Cinnamon Roll Donuts

I know I’ve talked about how my husband loves cinnamon buns, but I am not sure if I have mentioned his love for donuts.  He makes bets where the reward is donuts, instead of money.  He even organized a donut day once a month at the school where he teaches.

I thought it would be a great idea to combine both of my husband’s favorite desserts, cinnamon buns and donuts.  This was a fantastic idea, they were so good!!! The cinnamon buns were really good with cinnamon and sugar on them and this is a really easy donut to make.

These donuts are made using refrigerated cinnamon rolls. I cut the donut holes by using a soda bottle top.  The bottle top was an easy way to make the perfect sized donut hole, without having to buy any special tools.  I cooked the donut holes as well as the donuts.  The donut holes make a great little snack.

I made these with a cinnamon and sugar topping, but I also glazed some of them by drizzling the icing on top of the donuts or by dipping the top of the donut in the icing.

These are a easy and delicious donuts and would be great for Fat Tuesday or Fasnacht Day next week or just because.

Cinnamon Roll Donuts

1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls, (icing optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Place the cinnamon rolls on a cutting board.  Using a soda bottle top, a biscuit cutter, or other similar object to cut a hole in the middle of the cinnamon roll.

3.  Place the melted butter in a medium sized bowl.  Mix the cinnamon and sugar in another medium sized bowl.  Roll the whole cinnamon roll into the butter, coating the whole roll.  Shake off any excess butter and then roll the entire cinnamon roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Coat the cinnamon roll with cinnamon sugar, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Repeat with the remaining cinnamon rolls and donut holes.

4.  Bake for 13-17 minutes or until golden brown.

5.  The icing is optional, but to use, microwave the icing, with the lid off, for 10 seconds. Then glaze the donuts or donut holes by one of two methods:  1. Drizzle the icing on top of the donuts or donut holes.  2.  Place the icing into a bowl and dunk the top of the donut or donut hole in the icing, covering the top.

Serve hot or microwave to reheat.


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  1. Ohhh.. yumm!

  2. Oh wow:) I love donuts too (although I am trying to cut down a bit hahaha). I will 100% try these, as in Poland we have something called “greasy Thursday” tomorrow (always on the last Thursday before the Lent) and we eat… donuts on that day hahaha:) Well, ok, I don’t live in Poland at these moment but why not follow tradition?
    Love from Moorland Home:)

  3. These sound perfect, wish I had one now with my coffee.

  4. You are so creative!!! You were featured at my party this week Taste This Thursday! Thanks for the pizza recipe and please link this one this week!!! I am your newest follower!!!

  5. What a great easy idea! They look really yummy too.

  6. Wow…those sound so good….thank you for the recipe.

  7. Cinnamon roll and donut in the same title. How could you go wrong?

  8. Those look so yummy!

  9. great idea, they sound great.

  10. looks so good!

  11. Alyssa,
    I must be in Cinnamon Roll Heaven, these look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  12. Yum!

  13. Love this! We have our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party going on now and would love for you to share this!

  14. Yum-o! These look incredibly good! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  15. Yum! Another recipe to add to my Cinnamon/Sugar arsenal. I’m seriously thinking of starting a Pin board for just that combo….after all, I have one for peanut butter and chocolate :). THanks so much for linking to Must Try Monday!

  16. What a yummy recipe! I can’t wait to try it it. I’m a new follower. ~ Megan

  17. YUMMY! I would love for you to come by and link up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot!

  18. Looks good, I would love it if you shared it here:

  19. oh so yummy more than breakfast to me come see what I shared at

  20. What a FABULOUS idea!!!!! I can’t wait to try it out with my family this weekend. Then I will be sure to do a “Pinterest Test Kitchen” post all about them and create a nice link to your great blog (which I am excited to start following by the way). So glad to have stopped by from Chef in Training Tuedsay Talent!

  21. CONGRATULATIONS!!!Your recipe is being featured on Today’s Menu Round Up.
    Please go grab a “featured” button.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday!

  22. Oh my these look totally dangerous!! Not that it well stop me from trying them!! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  23. Great idea! These look delicious! :)

  24. We are so glad you shared these with us! Thanks for joining us on our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you come back next Saturday. We would love to have you share more wonderful recipes! -The Sisters

  25. Hi Alyssa, thanks so much for sharing this at Project Queen’s party last week! Oh they look soooo good and I love how easy they are. I will be highlighting your recipe tonight at Project Queen’s Highlight Party. Thanks again!