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Transform Regular Cinnamon Rolls In These 7 Unique Ways

Cinnamon rolls. The best thing to come in a tube since…pretty much any other food that comes in a tube. In a few simple steps you can have warm, doughy cinnamon rolls to gorge yourself on, and that’s all well and good. Or, if you’re bored of your everyday cinnamon roll, you can make something so creative, it will make regular cinnamon rolls look like they’re not even trying. Try thinking outside the tube with these 9 unbelievably fun ways to enjoy cinnamon rolls.


Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake


Photo: The Year of The Cookie

Take an already rich cinnamon bun and turn it into the richest dessert known to man: cheesecake. Layers of thick cream cheese and cinnamon swirl topped off with some sugary cinnamon roll frosting will blow your mind. Be warned, though, this is not an easy dessert to make. Cinnamon bun amateurs need not apply.

While this is easier with your own cinnamon batter (as in the above recipe), you can use the premade stuff as well. Simply bunch together the rolls and flatten into a single sheet for the bottom. Add your cheesecake filling, and sprinkle the top with more cinnamon roll pieces before baking.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake


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Just because pre-packaged cinnamon rolls make breakfast a snap doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same basic old thing. Get pumped up for breakfast again with this cinnamon roll French toast bake. Simply cut the pre-made rolls into eight pieces and place in a baking dish with melted butter. Cover with cinnamon-infused, beaten eggs and bake. And if you’re not topping this French toast with pecans and an entire bottle of syrup, you’re doing it wrong.


Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Cake


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It doesn’t have to be fall for you to partake in the joys of pumpkin, my friends. This moist pumpkin cake has a little surprise inside — a cinnamon bun. Make it by laying your cinnamon rolls in between two layers of pumpkin cake batter and then baking. Is it a pumpkin cinnamon roll? Is it pumpkin cake featuring a cinnamon bun? The world may never know.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies


Photo: Dinner Then Dessert

Cinnamon buns with a crunch. These cookies are a great take on your regular cinnamon roll, especially when covered in heaps of powdered sugar and icing. They’re easy to make, just by simply flattening the cinnamon rolls and laying them onto cookie sheets (or making your own from scratch with a cinnamon swirl… yum). Best of all, these cookies are easier to consume than your regular sticky bun, so you can eat more in a shorter amount of time. Priorities, people.


Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie


Photo: Ali a la Mode

The best part of apple pie is probably a tie between the sweet pockets of cinnamon you find throughout the pie and the warm, doughy crust. Why not enjoy the best of both worlds by using cinnamon buns to make the crust of your pie? Simply form the bottom crust of crammed cinnamon rolls before topping with a filling and crumble top. This hack works for any pie, but let’s face it, it was meant for apple pie. And who are we to deny fate?


Cinnamon Roll Donut


Photo: Ruth E Hendricks

To those of you who say donuts and cinnamon buns aren’t healthy for you… generally, we would agree with you. And cinnamon buns turned INTO donuts? Forget it. But these cinnamon bun donuts are the ultimate indulgence and cheat day breakfast. Simply fry the cut-out cinnamon rolls for some extra crunch and guilt. Your taste buds will love you.


Cinnamon Roll Waffles


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This recipe is so simple, I don’t know how you could resist giving it a try. Take your pre-made cinnamon bun dough and place it in your waffle iron. Then use the waffle iron as usual to create the breakfast that will change life as you know it — cinnamon roll waffles. All hail the waffle iron.