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Cinnamon Toast Rolls

The USDA released its new food pyramid the other day (which is actually a plate now instead of a pyramid), and I am sorely disappointed to report that cinnamon rolls did not appear anywhere on that plate.  I think by now most of us know what should be on our dinner plate in terms of healthy, well-rounded nutrient-laden meals, but it is my considered opinion that our breakfast plate should include cinnamon rolls now and then.  And not just any cinnamon roll, mind you, but how ‘bout a homemade cinnamon roll hybrid that is a cross between a cinnamon roll and cinnamon toast, is super easy to make and gosh darn delicious.

In honor of their ancestry, I call these little gems cinnamon toast rolls, and here’s all you need to make them…


Yep.  That’s it… some soft white bread, some butter and some cinnamon sugar.  And here’s all you have to do…


Trim the crusts off of the bread


Roll the bread really flat


Brush both sides of the bread with butter


Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar


Roll in any fashion you like (I’ve also folded them into little triangles)


Place in a mini muffin tin (or if you’ve folded them, place them on a baking sheet).  Sprinkle them with a little more cinnamon sugar and bake them. 

What transpires as these bake is that the outside gets just a little crispy and the inside stays sort of soft and cinnamon-y and each bite is just a heavenly little bit of cinnamon toast or cinnamon roll or something altogether different from either.  Doesn’t matter.  They’re just good.

The method here may seem a tad familiar to those of you who read this blog regularly.  I used it to make these wonderful little mini bread cups.    The idea came from a show that Sara Moulton did years ago when Foodtv was in its infancy.  It seems her Mother or Grandmother often used bread in place of pastry and I just think it’s just a great idea when you’re short on time or patience or both. 


After I made this last batch, I had the totally unnecessary idea to drizzle a few with some icing.  And even though this would fall into the category of gilding the lily, it’s a pretty delicious addition.

Although I think the new USDA nutritional guideline is a much-needed improvement over the old one, I think I’m going to write and tell them to lighten up and stick a few cinnamon toast rolls on their plate once in a while.

Cinnamon Toast Rolls

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a dozen or so slices of very soft, fresh white bread
melted butter
cinnamon sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the crusts from a slice of bread and roll until very thin. Spread both sides of the bread with melted butter and then sprinkle one side with the cinnamon sugar, making sure to cover very well.  Fold each side into the middle and then gently roll up and place in a buttered mini muffin tin.  Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon sugar.  Alternately, you can fold the bread into a triangle, and then fold into another smaller triangle and place on a parchment-covered baking sheet.

When all of the rolls are made, bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are just starting to turn golden brown and get a little crisp.  Remove from the muffin tin to cool slightly before serving. 

If desired, drizzle with some icing made with powdered sugar that's been moistened with a little milk.

These freeze really well.  To reheat, place briefly in a microwave to thaw and then bake in a low oven (250 or 300 until warm and slightly crisp.  Alternately, you can reheat them in foil in the oven.

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Reader Comments (244)

OMG this looks fabulous !!!!! I need to try this!

Great idea! This is one of those "duh, why didn't I think of that" moments!

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

These are so delicious! I used to make them all the time with my mother when I was younger. We called them snails lol.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Hi, just wondering about the cinnamon sugar, what's the proportion of sugar to cinnamon? Thanks

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Wow!! that simple - I would definitely try, of course requesting my wife to bake these for me.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJalal Hameed Bhatti

You know, Cathy, I've never really measured it before. For this recipe I just put about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl and added enough cinnamon for it it to look right. I'm guessing for that amount of sugar, it's probably 2 tablespoons or so of cinnamon. Hope that gives you something to start with.

June 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I used to make (and still do) something exactly like this with me mom, but instead of bread she would let me use the scraps of pie crust she would cut away from the edges of a pie she was making. Delicious, but requires me to also make a pie or make way too many without making a pie. I'm going to try this later today! Looks great!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNary

I used to sprinkle excess pie crust with cinnamon sugar and bake that for my kids too. Pretty yummy! Now I do it for my grandkids. Hope you like the cinnamon toast rolls!

June 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

A good idea would be to roll a few pieces of bread together to make one big roll and then slice it to speed up the process.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

A great suggestion, Eliza!

June 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I found your website via Stumble... At just the right time! These look yummy & I have a loaf of bread someone gave me after a potluck!

Have a tried a lil filling in these before? Like cream cheese? Or rasberry jelly?

