Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

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Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls are a simple and quick recipe! Made with pre-made puff pastry dough then topped with a sweet, vanilla icing! These are the easiest homemade cinnamon rolls, are so simple to throw together…they should be illegal. Very minimal ingredients necessary and they taste almost like a toasters strudel without fruit…aka the best kind ever. If you don’t have time to make my Cinnabons, this easy recipe is definitely the next best thing. Make these and love life.

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Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

You’re only 3 ingredients away from making this easy-peasy puff pastry cinnamon roll recipe and 3 ingredients away from a simple icing to top them with! Here’s what you need:

  • Puff Pastry – This is what makes this recipe so easy and quick! Store-bought puff pastry is amazing, but if you want to make your own puff pastry sheets, go for it! You find this in the freezer section at your local grocer. Once you get it home, store it in the fridge if you plan on making these rolls in the next day or two so they can defrost.
  • Brown Sugar and Cinnamon – This is the filling for these easy puff pastry cinnamon rolls. Talk about simple but SO tasty.
  • Icing – Made with powdered sugar, half & half and vanilla extract. The perfect compliment to these rolls.

More puff pastry recipes: Apple Puffs with Fresh Cream and Warm Caramel Sauce, Chorizo Manchego Pinwheels, Turkey a la King, and Strawberry & Chocolate Cream Napoleons.

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls ingredients

How to Make Cinnamon Puff Pastry Rolls

Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking tray with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.

Unfold one sheet of puff pastry onto a clean lightly floured work surface. Spread 1/4 cup of brown sugar in a thin even layer over pastry. Press down lightly. Sprinkle with cinnamon (as much or as little as you’d like). Roll up and cut into 8 equal pieces with a sharp knife. Place onto the prepared baking sheet cut side up. Repeat with remaining sheet of puff pastry.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

Simple Icing

This simple icing is the perfect topping to these even easier Cinnamon Rolls.

  1. For the icing – Using an electric mixer or just a whisk, mix powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and half & half together in a small bowl until runny yet slightly thick; when you drizzle the icing back into the bowl, it should hold its shape briefly before falling back into the rest of it. If the icing is runny, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add in more half & half.
  2. Drizzle icing over warm rolls and serve immediately.

Leftovers

Any leftover cinnamon rolls you have can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Just be sure to let them cool to room temperature before storing. To reheat, simply heat through in the microwave or turn your oven to 350° F and heat through that way.

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls FAQ

What’s the difference between puff pastry and regular pastry dough?

Puff pastry is a type of pastry dough made with many layers of butter, resulting in a very flaky and airy texture when baked. Regular pastry dough is typically denser and not as flaky.

Can I prepare the puff pastry cinnamon rolls in advance and bake them later?

Yes, you can assemble the puff pastry cinnamon rolls in advance and refrigerate them overnight. Then, bake them when you’re ready to enjoy. Just remember to cover them with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.

Can I freeze the cinnamon puff pastry rolls?

The beauty of this puff pastry cinnamon rolls recipe is that you can make it ahead of time by freezing before or after baking! Here’s how to do both:

Before. After you spread out the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll the dough into a log, wrap it very tightly with plastic wrap, and place it in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, transfer from the freezer to the fridge and let thaw overnight. Bake as directed and top with sweet icing.

After. Bake as directed then let the cinnamon rolls cool completely. Do not top with icing at this point. Instead transfer the cooled baking sheet into the freezer. Once the cinnamon rolls are fully frozen, you can then transfer them into an airtight freezer-safe storage container. These stay good for up to one month. To reheat, place rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 375° F until heated through. Top with icing and enjoy!

Can I add nuts or raisins to the filling of my puff pastry cinnamon rolls?

Absolutely! Chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, and raisins can be added to the cinnamon-sugar filling for extra flavor and texture to your puff pastry cinnamon rolls.

close up of puff pastry cinnamon rolls

More Cinnamon Roll Recipes to Try!

