Cinnamon Roll Bites

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings

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These Cinnamon Roll Bites are the easiest way to get that amazing cinnamon roll flavor, and they’re ready from scratch in just 40 minutes! They’re a delicious treat, perfect for a lazy morning, or a yummy pick-me-up in the afternoon!

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

We love a traditional cinnamon roll, especially as the days get cooler and all you want is some fresh, hot, sugary bread straight from the oven to warm you up!

I’ve already shared the BEST Cinnamon Buns recipe with you, but I just love these little bites.

This is one of the easiest recipes I’ve made for cinnamon roll treats, so it’s a win-win!

This easy treat is perfect for the holidays, to have them as part of your sweet breakfast spread, or just to snack on!

These bites are very similar to what I use in my Monkey Bread recipe, except the balls are cooked in one layer and there’s no yeast required (less waiting!).

Not using yeast in this recipe means this biscuit dough comes together in 5-10 minutes max, but the flavor and texture are still amazing. 

You can even make the dough balls the day before, quickly finish them up, and bake them fresh in the morning. 

All of this gives you more time for sleeping and spending time with family on busy holiday mornings, with a warm, cinnamon treat for all your not-so-hard work.

That sounds like a pretty good deal to me 😉

If you love the delicious cinnamon flavors here, you’ll love my Maple Glazed Apple Crisp Cinnamon Buns and this Healthier Cinnamon Roll Baked Pancake with Maple Cream Cheese Syrup

Ingredients Needed:

ingredients for cinnamon roll bites in glass bowls on grey surface.
  • Flour: all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or a mix of both will all work well too. 
  • Baking Powder: a quick-rising agent that will work fast so these bites are on your plate promptly!
  • Salt: to enhance the warm, sweet flavors in these sweet treats. 
  • Butter: unsalted butter is best in this recipe. Make sure it’s cold from the fridge before using it for the biscuits. You’ll need to melt some for the cinnamon sugar coating. 
  • Milk: whole milk, lower-fat milk, or even dairy-free milk is fine here to help bind the biscuit dough and the glaze. 
  • Sugar: use a mix of brown and granulated sugar to get a slightly caramelized flavor for the coating. 
  • Cinnamon: ground cinnamon is the star of the show here.
  • Icing Sugar: icing sugar, or powdered sugar, is the base of the sweet glaze. 
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How to Make Cinnamon Roll Bites

This recipe couldn’t be easier! Full instructions are included in the recipe card below.

  1. Make the dough: stir together the dry ingredients, then add the butter until crumbly. Add just enough liquid so the dough comes together.
  2. Make cinnamon sugar: In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. 
  3. Coat dough balls in the melted butter, then coat them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and place them in the pie plate.
  4. Bake. Bake until the biscuits are cooked and the butter/sugar mixture is bubbling in the bottom of the pan. Drizzle with glaze before serving.

Cinnamon Roll Bites FAQs

Can I make these cinnamon roll bites ahead of time?

Prep these cinnamon roll bites and keep them in the fridge or freezer, ready to be baked later on. 
Fridge: Wrap the little balls of dough tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for 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.
Freeze: You can roll your biscuit balls, coat them in sugar, place them in the pan, cover them with plastic wrap and foil, and freeze them completely. Once frozen, the balls can be stored in a Ziploc bag for easier storage. Keep frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter in a single layer for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking as directed. You may need to increase the cooking time by up to 5 minutes.

How do I store cinnamon roll bites?

Keep cinnamon roll bites in an airtight container on the counter for 2 days. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Make sure they’re fully cooled to room temperature before storing them.

Can I freeze cinnamon roll bites?

Yes! Cool to room temperature and then cover with plastic wrap and foil and freeze up to 3 months.
To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake, covered, for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

spoon drizzling glaze onto pan of cinnamon roll bites.

Tips and Notes

  • Aluminum Foil: If you’re using a pie plate smaller than 10″, place a piece of tin foil in the oven under the plate to catch any possible drips.
  • Yield: A single batch will make around 25 bites. You can double it to make enough for a larger crowd, but make sure the dough is the right consistency before making the dough balls. 

Cinnamon Roll Bites Variations

  • Biscuit dough. You can use store-bought biscuit dough for this recipe if you prefer. It’s an even quicker, easy way to make them, you don’t need to make any changes to the recipe!
  • Flour. I’ve made this recipe with 100% whole wheat flour before, and it turns out great! It’s a great way to add more fiber. 
  • Dairy-Free. You can easily make these Cinnamon Roll Bites dairy-free. Simply swap the butter for non-dairy margarine and the milk for almond or oat milk.
  • Flavor the glaze. Add some vanilla extract, lemon juice, or orange juice to the glaze to give it more flavor. 
overhead view of a round white dish filled with cinnamon roll bites.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these yummy cinnamon bites with a Cold Brew Coffee or a Peppermint Mocha Recipe for a sweet breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up. 

