Cheat Cinnamon Rolls


Every so often, I get the most intense cravings for cinnamon rolls. The flaky pastry supermarket kind sadly doesn’t cut it, and I find myself longing for the warm, gooey variety, straight from the oven. Thankfully, with this super easy cheat method, they are one of the easiest things you can whip up in the kitchen.


It feels wrong to call it a recipe as it’s just so simple. Grab a pack of ready made, re-rolled puff pastry. Mix up a the paste for the inside by combining 1/3 cup softened butter, 2 tbsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp cup light brown sugar, 2 tbsp golden caster sugar. Mix and match the sugars if you like, just make sure they add up to approx. 1/3 cup overall. Mix these together with a spoon until combined into a glorious dark brown paste. Preheat the oven to 180oc, unroll the pastry and carefully spread the cinnamon mix over the whole thing, and roll it up. Cover the roll in cling film and pop it in the fridge to chill, to make slicing easier.


Slice the roll into inch thick slices, and lay down in a heat proof tray. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the pastry turns golden. Mix up a simple glaze by combining icing sugar and water, and drizzle on the top. Enjoy!

The remaining rolls will keep just fine in the fridge. I cover the whole tray in foil and store like that, and then just transfer the rolls to a microwavable bowl and heat up for 30 seconds, when they’ll be warm, gooey and good as new again. This ‘recipe’ is one of my favourites as it’s so quick and easy, and is one you can easily whip up the night before to cook for breakfast the next morning. The rolls are sticky, sugary and a little bit messy, and a great way to start a chilly wintery morning.

  • Sophie Stewart

    These sounds amazing! I’ve been wanting to try and make cinnamon rolls for a while now and these actually sound fairly easy to make! I might try a batch on Saturday. Sophie x

  • Becca

    These sound amazing! And so quick and easy to make on a weekend morning. Thanks for sharing xx

  • Oh dear god! These are so much easier to make than the ones I tried once! Buying ready made pastry is so much easier! I’m definitely trying this out, thanks Carrie 🙂 x
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

  • I keep seeing these on your instagram and they look amazing! I also just discovered gluten free pre-made pastry…so I may have to try these out too! So simple

    Honestly Aine

  • Oh man – these looks so delicious!

  • These look so delicious, and wow so easy to make! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • These look so delicious! I need to give these a try this weekend – I am a big cinnamon roll lover.

  • these look so yummy! cinnamon rolls are my fav treats <3

    Abigail Alice x

  • I adore Cinnamon Rolls, and these ones look delicious! Plus, you just can’t beat taking the easy route to tastiness..

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  • marblebeauty

    These look delicious! And beautiful pictures too! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Xxx

  • Georgia Winstanley

    oh my god, Carrie. These look insane! Saw them on your instagram and can’t wait to try them. <3

  • These look absolutely DELICIOUS! xx
    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • I will deffo be saving this recipe to make!!x


    Hello Carrie! I’ve just discovered your blog and it was love at the first sight!!! I’ve been looking for a easy recipe of cinnamon rolls for ages so I’m the happiest person in the world that I’ve found one here!!! <3 The warmest hug!!!

  • I love a cinnamon bun in the autumn! nothing like a warm sugary treat and is it really cheating if it’s just a way to enjoy the sweet taste quicker!

  • These look delicious! I’m sipping a coffee right now, wouldn’t mind having one of these right now 🙂

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