Crescent Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls

Sleep overs call for yummy breakfast treats. Easy yummy treats.

I planned on making homemade cinnamon rolls, but I forgot to thaw out my cinnamon roll dough that I made a couple of months ago. But you know when you get something in your head to make, you are completely on a mission.

I remembered I had some Pillsbury Crescent rolls in the fridge and thought, “yeah, they will do.”

Easy and delicious I tell you. The kids LOVED LOVED LOVED them…and so did the grownups.

Unroll your Crescent Rolls
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Spread your cinnamon butter over the dough
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ummmm, YUM
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Roll em’ up
Cinnamon rolls

Bake, remove from oven and drizzle with glaze!
Cinnamon Rolls

Ready for the easiness?

4.8 from 28 reviews
Crescent Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 4
A semi homemade cinnamon roll made easy with a tube of Crescent Rolls
  • 1 tube (8 count) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, unrolled and separated
  • 4 tablespoons butter,softened
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons powdered Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place the unrolled and separate crescent rolls on an un greased rimmed cookie sheet(one with sides).
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and cinnamon
  1. Evenly spread the cinnamon butter over the crescent rolls and roll up tightly.
  2. Place tip side down on the cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Place in a zip lock bag and snip a tiny corner off.
  3. Drizzle the glaze over the cinnamon rolls.
Some cinnamon butter will leak from the crescent rolls while cooking. This will not affect the taste.



  1. 1

    So lovely and simple! I can smell the cinnamon now πŸ™‚

  2. 2

    This has GOT to be one of the most genius recipes I’ve seen in a long time!! Would it be completely wrong for me to make a whole pan of these even though I’m home alone?

  3. 3

    Why am I eating oatmeal right now? πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    Leslie, these look ridiculously delish! I am so craving cinnamon rolls now, but specifically these. Such a creative recipe. Thanks!

  5. 5

    yummy recipe..Perfectly made


  6. 6

    Mmmmmm, those look delicious!!

  7. 7

    This is one of those recipes that could get me in big trouble. Like hide in the closet and eat them all by myself trouble!!!

    • 8

      I just realized I only have margarine!!!! Is this ok??

      • 9

        I tried to reply to your comment by email, but it wouldn’t go through πŸ™
        I am sure margarine will work just fine, however it obviously won’t have the real butter flavor inside

        • 10

          Mine turned out ok! Not sure if it was too moist but I had to cook it longer than written! Will definitely do it again and again! Big hit!!!

          • 11

            Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to leave me a comment.

            I am glad you enjoyed my Crescent Cinnamon rolls.
            Yeah, cooking time varies as each over is different.
            I hope you are having a wonderful hump day!

  8. 12

    What a great idea these look so good. I need to try these out for sure.

  9. 13

    I have been craving cinnamon rolls lately. (I have some cinnamon oil in my melt warmer and constantly smelling the cinnamon just makes me crave it!) I am going to have to make these later this week. And probably again on the weekend to share with my boyfriend when he comes for a visit. =D

  10. 14

    Dear Lord I love cinnamon rolls and these are too freakin’ easy Les. My behind is yelling no no no but taste buds are screaming yes yes yes! The angel and the devil are fighting on each shoulder!

    Can you please post a salad recipe next with fat free dressing? Ugggggg πŸ™‚

    These look scrumptious!!!!!!!
    The other Les
    Leslie Loves Veggies

  11. 15

    PS I am pinning this on pinterest and I already tweeted it. ( You need to have your tweeter link to you Les, it links to shareaholic?? What the hey hey??) Get the credit yourself!

  12. 16

    What could be easier? I’m going to add dried cherries.

  13. 17

    These are so awesome. My mom used to make something similar when I was a kid. Definitely taking me back to my childhood!

  14. 18

    Yeah, this is my kinda recipe.

  15. 19

    Oh my…I want to make these right now! These are genius.

  16. 20

    OMG these looks so good. I pinned them and within 3 minutes they were repinned 45 times.

  17. 21

    I am in looooove! I’m going to try these this weekend!

  18. 22

    Would it be terribly wrong if I made these for dinner? These look amazing!

  19. 23

    Leslie, you are a girl after my own heart making these quick,easy and semi-homemade yummies

  20. 24

    I think I would love these too!

