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Cinnamon Roll Donuts

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These cinnamon roll donuts are a cross between ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls and delicious donuts and make the best breakfast treat.
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  1. Cinnamon Roll Donuts Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Cinnamon Roll Donuts Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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These cinnamon roll donuts are soft and fluffy, with a sweet and sticky glaze that coats every inch. They’re basically like eating cinnamon buns for breakfast, but in donut form, and they taste absolutely incredible.

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Cinnamon Roll Donuts Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 3½ to 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 (12.4-ounce/8-count) canned cinnamon rolls (your favorite brand. I used Great Value)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

ICING: If you like a LOT of icing, you can use canned cream cheese frosting to ice the donuts.

NUTS: You can add finely chopped pecans as an optional topping for these canned cinnamon roll donuts.

How to Make This Cinnamon Roll Donuts Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Instead of full-size donuts, you can simply cut all the cinnamon rolls into donut holes. Cook and frost as directed in the instructions.

STEP ONE: Add the oil to a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to properly gauge the temperature (325°F to 340°F is the target range). While the oil is heating, prepare the donuts.

oil added to a skillet

STEP TWO: Unroll the can of cinnamon rolls and separate each cinnamon roll, being careful to keep the cinnamon rolls themselves from unrolling. Once unrolled, slightly press down each of the cinnamon rolls. Set the icing aside.

cinnamon rolls flatten on a wooden board

STEP THREE: Press down the center of the cinnamon roll by using a large decorator’s tip (for cake decorating), an apple corer, or even a clean water bottle cap to cut out the center. Set the donut hole aside. Repeat removing the remaining cinnamon roll centers. 

cut out the center of the donut by using a water bottle cap on a wooden cutting board

STEP FOUR: Pinch or press the seams on the outer edge of the cinnamon roll together (it will pull apart if it is not sealed).

STEP FIVE: Place a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with paper towels to place the cooked cinnamon roll donuts on to drain the excess oil. 

PRO TIP:

You can also use a 9×13 baking dish lined with paper towels.

STEP SIX: Once the hot oil reaches the desired temperature, carefully add 3 to 4 of the cinnamon rolls. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden. Use a slotted metal spoon to carefully turn the cinnamon roll over to continue cooking. Keep a close eye on the oil temperature to ensure you don’t burn the donuts. Place the cooked cinnamon roll donuts onto the prepared baking sheet with the cooling rack to drain excess oil. Repeat the process for the remaining donuts and the donut holes.

cinnamon rolls added to a skillet to cook

STEP SEVEN: When all the donuts have been cooked, open the icing packet and, using a knife or offset spatula, spread the icing over the top of the donuts and donut holes. 

PRO TIP:

If you want to drizzle the icing rather than spread it, you can put it in a microwave-safe bowl and warm it in the microwave for 15 seconds before pouring it over the donuts.

How To Serve

These gooey cinnamon donuts will make breakfast something to look forward to. Enjoy them with a hot cup of coffee, homemade hot chocolate, or even one of our homemade pumpkin spice lattes.

Donut recipes are a delicious and somewhat decadent way to start your day. Our baked apple donuts and mini pumpkin donuts will delight your family when they appear on the table.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these easy cinnamon roll donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend that you store these delicious donuts in the freezer.

overhead shot of cinnamon roll donuts

With two simple ingredients, you’ll have a gooey warm breakfast treat that will disappear before your eyes. This cross between cinnamon rolls and donuts means you don’t have to choose what you will have for breakfast; now, you can have both!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store these cinnamon bun donuts?

This great recipe is the best the first day they are made, but you can store these in a single layer in an airtight container for two days.

Can I make these into donut holes?

This easy homemade donut recipe can also be used to make donut holes, and, in fact, you can use any pieces of dough you cut out of the donuts to make donut holes. They will not take long to cook in the oil, so keep an eye on them.

What is the best oil to use for deep frying?

Vegetable oil is the standard oil used for deep frying at home. It heats to the right temperature and won’t leave any extra taste on the finished product.

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These cinnamon roll donuts are a cross between ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls and delicious donuts and make the best breakfast treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3½ to 4 cups vegetable oil
  • 12.4 ounces canned cinnamon rolls, 8 count (your favorite brand-I used Great Value)

Instructions
 

  • Add the oil to a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to properly gauge the temperature (325°F to 340°F is the target range). While the oil is heating, prepare the donuts.
  • Unroll the can of cinnamon rolls and separate each cinnamon roll, being careful to keep the cinnamon rolls themselves from unrolling. Once unrolled, slightly press down each of the cinnamon rolls. Set the icing aside.
  • Press down the center of the cinnamon roll by using a large decorator’s tip (for cake decorating), an apple corer, or even a clean water bottle cap to cut out the center. Set the donut hole aside. Repeat removing the remaining cinnamon roll centers.
  • Pinch or press the seams on the outer edge of the cinnamon roll together (it will pull apart if it is not sealed).
  • Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet lined with paper towels to place the cooked cinnamon roll donuts on to drain the excess oil.
  • Once the oil reaches the desired temperature, carefully add 3 to 4 of the cinnamon rolls. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden. Use a slotted metal spoon to carefully turn the cinnamon roll over to continue cooking. Keep a close eye on the temperature to ensure you don’t burn the donuts. Place the cooked cinnamon roll donuts onto the prepared baking sheet to drain excess oil. Repeat the process for the remaining donuts and the donut holes (my favorite part).
  • When all the donuts have been cooked, open the icing packet and, using a knife or offset spatula, spread the icing over the donuts and donut holes.

Notes

  • Instead of full-size donuts, you can simply cut all the cinnamon rolls into donut holes. Cook and frost as directed in the instructions.
  • You can also use a 9×13 baking dish lined with paper towels.
  • If you want to drizzle the icing rather than spread it, you can put it in a microwave-safe bowl and warm it in the microwave for 15 seconds before pouring it over the donuts.
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