Easy, delicious, cinnamon-y, buttery, sweet, quick, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon roll ups are perfect for any occasion. All the flavor of a cinnamon roll with none of the work and ready in just 20 minutes!
I’ve mentioned a time or two how amazing a baker (and candy maker) my mom is. Whether she made up her own recipes or perfected some of her favorites over time, no matter what she was making, it was always amazing.
One of my favorite, crazy delicious treats that she would make us for special occasions are these cinnamon roll ups. I only discovered how easy these were to make when I went about making them myself. They have all the flavors and consistency of a cinnamon roll without all the work, and the best part? They only took 20 minutes to make, total, and that’s longer than they lasted once my family got a hold of them!
Why this Recipe Works
Refrigerated crescent rolls — The key to these flaky, moist, soft, buttery, quick roll ups is refrigerated crescent dough. Dress up the dough with some cinnamon and sugar, top with a cream cheese glaze, and smile with every bite.
Cream cheese — There’s just something about balancing out the cinnamon and sugar inside the rolls with a slightly tart cream cheese glaze. You can use any kind of glaze you prefer, but I’m telling you, the cream cheese is IT.
So quick — I can’t say it enough. These are the best breakfast roll ups for special occasions or when you need something fast for breakfast or brunch or for unexpected holiday guests. I keep refrigerated crescent dough in my fridge at all times just in case I need to make the cinnamon roll ups.
Easy to double — (Or triple). Whether you’re feeding a group or just want leftovers (good luck with that), this recipe is so easy to double, triple, or more!
Here’s How You Make It
Making the roll ups
- Turn the oven on to preheat to 400 degrees. Lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
- Open the containers and unroll the crescent dough and gently separate the triangles on a work surface.
- Brush the top side of each crescent triangle with melted butter.
- In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and sugar, then sprinkle it generously over the melted butter on each crescent.
- Now the fun part: Roll up each crescent starting at the wide end of the triangle and roll toward the skinny, pointed end.
- Place the rolls on a prepared baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.
- Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Prepping the glaze
- While roll ups are baking you can prepare the glaze.
- Start by creaming together the cream cheese and the butter.
- Next, mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make the glaze a pourable consistency.
- When the crescents are done baking, drizzle the icing over the top of them and serve warm.
Are Crescent Rolls and Croissants the Same Thing?
No, crescent rolls and croissants are not the same. Crescent rolls look like a crescent moon (hence their name) and they have yeast in them to make them rise. They are made from one layer of dough rolled up to the crescent shape
Croissants take way longer to make and require layers and layers of butter and dough to create that light, flaky croissant crust. Although they look similar to the crescent rolls, they require more of a professional baker’s touch. Maybe I should try to make them sometime!
Ideas for Customizing this Recipe
- Add nuts! I like to add chopped pecans and almonds to the inside of the rolls. Another idea is to sprinkle them over the top of the rolls right after you glaze them.
- My kids love anything with sprinkles. If i make these for their birthday breakfast or a special holiday, sometimes I’ll add festive sprinkles right over top of the glaze for an extra-special treat.
- Another over-the-top treatment I love to add are chocolate chips! Inside, outside sprinkled all over, everyone loves a little chocolate wherever they get it I think!
- Fruit filling is also another way to add to or change up these roll ups. Use preserves or fresh berries inside the rolls or mixed into the glaze for a little different flavor profile.
- This recipe makes 16 roll ups. I consider 3 a serving, so if you want to double or triple this recipe for a crowd, don’t worry it’s really easy. Use more than one baking sheet and bake them together by alternating baking sheets’ positions (top-to-bottom, front-to-back)
- These will keep in an airtight container on the countertop for about 3 days — if you can keep them that long!
More Tasty Breakfast Recipes
- French Toast Casserole
- Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
- Fluffiest Buttermilk Pancakes
- Quick and Easy No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls
Did you make these delicious Cinnamon Roll Ups? YAY! Please rate the recipe below!
Cinnamon Roll Ups
- 2 packages refrigerated crescents
- 8 tablespoons butter - melted
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
for the glaze
- 1 ounce cream cheese - softened
- 2 tablespoons butter - melted
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- milk - as needed
- ¼-½ teaspoon vanilla extract - or almond extract
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick baking mat.
- Unroll the crescent dough and gently separate the triangles.
- Brush the crescent triangles with melted butter.
- Stir together cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle generously over the crescents.
- Gently roll up each crescent starting with the wide end of the triangle and rolling toward the skinny pointed end. Place on prepared baking sheet 2-3 inches apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
- While roll ups are baking, prepare the glaze. Cream together cream cheese and butter.
- Mix in powdered sugar, vanilla, and enough milk to make it a pourable consistency.
- Drizzle icing over roll ups. Serve warm.