  21. 25

    holy cow, that’s a fantastic way to start the day!

  22. 26

    Easy and delicious. Yes please. Yum.

  23. 27

    Mmmmnn. And you didn’t skimp on the cinnamon butter. I have crescent role in the fridge and these might be in the oven this weekend.

  24. 28

    Whoooaaa! These are awesome!!! So simple and delicious!

  25. 29

    These look awesome!

  26. 30

    These were so good!! Thank you again for sharing the recipe! Hope you’re having a nice week…see you next week! πŸ˜€

  27. 31

    oh. yeah. this way, you get the deliciousness of buttery croissants AND cinnamon rolls and in no time flat. bravo!

  28. 32

    So I made these and while i loved them I would make a few changes next time.
    Less filling and roll them more tightly. The filling was everywhere, caramelized and burned.
    I added cream cheese to the frosting and it was awesome. Do it again
    Cook for less time. I did 10 m and they were more than golden. Thanks for the idea!!

  29. 36

    I’d recommend using ‘reduced fat’ crescents. With the ‘originals’ the rolls come out a little soaked with butter. We cut the butter by 2 TBSP and did not use the icing, and they were still too ‘buttery’ for our taste. Baked about 13 min. Easy/creative recipe for sure.

  30. 40

    Seriously?! This is genius! Thanks for sharing your creation! I’m making these up for my son tomorrow!

  31. 41

    Wonder if you used brown sugar instead of white

  32. 43

    You can eliminate a step and make one less bowl dirty by putting the glaze ingredients in a ziplock bag from the start. It’s so much easier this way. Just squish it around in the bag to mix and you’re done! Hope this is helpful!

  33. 45

    These were fab and super easy. Anything with crescent rolls is a winner in my book. I added some cream cheese to the glaze for a little extra something. Excellent.

  34. 46

    I made these this morning, I turned the icing green for St Patrick’s day and my daughter LOVED them! Thanks for the recipe!

  35. 47


  36. 48

    Made these for my family this morning, everyone loved them and they are super easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  37. 49

    This recipe is genius! I love the taste of cinnamon rolls, however, they always seem so heavy. But by using the crescent rolls, it makes them so light and airy instead! LOVE THESE!

  38. 50

    These look so delicious, I can’t wait to try! I wonder how many calories one of these has?!

  39. 52

    Please include in your recipe to use a cookie sheet with sides. We made the recipe tonight and started a fire in the oven when the filling dripped onto the bottom of the oven.

    • 53

      Yikes! That is no good. I did state that some cinnamon butter will leak from the roll in the notes of the recipes. But I will certainly update it to state to use a cookies sheet with sides. I totally forgot about those sideless cookie sheets. Thanks for for the tip

  40. 55

    I’ll bet p’nut butter and cinnamon sugar would be great also!!

  41. 56

    These are incredible. I’d use less butter next time and I put in brown sugar instead of white. Other than that, outstanding.

  42. 57

    I don’t get the hype about this recipe. Isn’t it easier to grab the can right next to the crescent rolls that says cinnamon rolls? They are pretty delicious. I don’t get going out of your way for something that has already been done for you and I have to say Pillsbury does it pretty well.

    • 58

      Thanks for your comment.
      If you read my post you would have realized that I did not have any cinnamon rolls on hand, so I made a recipe with what I had. It’s being creative and working with what you have.
      I hope you have a great day.

  43. 59

    I made these last night. The hubby and kids loved them. They were so easy and fast to make. I loved this recipe. I just created a brand new blog of my own and this is the first recipe that I posted on there. πŸ™‚

  44. 60

    NOOOO!!! Why did I ever view this deliciously addictive looking recipe? Damn you Pinterest.

  45. 61

    My mom had a really bad sinus infection about a year ago, and has since lost her sense of smell, which greatly affects her sense of taste. Many desserts have been removed from her diet, as they contain chocolate (which now, “tastes like dirty diapers”) but she LOVED these. Thank you so much!

  46. 62

    I just made it today!!! It was delicious:) Thank you so much for putting up the recipe!

  47. 65

    I tried these and they are awesome! Me and my 4 kids ate 3 tubes!

  48. 66

    These were SO good!! And cheap and easy to make!!

