This easy Cinnamon roll Christmas tree recipe takes refrigerated cinnamon rolls and turns them into an amazing, easy Christmas morning breakfast. Cinnamon rolls are a traditional Christmas morning breakfast for many families, including my own and this Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree recipe puts a creative spin on the traditional breakfast!
Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree
When I was a kid growing up cinnamon rolls were our traditional Christmas morning breakfast. We would wake up in the morning, open our stockings, and then one of us would put the cinnamon rolls in the oven.
We always used the refrigerated cinnamon rolls, that were easy peasy. Take them out of the package, put them in the circle baking pan, and put them in the oven.
I wanted to keep that Christmas morning tradition going with my kids. I wanted something that would not only be super easy like that since Christmas mornings are always hectic but also festive. Tada! Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls.
If you are looking for some healthy but fun Christmas morning treats, my kids also love it when I make Santa Banana Pops!
Christmas Breakfast Recipes
- Reindeer Cinnamon Rolls
- Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls
- Santa Cinnamon Rolls
- Grinch Fruit Kabobs
- Gingerbread Oatmeal
Tips for making Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree with Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
Fancy it up. You can add more festive elements, like mini chocolate chips and M&Ms for ornaments, or crushed candy canes for a peppermint twist. You can add a dusting of powdered sugar on top of the icing if you want to have “snow” on the tree.
Spray the baking sheet. Before putting the Refrigerated cinnamon rolls in a Christmas tree shape on the baking sheet you want to spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray. You can also use parchment paper to line it instead.
How long do these cinnamon rolls last?
Frosted cinnamon rolls will keep in an airtight container on the counter for 1-2 days.
How to store leftovers
To store the leftover cinnamon rolls, you want to move them to an air-tight container. Since there is frosting on these you will want to put them in a single layer. They can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They will last for about 2 to 3 days.
How to reheat Cinnamon Rolls
We do not normally have leftovers to reheat but if you do there are a few ways to reheat them. You want to be careful that you do not dry out the cinnamon rolls when you are reheating them.
- In the air fryer. You can reheat in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 360 degrees.
- In the oven. You can also use the oven and warm them for about 8 minutes. If the cinnamon rolls have been iced already, reheating in the oven or air fryer is a little messier than using the microwave.
- In the microwave. You want to be careful that you do not overheat the cinnamon rolls because otherwise, they can get rubbery. Reheat for 30 seconds at a time, using half power. Reheat until hot but do not overheat.
How to Make a Larger Christmas Tree with Cinnamon Rolls
If you are going to have a large group of people you can make a cinnamon roll tree with 16 cinnamon rolls, place 1 cinnamon roll in the first row. Under it place 2 cinnamon rolls, 3 cinnamon rolls in the next row, 4 in the following row and 5 in the last row. Take the last cinnamon roll and put it at the bottom to be the tree stump.
How do you know when Refrigerated cinnamon rolls are done?
Refrigerated cinnamon rolls are done when the tops are golden brown. Depending on your oven the cook time will vary from 13-17 minutes.
How do you keep Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls from burning?
I find that they cook best when they are on the middle rack in the oven.
Do Refrigerated cinnamon rolls need to touch when baking?
When you put the cinnamon rolls into the baking pan before baking they should not be touching. They will bake and expand and touch when they are done baking.
Can I make this in advance?
This recipe is so easy that I do not normally prep anything in advance for it. If you want to place the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet in the tree shape the night before so it can be just popped in the oven the next morning you can. Just place the cinnamon rolls in the tree shape and then wrap the baking sheet with plastic wrap. Place the baking sheet in the fridge, and put in the oven when you are ready to bake them. Be sure you also put the frosting container in the fridge as well.
Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree ingredients
- 7 cinnamon rolls (1 package of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls)
- Christmas sprinkles
- star sprinkles
- Green food coloring (optional)
How to Make Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree
Heat oven to 375°F and grease the baking sheet or spray with non stick cooking spray.
Remove the cinnamon roll dough from the can and the container of icing. Set the container of icing to the side.
Arrange 6 whole cinnamon rolls in a triangle Christmas tree shape in the center of the baking sheet. Next place one cinnamon roll at the bottom for the Christmas tree stump.
Bake at 375°F. for 13 to 19 minutes or until deep golden brown.
While the cinnamon rolls are baking in the oven, add the included frosting into a small bowl, then a few drops of green food coloring to the icing, and mix well to make green icing.
Loosen the tree carefully with a spatula.
Carefully slide onto the serving platter.
Use a knife and frost warm cinnamon rolls with the frosting or drizzle the frosting in a zig-zag.
Decorate as desired with sprinkles and top with a star.
Christmas Tree fun
- Christmas Tree Brownies
- DIY Felt Christmas Tree
- Handprint Christmas Tree Towel
- Christmas Tree Meringue Cookies
Cinnamon roll Christmas tree
- 7 cinnamon rolls 1 Can of cinnamon rolls
- Christmas sprinkles
- star sprinkle
- Green food coloring optional
- Heat oven to 375°F and grease the baking sheet or spray with non stick cooking spray.
- Remove cinnamon rolls from can and the container of icing. Set the container of icing to the side.
- Arrange 6 whole cinnamon rolls in triangle in the center of the baking sheet. Next place one cinnamon roll at the bottom for the Christmas tree stump.
- Bake at 375°for 13 to 19 minutes or until deep golden brown.
- Loosen tree carefully with pancake turner.
- Carefully slide onto serving platter. Frost warm cinnamon rolls with the included frosting. If you would like to have your Christmas tree green, add a few drops of green food coloring to the container of icing and mix well.
- Decorate as desired with sprinkles and top with a star.
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