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Cinnamon Roll Bites

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 10 servings

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These Cinnamon Roll Bites are the easiest way to cinnamon roll flavor! Uses homemade or store bought biscuit dough, a great make ahead breakfast or dessert!

cinnamon roll bites in pan being drizzled with glaze

Cinnamon, sugar and butter just make everything better, am I right?

I love these little bites, especially as the days get cooler and all you want is some fresh, hot, sugary bread straight from the oven.

I also love that they’re so easy, you can make them ahead and quickly finish up and bake them in the morning. That way, you can even bring them still warm and gooey to your colleagues at work.

If you’re willing to share, that is.

I love a good monkey bread made with yeast dough — who doesn’t? But there are days (okay, most of them) that yeast dough can take a little too much time and effort.

This biscuit dough comes together in 5-10 minutes max, and you can easily make the dough ahead, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate until the next morning or whenever you want to bake these bites.

I’ve included more tips for prepping ahead and baking later down below if you’re interested!

They really are so simple that you have no excuse to make them! 

cinnamon roll bites with glaze in glass pie pan

No excuse not to have warm, sugary, buttery bites of fresh bread coming out of your oven in about 35 minutes. That sounds like a pretty good deal to me 😉

Tips for making these Cinnamon Roll Bites even easier:

Feel free to substitute store bought biscuit dough for this homemade dough for the homemade stuff — it will make things even easier and you don’t need to make any changes to the recipe!*

How to prep these Cinnamon Roll Bites ahead:

Make ahead and refrigerate:

You can prep these Cinnamon Roll Bites up to the point of baking, and then wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator up to one week.

Biscuit dough stores perfectly in the fridge, so this is a great recipe to prep ahead for a weekend brunch or treat.

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Make ahead and freeze:

You can roll your biscuit balls, coat in sugar and place in the pan and then cover with plastic wrap and foil and freeze completely.

Keep frozen for up to 3 months, then let thaw on the counter at least 30 minutes-1 hour before baking as directed.

You may need to increase baking time up to 5 minutes.

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*Post and photos updated from September 17, 2014

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Cinnamon Roll Bites

4.73 from 11 votes
Treat yourself to these buttery, cinnamon and brown sugar coated bites right out of the oven — they come together in no time!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 10 servings
Calories 321cal

Ingredients

Biscuit dough

  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat, all purpose, or a mix)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 3/4-1 cup cold milk

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted

Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk just enough to bring the glaze together

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt (I mix with my pastry cutter).
  • Cut the butter into cubes and add to the bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork until butter is in pea-sized pieces.
  • Stir in milk gradually, adding just enough so that the dough comes together. Bring together in a ball with your hands (if you accidentally add too much milk and it becomes sticky, just add a little more flour).
  • *See post above for make ahead directions.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10" pie plate or baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough into 1" balls. Dip balls in remaining melted butter and then coat in cinnamon sugar mixture and place in the pie plate.
  • Drizzle remaining butter over the dough balls in the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until biscuits are cooked and butter/sugar mixture is bubbling in the bottom of the pan.
  • *If you’re using a pie plate smaller than 10″, it’s a good idea to place a piece of tin foil in the oven under the plate to catch any possible drips.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 321cal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Alison says

    OMG! I just made these (not for the first time). I didn’t have any biscuits but I had a tube of cinnamon rolls so I used them. Wow! So good! I mixed the icing that comes with them In with what I make and it turned out so yummy!

  2. Laura Hess says

    If I use canned biscuit dough, how many biscuits would I need for this recipe and how many cinnamon bites would I get out of each biscuit? Cut them in fourths? It’s hard to tell from the picture just how big each “bite” is….
    The recipe sounds delicious!

    • Ashley says

      I usually roll them into about 1″ balls. Probably 4-5 out of one biscuit would be good! My biscuit recipe usually makes about 10 biscuits — I’m not sure how many biscuits come out of one package? There is plenty of sugar mix though if you have extra biscuits — you could definitely do another pan!

