Best Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Give these Mini Cinnamon Rolls a try and you’ll fall in love with their tender, sweet centers and irresistible cream cheese frosting! These cinnamon rolls are ready in under 90 minutes, and they’re perfect for big gatherings! They always disappear in seconds!

Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls

90 Minute Cinnamon Rolls

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore cinnamon rolls! We make them for special occasions and they’re always the first thing to disappear. Instead of making big cinnamon rolls, we decided to try Mini Cinnamon Rolls! These are perfect for parties because one batch makes two dozen bite-size rolls. It’s the perfect gooey finger-food. But let’s be honest, you don’t need an excuse to make these yummy rolls – they’re also a great weekend breakfast treat.

They only require a few extraΒ minutes of prep work than regular cinnamon rolls (you’ll use a pizza cutter to cut out strips vs. doing one big roll and slicing it), which is totally worth it- trust me! Plus, these mini cinnamon rolls are ready to go in a little under 90 minutes… not too shabby, right? Give these Mini Cinnamon Rolls a try and you’ll fall in love with their tender, sweet centers and irresistible cream cheese frosting!

90 Minute Cinnamon Rolls

Tips for making Mini Cinnamon Rolls:

  • After you heat the milk, sugar, butter, and milk in the microwave, let the mixture cool to about 120 before gradually adding it to the flour mixture.
  • If you aren’t using a stand mixer, justΒ knead the dough by hand on a lightly floured surface for 3-4 minutes until it becomes elastic.
  • After kneading the dough, cover it in plastic wrap and let it rest on the counter for 10 minutes.
  • Use a pizza roller/cutter to quickly cut the dough into 24 strips.
  • Let the dough raise in the oven at 200Β° for about 45 minutes with a sheet of tinfoil placed gently on top, then take them out and re-preheat the oven to 375Β° and bake for 15-18 minutes without tinfoil.
  • Wait to frost the mini cinnamon rolls until they’ve cooled.

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls

The 90 minutes it takes to make these babies is TOTALLY worth it. I think your family will agree. πŸ˜‰

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Mini Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

4.95 from 19 votes
Give these Mini Cinnamon Rolls a try and you'll fall in love with their tender, sweet centers and irresistible cream cheese frosting! These cinnamon rolls are ready in under 90 minutes, and they're perfect for big gatherings! They always disappear in seconds!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 24 rolls
Calories 169 kcal
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Cinnamon Roll

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon and 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp whole milk (to desired thickness)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast and salt.

  2. In a small microwave safe bowl (or glass measuring cup), combine the sugar, butter, water and milk. Heat in the microwave until the mixture is hot and the butter is almost melted (it took about 1 minute on HIGH in my microwave). Let the mixture come down to 120 degrees. Gradually add the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and mix until a soft and sticky dough forms.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  4. If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook and set on the lowest mixing setting for 4 minutes or until the dough becomes elastic or knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for 3-4 minutes. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest on the counter for 10 minutes.
  5. Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it measures a 24x16 inch rectangle. Prepare the filling by combining all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl except for the butter. Spread the butter over the top of the rolled dough, then cover with the filling. Using a pizza roller/cutter, cut out 24 strips of dough (show in pictures below). Roll each up into a tight roll.
  6. Place the rolls into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish and gently place a piece of aluminum foil over top. Turn OFF your oven and place the covered rolls inside to rise for 45 minutes.
  7. Remove the rolls from the oven and turn ON your oven to 375 degrees. Once heated, remove the foil and bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the centers are lightly golden brown in color.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before frosting. While rolls are cooling, prepare the frosting by combining all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and beating by hand or with a hand mixer until smooth. Spread over the tops of the rolls.

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  1. 5 stars
    I want to make them today. I will go to the supermarket right now to buy what I need. I hope I can make them like those in the pictures. I will let you know. Thank you!

      1. Mine have never responded quite as well this way (freezing before baking). I’ve had good luck when I bake them completely, let them cool to room temperature, then wrap well in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Then freeze.
        On the day I want to prepare them, I set them out to defrost, then warm up in oven, then frost. It’s worked the best for me that way. Hope this helps!

  2. These are awesome. Quick and easy, plus delicious equals a recipe keeper.

    The only question I have is what other spice becomes cinnamon do you recommend for this recipe? Your instructions say a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of …. but nothing listed. I did a pumpkin spice combo of nutmeg, cloves and allspice along with the cinnamon. So good!

    1. I know there are recipes that you can make the night before, but I haven’t honestly tried with this recipe. I am not sure what would happen to the dough. I guess there’s one way to find out πŸ˜‰

  3. What about making the dougH in a bread machine? I have a stand mixer but typically do dough in my handy brEAdmaKer.

  4. These look amazing! How do these do when made ahead of time and froze? Making for wedding desserts table so anything I can make ahead of time is a huge bonus!

  5. 5 stars
    I dont noRmally Go tO the website to leave a review but i have to… THESE CINNAMON ROLLS were amAzing!!! A huge hit! And so easy! Thank you! Im keeping this recipe to be used many many times again!

  6. 4 stars
    Hi, I made these rolls for my daughter birthday party ..they taste so delicious but my concern was that the dough turned out too hard and I even couldn’t even roll it out easily big enough to have 24 pieces.I don’t have stand mixer so i knead the dough by hand an dit was really hard.
    I am thinking maybe 2 and 3/4 flour is too much that cause this problem..Could you please advise me how I can fix this problem for the next try .

    1. That is the amount of flour I use & never have that issue, so I am trying think what would have made it too hard. I know if you knead dough to much, the dough does get tougher. Do you think that might have been the issue? I am glad they still tasted good.

  7. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe!! Will make again and again. Delish.

    I was not able to get the dough rolled out thin large enough for The recipe, but Still made a ton of mini rolls. I baked them in a slightly smaller pan becAuse of this, but still turned out Fine.

  8. 5 stars
    Mini cinnamon rolls are the best!! They really are the perfect size, where I don’t feel guilty eating the whole thing. They are so so & gooey!

  9. 5 stars
    Really yummy! 100% RECOMMEND. I think ACCIDENTALLY burnt mine a little bit so they are a bit dry but still taste amazing! I DIDN’T use the cream cheese icing instead i used a normal glaze icing and it still tastes really good. Really good, thanks for the recipe!

  10. 5 stars

  11. Hi!

    this may be a silly questions lol but, When you say to spread the butter overtop of the rolled dough, do you melt the butter first?

    can’t wait to try!