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9 Ways to Hack a Can of Cinnamon Rolls

hack a can of cinnamon rolls
Holiday brunch just got sane again! Whip up these easy, clever and somewhat-homemade treats with as few as zero—ZERO—extra ingredients.


The best holiday host is a laid-back holiday host, but that’s easier said than done. At least if you’re doing dinner, you’ve got all day to get everything ready. But what if you’re hosting brunch? Obviously, you want to feed your friends and family something special that says “I made this homemade breakfast spread with love for you!” But also, you don’t want to wake up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to make that happen.

The answer: Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls. Those tubes of dough are basically little cans of untapped potential. Pop one open, and weave, wind, fill, twist and top to your heart’s content.

There’s no end to what you can make if you get creative, but we’ve narrowed it down to nine of our favorite hacks to get you started. Some don’t even need any extra ingredients! But that can just be your little secret (and we’ll never tell, because we’ll be too busy chewing).

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

WHAT? YES. Bake your cinnamon rolls in a waffle iron, and drizzle with the included icing. They’re ready faster than you can say, “What smells so good?” and impressive-looking to boot.


Easy Mini Monkey Breads

When you cut your dough into bite-sized pieces and bake them in muffin tins, cinnamon rolls magically transform into miniature monkey breads that look so much more involved than they actually are. Yet another super easy way to up the presentation factor.


Breakfast Pigs in a Blanket

If you can never choose between sweet and savory breakfasts, these little piggies are for you.


Orange Rolls in Orange Bowls

Deliciously sweet orange rolls bake up warm and gooey inside orange halves for a double dose of citrus flavor.



Another one for Team Sweet and Savory. These bacon-wrapped cinnamon rolls come together in minutes. With fresh fruit and juice, they’re all you need.


Cinnamon Twists

Were these made for dunking in coffee, or what? To make, unwind a cinnamon roll and cut the strip of dough into two equal pieces. Twist together, and bake as directed on package. Serve with icing for dipping.


Nutella™ Cinnamon Rolls

Unwind a cinnamon roll, add a layer of Nutella™ to filling and roll back up. Bake as directed. Feel like a culinary genius. The end.


Mini Braided Cinnamon Buns

Unwind a cinnamon roll, cut dough into three narrow strips and braid together. Wind into a bun shape. Brush with a beaten egg, sprinkle with pearl sugar (optional) and bake according to package instructions.


Caramel Apple Rolls

Unwind a cinnamon roll, add apple butter to filling and roll back up. Bake as directed; top with caramel sauce and chopped pecans.