You can even have these cinnamon roll bites for a delicious dessert. Serve them warm and gooey with a scoop of ice cream. Try my Butter Pecan Ice Cream or this Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Cinnamon Roll Bites

4.81 from 76 votes
These Cinnamon Roll Bites are the easiest way to get that amazing cinnamon roll flavor, and they're ready from scratch in just 40 minutes! They're a delicious treat, perfect for an indulgent breakfast on Christmas morning, or a yummy pick-me up in the afternoon!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 10 servings
Calories 302cal

Ingredients

Biscuit Dough

  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat, all purpose, or a mix)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold butter
  • ¾-1 cup cold milk

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Glaze

  • 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.
  • Cut the butter into cubes and add them to the bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or fork until butter is in pea-sized pieces.
  • Stir in the milk gradually, adding just enough so that the dough comes together. Bring the dough together in a ball with your hands (if you accidentally add too much milk and it becomes sticky, just add a little more flour).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10-inch pie plate or baking dish, or line it with a piece of parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Roll the dough into 1″ balls. Dip the balls in the remaining melted butter, coat them in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and place them in the pie plate.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the dough balls in the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the biscuits are cooked and the butter/sugar mixture is bubbling in the bottom of the pan.
  • Make the glaze by combining the icing sugar and milk in a small mixing bowl.
  • Remove the balls from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before drizzling the glaze over the balls. Serve hot or cold.

Notes

*Note that you will likely have some excess cinnamon sugar, but I’d rather have a little too much than too little. Therefore, the nutrition information will be reduced slightly per portion in reality.
Storage & Make Ahead
Make Ahead: Wrap the little balls of unbaked dough tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can also freeze the dough balls in the pan. Once frozen, they can be stored in a Ziploc bag for easier storage. Keep frozen for up to 3 months, then let thaw on the counter in a single layer for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking as directed. You may need to increase the cooking time by up to 5 minutes.
Store: Keep cinnamon roll bites in an airtight container on the counter for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Make sure they’re fully cooled to room temperature before storing them.
Freeze: Put cooled cinnamon roll biscuit bites on a tray and flash-freeze them. Then put the bites into a Ziploc bag or freezer-safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 302cal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. gigi says

    They look so yummy, i’m going to try them today! But one thing; can i use powdered sugar instead of icing sugar?

  2. Terry Timmons says

    Just made these this morning and the taste was great, but the balls were cakey instead of roll texture. Did I do something wrong or is that what is expected?

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Terry! Glad you enjoyed them! No the texture is like a biscuit dough. Not sure what could of caused it to be cake like.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi JoAnn, I haven’t tested it myself but you probably could use a 1:1 substitute. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  3. Christine says

    Good, easy recipe. I’ll make them again but with much less butter. My Joy of Cooking biscuit recipe calls for 4-6 Tbsp of butter so I’ll go with that and then only 1/2 cup melted for dipping. I spooned on about half the left over melted butter and they were soaked. They are going to be very stodgy butter balls when they cool!

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Linda, I’ve only tested the recipe as written, so I can specifically say if using a different product. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  4. Turtle says

    I just made these and we’re disappointed that they turned out crumbly and bread-like. What could I have done wrong?

  5. Nicole says

    I followed both the recipe and instructions to a tee and they turned out beyond expectation. My boyfriend is still raving about them hours later. So, soooo delicious!

  6. Nancy says

    Anxious to try these and that’s my question I have for you…can I make these ahead of time but not bake them till the next morning? My family that’s coming in will love these I’m sure!

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Nancy! Yes you can! I have a whole section in the blog post on how to Make Ahead and Refrigerate. Hope this helps!

  7. Nancy says

    Love this recipe! Was wondering if I could use canned biscuits and cut them up to roll in to balls in place of making the biscuits from scratch? Thought it could save me even more time in the kitchen.

  8. Shelby says

    I was craving something cinnamon-y and WOW these hit the spot!! They remind me of the “monkey bread” my mom used to make for me growing up. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  9. Amy C says

    I used frozen sweet dough and it was perfect. I also added some cream cheese to the icing but that is just a personal preference. Thank you for the recipe.

  10. April says

    Made these delicious little bites and they were a hit with the kids ! Super fast and easy when you want something warm and cinnamony from the oven to enjoy with your coffee or for an after school treat. The recipe is going in the keeper book! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Jazz Owen says

    I LOVE this recipe! Delicious and easy, turned out perfect. Always a sucker for cinnamon! Thanks so much!

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