Super simple, delicious cinnamon rolls ready lickity split. The printable recipe card with full recipe and detailed instructions can be found below. Enjoy your day!

If you make this recipe, I would really appreciate it if you would give it a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

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4.33 from 55 votes

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls is a simple and quick recipe! Made with pre-made puff pastry then topped with a sweet, vanilla icing!
servings 16 rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

for the icing-

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • Unfold one sheet of puff pastry onto a clean work surface sprinkled with flour. Spread 1/4 cup of brown sugar in a thin even layer over pastry. Press down lightly. Sprinkle with cinnamon (as much or as little as you'd like). Roll up and cut into 8 even pieces. Place onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

for the icing-

  • Mix all ingredients together until runny yet slightly thick; when you drizzle the icing back into the bowl, it should hold its shape briefly before falling back into the rest of it. If the icing is runny, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add in more half & half.
  • Drizzle icing over warm rolls and serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 0.3mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls, puff pastry cinnamon rolls recipe

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  1. Laurel M Adams

    Mine didn’t “puff” and spread in the oven. They tasted great and my grandkids didn’t know any different because they had never had a cinnamon roll before, but my pride would have liked to have served a prettier product. Any thoughts anyone?

    1. Alexandra

      I think your oven may have not been hot enough. I once read that the key to the “puff” in puff pastry comes from the high heat of your oven so even though the pastry itself, is so delicate in texture, you’ll notice a trend in most recipes that use puff pastry, that the setting for your oven is 400-425 degrees, in the directions so it will “puff” properly. Alot of ovens take 30-40 minutes of pre-heating to get to 400 degrees so I’m going to assume that the temperature wasn’t hot enough, in order for your dough to really flourish n get to that right texture. I hope that helps you, although this is such a late reply to your question.

  2. shannon d edens

    5 stars
    i love it when someone other than myself uses the term “janky”.
    you get 5 stars just for that. made me smile.

  3. Kim

    5 stars
    Oh em gee! My first time working with puff pastry! Yes, I gained wisdom for next time lol. But I still managed to pull off yummy cinnamon rolls with this awesome recipe! My friends think I’m I’m super baker now. 😀 I added Almond Extract instead of vanilla. I don’t like the nuts is things, but love the extract! Definitely found a new favorite!! Thank you!

  4. Trudy Strong

    5 stars
    I seen these done on test kitchen i think, anyway they sprayed a cupcake pan with Pam and placed each roll inside each slot. That way it didn’t run.. Anyone try that idea??

  5. Alice

    5 stars
    Soooo delicious! This was my first time baking with Puff Pastry. I guess I avoided it because I knew I would love it thus eating all and many say difficult to work with. These cinnamon rolls couldn’t have been easier! …also fast. No mixing dough or waiting for it to rise.
    DELICIOUS!
    Thanks Lauren, this recipe is a keeper ::-)

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  7. Danielle

    Does anyone have any tricks for keeping the edges tight? Mine unrolled in the oven….still turned out yummy, just not as ‘compact’ as I’d like for presentation.
    TIA!

  8. Rebecca

    5 stars
    These are amazing. I bake them all the time now. I find that you don’t even need to measure the cinnamon and brown sugar….you can just press it onto the puff pastry. They are now my kid’s favourites! SO EASY TO MAKE TOO!

  9. hayley

    5 stars
    THANK YOU SO MUCH…., these are quick, simple & taste absolutely amazing. The downside is they are so easy & quick to make that I want them all the time. I’ve just made them tonight which is my 3rd time & they still hit the spot. Thanks again. If you haven’t made them yet, do it as you won’t be disappointed :o)

  10. Amy

    5 stars
    Wow, these are just great. I went searching this evening for a super quick and easy recipe to try out on one sheet of puff pastry that has been in our freezer, just bare and in its box and not wrapped up in plastic wrap or anything, for at least 2 years. I was doubtful that much would come of it. After trimming off the dried out edges I followed your instructions and, voila! We had some tasty little cinnamon rolls. They were a little dense and not quite as puffed, as is understandable, but we had a nice little dessert made out of something that was otherwise going into the garbage. This recipe must be FABULOUS with fresh puff pastry! It’s a keeper.

