15 Cinnamon Roll Hacks to (Easily) Make Them Ridiculously Better


Silas & Grace

Team homemade or team from a can, it doesn’t matter.

I recently came across some amazing cinnamon roll hacks on the internet, and I needed to share.

It was necessary.

I couldn’t go another day without handing these over to you because they’re such good level-ups, but they’re also easy.

Like who doesn’t need easy hacks that’ll make your cinnamon rolls taste 1002% better?

Or just some simple tips to make the cooking process much faster?

So if you want your life to be just that much better, then here you go.

1. Butter and Brown Sugar Layer

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“Slathering the bottom of the baking dish with an extravagant amount of butter and then brown sugar BEFORE placing the cinnamon buns in the pan is a game changer.

To serve, literally just flip the dish upside down, and out come these golden gooey crispy on the edge rolls. Divine! Can be done with homemade or store-bought.” – Kari T.

2. Get the Heavy Cream Out

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“The absolute BEST hack for canned cinnamon rolls is to pour a bit of heavy cream in the bottom of the pan (we always use a pie pan) — just enough to cover the bottom — plus 3-4 tablespoons of melted butter. The rolls soak up all the cream and butter and they are extra delicious! You may need to cook them for an extra minute or two.” – Lauren

Click here to get a more in-depth recipe for this cinnamon roll hack.

3. Supermarket Pizza Dough

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“Supermarket pizza dough actually makes delicious cinnamon rolls. Roll it out, add a cinnamon/sugar/butter filling, roll it up, slice and bake. Add whatever glaze or frosting you like.” – Ann

4. Cream Cheese + Icing Packet

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“Devoted to the TJ’s [Trader Joe’s] cinnamon rolls, with a small but mighty hack. Mix in cream cheese to the icing packet (to taste) to create an amazing, homemade-tasting cream cheese frosting. Major level up.”

Side Note: While she uses Trader Joe’s cinnamon rolls, I’m gonna say that this should work with whatever brand you use.

5. Take Out Your Waffle Iron

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“For a real game changer, cook your preferred canned cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron. 1000% better than anything that comes out of the oven!!” – Eliza

Gretchen also adds…

“I also recommend cooking canned cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron. They get a little crispy and cook up super fast!”

Personal Note: A little bit of crispiness sounds amazing!

6. Turn Them Into a Casserole or Monkey Bread

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If you tear up the pieces of the canned cinnamon rolls and put them in the right kind of baking dish, you’re gonna have either a very decadent breakfast or dessert.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Casserole

7. Quick Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

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Take those canned cinnamon rolls, flatten them with a rolling pin, stick them to the bottom of a pie pan, and you have a cinnamon roll pie crust.

It honestly sounds so good!

8. An Easy and Delicious Flavor Upgrade

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“Make orange rolls from crescent dough [I assume she means Pillsbury crescent rolls] and your family will think you’re a genius. 😉

This is our Christmas morning breakfast most years:

Big, flaky crescent rolls (1 pkg makes 6 rolls, so buy more if you need more!).

Brush raw dough with butter, add brown sugar and orange zest, bake, then top with orange glaze icing. Make icing with orange juice and powdered sugar. Add a little milk and butter for flavor. Soo easy and delicious!” – Stephanie

9. Gluten and/or Dairy Free Hack

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“We are gluten-free and dairy-free and mourned the loss of cinnamon rolls for years! If you are in the sad gluten-free canoe with us – this is the BEST RECIPE. I make them every year for my husband’s birthday (which is tomorrow!). I use vegan butter (salted Earth Balance) and Namaste Gluten-Free 1:1 flour. I also switched the white sugar to brown sugar in the filling. You will NOT regret this.” – Andie

Here’s the recipe she links to!

10. Candied Bacon

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Super easy and delicious hack I used to do years ago.

Get some thick-cut bacon that’s been candied with brown sugar, wrap them around your cinnamon rolls, and bake. Very simple and easy!

Also, if you want the full recipe, then click here to get the candied bacon cinnamon rolls I made on my blog way back when I was a new blogger. Don’t be too hard on me for those bad photos, I wasn’t very good at it in 2016. haha!

11. Puff Patry

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This food blogger has a great hack for just using puff pastry for the cinnamon rolls. Definitely a time-saver!

Get the Recipe: Easy Cinnamon rolls with Biscoff Cookie Butter

12. Another Good No-Knead Recipe

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“A no-knead dough, overnight make-ahead option and the lightest, most delicious cream cheese frosting make these Cinnamon Rolls the only ones I ever make!” – Marissa Stevens

Get the Recipe: Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

13. Mascarpone & Cream Cheese

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“I use half marscapone and half cream cheese for the frosting. I’m not a fan of how overpowering cream cheese only is. I also use a really hydrated brioche and cold proofing, so these turn our super soft and flavorful.” – Kari Headings

Sounds like a great way to level-up a simple can of cinnamon rolls or any easy cinnamon roll recipe you have!

Get the Recipe: Classic Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

14. Tasty Filling Hacks

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I honestly think it’s a great idea to just get creative with fillings. It’s an easy way to make your cinnamon rolls feel like they just came out of a Martha Stewart magazine.

So for instance, these cinnamon rolls with apple pie filling look beyond amazing. Or these Nutella and chocolate-filled ones look like they’d pair great with coffee.

15. Cinnamon Roll Peach Cobbler

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A peach cobbler made with cinnamon rolls instead of the normal brown sugar and oats topping. Let that sink in for just a moment.

Like how amazing would that taste on a Saturday morning?

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Peach Cobbler

65 Authentic Greek Dishes You Need (Immediately)

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Greek cuisine has to have some of the most flavorful dishes.

So if you want to something really satisfying, then grab a recipe from this (authentic and traditional) list, and enjoy a bite of hot perfectly delicious Greek food.

Get the Recipes: Greek Food: 65 Authentic Dishes You Need (IMMEDIATELY)

75+ Authentic Mexican Dishes That Are Eat-Worthy

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There’s so much more to Mexican food than what you get in a lot of restaurants around the world.

The flavors are so much more incredible, and if you’re craving real Mexican food, then this recipe list is your best friend.

Get the Recipes: 75+ Authentic Mexican Dishes That Are Perfect

40 Traditional Chinese Dishes That Are Incredibly Delicious

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If you want to impress your friends like you’re the next Martha Stewart cooking genius, then here’s a list of truly authentic Chinese recipes.

PS – There are also some on the list that you probably thought were America-Chinese, but actually come from China!

Get the Recipes: 40 Traditional Chinese Dishes That Are Incredibly Delicious

Indian Food: 99+ Truly Authentic & Tasty Dishes

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If you’re curious about trying authentic Indian dishes, then you’re going to find some amazingly flavorful recipes on this list!

Also, your family is probably going to think you’re a cooking genius when they realize they don’t have to go to a restaurant to get the good stuff.

Get the Recipe: Indian Food: 99+ Truly Authentic & Tasty Dishes

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Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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Silas & Grace

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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