    • Ashley says

      You could do that! I don’t think it could be a bad thing. I would just make sure there isn’t too much sitting around the balls because I think it would get quite sticky in the oven if you don’t also add more butter. Or you could also add more butter! Lol

  3. Joelle says

    Hi! So i tried this recipe out and I formed the dough into a ball but once they were baked they flattened out. Do you know where I could have gone wrong? Thanks so much!!

    • Ashley says

      Do you mean you formed the dough into multiple balls? I would guess that you could maybe use a smaller pan and they would bake up more instead of spreading out. I would also make sure your dough is the right consistency and not too soft. Hope that helps!

  4. Gemma says

    Hello! I love the idea but need to make them soon! Could I Make the mix and put it in the fridge for 30 mins to a hour? Please awnser 😀

  5. Christine says

    Made this with my daughter for Christmas Morning. We prepared everything on Christmas Eve and refrigerated overnight. On Christmas morning I realized that we forgot to use the brown sugar and that my husband bought baking soda instead of powdered sugar (don’t ask). I went ahead and sprinkled the brown sugar on top of the balls and popped them into the oven. Without powdered sugar, we omitted the glaze. The house smelled amazing as our girls opened their gifts. We enjoyed these very much and my girls want them again for New Years day. They were much better than I was expecting. Rather than tasting like a biscuit with cinnamon and sugar, it tasted like a really delicious coffee cake. We did not miss the glaze at all. Highly recommend!

    • Ashley says

      Thanks Christine! My husband often comes home with unexpected things when I send him shopping! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  6. Carole says

    Made these for the breakfast club at school, only difference is we added raisins and the kids just love them! Huge Hit!!! Thank you for the awesome recipe.

  7. PJ says

    I was wondering what to make for sunday brunch tomorrow and the link for these popped up on my FB feed, so cinnamon bites it is 🙂 was thinking Id really spruce it up by adding bacon – either baking it with the rolls or sprinkling on top after they have cooked. Either way I’m drooling thinking about these morsels of cinnamon luciousness!

  8. Theresa says

    I was wondering if you think I could replace the butter with coconut oil? Or may half butter and half coconut oil. What do you think?

    • Ashley says

      Do you mean to substitute the butter in the biscuits or melted on top? Or both? To be honest, I’ve never baked with coconut oil. I’m not sure how flaky the biscuits would be if you used coconut oil in the biscuit dough, it might work! As for the top, I’m not totally sure how it would work, but I don’t think it would change things too much. Sorry I can’t help you more!

    • Ashley says

      That sound be fine! I’d just make sure you cover them well and leave off the melted butter til you want to bake.

  9. Dana says

    I love cinnamon buns too and these look so cute!!! and much easier for small snacks, or if you’re having people over.I often bake GF now so I will try this with my gluten-free flour mix. I love that these are quick and easy too!
    Thanks for sharing, I’m sooo looking forward to giving these a try!

  10. Paula says

    This looks wonderful and I want to try this ~ it’s definitely something my family would like. Melanie, can you tell me what the icing sugar that the glaze calls for? Thanks!

  11. Faith says

    Can you use canned biscuit dough and say pinch off and roll into small balls ? What time and temperature alterations would be needed ?

      • Kim S says

        I just made this using the large buttermilk dinner rolls in a can. I cut them in half, then cut the halves into 3 equal triangles. Followed the rest of the recipe, but used heavy cream (because I had some to use up) and a splash of vanilla with the powdered sugar for the glaze. Came out perfect and delish!! Quick and easy peasy! Now..to not eat half the dish myself 😉

    • Ashley says

      Ashley, I can’t believe you’re not a fan of cinnamon rolls! I can’t say the same, but these are definitely up there 🙂

    • Ashley says

      Thanks so much Melanie! They are super simple — I love anything warm and cinnamony that I can make ahead and bake in the morning!

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