  49. 67

    To die for amazing, they have become a weekend regular at my house:) If you want to exercise a little self control like I need to when I comes to these, or if there is only two of you in the house, this recipe is easily halved and the 4 count crescent rolls are super handy. Lastly, I throw in a spoonful of plain cream cheese when I make the topping, just for that extra gorge factor, makes it a little creamier. Thanks so much for a super easy recipe that has become a home fav!!

    • 68


      Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to let me know your family enjoys my Crescent Cinnamon rolls! They are a family favorite around here too!
      I love the self controlled 4 count recipe option!

  50. 69

    Just made these, and they were absolutely delicious!!! My brother in law makes totally homemade cinnamon buns, and I would put these up against them ANY day! Thank you for the recipe! πŸ™‚

    • 70

      Thank you so very much for leaving a comment on my site.
      I’m glad everyone enjoys the crescent cinnamon rolls. They are a family favorite around here too!
      Much easier than slaving over the homemade ones, thats for sure πŸ˜‰
      Feel free to stop back by my blog anytime!

  51. 71

    OMG….these are amazing!!!

  52. 73

    These are every bit as perfect as you described. Yum! I’m glad I found your site – I have pinned many things that I want to try!

  53. 75

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter? I can’t wait to try these πŸ™‚

  54. 78

    Makin these nooooow:) can’t stop eatin the con butter. Mmmmmhmm

  55. 79

    oh wow, yes please! i am loving the easy factor on these and i bet your kitchen smelled amazing! i love cinnamon!

  56. 80


    I’ve made them 2x…heading for a third maybe tonight!

    Thank you!

  57. 81

    OK, what did I do wrong? I had exactly 1/4 c + 2 T. Powdered sugar left, so thought I could do the glaze, but turned out like sweet butter, still yellow like melted butter. I’ll admit I was guessimating on the 2 T. Of butter, but I dont think I overdid it, since I usually ease up on the butter amounts (like I did on the cinnamon mixture). Saw the idea about cream cheese, but realized I’m out of that too. So just gonna go glaze-less for now. Also, the crescent rolls flatted out as they cooked- is that usual? I WILL try again, since I have several more crescent tubes left..just need to re-stock some of my staple items first.

    • 82


      Thanks for your comment on my Crescent Cinnamon Rolls.
      I am not sure what could be going wrong??
      I make them several times a month when the kids have sleepovers and haven’t had any problems.
      I have no clue why your rolls went flat. That is quite strange. Were the rolls left on the counter for a long while before you cooked them? That is really the only thing I can think of.
      The glaze is meant to be a bit runny so it can be drizzled. But it shouldn’t be like pure butter. If it it too thin for some reason, you can always add more powdered sugar.
      Hope it works our for you next time.

      • 83

        Hi, I just finished making these…soooo yummy and the house smells amazing of course!! Anyway I did have an issue with the glaze being a bit thick, not runny like yours? Do you have a suggestion that might work better next time I make them? Thx πŸ™‚

  58. 85

    These were super good! But, I could not for the life of me figure out why mine was so much more runny than yours….too mush butter, not enough sugar??? Nope, I thought it called for melted butter, instead of softened! LOL Oh well, still worked great, only a bit messier! Thanks for the recipe!

    • 86

      Thanks so much for your comment on my crescent cinnamon rolls.
      Not sure why your glaze was so runny πŸ™
      It is a bit loose because you drizzle it on the rolls.
      Feel free to add a bit more powdered sugar to the glaze to thicken it up a bit.
      Hope you have a great week!!!

  59. 87

    These are delicious and easy. Thanks!

  60. 88

    I think I found my new Sunday morning breakfast treat! These are DELCIOUS, and so, so easy. Gonna have to make a triple batch so I can get some before my family of boys eat them all πŸ™‚

  61. 89

    Mine didn’t look as pretty as yours, but these things are freaking awesome!

  62. 90

    mine did not turn out like these did sadly. I was so excited to try them but all the butter melted out of mine and onto the pan πŸ™

    • 91

      Sorry to hear about the crescent cinnamon rolls.
      You are correct, some butter will leak out, that is just the nature of the beast when rolling the crescent rolls back up. However, they still should have been fine to eat with plenty of cinnamon-y goodness inside.
      If you make them again, try to roll them back up a little tighter…that should help.

