Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Fluffy mini bite-sized cinnamon rolls with a 5-ingredient dough made from scratch in just 30 minutes, all topped with the best cream cheese frosting.  

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

 Cinnamon rolls have to be at the top of my favorite breakfasts, no questions asked. But then, I’ll take a cinnamon roll any time of day, doesn’t have to be breakfast, so they just might be one of my favorite food items period. They’re not far behind tacos and that is really saying something. There’s just something about the doughy roll plus cinnamon sugary filling and cream cheese frosting that speaks to me.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

And it really does need to be cream cheese frosting. Straight frosting without the cream cheese, it’s just lacking the umph a good cinnamon roll really needs. This frosting is my go-to and I always end up making a double batch since half of it ends up going bowl to spoon to mouth without ever touching the food item it’s really intended for. Regular vanilla or chocolate frosting don’t have that effect on me, it’s gotta be a rich cream cheese frosting.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

These little baby cinnamon rolls are so adorable I want to adopt them. After I eat them. Wait, that sounded weird… you know what I mean. They’re cute! So cute that they make incredible neighbor gifts or party desserts. You could even serve them instead of cake for a birthday party and stick candles in them. Come to think of it, I think that is exactly what I’ll be having for my next birthday. Cinnamon rolls in lieu of cake. I like it.

And these cinnamon rolls are both easy and insanely delicious. They are made from scratch with a simple 30-minute dough. Do not, I repeat, do not be afraid of the yeast in this dough – this is by far the easiest yeast dough ever to exist and you will find yourself whipping up additional batches of these cuties for every occasion. Don’t believe me? Try it, I dare ya. Just don’t blame me when you join Cinnamon Roll-aholics Anonymous. In fact give me a call, I’ll carpool with you.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

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Fluffy mini bite-sized cinnamon rolls with a 5-ingredient dough made from scratch in just 30 minutes, all topped with the best cream cheese frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert / Breakfast
Serves: 24
  • 1⅓ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons buter, completely softened
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • milk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease a muffin pan. Add water, yeast, and honey to the bowl of a stand mixer fitting with a dough hook and stir to combine. Allow to rest for 5 minutes (mixture will rise and foam).
  2. Add flour and salt to bowl. Turn the mixer on low and allow to mix until ingredients come together, then increase mixing speed to medium-low for 5 minutes. Remove dough from bowl and allow to rise for 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
  3. While dough is rising, prepare the filling by whisking together sugars in a bowl.
  4. Use a floured rolling pin to roll dough into a 9x15 inch rectangle. Use a pizza cutter to trim off the sides if it isn't perfectly rectangular. Spread softened butter over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over the butter.
  5. Tightly roll one 15-inch side (the long side) of the dough toward the other 15-inch side to create a long log. Pinch the seam so it closes off the log. Use a very sharp knife or a pizza cutter to cut the ends off and then to cut the log into 24 equal parts. Place each cinnamon roll in the greased muffin tins. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  6. While cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. Cream together butter and cream cheese. Mix in the vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency. When cinnamon rolls are finished baking, drizzle or spread frosting over rolls and serve.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

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Adorable!!! And I LOVE that muffin tin! Where did you get it?!

    My guess is a old family heirloom….I inherited mine from my gram who died 11 years ago at the age of 99!

These are TOO cute and I love how quickly they come together. So delicious!! Pinned 🙂

    I’m too impatient to wait for cinnamon rolls that take hours! I need them pronto ha! 🙂

Super cute! Can these be made the nite before for quick baking in the morning? Don’t regularly work with yeast so wasn’t sure. Thanks!

    Hi Lorena! I haven’t made these ahead but if I were going to try it, I’d probably make the cinnamon rolls, put them in the muffin tins, wrap it in plastic wrap and then place it in the freezer overnight. In the morning I’d unwrap the tin and bake them as instructed except add a little extra baking time since they were frozen. If you do try this, please let me know how it comes out so I can share with my readers! 🙂

Tiffany, these are SO CUTE! And they look delicious. My whole family would love these. My little girls would go crazy over them!

    Thanks Erin! I bet your girls would love these, anything bite-sized totally steals my heart!! 🙂

Craving cinnamon rolls right now.. yours look SO good, especially with all that delicious frosting drizzled ontop!

These are so adorable and what a great shorter version of a roll recipe!

Made this yesterday….absolutely perfect!! I was afraid it would be too rich or too sweet and it wasn’t — it was just lovely..

Can you use agave instead of honey?

    I not sure, I haven’t tried them agave so I can’t vouch for the results!

Hi! These look fab! Do you prefer salted or unsalted butter???

    I usually use unsalted but both work!

can i use bread flour? or is it all purpose flour?

    It’s all purpose flour.

      The cinnamon rolls look tempting, planning to try making it; would just like to know do you proof the rolls after you have placed them in the greased muffin pan? or I take it as is mentioned bake after its placed in the pan.


        Hi Suzita, After placing them in the muffin tins you just transfer them straight to the oven!

I’m assuming these bake in a mini muffin tin? To make them mini?

    Nope you can just use a regular size muffin tin. Not a jumbo one though!

Great recipe! Since we are empty-nesters, I bake them in half-pint jars, seal them when they come out of the oven, and stick them in the freezer. One minute in the microwave and they taste fresh out of the oven! I’ve made this three times now and it never disappoints.

Can I use cake flour instead of all purpose flour?

What am I missing?? Mine were huge! I followed all of the recipe to a T but they were like normal size cinnamon rolls. These are supposed to be for mini muffin holders right?? Lol

    Hi Cody! They are for the small muffin tins, but not the teeny tiny ones. Each of these cinnamon rolls are about 2 1/2 inches across!

I want to make these for easter breakfast but I would prefer them all together in a big oven dish. Would that work with this recipe? Or does it mess with the baking process?

I couldn’t cut these small enough without them getting squished to smithereens. So I ended up with 16 regular muffin sized cinnamon rolls. THey we’re still very delish. But wish I could’ve given the kiddos bite sized ones. (Simply for the cute factor)

    Next time you try, get about 16′ of dental floss, slide it under the roll and slice that way. Its a nice clean cut that you can do without smooshing them. Happy baking!

even after adding about double the flour, the dough was still so sticky. it stuck to my floured surface and pulled away so that it didn’t resemble a roll anymore and became a rectangular, sticky mess.

These are sooo tempting! Going to try them today itself 🙂
Can I place the cinnamon rolls sticking to each other in a square pan and then bake them? Will the sides be baked enough?

Dough came out kind of tough…not making my list of favorites.

    I had the exact same problem! The dough was so nice and soft and smooth before i Put the rolls in the oven and after they baked and cooked the dOigh was so yough!

    I had the exact same problem! The dough was so nice and soft and smooth before i Put the rolls in the oven and after they baked and cooLed the dough was so tough!

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Would it be ok to use a mini muffin tin to make them extra mini?

    You could try this, yes- but you will most likely to need to cut the baking time a bit! Keep an eye on them in the oven!

oMG! I used this recipe to try making cinnamon rolls for the first time ever, popped them in to my 12 medium sized muffin tin, and they turned out incredible! However, i think i overmixed the batter and the cinnamon roll itself had a slightly tough texture

    Happy to hear that your cinnamon rolls turned out great! Thanks for your feedback 🙂