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Easy Cinnamon Roll Twists Recipe

I love cinnamon rolls, but hate how much time and effort they take. These twists are ready in a fraction of the time and taste just like a cinnamon roll!
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time24 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BEST cinnamon rolls, cinnamon roll bake, cinnamon rolls, cinnamon twists
Servings: 6
Calories: 364kcal


  • Cookie Sheet
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • small bowl
  • Pizza Cutter


  • 1 13.8 oz) tube refrigerated pizza dough (or your favorite homemade pizza dough - I used Pillsbury brand)

Cinnamon Filling

  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons butter melted


  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (more or less, depending on how thick you want your frosting)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray (or use parchment paper or a silpat liner ).
  • Roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface (or just push it out with your fingers).
  • In a small bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Brush melted butter over the entire surface of the dough and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on top.
  • Fold the dough in half (long ways or as my kids would say: like a hot dog bun). Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut dough into 12 skinny strips (about 1" thick). Take each strip, and while holding the ends, twist around once or twice and place on the cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough strips.
  • Cook for 11-12 minutes (or until they are slightly golden).
  • While the twists are baking, mix together the frosting ingredients. You can either drizzle the frosting over the hot twists or wait until they cool down. My kids also like to use the frosting as a dip.


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 2mg