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Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls: An Easy Breakfast

Puff pastry cinnamon rolls – these quick, sweet treats are the perfect way to start a delicious day.

Flaky puff pastry swirls with cinnamon filling in under 30 minutes for the easiest homemade cinnamon rolls ever. 

Believe me, this delicious cinnamon roll combines the best of two worlds – the buttery layers of puff pastry with the warm, cozy flavors of traditional cinnamon rolls.

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This easy recipe is my go-to for fast, delicious breakfasts to enjoy on cozy weekends with my family or to impress guests at holiday brunches.

I can create a breakfast everyone will love with just a few basic ingredients.

Ingredients 

The ingredient list for these puff pastry cinnamon swirls is simple – just puff pastry, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

You likely already have these staples in your pantry. 

Full ingredient list below:

  • 1 puff pastry sheet – I used pre-made puff pastry, but feel free to make your puff pastry.
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • Optional glaze: powdered sugar and milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon

How to Make Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls

In Europe, I often find puff pastry in the refrigerated section, but if you use frozen puff pastry, let it thaw the night before in the refrigerator.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Carefully unroll the sheet of puff pastry. Meanwhile, melt the butter in the microwave.

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon. 

Step 2 

Spread the softened butter evenly over the pastry with a pastry brush.

buttery layers

Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly over the buttered strips.

spread cinnamon filling in the in the Puff pastry

Step 3

Starting from one of the longer sides of the rectangle, tightly roll the puff pastry into a log.

roll the puff pastry

Slice the roll into 1-inch pieces with a sharp knife or a piece of dental floss, and place cut side up on the prepared baking sheet.

make the rolls with floss
cut in equal pieces 12 rolls

Step 4 

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

uncook rolls parchment paper-lined baking sheet

Step 5 (optional)

While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of cinnamon until smooth.

Once the cinnamon rolls are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.

glaze made with sugar, milk and cinnamon

Drizzle the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls and serve with a cup of cold brew coffee, cherry hot chocolate, or Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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TIPS FOR MAKING THESE flaky cinnamon rolls

  • Ensure that the puff pastry sheets are fully thawed before using them.
  • Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet. Leave enough space between the rolls to allow for expansion during baking.
  • Pack the cinnamon sugar filling tightly onto the dough.
  • Work quickly while assembling to prevent the pastry from getting warm and sticky.
  • Roll up tightly for a compact spiral.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter when brushing it onto the puff pastry. It adds richness and helps the cinnamon-sugar mixture adhere to the dough.

If you like quick and easy breakfasts, try this French roll in air fryer, lemon cranberry scones, Hawaiian roll breakfast sliders or this Chocolate Cherry Pancakes.

flaky cinnamon rolls

Recipe Variations

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls: If you love apple pie, this version is a must-try!

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls: Spread a layer of Nutella on the puff pastry sheets before sprinkling the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Lemon Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls: Sprinkle fresh blueberries and grated lemon zest on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture for a burst of citrusy sweetness.

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls: Mix pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice into the melted butter before brushing it onto the puff pastry sheets for a seasonal treat.

Cream Cheese-Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls: Before rolling up the puff pastry, spread a layer of softened cream cheese on top of the buttered sheets.

Proceed with the recipe as usual, and enjoy a creamy surprise in every bite.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls: Sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips over the cinnamon-sugar mixture for a delightful chocolatey surprise in every bite.

The warm, melted chocolate will pair perfectly with the sweet cinnamon filling.

Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls: an easy way to make everyone’s favorite breakfast without mess.

Air fryer cinnamon rolls: the air fryer does a fantastic job if you don’t want to turn on the oven.

Storage Tips

To Store: If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

For longer storage, refrigerate for up to a week.

To Reheat: To enjoy the cinnamon rolls warm again, simply pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or warm them in a preheated oven at 300°F (150°C) for 5-10 minutes.

To Freeze Before Baking: If you want to prepare these rolls ahead of time, you can freeze the unbaked rolls.

After slicing the puff pastry log into rolls, place them on a baking dish with parchment paper and freeze until solid.

Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag.

When ready to bake, simply place the frozen rolls on a lined baking sheet and bake as directed, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

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Yield: 12 rolls

Puff pastry cinnamon rolls recipe

Puff pastry cinnamon rolls

Flaky, buttery puff pastry swirled with cinnamon and sugar makes these easy cinnamon rolls an indulgent breakfast treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon Vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface. Using a brush, spread the melted butter evenly over each sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the buttered puff pastry.
  4. Tightly roll up each puff pastry sheet starting from one long side. Slice into 1-inch thick rounds and place on the prepared baking sheet, spacing evenly apart.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon until smooth. Drizzle glaze evenly over cooled cinnamon rolls before serving.
  7. Serve the puff pastry cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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Sarah

Saturday 18th of November 2023

Oh man, these were so good and so EASY yo make! I was looking for a fun bit quick recipe to make on Thanksgiving morning and gave these a test run. Only took me about 20 minutes and the my kids gobbled them up. the glaze was perfect too. Cant wait to try this with Nutella as you suggested!

Giangi T.

Tuesday 14th of November 2023

We all love this recipe so much. Your cinnamon rolls are the perfect amount of sugar and cinnamon and the flakiness, out of this world. I know we all will love it when I first saw it on your facebook page. Thank you for a great recipe, you are making my holiday entertaining so much easier.

Becky

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

I saw this recipe on your facebook page and they looked so good I couldn't resist making them this morning. It's just my husband and I and it's downright embarrassing how many we ate between the two of us. These are too dangerous to be so easy to make! lol Thanks for a great recipe!

Angie

Tuesday 7th of November 2023

Thank you so much for trying my Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls recipe and I'm so glad to hear you and your husband enjoyed them! I agree, they are dangerously easy and delicious. It's so hard not to eat more than one...or two...or three!

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