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Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

These semi-homemade cinnamon rolls start with a package of crescent rolls. Add the cinnamon filling, a secret ingredient, and bake. They are ready in minutes!

Use Crescent Rolls for Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are a big hit at my house! The smell of baking cinnamon rolls brings the whole family together! The only downside is the time it takes to make homemade ones. These semi-homemade rolls are as convenient as refrigerated store-bought rolls but are tasty like homemade rolls. They start with crescent rolls. I used Sweet Hawaiian Crescent Rolls, but you can use regular ones instead.

Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade Filling for Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls have a homemade filling of cinnamon and dark brown sugar. You can substitute light brown sugar if that is what you have on hand. The similarity between the two sugars is that they both contain molasses. The difference between them is dark brown sugar has almost twice the amount of molasses in it as light brown sugar, which gives it a more complex taste.

Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

How to Assemble Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

To assemble the cinnamon rolls, follow these steps:

  1. Open the can of crescent rolls and unroll them.
  2. Break them apart at the perforated seams. 
  3. Brush them with softened butter.
  4. Add the cinnamon sugar, pressing it into the dough to make it stick.
  5. Roll up the crescent rolls, starting with the flat end.
  6. Place them into a large baking dish.

Secret Ingredient for Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

After you roll up the crescent rolls, sprinkle them with any excess sugar mixture that fell off when you rolled them. Then add the secret ingredient that takes them from run-of-the-mill cinnamon rolls to melt-in-your-mouth rolls: vanilla-flavored half and half. Half and half is an equal mixture of whole milk and cream. You can buy it premade or make your own. Add vanilla extract to flavor it. Then pour it around the rolls.

Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Make the Frosting

Mix together the frosting while the cinnamon rolls bake. It is a mixture of melted butter, sugar, flavoring, and cream. If you want to make the rolls less decadent, omit the frosting. Don’t worry because they will still be delicious!

Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Add the frosting to the cooked rolls. Eat them warm for the best taste!

Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
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Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls made with crescent rolls
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Course Anytime, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9-11 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cinnamon Rolls
Frosting
Course Anytime, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9-11 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Cinnamon Rolls
Frosting
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Cinnamon Rolls
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls and spread the butter evenly on each roll. Then sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture on each roll.
  3. Roll up the crescent rolls, starting with the flat end rather than the pointed end.
  4. Place the rolled-up crescent rolls into a 9 x 11-inch baking dish. Separate them to give them room for rising during baking. Mix the cream and vanilla together and pour the mixture around the cinnamon rolls. Do not pour it directly onto the rolls.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
Frosting
  1. Add the melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, cream, and salt to a small bowl. Stir until well mixed.
  2. Spread frosting over the cooked cinnamon rolls.

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