Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

We absolutely love baking in our household, and one of our favorite recipes to make are these delicious brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls. These rolls are the perfect combination of sweet and savory, and they’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet treat.

To start, we gather all of our ingredients and get to work on making the dough. We love the process of creating something from scratch, and there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the dough rise and take shape. Once the dough is ready, we roll it out and sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar and cinnamon on top. Then, we roll it up and bake it to perfection. The aroma that fills the house while these rolls are baking is absolutely heavenly, and we can hardly wait to take them out of the oven and dig in. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, these brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls are sure to impress.

Gather Your Ingredients

You’ll want to collect all of the necessary ingredients for this delectable pastry recipe. Start by grabbing a can of refrigerated crescent roll dough, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and unsalted butter. You’ll also need a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and a small mixing bowl for the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Once you have all of your ingredients gathered, preheat your oven to 375°F. Then, in the small mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Mix well and set aside. Next, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in the microwave or on the stove. Brush the butter onto the crescent roll dough, making sure to cover all areas.

Sprinkle the sugar-cinnamon mixture onto the buttered dough, making sure to get an even layer. Starting from the wider end, roll up the dough and place it onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

Prepare the Dough

Now it’s time to get your hands in the dough and start kneading, feeling the soft and pliable texture come together under your fingertips. First, open up the can of crescent rolls and lay them out on a clean surface. Gently separate them into triangles and press the seams together to create a smooth surface.

Next, sprinkle a generous amount of brown sugar and cinnamon onto each triangle, making sure to cover the entire surface. Be careful not to use too much filling, as it can cause the dough to become soggy and difficult to work with.

Once the filling is evenly distributed, roll each triangle up from the wide end to the narrow end, creating a crescent shape. Place the rolls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving a little bit of space between each one. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. The result will be a deliciously sweet and cinnamon-y treat that’s perfect for breakfast or a mid-day snack.

Roll Up the Dough

So now that we’ve prepared the dough for our brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls, it’s time to roll them up! We’ll start at the wide end of the triangle and gently roll the dough towards the pointed end. As we roll, we’ll make sure to pinch the edges together, sealing the filling inside. This will ensure that our rolls stay together and don’t unravel during baking.

Starting at the Wide End

Starting at the wide end is crucial for achieving the perfect flaky texture in these brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls. As we roll up the dough, we make sure that the wide end is at the bottom, and the narrow end is at the top. We gently press the dough together, so it forms a tight seal, which keeps the filling from leaking out during baking.

When we start rolling, we use the palm of our hand to gently press and smooth the dough, ensuring that there are no air bubbles. As we roll towards the narrow end, we gradually apply more pressure, so the dough becomes thinner and more delicate. This technique helps to create layers of buttery, flaky pastry that will melt in your mouth. Overall, starting at the wide end is a crucial step in making these crescent rolls, as it ensures that they are beautifully shaped, flaky, and delicious.

Pinching the Edges

You won’t want to miss this step – pinching the edges creates a satisfyingly crisp and golden crust that perfectly complements the buttery, flaky layers of these delectable pastries. After rolling out the crescent dough and sprinkling a generous amount of brown sugar cinnamon mixture, it’s time to fold the dough over and pinch the edges to seal in the filling.

Make sure to firmly pinch the dough together, but not too hard as to break the delicate layers. A little bit of gentle pressure will do the trick. As the crescent rolls bake in the oven, the edges will puff up and turn a beautiful golden brown, adding a satisfying crunch to each bite. Don’t skip this crucial step – it’s what takes these cinnamon rolls to the next level of deliciousness.

Bake the Rolls

Time to pop these babies in the oven and let the magic happen! We preheated the oven to 375°F and lined a baking sheet with parchment paper. Once the oven was hot, we placed the rolled-up crescent rolls onto the baking sheet, making sure to leave enough space between them for expansion. We then put the baking sheet in the oven and set the timer for 12-15 minutes.

As the rolls were baking, we could smell the sweet aroma of cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through the air. The rolls began to puff up and turn golden brown, indicating that they were almost ready. We carefully watched them through the oven door, making sure not to open it and let the heat escape.

When the timer went off, we took the baking sheet out of the oven using oven mitts to avoid burning ourselves. The rolls looked perfect, with a crisp golden brown exterior and a soft, fluffy interior. We couldn’t wait to sink our teeth into them and taste the delicious combination of cinnamon and brown sugar. We let the rolls cool for a few minutes before serving them, and they were a hit with everyone who tried them.

Add Icing (Optional)

Now that we’ve baked our mouth-watering brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls, it’s time to add some icing for an extra touch of sweetness. To make the icing, we’ll need powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Once we’ve mixed the ingredients together, we can drizzle the icing on top of the warm rolls for a delicious finish.

Making the Icing

Mix together powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk to create a smooth and creamy icing that will perfectly complement the warm and flaky pastry. Start by adding 1 cup of powdered sugar to a mixing bowl. Next, pour in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons of milk. Using a whisk, mix everything together until it forms a thick and smooth consistency.

If the icing is too thick, add a little more milk, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency. On the other hand, if the icing is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar until it thickens up. Once the icing is ready, drizzle it over the top of the brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls. Allow the icing to set for a few minutes before serving the warm and delicious pastry.

Drizzling on the Rolls

To add the perfect finishing touch, gently drizzle the smooth and creamy icing over your warm and flaky pastry, elevating each bite to a heavenly level. Be sure to use a spoon or a piping bag to ensure even distribution of the icing, allowing it to seep into all the nooks and crannies of the crescent rolls. For a more decorative touch, you can also zigzag the icing back and forth across the top of the rolls, creating a beautiful and delicious pattern.

