Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls will be your new best brunch idea! These chocolate chip crescent roll cinnamon rolls take less than 10 minutes to prep and seconds to eat! Perfect with your morning coffee or on the go breakfast.
Guys. These crescent roll cinnamon rolls are really good.
For some reason, I didn’t expect them to be as good as they were. Maybe because they’re a shortcut recipe.
Sometimes that happens to me. I go in with mediocre expectations and come away fully impressed. I like when it happens.
I hadn’t had a decent cinnamon roll in a long time. I used to enjoy stopping at Cinnabon at the mall every once in awhile. Then I realized they’re like 1,000 calories so I cut out that treat.
These cinnamon rolls using crescent rolls are much smaller than a Cinnabon, but they’re only about 200 calories each. MUCH better.
Regardless, I’m happy about these. The melty chocolate in the center is delicious. They were best right out of the oven but the next day, I put one in the microwave for 9 seconds (not ten. nine.) and it was just as good.
Really easy + really good = a winner. Try them.
Similarly, try these easy chocolate chip cream cheese danish, too.
Why you’ll love these Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
Shortcut recipe – Starting with crescent roll dough instead of making a yeast dough makes them so quick & easy!
Perfect size – The cinnamon crescent rolls aren’t gigantic, they’re the perfect treat.
Customizable – I add mini chocolate chips but cinnamon sugar crescent rolls are delicious on their own! You could also add some apple pie filling, marshmallow fluff, brown sugar…lots of ways to make them your own!
Tools you’ll need
- 8″ Round Pan – You can use a dark, non-stick pan or a glass dish.
- Pastry Brush – To brush the melted butter on the dough. I like silicone because it’s easy to clean.
- Cutting Board – I like to roll the dough out on a board instead of directly on the counter.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.
- Crescent Rolls – I use Pillsbury Crescent Roll Rounds, which can sometimes be hard to find. You can use regular crescent rolls, just pinch the seams together.
- Butter – I use salted butter to balance the sweetness of the recipe.
- Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
- Cinnamon – If you can, opt for a high quality cinnamon like ceylon for the best flavor.
- Mini Chocolate Chips – If you don’t have mini chocolate chips you can chop up some regular sized chips, or even a chocolate bar.
- Powdered Sugar – Sometimes called confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar. Same thing.
- Milk – I use 2% because that’s what we keep on hand.
- Vanilla Extract – Pure vanilla extract, not imitation, will give the best flavor.
How to make Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- STEP ONE: First, carefully unroll a crescent roll dough onto a clean, flat surface. Gently brush the melted butter over the entire dough.
- STEP TWO: Next, in a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon & sugar and sprinkle evenly over the melted butter.
- STEP THREE: Then, sprinkle the mini chocolate chips evenly over the entire thing.
- STEP FOUR: Finally, gently roll up the dough, slice into 8 even rounds, and place into a greased 8″ round baking dish. Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 12-14 minutes or until just golden. You want them to be a bit gooey.
- STEP FIVE: While the rolls are baking, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla over low heat until fully combined. Immediately brush over the cinnamon rolls when you take them out of the oven and enjoy!
Tips & Suggestions
- I use Pillsbury Crescent Rounds for these rolls. If you have regular crescents on hand, they’ll work fine, just pinch the seams together.
- Line the bottom of your baking dish with parchment paper cut in the shape of a circle to make clean up easier.
- After you roll up each dough strip, gently pinch the ends together so they stay in place.
- If you don’t eat them all in one sitting, these cinnamon rolls will warm up nicely in the microwave but they only need a few seconds!
What to serve with Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Serve these Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast with Ham & Potato Breakfast Casserole and some fruit!
How to reheat and store Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
How to store leftovers
Leftovers are best stored at room temperature in an airtight container. They’ll keep for up to 3 days, but they’re best served immediately.
Can I freeze crescent roll cinnamon rolls?
You can. Bake them, let them cool, cover them tightly and freeze for up to 2 months. Move them to the fridge to thaw when you’re ready to enjoy them.
How to reheat them
I reheat mine in the microwave. Because they’re so small, they don’t need much time – just about 10 seconds should do.
Is there a difference between crescent rolls and croissants?
They’re both moon shaped, but they’re not the same texture. Crescent rolls are more bread-like than croissants, which are light and flaky.
I can’t find Pillsbury Crescent Rounds, can I use regular crescent rolls?
Sure can. The crescent rounds are “straight” while regular crescent rolls are triangles. If you have regular crescent rolls just roll out the sheet, pinch together the seams and proceed with the recipe.
Crescent Roll Cinnamon Rolls
Need more Cinnamon Roll ideas? Try these:
- Cinnamon Roll Cake
- Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake
- Cinnamon Roll Cookies
- Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze
Originally published July 5, 2013