Love those large, soft, and gooey cinnamon rolls? I do too but can never finish the whole thing. Sometimes I just want a bite! These mini cinnamon roll bites are quickly made with the help of puff pastry. Sprinkled with brown sugar and baked until golden brown, they are crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. Top them off with vanilla glaze for the perfect bite!
Ever been to the airport and run by the cinnamon roll shop? Tempted to eat one or three or seven? I am! My son is also a cinnamon roll freak! There is a local cafe that serves great cinnamon rolls and he always eats one when we go. But just the center. He literally takes his fork and eats from the center out. He leaves the last two rings on the plate. Guess who gets to eat that circle of crispy, sugary goodness? ME, ME, ME! I love that he shares with me. He’s growing so fast he usually eats everything on the plate. He’s still very picky about what he eats, but if he likes it, he eats ALL of it!
Making cinnamon rolls at home.
Back to those gooey cinnamon rolls. I have tried to make them from scratch but tend to get impatient, kneading and waiting for them to proof. Then you still have to bake them. Yes, they are a labor of love, but sometimes I just want the love, not the labor. They even make a no-rise hot roll mix that you can use as a shortcut, but still not as good. I tried making them the night before, letting them slow proof in the fridge and then baking in the morning. I’m sorry, but I am too hectic in the morning to worry about getting up 30 minutes earlier (because who wants to do that), doing a quick proof and then baking. Still too much trouble!!!
Why puff pastry is so great.
Enter the puff pastry! I just recently showed you how easy it was to use puff pastry in my Corned Beef and Swiss Pastry Sliders. I do love a great shortcut. I am no Julia Child. I figured that I could use this same great shortcut to make my cinnamon rolls!
Defrosting a package of pastry in the fridge overnight makes for an easy morning. I haven’t tried rolling the cinnamon rolls the night before and then slicing in the morning, so if you do, please comment and let me know how that goes.
Even with my hectic mornings, I have time to spread some cinnamon and brown sugar, and slice and bake these mini cinnamon rolls. I will use the time they are baking to find my son’s shoes that always seem to go missing as soon as we need to leave the house for school. Even when I put them by the door, they end up in the Bermuda Triangle of our house.
Can I take them with me?
These cinnamon rolls are also a perfectly portable breakfast! I can grab a few, toss them on a napkin or paper plate, and the kids can eat them in the car. Usually, because we are running late because we couldn’t find our glasses or last night’s homework.
Fresh out of the oven, they are crispy on the edges, buttery and cinnamony on the inside with a slightly chewy center. Drizzle them with the vanilla glaze, use it as a dipping sauce, or just leave them plain. The brown sugar can be sweet enough as it is.
Will you eat these cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a snack, or dessert?
If you like cinnamon, try my Super Easy Cinnamon Stars!
Or my Fall Spiced Nuts
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