  11. ash

    Good taste. Easy recipe. But they leak and, at 15 minutes, they were burnt. Next time, I’ll try rolling them up like a croissant (as suggested elsewhere by Lola) to prevent burning and leakage.

    Also very easy icing recipe. I used standard fat milk instead of half and half but needed almost twice as much as called for in recipe.

  12. Peace

    aww man. I just used up the last of my puff pastry and these look AWESOME. So wish I had read all the recipes before I started cooking. Will have to give these a go next time. Thanks for sharing

  13. LOLA

    5 stars
    I decided to cut the puff pastry into triangles instead and roll them like a croissant so that no sugar leaks and it doesn’t taste burnt
    ~amazing

    1. Peace

      http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/glossary/g/Half-And-Half.htm
      Half and half is a dairy product consisting of equal parts light cream and milk

      (I had to look it up too 🙂
      Personally, I’d just use milk if you can’t access half & half

  14. Barb

    I baked them for 20 minutes. The tops were nice and golden but the brown sugar leaked out of the bottom and the bottoms tasted burnt. What did I do wrong

  15. Jennifer

    5 stars
    These were great! They were so easy. The thing I always have liked least about cinnamon rolls in how soft they are. I love that these had a crunch! I ended up turning my oven down to 350 on the second batch because the first ones browned a bit too much on the bottom. But my oven may be hot! Thanks for the great recipe! I have a happy little girl on my hands!

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  17. wendyb964

    BRILLIANT! OK, I am shouting. Best quick recipe I’ve made in years. I used King Arthur Flour’s Bakers Cinnamon Filling as for my regular, overnight buns., and used Solo Brand apricot filling for the second piece of pastry. Tips: preheat oven to 450 and turn down as soon as buns are placed in oven (prevents the heating element from over-browning the bottom), do not overstuff with filling as much as you want to, and can sprinkle with coarse sugar for added crispy top. Unbaked rolls can be frozen and baked for a minute or so more.Thank you for the genius tip!

  18. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I totally do that too when my husband is gone. It’s like a food free-for-all eat-all-the-feelings day. 🙂 LOVE THESE!

  19. Karen Lea

    5 stars
    Made these for father’s day yesterday and boy were they a HIT! I used maple syrup and almond milk for the icing. Great and simple recipe, well done!

  20. Lindsay Ann @ Lindasy Ann Bakes

    Done and done! LOVE how simple you make these look! Saving this recipe for Sunday morning!!! Yay for yeast-free cinni rolls!!!

  21. Crystal

    5 stars
    My husband loves cinnamon rolls. These will be perfect for Father’s Day and way easier than having to use yeast. Thanks so much for the recipe! Yummy!

  22. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    Love working with puff pastry – it makes everything so easy! Lovely rolls, I wish I had them for breakfast this morning!

  23. Biz

    So simple – love it! Missed seeing you at the Beef weekend in Lubbuck last week! I was looking forward to meeting you! 😀

    1. Bakin' in Bermie

      Julie, did you end up making these? I made them with 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1tbsp cinnamon. I am not overly excited about them so would probably give the original recipe a shot and see if the sugar and cinnamon held its own….. Mine taste good but not sure I needed all that butter. Hope this helps!

      1. Tammy Meidinger

        Sorry, I missed the pan size! Can a 15×17 pan be used placing many rolls? Can the sides be touching? Do they raise like when using yeast? I have a whole box to use!!

    1. Jo

      I added raisins and they came out great! Wondering how it would taste if I brushed melted butter on the dough before putting on the sugar and cinnamon??!! I’ll have to try it some time!!
      Ty for your recipe!

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