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucky

Those sounds like fabulous additions!

June 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Oh, my God. It is 2:14 AM and I am going to go do this right now.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I just spent a 1/2 hour looking at your blog. I love it! And I love your lifestyle! Enjoy every minute of it, and keep cooking beautiful, delicious food! Yum!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

That looks amazingly delicious and easy! am gonna do it tomorrow

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoody Pants

It sure does look good and sounds simple enough that I think I'll try it. Thanks for the post.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Anyone tried this with wheat bread or honey wheat bread?

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkat

I thought about that very thing, kat, but if you really want a whole wheat bread, I'm not sure it will be soft enough. Most of the soft wheat breads out there aren't really whole wheat, so not worth the effort. Let me know if you give it a try.

June 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

My daughter just came back from the cottage with 24 hotdog buns (with sesame seeds) that were all squished...ummm needless to say, I whipped up this recipe (crust on the inside) and WOW was it delicious!!! I love having an arsenal of quick desserts that make me look like a genius!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLytricia

Oh, I love it, Lytricia! Cinnamon rolls from hot dog buns! Nice work!

June 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Wow, this looks delicious! I'll definitely have to try it next weekend for brunch!

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIshita S.

I'm waiting for them to cool and I can't wait! What a fantastic idea for a simple, tasty treat! I used to love making something like this with my mom using excess pie crust.

Love your blog! My new favorite.

June 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndie

Well, thanks, Andie! Hope you come back and visit often!

June 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

Simple yet very delicious. I tried making one awhile ago and my kids loved it. I actually added a bit more cinnamon powder and a bit of sugar on top to give it a little glaze. Thanks for this share.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfajas colombianas

this looks amazing i need something quick and easy right after practice

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarl


June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTristan

Awesome! Just made some, half with butter and half with Cream Cheese instead-- SO good both ways!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaleeta

Those would be great with bacon!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhotpepper

Yum dude.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTee McGee

My oven doesn't get to 375 degrees :( Any suggestion?

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermimmi

They will cook fine at 350 degrees, if your oven will get that hot. Just cook them at the highest temperature your oven will go. It will just take a little longer, but still be fine. Just make sure to take them out of the oven when they start to crisp. Enjoy!

June 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

What an ingenious idea. I love both toast and cinnamon buns, I can't wait to try them (maybe with a little icing drizzle :))!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy Buchanan

I used to make these as a kid and we called them Cinnamon Snails and we baked them in the toaster oven since we weren't allow to use the oven without Mom around. Your photos bring back such memories!

This is genius! I love how it is all stuff i already have on hand

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterT-Byrd

Amazingly simple recipe!! I didn't know baking could be so easy! :) One question though.. 375 degrees.. that is in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius right?

June 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteriamthewitch

Yes, that's fahrenheit. I should have specified that. Thanks for mentioning it.

June 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

I'm not sure if I did something wrong here (well I'm pretty sure I did, but trying to figure out what!) My cinnamon toast rolls tasted great except at the bottom was a lot of hardened sugar/butter/cinnamon, which made it really crunchy/chewy.
Did I cook them too long or too hot? Or put too much butter or sugar? I may have to experiment with this tomorrow ! lol (or is this normal?)
p.s. I am not by any means a chef of any kind ahah !

June 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteroops

I'm not sure, but perhaps they cooked too long? Every oven is different, so maybe try lowering your oven temp next time and see if that doesn't help. Good luck! Don't give up!!

June 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterPatrice Berry

This brings back wonderful memories...my grand mom used to make these for me all the time.

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Food Hunter

oh oh oh, I'm making these in the morning! I'm so glad I Stumbled onto your blog. :)

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLouanne

i used to make these as a kid!!! soooooo yummy.

June 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

This looks amazing I'm going to make them with my dad in the morning!!!!!!

June 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterReece

Neat quick trick - great for moms everywhere :) I would probably try it with whole wheat bread - with enough icing you might not even notice ;)

WOW! I love it!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

isn't that just a lazy cinnamon roll?

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

I tried these last night after Stumbling across this recipe. These are addictive and fantastic

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Nom nom nom.....perhaps if I make these for my daughter she'll stop making tortillas directly over the stove flame and then liberally dusting my counters with butter, sugar and cinnamon!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPop and Ice

How easy, yummy, and cheap!! Your awesome!!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Evenson

I love it

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdna

tsss just make regular swedish cinnamon rolls! come on.......

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercamilla

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