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How To Make The Easiest Cinnamon Twists

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Last Modified: March 26, 2024
Published: March 26, 2024

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Turn Frozen Cinnamon Rolls Into Something Fun And New

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These cinnamon twists are so easy that you don't need a recipe. You only need a bag of Rhodes frozen cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. (You can use a store-brand roll, too—I did this time!) That's it! It's a clever twist on an old favorite, every pun intended!

Why You'll Love These Cinnamon Twists

These cinnamon twists are easy enough for kids to make and so much fun to eat. They seem like a much larger treat than a predictable round cinnamon roll. They're fun to pull apart into bite-size pieces and even big enough to share.

What's not to love? They're BIG! They're FUN! I wanted to show you just how big they are, so I put some on a cool serving tray my husband crafted out of yardsticks! These babies turn out almost a foot long! In fact, I stored them overnight in a 13' by 9" pan that I slid into a big zipper storage bag, and they fit nicely!

You've gotta love those giant zipper storage bags that can neatly hold a whole cake pan! They really come in handy sometimes! Here, I'm using a Hefty brand jumbo storage bag! They are great for so many things, including keeping a tidy suitcase!

How To Make The Easiest Cinnamon Twists

First, defrost the rolls right in the bag. This step is easy to do overnight in the refrigerator. Make sure you lay the bag flat to keep the rolls from sliding as they defrost. Oops. Please always do what I suggest instead of what I do.

Open the bag and set the frosting packets aside for now; you'll add that later when the twists are baked. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Now, unroll each cinnamon roll into a rope. I had to snip the dough where it started because I let the rolls slide together and smoosh each other. Again, don't be Betty.

Then, unroll it into a rope-like piece of dough.

When the dough is unrolled into a rope, bring the ends together side by side, twist them into charming spirals like this, and pinch the ends together.

Let them rise for a few minutes while the oven preheats to 350 degrees, then bake them for twelve to fifteen minutes or until the tops are a light golden brown.

Allow the twists to cool to room temperature, then snip a corner of the frosting packets and drizzle it over each twist. Each packet will do about half the rolls.

I used a knife to spread the icing a little bit, and never one to leave well enough alone, I sprinkled some cinnamon sugar on top. There is no such thing as too much cinnamon sugar in my book.

I noticed that Rhodes also offers a yummy-looking orange version of its frozen sweet rolls, and just thinking about it made my mouth water! That sounds so good with a yummy Easter breakfast casserole!

I have been a dedicated yeast bread baker for close to fifty years, but life doesn't always allow us the luxury of time to do everything from scratch. This clever idea will be a wonderful trick to have up your sleeve. You can still make wonderful memories without all the fuss.

Cinnamon is one of the coziest fragrances, and few smells are as pleasant as the aroma that wafts through a house when yeast bread is baking in the oven. But do you ever wonder why the smell of bread baking evokes such a unique response?

At the UCD (University College Dublin) Institute of Food and Health, Irish scientists studied the phenomenon and zeroed in on what people love about the distinctive aroma of bread.

The smell of bread baking is a powerful trigger because the olfactory bulb processes incoming odors. The olfactory starts inside the nose and runs along the bottom of the brain, directly connecting two areas strongly associated with memory and emotion.

Bread features heavily in our childhood, so it evokes strong memories, particularly of family, our early years, and comfort.

A survey of 1,000 people indicated that 89 percent of people said the smell of bread made them happy, and 63 percent reported it evoked positive memories.

Participants in the study, when asked to say a word that they associated with those memories, 29 percent identified the word "mum" or "mother," while one in five referenced the word "childhood." Another 16 percent replied "home" or "grandparents."

Make some cinnamon twists with your kids or grandkids, and make some memories. 💕


Yield: 12 cinnamon twists

Easy Cinnamon Twists

easy cinnamon twists

Use frozen cinnamon rolls in a new way to make delightful cinnamon twists nearly a foot long!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 22 minutes


  • One bag of a dozen frozen cinnamon rolls with frosting. Set the frosting packets aside.
  • Cinnamon sugar, totally optional


  1. Defrost the rolls overnight in the refrigerator with the bag lying flat. (This may not take all night)
  2. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Unroll each cinnamon roll into a rope.
  4. Bring the ends together and form a twist. Pinch the ends to seal.
  5. Place the rolls on the baking sheet not touching.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  7. Allow the dough to rise for twenty or thirty minutes.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops are a light golden brown.
  9. Allow the rolls to cool slightly on a rack; they can remain on the baking sheet.
  10. Use the frosting packets to ice the rolls, drizzle it on, or spread it on with a knife.
  11. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before rising dries, optional but tasty!

If you do want to make some yeast bread from scratch, here are some of my favorite recipes. Best Butteriest Cinnamon Rolls, and One Great Yeast Bread Dough Recipe. And here's a bonus quick bread recipe that's been very popular: Easy Cinnamon Bread.

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2 comments on “How To Make The Easiest Cinnamon Twists”

  1. I think u r amazing and I love ur receipes!! Can’t wait to try the cinnamon roll twists!!!

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