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Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls on a plate.

Almost everyone acknowledges that baked goods made from scratch are the tastiest, highest quality treats. However, even expert cooks have busy days when baking from scratch is just not going to happen. Things go wrong, schedules fill up, and all of the sudden, time is short and a treat from scratch is out of the question. That is when the experienced cook pulls out one of his or her trusted shortcuts to whip up a delicious treat in just a few minutes.

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls on a plate.

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

April Freeman
Are you running short on time and you need a tasty breakfast recipe that will only take a few minutes, but is still special? This recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen, but comes together quickly with a minimum of mess. They are topped with a homemade cream cheese icing that adds the perfect touch to this recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Rising time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 9 Cinnamon rolls

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Small bowl
  • Knife
  • Pan
  • Electric Mixer
  • Dish Towel
  • Cooking spray
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 fourteen ounce package of pizza dough from the refrigerated section of the grocery store
  • 4 tbsp Softened butter
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • Flour for dusting your surface

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 tbsp Softened butter
  • 3 tbsp Softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a nine inch square pan with cooking spray.
  • First, you will create the cinnamon rolls. Open the package of pizza dough and unroll it on a lightly floured surface. You can use a rolling pin or your hands to press and stretch the dough into a 10 by 12 inch rectangle.
  • Use an icing spreader to spread the butter in a thin layer on the pizza dough.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and the cinnamon, stirring them together with a spoon.
  • Spoon the brown sugar mixture onto the butter layer on the cinnamon roll, spreading it in an even layer to within a half inch of the edges of the dough rectangle.
    Dough with scattered Cinnamon on the countertop.
  • Starting with the long side of the dough rectangle, roll the dough into a log. As you do this, try to roll it as tightly as you can.
    Rolled dough with cinnamon on the countertop.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the dough log into 9 equal rounds. Place the rolls into the prepared pan. Use your fingers to lightly squash the dough rounds so they are not too tall.
  • Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and let it sit in a warm place for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Uncover the pan and bake the rolls for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the cinnamon rolls are lightly browned on top. Take the rolls out of the oven and let them sit in the pan for about 20 minutes to cool.
    9 Cinnamon rolls baked on the pan.
  • As you are waiting for the cinnamon rolls to cool, you can whip up the cream cheese icing. In a small, deep bowl, use an electric mixer at low speed to beat together the cream cheese and the butter until they are light and fluffy. A little at a time, add the powdered sugar, mixing it thoroughly. Add the vanilla extract and beat it again.
  • After the cinnamon rolls have cooled a bit, spread the cream cheese onto the rolls in generous blobs. Serve the cinnamon rolls warm. Store leftover cinnamon rolls in a container with a tightly fitted lid on the counter at room temperature for up to three days.

Notes

One such shortcut is to use refrigerated pizza dough for certain recipes like this one. All you have to do is unroll the refrigerated dough, spread on the filling, roll it into a log, and slice the log into rounds. After a brief time to rise, the rolls can go into the oven and in no time flat, your family will have a gooey, creamy, batch of cinnamon rolls to enjoy for a special breakfast. Nobody will need to know that you did not spend lots of time preparing this recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.
One thing to keep in mind with this recipe is that the cinnamon rolls will have a slightly different texture than many other kinds of cinnamon rolls. Because you are using pizza dough, the dough will not be as light and fluffy as some other cinnamon roll recipes. The dough is chewier than a traditional sweet dough roll. This means that your cinnamon rolls will be nice and gooey. They will still have a wonderful texture despite the fact that they are a bit different from a bakery-style cinnamon roll.
This recipe makes a small batch of nine cinnamon rolls. They fit nicely into a nine-inch baking pan. However, if you have a larger family or you are baking for a crowd, like at your work holiday brunch, you can easily double the recipe to make a nine by thirteen inch baking pan that will hold twelve to eighteen rolls to feed a larger crowd.

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