The Easiest Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – Small Batch

You won’t believe how easy it is to make homemade cinnamon rolls! No yeast and ready in 30 minutes. These cinnamon rolls are heavenly, they’re sweet, gooey, fluffy, and incredibly delicious. Made with refrigerator biscuits.

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I’ve discovered a way to make THE BEST tasting cinnamon rolls with very little effort. I use store-bought refrigerated biscuits.

Using refrigerated biscuits makes the process of making cinnamon rolls so easy.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

This easy cinnamon rolls recipe delivers perfectly fluffy sweet rolls topped with an incredible frosting. It’s the perfect amount for one or two people.

Cinnamon rolls are a joy to eat but I’m not a fan of the process taken to achieve perfectly yeasted cinnamon rolls.

Most cinnamon rolls recipes will yield a large batch of cinnamon rolls which would be the perfect size for a large family, but if you’re cooking for one it’s too many rolls.

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How To Make Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve experimented with various sized tubes of refrigerator biscuits and you could honestly use any size tube. Some tubes have eight biscuits, some have ten and some even have five.

Truth is, it doesn’t really matter how many biscuits come in your tube. The process of making these homemade cinnamon rolls is all the same.

Step 1

You take all of the biscuits out of tube and lay them flat on a cutting board. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out. Try to make sure the dough is one smooth rectangular piece of dough.

Take a look at the photos below to get a better idea of the process.

Step 2

After the dough is rolled out, spread melted butter over the top of the dough.

Then, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the butter.

Step 3

Beginning with the long side, roll up the dough and seal the seams as you roll.

Rolling dough for cinnamon rolls | One Dish Kitchen

Step 4

Slice the dough into 1-inch pieces and place them in a small lightly greased baking dish.

Bake these mini cinnamon rolls for 20 minutes, remove them from the oven and spread a layer of cinnamon roll frosting made with powdered sugar and milk over the warm tops.

Spreading frosting over the cinnamon rolls | One Dish Kitchen
Cinnamon roll frosting | One Dish Kitchen
Cinnamon rolls | One Dish Kitchen

These mini cinnamon rolls are just the right size. They’re not huge, they’re almost bite-sized treats.

I use either a small 6-inch cast iron skillet or a loaf pan for these rolls.

Can You Freeze Cinnamon Rolls?


These pre-baked cinnamon rolls freeze well. When you’re ready for another small batch, the rolls are already made for you. Just take the cinnamon rolls out of the freezer, thaw and bake them.

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It’s surprising how easy it is to make cinnamon rolls for one person. In 30 minutes, from start to finish, you can enjoy fluffy, sweet, wonderfully gooey cinnamon rolls with your morning coffee or tea.

How To Make Cinnamon Rolls for One! | One Dish Kitchen

Refrigerator biscuits are so inexpensive and this recipe can be made for easily under a dollar. So when you want to satisfy a mid-afternoon sweet craving or you want to enjoy sweet cinnamon rolls in the morning for breakfast, this recipe is perfect for you.

What To Serve With Cinnamon Rolls

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Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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The Easiest Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – Small Batch

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: bread
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 tube refrigerator biscuits
  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar , sifted
  • 3 teaspoons milk (or cream)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).  Lightly grease baking pan. Set aside.
  • Open the can of biscuits and separate them. 
  • Place each biscuit side by side on a cutting board with the sides slightly overlapping each other.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll out the biscuits until flat and the dough is in the shape of a rectangle.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush the butter over the top of the entire piece of dough.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle over the buttered dough.
  • Roll up from one of the long sides. Seal seams.
  • Slice dough into 1-inch pieces. Place rolls on baking pan. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Mix powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. If the glaze is too thick, thin it out by adding a little more milk. If you find the glaze to be too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar until you achieve the desired consistency.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3.8mg
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56 thoughts on “The Easiest Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – Small Batch”

  1. 5 stars
    Yummo!!! This recipe was discussed on F/B the other day, & since they’re one of the favorite sweet things in life, I tried them tonight!!! They’re a 10!!! However, I need to ask, what size ramekin were you using??? Those who don’t follow Joanie’s Facebook site, should!!! It’s called “Cooking for One” and it is my favorite site! Thanks for the dessert tonight!