  63. 92

    These are absolutely delicious! I’m always looking for quick yummy recipes. Love them!

  64. 94

    Land O Lakes makes a spreadable cinnamon sugar butter in a tub. I bet that would make this easy recipe even easier!

  65. 96

    Umm….In a word. AWESOME! Super good and tastes really good with a cup of cold milk! Thank you for the idea. I’m sure to serve up a plate of these to my family. But right now, I’m just going to enjoy them for myself!

  66. 97

    I made these and they were good but almost all my butter ran every where in the baking! huge mess in the oven, what did I do wrong??

    • 98


      Thanks for your comment/question.
      Yes, some butter does run out (alway make sure you use a rimmed baking pan like the recipe stated). But it shouldn’t be ALL the butter
      Seems like some people have this problem and some don’t.
      I’m thinking it is the way they are re-rolled. The tighter, the better.
      We make these several times a month with no mess.
      Sorry they made a mess in the oven. That is certainly no fun to clean πŸ™

  67. 99

    These Crescent cinnamon rolls looks so yummy. These are so simple & delicious. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  68. 100

    I made these and they are awesome!! My husband and my kids loved them, and me too of course:) My hubby wants me to put a little cream cheese in the frosting next time.

  69. 102

    I made these about an hour ago. Kids wanted cinnamon rolls…but I had noneon hand…but I DID have crescent rolls! I knew I had pinned this a while back…so I flipped through my yummy board and found it! Huge hit. Hubby loved them, and all three kids, and of course me…I actually can’t remember eating a better cinnamon roll. Three year old, “mmmm! Nummy!” Four year old daughter, “these are soooo good! I loooove it!” Six year old, “Mom, your cinnamon rolls are the best in the world, the icing is squiggly and yummy and warm in my tummy! They are better than they look mom! I can’t believe it!” my kids are quite dramatic…but the are really good…after all the great comments from the kids I get a text from the hubby…”these are stinking amazing, can u make these again?” thank you so much for making me a super mom this morning. It seems so simple…but I think most great things are. Have a great day!

    • 103


      Thank you Thank you Thank you for taking your time out of your busy day to write such a sweet comment!!!! I am soooo glad that everyone enjoyed them!!
      That’s pretty much how every one who eats them in my house feels about them too.

  70. 104

    I normally try to make a recipe unaltered the first time – but I went against my rules this time. I’ll have to try it “the real way” next time to compare. I used reduced fat crescent rolls & subbed brown sugar instead of white. Also only used 4 Tbsp of butter (since that’s what you have on hand after making Kraft mac & cheese) πŸ˜‰ I also used 1 Tbsp of cream cheese & 1 Tbsp of butter for the frosting (with the powdered sugar & vanilla the same). These were delicious. So easy & very well-received!

  71. 106

    WOW! What a brilliant brilliant recipe!!!! Yummmmmmmm!!! My boys would love this.

  72. 107

    These were so awesome! I added a spoonful of cream cheese to the middle before I rolled them up.! Thanks!

  73. 109

    I’m making these for a fun after-school snack for my kids and they smell amazing! I added some julienned green apple on top of the cinnamon butter to make it “healthy”. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks so much for this easy, yummy treat!

  74. 110

    These looked delicious and easy so I made them. However they are so limp I guess from all the butter. They do not look like yours all round and high…any suggestions on what went wrong??

    • 111

      Thanks for your question.
      Sorry yours didn’t rise.
      I make these often..and I do remember a couple of times when they did’nt rise as much as the others. I think I used store brand rolls those times, but I honestly don’t remember because the taste was not effected.
      A few issues come to mind.
      Out of date rolls. Not cooked long enough. Incorrect oven temp. Sitting out too long before placed in the oven(you want the rolls to be right out of the fridge.

  75. 112

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!! My whole family LOVES them and I’ve shared with my friends too! So simple and yet SOOO good!!

  76. 114

    These cinnamon rolls are excellent! I added chopped walnuts so its almost like baklava without the honey

  77. 116

    I have my rolls baking in the oven right now and the house smells sooooooo gooood!!! My family will love this. Thanks for sharing your talents!!!