When drizzling the icing, it’s important to keep the consistency in mind. If the icing is too thin, it may run off the pastry and create a mess. On the other hand, if it’s too thick, it may not spread out enough and leave some areas without any icing at all. To achieve the perfect consistency, start by adding a small amount of milk or cream to the icing and gradually add more until it reaches the desired thickness. With a little bit of patience and practice, you’ll be able to create beautiful and tasty brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls that are sure to impress.

Serve and Enjoy!

Now that we’ve added the icing (optional) to our brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls, it’s time to let them cool for a few minutes. This will ensure that the icing sets and the rolls are the perfect temperature to enjoy. Once they’ve cooled, grab your favorite beverage and savor every last bite of these delicious cinnamon rolls.

Letting the Rolls Cool

After taking them out of the oven, let the golden, flaky pastries rest on the cooling rack, allowing the steam to escape and the aroma to fill the air. It’s important to let the rolls cool down before serving them, as they will be very hot immediately after baking. Plus, allowing them to cool for a few minutes will give the flavors a chance to meld together, resulting in a more delicious pastry.

While waiting for the rolls to cool, you can prepare a creamy glaze to drizzle over them. Simply mix together powdered sugar, milk, and a splash of vanilla extract until you achieve a smooth and silky consistency. Once the rolls are cool enough to handle, you can transfer them to a serving platter and drizzle the glaze over the top. Then, sit back and enjoy the warm and gooey goodness of these brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls.

Enjoying with Your Favorite Beverage

Get ready to savor the delectable flavors of these brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls as you sip on your favorite beverage. Whether it’s a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk, these rolls are the perfect accompaniment to any drink. The sweetness of the brown sugar and cinnamon filling pairs perfectly with the warmth of a freshly brewed cup of coffee or the coolness of a refreshing glass of milk.

As you take a bite of these warm and gooey treats, you’ll notice the subtle hints of vanilla and nutmeg that add depth to the flavor profile. The flaky, buttery crescent roll dough provides the perfect balance to the sweetness of the filling, making each bite a delicious and satisfying experience. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls with your favorite beverage for the ultimate indulgence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular sugar instead of brown sugar in this recipe?

Yes, you can use regular sugar instead of brown sugar in many recipes, including baked goods, sauces, and marinades. While brown sugar has a slightly different flavor and texture than white sugar, the difference is often negligible in most recipes. If you don’t have brown sugar on hand or simply prefer the taste of white sugar, feel free to substitute it in equal amounts. Just keep in mind that brown sugar contains more moisture than white sugar, so your baked goods may be slightly drier if you use white sugar instead. Overall, the choice between brown and white sugar comes down to personal preference and availability.

How long will the crescent rolls stay fresh after baking?

After baking, crescent rolls typically stay fresh for about 2-3 days if stored properly. It is important to let them cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or plastic bag. If the rolls are still warm when stored, they can create moisture which can cause them to become soggy. It is also best to store them at room temperature and not in the refrigerator, as the cold temperature can cause the rolls to become stale faster. To extend their shelf life, you can also freeze the rolls for up to 2-3 months. Just be sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing them in the freezer.

Can I freeze the unbaked crescent rolls for later use?

Yes, you can definitely freeze unbaked crescent rolls for later use. In fact, it’s a great way to have fresh, homemade rolls on hand whenever you need them. To freeze, simply shape the rolls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the rolls for a few hours until they are firm, and then transfer them to a resealable plastic bag. When you’re ready to bake, simply remove the rolls from the freezer, let them thaw for a few hours at room temperature, and then bake according to the recipe instructions. The rolls will come out just as delicious as if you had baked them fresh, and you’ll be able to enjoy them whenever you want without having to go through the whole process of making them from scratch every time.

Can I substitute the cinnamon for a different spice, such as nutmeg or cardamom?

Yes, you can substitute cinnamon for a different spice when making crescent rolls. Nutmeg and cardamom are both great options to add a unique flavor to your baked goods. When making this substitution, it’s important to keep in mind the potency of the spice you’re using. Nutmeg can be quite strong, so you may want to use a smaller amount than you would with cinnamon. Cardamom has a more subtle flavor, so you may need to use a bit more to achieve the desired taste. Experiment with different spices to find your favorite combination and enjoy the delicious results!

Can I make these crescent rolls without a rolling pin?

We’ve found that it is possible to make crescent rolls without a rolling pin, but it requires a bit of creativity. One option is to use a clean wine bottle or tall glass as a makeshift rolling pin. Alternatively, you can shape the dough with your hands, pressing it into a thin, even layer. It may take a bit of extra effort to get the dough to the desired thickness, but it is definitely doable. Just be sure to work quickly so that the dough doesn’t become too warm and difficult to handle. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to make perfect crescent rolls without a rolling pin in no time!


Well, we did it! We successfully made some delicious brown sugar cinnamon crescent rolls. It may have taken a bit of effort, but the end result was definitely worth it. These warm, flaky pastries filled with gooey cinnamon sugar are perfect for breakfast or even as a dessert.

To recap, we started by gathering all of our ingredients and then prepared the dough. After rolling out the dough and adding the cinnamon sugar filling, we rolled them up and baked them to perfection. And if you want to take it to the next level, you can add some icing on top for a sweeter touch.

Overall, this recipe is definitely a keeper and one that we will be making again and again. It’s a great way to impress your family and friends and show off your baking skills. So go ahead and give it a try, we promise you won’t be disappointed!

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