Ridiculously Simple Cinnamon Rolls

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So, let’s forget for a minute that we’re all trying to be super healthy right now. These ridiculously easy cinnamon rolls are here because, well, there are some among us who just need to eat a sweet treat.

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Normally, I would be pretty averse to cooking with prepared foods like puff pastry because I like to know exactly what I’m cooking with. I whipped up these stupidly easy cinnamon rolls when a friend asked for the absolute easiest dessert to bring to a party, something simpler than the simplest thing on this site.

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Here’s what I came up with: Cinnamon-Sugar Crescent Rolls. Inspired by both cinnamon toast and holiday butter crescents, these cinnamon rolls are sure to give you that warm, sugared feeling.

Tip: Eat them as soon as possible, they don’t improve with age!

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Cinnamon-Sugar Crescent Rolls
Makes 8 rolls

1 roll of crescent rolls (regular, not extra anything)
2 Tablespoons butter
¼ cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
3 cups powdered sugar
Cold water

1. Heat oven according to package directions. My oven was at 375 F.

2. Melt butter in microwave.

3. Carefully unroll cold dough, being careful not to tear it. Spread butter over the entire side of the dough using the back of a spoon or a brush.

4. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

5. Roll back up carefully, making sure it sticks together. You want to roll it almost as tightly as it was when you opened it, as the cinnamon and sugar will keep it from adhering to itself as well.

6. When rolled back into a log, slice into eight rolls.

7. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. (Next time, I’ll try snuggling them together in a round cake pan to see what happens.)

8. Bake according to package directions. I cooked them for 9 minutes. Transfer cooked rolls to cooling rack and let cool slightly.

9. Meanwhile, make glaze by whisking water into the powdered sugar a little at a time, until a thick consistency forms, thicker than honey but thinner than cake icing. Pour a little onto each bun and let it melt over the top and sides.

Serve immediately!!


  1. I love cinnamon rolls though I’ve never made my own before. I bet they smell great baking.

    1. They do! These are really easy to make too. 🙂

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