  78. 117

    Note: Don’t over cook this! My tops were brown but I worried (as I always do) that the middles weren’t done. They were, and some of my bottoms got a little over done. These are fabulous. Yum!!

  79. 119

    Hi Leslie, I tested this recipe out this morning and reviewed it. I would say you passed with flying colors! DELICIOUS! Check out my blog about this recipe –

  80. 120

    These are delicious!!! And super easy!! I decided to try cram cheese for the filling and they were just as good and the filling did not run out likethe butter. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

  81. 121

    These look delish!! Do you think I could assemble them the night before and bake the next day? Thinking I could make Christmas eve to bake Christmas morning! Thanks so much!

  82. 124

    Hi! Found this this recipe on Pinterest. I made these recently and they were delish! Love that they were super easy too. I posted the recipe to my blog along with a link back to you, so just thought I’d let you know and say thanks for sharing!

    If you’d like to check it out the post link is:

  83. 125

    Just made these. They are AWESOME! So easy and delicious! I used the small can of crescent rolls (4 instead of 8) to try this because I wasn’t sure I would like them. Now I wish I had bought the larger size can! Make these!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  84. 127

    my daughter saw this pin and got super excited, we love making special treats on the weekends. Can’t wait till saturday to try these out

  85. 128

    I made these for my family this morning, and they were so easy and simply FANTASTIC! I actually used the reduced fat crescent rolls since I was going to be adding all that butter! Next time I’ll make the glaze with milk or water instead of butter, but other than they they are perfection. I WILL be making these again. Yummmmmm!

  86. 130

    My 12 year old just made your Crescent Cinnamon Rolls for our dessert tonight! Oh my goodness they are amazing!!! found your recipe on Pinterest and she’s been dying to try it. I’ve joined you on Facebook….if this is any indication of your level of decadence then Morgan (my 12 year old) and I are all in.

    Thank you again.


  87. 131

    WOW is all I can say -I just made these and they are better than cinnamon rolls !
    Again can I say WOW??
    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe ! I will be making this again (and again , and again! )

  88. 133

    Do you think these could be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until time for baking? I’m thinking of prepping them on Christmas Eve so that on Christmas morning all I have to do is preheat the oven and pop them in!

    • 134


      Thanks for your question.
      To be honest, I am not sure how the crescent rolls would react being out of the tube for that long and in the air.
      I would suggest making the cinnamon butter the night before and just leave it out at room temperature.
      It takes less than 5 minutes to spread and roll up the cinnamon rolls, so it shouldn’t take much time at all out of your Christmas morning.
      Happy Holidays.

  89. 135

    Normally I’m no good at stuff like this. But I found this really, really easy to make, and the prep/cook time to be accurate. Thank you for this.

  90. 136

    I’m looking for something that can be baked at home at night and taken into the office for a holiday breakfast. Are these good if they are allowed to sit overnight?

    • 137

      Thanks for your question Linda,

      You can certainly bake these a day in advance, they just wont be as fresh.
      They will not be as soft and pillowy.
      If you make the cinnamon butter the night before and leave out at room temperature, covered, you can make them in the morning, so they are fresh.

  91. 138

    I’m sitting next to a whole plate of these as I write this! Also a big cup of hot chocolate mmmmm so good! =] Thanks for sharing.

  92. 139

    These look amazing!! Do you think if i added some tiny chopped apple bits into the cinnamon mixture i would have to bake it differently? Or do you think i could just leave it in for the same amount of time…??

    • 140

      Great question. The apple will not have enough time to cook prior the the crescent rolls being done. My suggestion is either leave them raw(it would ad a nice texture) or sautΓ© the apples in a little bit of butter until soft and then adding them to the cinnamon butter mixture! YUM

  93. 141

    I tried these this morning after pinning the recipe from Pinterest – yum! I should have read all the comments first as mine unfortunately fell into the category of super messy with the butter running everywhere in the pan…so they were nowhere near as pretty as yours. Didn’t detract from the taste though! A big hit in my house. I’ll try some of the tips next time. Thanks for posting!

    • 142

      I am glad you enjoyed them. Yes, the butter can be sneaky and leak out a bit if they are not rolled nice and tight.
      I make them several times a month and sometime the butter leaks more than other mornings. But they are always delicious!


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