    1. Hi Nikki,

      In the photos, I used a 6.5-inch cast iron skillet. The size of the pan you use really depends on how many biscuits are in your biscuit tube. You want the cinnamon rolls to fit snugly in the pan. I’ve also used a loaf pan with this recipe.

      I’m so happy you are enjoying our Facebook group, it’s a great “little” community.


  2. I haven’t tried this yet, but I have a quick question. I have an extremely small kitchen so rolling out dough can be problematic. Would this work with the Pillsbury Crescent sheets, or possibly even their pizza dough or pie crust?

  3. Such a great Idea I need to get myself the mini skillets so convenient for cooking for one. They look really delicious.

  4. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    These look amazing! They could be seriously dangerous for me, because I bet I could eat the whole smaller batch! 🙂

  5. These look great! I make something similar using crescents and cut them into mini cinnamon rolls, but I never thought about using biscuit dough to make larger ones!

  6. Just made these today and they were yummy! Even my son enjoyed them and he doesn’t like cinnamon rolls. He calls them honey buns 😂😂😂

  7. 5 stars
    Made these this morning, with a number of changes.

    Used jumbo biscuits, from immaculate baking co., instead of regular ones.

    Used about three tbl of butter, mixed with almond extract, a little extra sugar, extra cinnamon, plus a little cardamom and mace.

    For the glaze, I needed about 11/2 tbl of liquid – I used a combo of almond milk, coffee extract and chocolate extract.

    I also had to bake, in a regular oven, for twenty minutes but I’ve found that to always be true with immaculate baking stuff.

    It made enough for three large ramekins, equivalent to a jumbo cinnamon roll.

    Hubby loved them! They were yummy!

    These would be great to make ahead and bake in the morning.

  8. Will be trying these tomorrow! If I plan to eat just one and store the rest for later in the day/another day, how do you recommend it best be reheated? Back in the oven or would the microwave suffice? Also, should I then not pour the glaze over all the rolls?

    1. Hi Sarah, just pop them in the microwave to warm them up. I’ve always added the glaze right after I take them from the oven. Enjoy!

  9. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T

    This looks way to easy! I love the tutorial and that you make them in the toaster oven. So perfect for those cinnamon cravings!

  10. Tonia from TheGunnySack

    My kids love using our toaster oven and if the recipe includes something sweet they love it ever more! I will have to share this with them!

  11. Rachel @ The Stay At Home Chef

    Oh you temptress! I have a group of ten loud 8-year-olds coming to my house this afternoon for cub scouts. (Yes, I’m a den mother in my spare time). The way they’ve been acting lately I’m going to need a treat like this! I deserve some cinnamon rolls I don’t have to share!

    1. Yes, I’d say with a crew like that coming over, you are one brave lady. But what a fun thing to do. My boys weren’t into cub scouts but my daughter loved girl scouts for a while.

  12. This is an absolutely fabulous idea. I’ve been wanting a cinnamon roll but haven’t felt like making the dough. I wonder if it would work with the reduced fat wheat biscuit. I am going to try this weekend. Thanks for a fabulous idea.

    1. I would think it would work, although I haven’t tried working with reduced fat wheat biscuit dough. I’d love to know how yours turned out.

  13. What a fun idea! We love cinnamon rolls as a treat every now and then, but I never want a huge batch sitting around my house. This is a great solution.

  14. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads

    These look fantastic! Perfect breakfast for me since my daughter won’t eat cinnamon rolls! 🙂

  15. Yummyilicious! These rolls look superb and delicious.
    Your well detailed steps and recipe is just fantastic and thanks for sharing.

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