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Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

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.

A small skillet of homemade cinnamon rolls topped with frosting on a wooden trivet

I've discovered a way to make THE BEST cinnamon rolls with very little effort. I use store-bought refrigerated biscuits and these yeast free rolls couldn't be easier to make.

Refrigerator biscuits are made from a stiff bread dough that is refrigerated to become even stiffer. The dough is typically shaped into logs which are sliced into rounds before baking. They can be found in the refrigerated section of most American grocery stores. Unfortunately, in the UK, they are not readily available.

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Why I Love This Recipe

  • This small batch cinnamon rolls recipe delivers perfectly fluffy sweet rolls that are topped with a sweet and creamy frosting.
  • Cinnamon rolls are a joy to eat but many cinnamon roll recipes call for using yeast. These recipes are great, but for times when you want to enjoy a sweet roll without waiting for the dough to rise, this small batch cinnamon roll recipe is for you. No yeast and no waiting necessary.
  • Refrigerator biscuits are so inexpensive and this recipe can be made for easily a dollar or two. 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.
  • These rolls are just the right size. They're not huge, they're almost bite-sized treats.

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A closeup of cinnamon rolls on a small skillet with a few missing on a wooden trivet next to a cup of coffee.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Refrigerator biscuits: 1 tube is all you need. I've experimented with various sized tubes of refrigerator biscuits and you can 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 yeast free cinnamon rolls is all the same.
  • Butter: Melted salted butter is brushed along the dough so that the cinnamon sugar sticks well to the dough.
  • Sugar and ground cinnamon: These two ingredients are mixed together to make the delicious cinnamon filling.
  • Powdered sugar and milk: These ingredients are used to make the cinnamon roll frosting.

How To Make This Recipe

  • Step 1: : Take all of the biscuits out of tube and lay them flat on a cutting board.
  • Step 2: Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out.
  • Step 3: Try to make sure the dough is one smooth rectangular piece of dough.
  • Step 4: After the dough is rolled out, spread melted butter over the top of the dough.
  • Step 5: Next, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the butter.
  • Step 6: Beginning with the long side, roll up the dough and seal the seams as you roll.
6 steps showing how to make cinnamon rolls

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 rolls.

Spreading cream cheese frosting over homemade cinnamon rolls in a small skillet with the back of a spoon.

I use either a small 6-inch cast iron skillet or a loaf pan for this small batch of cinnamon rolls.

Pulling a small cinnamon roll out of a small skillet filled with cinnamon rolls topped with frosting on a trivet

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Freeze Cinnamon Rolls?

Yes! These small batch cinnamon rolls freeze well. Place the cut rolls into a freezer safe dish, when you are ready to enjoy them, take the rolls out of the freezer, thaw and bake.

How Can I Make Overnight Cinnamon Rolls?

After rolling the cinnamon rolls, cut them as directed, arrange them in your pan and cover well with plastic wrap. Refrigerate them overnight and in the morning take the pan out of the fridge and let them come up to room temperature before baking as directed in the recipe.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to sift the powdered sugar for the cinnamon roll glaze. You want to get the lumps out so that the glaze is smooth.
  • If you would like the glaze to be thinner, add a bit more milk. If you find that the glaze is too thin, add a touch more powdered sugar.

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Two mini cinnamon rolls on a plate next to a small cast iron skillet filled with cinnamon rolls and a bowl of frosting.

Serving Suggestions

Although homemade cinnamon rolls are a treat by themselves, you might like to serve them with these easy breakfast recipes:

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Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: bread, cinnamon rolls
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

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

GLAZE

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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • TO MAKE THE GLAZE
  • Sift the powdered sugar with a sifter or a mesh strainer. 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.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Be sure to sift the powdered sugar for the cinnamon roll glaze. You want to get the lumps out so that the glaze is smooth.
  • If you would like the glaze to be thinner, add a bit more milk. If you find that the glaze is too thin, add a touch more powdered sugar.

Nutrition

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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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58 thoughts on “Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. I will definitely make these when I get a can of bisquits. However, I’ve made your crustless quiche Lorraine three times already, and it is supurb. Thank you for your genius!

  2. 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.

      Joanie

  3. 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?

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

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