Easy 6-Ingredient Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Fresh baked cinnamon rolls
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  • 27 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 8 cinnamon rolls
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Here is a recipe for easy cinnamon rolls that uses only six ingredients including store-bought crescent rolls. The ready-made dough makes it an especially simple and easy baked good to prepare, and it uses baking ingredients that you probably have on hand in your kitchen. 

These easy cinnamon rolls get their distinctive flavor not only from the dough but from the combination of butter, sugar, and cinnamon.

What You'll Need

  • 1 8-ounce tube crescent rolls
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Apply butter to an 8- or 9-inch round cake pan.
  3. Pop open the can of crescent rolls. Pinch the dough seams together to make one large rectangle. 
  4. Brush half of the melted butter over the dough. Sprinkle it with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll it up tightly on the long side of the rectangle.
  5. Using a serrated knife, cut the dough into eight rolls. Place them into a prepared pan, swirly side up.
  1. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 10  to 12 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are lightly browned.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the rest of the butter, powdered sugar, ​and 2 tablespoons milk to make the icing. Stir it thoroughly until all ingredients are combined and smooth. If it is too thick, you may wish to add more milk; too thin and you can add in a tad bit more sugar.
  3. Spoon the icing over the rolls right after they come out of the oven. Serve the cinnamon rolls when they are warm.

Fun Facts About Cinnamon

  • Cinnamon is derived from the bark of cinnamon trees. These trees are evergreens that are native to Sri Lanka and India, and they can grow up to 60 feet tall.
  • This powerful antioxidant is known for being able to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is high in calcium, manganese, zinc, and fiber -- two things that are known to boost colon health.
  • Cinnamon is used in Chinese medicine to treat nausea, colds, flatulence, diarrhea, and painful menstrual cramps.
  • It's boozy, too — it is a popular flavor in many alcoholic drinks, such as Fireball, which is a cinnamon-flavored whiskey. Cinnamon brandy drinks are known as cinnamon liqueurs, which are made with distilled alcohol.
  • Inhaling the scent of cinnamon is known to stimulate brain activity.
  • Cinnamon has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cinnamon sticks are also known as quills.
  • Ceylon and Cassia are the two most popular types of cinnamon.