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Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

With the help of crescent roll dough, you can whip up some easy Cinnamon Crescent Rolls that taste like cinnamon rolls without all the work.

All you need are five ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make these quick and easy cinnamon roll crescents. And since they have all the flavor of classic cinnamon rolls, they’re sure to be a hit with everyone in the family!

Five Cinnamon Crescent Rolls on white serving platter drizzled with cream cheese icing.

This recipe is made with a handful of simple ingredients and it’s perfect for a busy weekday breakfast or quick dessert!

A few more easy breakfast ideas that you might like are these Raspberry Pinwheels, Apple Pie Biscuits or Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole.

Ingredients

See printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Crescent Rolls on counter top.

All you need to make these cinnamon pastries are these five ingredients:

  • Crescent roll dough - We used Pillsbury perforated crescent rolls.
  • Butter - You can use salted or unsalted butter.
  • Sugar - Granulated white sugar is used as sweetener in this recipe.
  • Cinnamon - Can't make a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon.
  • Cream cheese icing - You can make your own or use cream cheese frosting.

Creating a semi-homemade breakfast for your family just got simple! With the help of this quick recipe, you can whip up some fresh cinnamon rolls with just 10 minutes of prep work.

How To Make Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

Start by unrolling your crescent roll dough and separating each triangle along the perforated lines. Lay the triangles out on a flat surface to make it easier to fill and roll up your dough.

Next, prepare the cinnamon topping by stirring together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. After that, you’ll need to set aside four tablespoons of butter for the filling and melt the remaining two tablespoons in the microwave.

Butter spread on rolled out Crescents on wooden cutting board.
Cinnamon sprinkled on top of butter on rolled out crescent ready to roll up.

Once you have all your ingredients prepared, you can start making your cinnamon rolls. First, spread the softened butter in an even layer over the top of each dough triangle. Then, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar liberally over the top of the butter.

Lightly press the sugar mixture into the butter, then carefully roll up the dough. Start at the wide end of the triangle and roll the dough over the top of itself until you reach the pointed end.

Melted butter brushed over Rolled-up crescents on baking sheet.
Cinnamon sprinkled over butter on rolled-up crescents.

Place the rolled-up crescents on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush the melted butter over the top of each roll, then sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of each of the crescent rolls.

Bake the rolls in the preheated oven until they’re golden brown, which usually takes 9 to 11 minutes. Allow the crescents to cool slightly on the baking sheet, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack.

While the cinnamon crescents are still hot, spread or pipe the cream cheese icing over the top of each roll. Serve your cinnamon rolls warm.

Cream cheese icing drizzled over crescents on cooling rack.

How To Store

These simple cinnamon crescent rolls taste best when they’re fresh out of the oven. But if your family doesn’t gobble them all up at once, you can store the leftovers at in the refrigerator for up to three days. Make sure to place them in an air tight container to keep them fresh.

Recipe Tips

  • Make your own glaze. Using premade cream cheese icing is a great way to get that classic cinnamon roll flavor at home. But if you don’t have any on hand, you can easily make your own glaze by combining one cup of powdered sugar with one tablespoon heavy cream, half and half, or milk. Whisk the two ingredients together and drizzle it over the top of the warm rolls before serving.
  • Try it using brown sugar. White sugar and cinnamon is a classic combination. But if you want the inside of your crescent rolls to be a little more caramelized, try substituting brown sugar in this recipe. You can use the same amount of brown sugar as white sugar when preparing your cinnamon roll filling.
  • Unsalted or salted butter works for this recipe. Unsalted butter is great for adding a gooey, neutral flavor to your cinnamon roll filling. But if you want something to cut through the sweetness of the filling and glaze, try using salted butter instead.
  • Leave the icing off. Since these cinnamon crescents are baked with a buttery sugar topping, leaving the icing out of the recipe all together is fine. Your cinnamon rolls will taste amazing without the need for cream cheese icing or a homemade glaze.
  • Dust with powdered sugar. Instead of topping your crescent cinnamon rolls with icing or glaze, try adding a light dusting of powdered sugar. The topping will make the rolls look amazing and a slight sweetness to each bite.
  • Serve them with dip. Another great way to dress up your homemade cinnamon rolls is to add a dip to the plate. These crescents would taste amazing when dipped in any sweet sauce, like maple syrup, chocolate sauce, honey, or a simple vanilla glaze.
  • Try different spices. Cinnamon and sugar is a great place to start when making these crescent rolls. But you can easily adjust the spices to suit the occasion. Try adding a small amount of nutmeg to the filling during the holiday season. Or swap the cinnamon for pumpkin spice to add some fall flavor.
Cinnamon Crescent Rolls on white serving platter.

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Cinnamon Crescent Rolls on white serving platter.

Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

Author: Judy Wilson
With the help of crescent roll dough, you can whip up some easy Cinnamon Crescent Rolls that taste like cinnamon rolls without all the work.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package crescent roll dough
  • 6 Tablespoons softened butter, divided (salted or unsalted)
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup prepared cream cheese icing

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper to keep the rolls from sticking.
  • Melt two tablespoons of butter in the microwave and set the rest aside for the filling.
  • Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the triangles. Spread ½ tablespoon of the softened butter evenly over the top of each crescent roll.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the butter on the rolls. Spread it evenly with the back of your spoon, lightly pressing it into the butter.
  • Roll up the dough starting at the wide end of the triangle and place the crescent rolls on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Brush the top of each roll with the reserved melted butter and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of each roll.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until the crescents are golden brown.
  • While the cinnamon crescents are still warm, spread or pipe the prepared cream cheese icing over the top of each crescent and serve immediately.

Notes

If you prefer you can make your own glaze by combining one cup of powdered sugar with one tablespoon heavy cream, half and half, or milk. Whisk the two ingredients together and drizzle it over the top of the warm rolls before serving.
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Sandie

Saturday 29th of July 2023

I can’t eat butter or margarine. What else can I spread the rolls with before sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar.

Judy Wilson

Monday 31st of July 2023

Hi Sandie. I haven't made it with a substitute but I would try vegan butter if you can eat that. Hope you enjoy it!

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