There’s no doubt that the smell freshly baked cinnamon buns is one of the most intoxicating aromas. Not only do they smell amazing, they also deliver in yumminess, gooeyness, and fluffiness all at once. But if you could keep all that tasty flavour and give your cinnamon bun a whole new look?
Get ready to surpass all your expectations of deliciousness with these six recipes that start with a can of store-bought cinnamon roll dough. The best part is they’re all super quick and easy.
Banana Stuffed Cinnamon Buns
If you dream of banana split ice cream sundaes, this recipe is for you. Serve this recipe warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you’ll forget about banana splits for good. To make it, unravel cinnamon roll dough to form long strips. Peel bananas and carefully wrap one strip of dough around each banana. Arrange on a cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Drizzle with honey or caramel and serve with ice cream.
Cinnamon Roll Waffles
You can skip out on making the batter for these amazing waffles. All you have to do is heat your waffle iron and place one cinnamon roll in the centre, cooking for 3-4 minutes. To make the almond butter glaze, stir 2 Tbsp of milk with 2 Tbsp of almond butter, then whisk in 3/4 cup of icing sugar until smooth. Remove waffles from press and drizzle with almond butter.
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
This deliciously moist coffee cake is super easy to prepare. Peel and dice 2 granny smith apples. In a medium skillet heated over medium, melt 2 Tbsp of butter with 1 cup of brown sugar. Place diced apples and cook until caramelized, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, dice 2 cans worth of cinnamon rolls into 1-inch pieces. Place them in a 9×9-inch cake pan. Whisk 4 large eggs with 1/2 cup of milk and pour over cinnamon roll pieces. Pour the caramelized apples over mixture. Bake in a 350°F oven for 35 minutes. Drizzle with icing if desired.
Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
This tasty cake feels elegant and festive, but the recipe is so easy, you can basically make it in your sleep. Then, of course, you’ll be waking up to this sweet and tart, moist upside-down cake. To make it, combine 1/4 butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan heated over medium. Once melted add 1 cup of cranberries (fresh or frozen) and cook for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in another 1/2 cup of cranberries. Transfer mixture into a well-greased 8-inch cake pan. Cut cinnamon rolls into 2-inch pieces and place over top of the cranberry mixture. Bake in a 350°F oven until buns are cooked and browned on top, about 40 minutes. Let cool in cake pan for 15 minutes, then flip onto a plate so cranberries are on top.
Peanut Butter Cinnamon Bun Pretzels
It’s a mouthful to say, but it’s also something you’ll want to stuff your face with! Unroll each cinnamon roll into long strips. Smear 1 Tbsp of peanut butter (I like crunchy) on each one. Fold the strips over onto each other to half the length. Twist each roll several times while stretching slightly. Form into a circle, then cross the ends to form into a pretzel shape. Bake in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly and drizzle each with icing.
Cinnamon Nutella Babka
This babka is beyond decadent and will have your guests fooled that it took less than 5 minutes to prep this recipe. To make it, unravel cinnamon buns into long strips of dough. Arrange strips side by side to form a long dough surface. Smear 1/4 cup of Nutella along surface. Twist dough several times to form a long twisted rope. Spiral the rope into 1 big circle. Place on a lined cookie sheet, and bake in a 350°F oven until browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes.
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