Cinnamon Rolls made using Frozen Bread Dough is a great way to enjoy the taste of homemade cinnamon rolls without the stress of working with a yeast dough like a few of our other Best Cinnamon Roll Recipes. Let me show you a very easy way to bake semi-homemade cinnamon rolls for your family.
This recipe tastes as good as homemade cinnamon rolls with homemade cream cheese frosting, only without all the work involved with a traditional yeast roll recipe.
This recipe is also another Christmas Breakfast Recipe that’s perfect all year long. It’s even great if you want to make something special for the weekend for your family. Maybe you’re celebrating a birthday or family is coming over to visit.
Another great cinnamon roll recipe idea is Easy Cinnamon Roll Bread that's a quick bread recipe that tastes just like you baked homemade cinnamon rolls. There's even a delicious glaze drizzled on top!
Make sure you check out my Homemade Cinnamon Rolls using Biscuits. This recipe uses canned refrigerator biscuits as the dough base for cinnamon rolls. Or my Crescent Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls. Both recipes help you get cinnamon rolls on the table without much work! Easy!
Bread Dough Recipes
Both of those recipe use a yeast dough but sometimes we just don't have all the time required to make homemade bread dough recipes. Which is why I like using Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough.
Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough
This recipe uses Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough which is perfect when you don't have the time to make homemade dough. Or maybe you haven't quite mastered working with a yeast dough recipe.
Your family will love the taste of these cinnamon rolls and you'll love that you can have them on the breakfast table without all the fuss of a traditional cinnamon roll recipe that uses yeast dough.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
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- Parchment Baking Sheets - waxed paper works too when you're rolling out the frozen bread dough.
- Rolling pin - invest in a good rolling pin. I have a few that I love to use.
- Pastry brush - to help spread the butter. Make sure you use a silicon pastry brush.
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Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
For the Cinnamon Rolls:
- Melted butter
- Brown sugar
- 1 loaf frozen bread dough; thawed - seen not above for how to thaw the dough.
For the Frosting:
- Cream cheese; softened
- Butter; softened
- Powdered sugar
- Milk - you'll need just a few drops to get the consistency of the frosting right.
How to Thaw Frozen Bread Dough
To use Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough, remove a loaf from the freezer the night before you plan on making the cinnamon rolls. Wrap the loaf of dough in plastic wrap and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Continue with the recipe as directed once the dough is defrosted.
Once the frozen dough is thawed, roll out the dough into a rectangle shape. You can see that I'm rolling the dough right out on a piece of waxed paper. You can also roll it out on a floured surface or even use parchment baking sheets.
Spread with the melted butter. You can use a knife, but I really like using a pastry brush.
Spread with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. You can add chopped pecans too!
How to Roll up the Dough
Starting from end start rolling the dough up.
Make sure you tuck the ends under and press the seam firmly.
How to Slice the Cinnamon Rolls
I like to use a serrated knife to cut the cinnamon rolls. Some people like to use dental floss. I've never tried that method. If you do, make sure you use the unflavored dental floss, okay?
Depending on how thick you slice the rolls, you should be able to get eight to ten nice sized cinnamon rolls.
You can cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap if you want. But make sure you place them in a warm, draft-free area in your kitchen. I like to place them either on the stove top or inside the microwave...but do not turn the microwave on, okay?
Allow the cinnamon rolls to rise until they are doubled in size. This could take 60 minutes or more. It all depends on how warm your kitchen is.
See how much they've grown! They're perfect and ready for the oven. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until they're slightly browned and the centers are set.
Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions
Prepare the cream cheese icing by combining the icing ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool slightly before adding the icing.
Baking Tip: If you add the cream cheese icing too soon, you'll have a gooey mess on your hands. So be patient and wait about 20 minutes.
Cinnamon Rolls made using Rhodes Frozen Bread Dough is easy! If using yeast dough is scary, try this recipe! Your family is going to love them!
Looking for MORE Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Ideas?
- Overnight Cinnamon Rolls - these rolls rise in the refrigerator overnight and bake in the morning. Perfect for when busy holiday mornings.
- Freezer Friendly Cinnamon Rolls - I gave these as gifts a few years ago to family and friends. Free printables available too!
- Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole - uses refrigerator cinnamon rolls to create a delicious casserole that's easy to put together!
- Cinnamon Roll French Toast - combines both my love of French toast and cinnamon rolls in one easy recipe that's ready in under 20 minutes!
Frequently Asked Recipe Questions
Place the frozen dough on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. But first you should spray the plate and the plastic wrap with non-stick baking spray so the dough doesn't stick as it defrosts. Microwave the dough on high for 25 seconds. Remove the dough, flip and return to the microwave for another 25 seconds. You can also use the defrost setting for 3 to 5 minutes.
Frozen bread dough can be found in the freezer section of your local grocery store or big box store like Walmart.
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For the cinnamon rolls:
- 1 loaf frozen bread dough; thawed
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
For the icing:
- 4 ounces cream cheese; softened
- ¼ cup butter; softened
- 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Few drops of milk if necessary
For the cinnamon rolls:
- On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle.
- Spread the melted butter on top of the bread dough.
- Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon together and spread it over the top of the butter on the bread dough.
- Beginning at one end, roll the dough up into a log.
- Slice the log into 2 inch thick rolls and place in a greased pan.
- Cover with a cloth and allow the rolls to rise in a warm area until they have doubled in size. Depending on how warm your kitchen is, this could take 60 minutes.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are browned.
- Allow to cool slightly before adding the cream cheese icing; about 20 minutes.
For the cream cheese icing:
- In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with the softened butter.
- Add the vanilla.
- Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
- Frost the cinnamon rolls after they've cooled for about 20 minutes.
How to Defrost the Dough
- Remove a loaf from the freezer the night before you plan on making the cinnamon rolls. Wrap the loaf of dough in plastic wrap and let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
- Continue with the recipe as directed when the dough is defrosted.
- You may need to add a few drops of milk to the icing while mixing if it's not creamy enough.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 293Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 0gSugar: 32gProtein: 2g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2017 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!