Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

Fluffy cinnamon rolls made right in the crock pot, topped with rich cream cheese frosting! 

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

I kind of feel like there is nothing more to say after the title of this post. Slow cooker cinnamon rolls. The end.

Do I really need to explain how incredible this break-through is?? Probably not. But since you’re here… and I’m here… and we have a bazillion photos to get through (went a little cray-zay on this one… sorry-not-sorry) I’ll indulge in a few words about the wonderfulness that is crock pot cinnamon rolls.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

First off, these are honestly the easiest made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls ever, x10. I made these with my favorite Miracle Dough recipe – have you tried it yet? You can check it out HERE. This dough is the b.e.s.t. because it only requires 5 simple ingredients and 30 minutes of your time. That’s right, 30 minutes start to finish including rising time.  So that means that the dough for these slow cooker cinnamon rolls only requires 30 minutes of prep before you roll em’ up and stick them in the crock pot.

Awessssome.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

My whole idea behind creating cinnamon rolls that can be made in the crock pot is Christmas morning. I was trying to come up with a breakfast recipe that met all of the following must-haves on my list:

1) EASY.  No fuss, no crazy ingredients, no weird chilling time, etc.

2) QUICK.  It’s Christmas morning, the last thing I want to do is slave away in the kitchen for hours – helloooo, Santa just came, I have a stocking to get to.

3) SPECIAL.  And by special I mean magical-Christmas-morning-worthy.

4) EXTRA SUPER DELICIOUS. Ummmm, yeah, you get it.

So this is what I came up with: slow cooker cinnamon rolls. My thought is this: prep the rolls, throw them in the crock pot, go have your Christmas morning magic, then BAM, best-ever cinnamon rolls waiting in the kitchen.

Ta-dah! Merry Christmas from me to you. 🙂

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Easy homemade cinnamon rolls made right in the crock pot, topped with rich cream cheese frosting!
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Recipe type: Breakfast / Dessert
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
cinnamon roll dough
  • 1⅓ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
filling
  • 4 tablespoons buter, completely softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
frosting
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. 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 10-12 equal parts.
  6. Line your slow cooker with foil (lightly greased) or parchment paper. Place cinnamon rolls swirly-side up/down side by side in the slow cooker. Place a paper towel in the lid of your slow cooker (this will keep condensation from dripping onto your cinnamon rolls). Turn your slow cooker to high and cook for 1½ - 2 hours. (Check them at 1½ and let them cook a little longer if they're still a little doughy.)
  7. For the frosting, cream together butter and cream cheese for 2-3 minutes until very fluffy. Add vanilla and mix until smooth. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing after each, and add milk 1 tablespoon at at time until frosting is smooth and spreadable/pourable. Spread or drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.
Notes
*This recipe is made using Miracle Dough

 

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I’ve never made cinnamon rolls and have been thinking of them all morning, trying to decide which recipe to eventually try. I love the ease of yours and am pinning this for sure!

I would have never have thought of this Tiffany – what a fantastic idea!

Are you kidding me??!! You’re a genius. And gorgeous photos, as always!

You know I really kick my cravings for fresh cinnamon rolls by keeping in mind the hours ahead of me before they’re done but you’ve killed that. I can now make cinnamon rolls ahead of time and have them around whenever I want…Genius…evil genius! Pinned!

YES – another reason to adore slow cookers!! These are genius 😀

Duuuuude I’m all over this.

    And that’s why we are friends. 😉

i unfortunately don’t have a stand mixer yet 🙁 is it possible to make these without? would love to have these for christmas morning!

    I tried these and found that the dough turned out tough and chewy, more like a pretzel dough. Also, They were too big to fit in a normal crockpot – I ended up going to an oval one

    Also I made the dough in my breadmaker knead only cycle, it’s another option. I can no longer knead dough due to nerve damage in my hands and shoulders.

I only have self rising flour would that be ok? I’m new to baking.

I made these tonight and they were great! Mine did take close to 4 hours to cook but my crockpot was chuck full and the rolls were huge. I also picked up the rolls on the foil and put them under the broiler in the oven for a few minutes to brown. They were great and I will definitely make them again as they were sooo easy.
Thanks for the great recipe!

Do you put the lid on the crock pot?

Perfect recipe, I only had to make sure I had the right measures in Dutch but I found it on the net so no problem, I left it in the cooker for 2 hours en it was lovely I am sure I will make it again, it will be a favourite!

Have you every made these the night before? I’m wondering if they would hold in the fridge so i could just wake up and start the crockpot then, go back to snoozing 🙂

    Hi Morgan, yes I’ve made these the night before! I made them, place them in the crockpot, and stuck those whole crockpot insert in the fridge covered in plastic wrap with a paper towel resting on top of the cinnamon rolls (to collect residual moisture) – they required extra baking time because the crockpot was cold but they came out great!

just wondering how big your crock pot is

    Hi Jackie, I used a 6-quart crockpot for this recipe.

Great idea! Love your website!

Thanks.
Annette

your recipe calls for active dry yeast – can you use instant or quick?

Can the dough be prepped in advance? Say the night before..

These look awesome! I’m at my in-laws and they do not have a crockpot….can I make these in the oven?

    Hi Megan! I have made these before in the oven! I believe I baked them just after making them – instead of placing them in the crockpot I placed them in a casserole dish – at 375 degrees. Can’t remember for sure how long they took to bake but I’d start with 20-25 minutes and check on them throughout. When they’re golden and no longer doughy in the middle, they’re done! 🙂

i only have a hand mixer, is it ok to use them?

I don’t have a stand mixer..