As a kid, I used to make a batch of giant Pillsbury cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning. I love a good cinnamon roll so it’s the kind of tradition I never want to give up. That said, I can’t possibly be the only adult who is a little overwhelmed by eating a gigantic sugary cinnamon roll first thing in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, they’re delicious, but the standard sized roll is just too much.
A mini version is the perfect alternative, but unless you’re committed to making them from scratch, jumbo-sized and chalk full of weird ingredients is usually your only pre-made choice. As an adult (and one with a sensitive stomach at that), I’m much more mindful of what ingredients are in my food, which essentially rules out those delicious canned cinnamon rolls.
This process for making your own mini cinnamon rolls is so simple and by selecting the right dough as a base, you can eliminate the unhealthy additives. I discovered a while back that Immaculate Baking Company offers up Pillsbury-like goods, made to suit a healthier diet. If you decide to make these your Christmas morning staple, even the adults will be able to enjoy a treat or two alongside a more substantial breakfast.
Mini Cinnamon Rolls
Yield: 16 mini rolls
For the rolls:
- 2 8-ounce tubes Immaculate Baking Company crescent rolls
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- Light brown sugar
For the icing:
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk (plus more, if needed)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Working with half of a tube of dough (what would be four crescent rolls), pinch and flatten the seams until you have a flat sheet of dough.
- Brush the dough with butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Tightly roll the dough into a long log. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Using a piece of floss or string, cut each log into 8 equal rolls by wrapping the floss around, crossing, and pulling tight to slice.
- Carefully transfer the rolls to individual mini muffin cups. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden-brown.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the icing ingredients. Generously spread the icing over the warm rolls.
Refine Baking Tips
- I do not recommend attempting to slice the dough into rolls with a knife since it will smash them into a mess. Dental floss is the best tool I have found for a clean slice.
- Don’t be stingy with the filling – it’s what makes them gooey and delicious!
- If you want to get creative with your icing, try adding a little maple syrup, almond extract or orange zest for a new flavor.