday 25th of October 2012

Joy the Baker just did a recipe for cinnamon rolls (chai spice). There's something in the air! I would have to do these from scratch because of the gluten. Looks good though.

Kelly

Friday 26th of October 2012

Oooh! Chai Spice! That sounds delish! I'll have to check that recipe out.... Yes, seems when the chill sets in, warm comfort food is always requested!

Susi

Wednesday 24th of October 2012

This is such a great idea to use the biscuits for. My kids love cinnamon rolls and yes, to eat the icing just like that. I'll have to keep this in mind next time a craving sets in. :)

Kelly

Friday 26th of October 2012

I wish I had thought of it sooner to spare my poor son's requests! Haha! I guess when the light bulb goes off, better late than never, right? I'm just thrilled they came out so well! ;)

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