Is there anything that smells better than cinnamon rolls baking in an oven? That smell just permeates the house and soon everyone is running to the kitchen to get one. Today I’m going to show you how to take your traditional cinnamon rolls up a notch, and make a quick Christmas morning breakfast. The key word here is quick because who wants to spend all of Christmas morning making breakfast? These Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls are easy to make and kids love to help decorate them. If you are looking for more yummy apple recipes, check out this Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie.
⭐Why This Recipe Works
- These make a fun breakfast on Christmas morning.
- They cook up quickly, so you have more time to enjoy Christmas morning fun with the family.
- Kids can help to decorate their own cinnamon roll Christmas trees. Kids will also enjoy making this Q-Tip Tree..
- Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls - I used Grands Cinnabon cinnamon rolls.
- Powdered Sugar - To make the extra icing.
- Green Food Coloring - For making the icing green.
- Small ball sprinkles - any other Christmas sprinkles will work as well.
- Candy Star Sprinkle - These are to top the tree.
📋Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the cinnamon roll dough from the tube and unroll each one onto a work surface.
STEP 2: To form the roll into a Christmas tree shape, zig zag the cinnamon roll back and forth. Start with a longer piece and continue to zig zag smaller as you go up to make the top of the tree.
STEP 3: Place the trees on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes or until they are a nice golden brown color.
STEP 4: To make extra icing (besides that which comes in the tube with the rolls), mix the powdered sugar and water together in a small bowl.
STEP 5: Add the icing that came in the package with the icing you made, and add 3-4 drops of green food coloring. Mix well.
STEP 6: When the cinnamon rolls are done baking and have cooled slightly, spread an even layer of green icing onto each one.
STEP 7: Then, add some sprinkle ornaments and a star on top. I like using these smaller sprinkles for overall decoration and these larger sugar balls and stars to represent ball ornaments.
Now they are ready to serve!
Tip 1: You might decide that you want extra icing for these cinnamon rolls, in addition to the one that comes in the can of cinnamon rolls. If you do, you can make the extra icing while the cinnamon rolls are baking.
Tip 2: Line your baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
You can store these for up to 2 days at room temperature or for a week covered with plastic wrap in the fridge.
You can just use the icing that came with the rolls, but we like a bit more icing here!
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Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 tube Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls
- ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
- Green Food Coloring
- ½ tsp. Water
- Candy Sprinkles Nonpareils
- Candy Stars
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Take the cinnamon rolls and unroll each one. Form into a tree shape by zig zagging the cinnamon roll back and forth. Starting with a longer piece and continue to zig zag smaller as you go up.
- Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
- While those are baking, mix the powdered sugar and water together to make extra icing. (This step is optional and only necessary if you want more icing).
- Add the icing that came in the package with the icing you made and add 3-4 drops of green food coloring. Mix well.
- Once cinnamon rolls are baked and cooled slightly, spread an even layer of icing on each one.
- Add the sprinkles (ornaments), a star on top and Enjoy!
- A fun Christmas morning breakfast!
- You might decide that you want extra icing for these cinnamon rolls, in addition to the one that comes in the can of cinnamon rolls. If you do, you can make the extra icing while the cinnamon rolls are baking.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- This nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
So cute and clever for breakfast during the holidays. Sure to please the whole family!
Those are incredibly cute! I pinned to make them with my grandkids.
These are adorable. What a clever use of cinnamon rolls. I love how easy these are. Can't wait to make them with the kids.
What an adorable idea! Love this for xmas brakfast 🙂
How stinkin' cute are these? I would have loved these as a kid! Such a great idea to use prepared cinnamon rolls in a different method.