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Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Two Ways

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Make heart shaped cinnamon rolls either from scratch or using a can of store bought cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite things to make. I love working with yeast and people think you're a genius when you present them with a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls made from cake mix. But they also can take a bit of time to whip up so sometimes I cheat and just use the good old fashioned cans of cinnamon rolls from the grocery store.

It's easy to turn the cans of cinnamon rolls into fun shapes for the season like these Santa Hat Cinnamon Rolls or Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls.  In this case you can make them in to a fun heart shape for breakfast or Valentine's Day. 

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls from A Can 

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Open a package of 8 count cinnamon rolls. Set aside the container of frosting. 

Gently unroll each cinnamon roll one at a time and start rolling both sides of the cinnamon roll up to form a heart shape and place on the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly. 

Mix together the frosting that came with the cinnamon rolls and pink food coloring until you get the color pink you like. Use a spoon to drizzle the pink icing back and forth across the cinnamon rolls.

Alternately, you can put the frosting in a small sandwich bag. Snip the corner of the bag and then use that to drizzle the icing over the rolls.  Decorate with sprinkles, jimmies or other heart shaped decorations.

 

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

 

Heart Cinnamon Rolls from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

The process to transform normal cinnamon rolls in to heart shaped cinnamon rolls is fairly simple. Use any cinnamon roll recipe. Check out our How to Make Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch with Cake Mix for a good place to start. You can even just use a basic pizza dough recipe. Just let it rise for an hour before rolling out in to the rectangle to make the rolls. 

Heart Cinnamon Rolls from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

First, roll out your dough in to a rectangle about 16 inches long and 12 inches wide.  Next brush 4 Tablespoons of melted butter on to the dough.  Then Sprinkle with enough brown sugar to cover the dough well. Just use your hands and spread it on. Finally add about 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon to taste.

Heart Cinnamon Rolls from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

Next, roll both of the long sides of the dough rectangle in to the center until they meet. Just go slowly and use some flour if the dough sticks.

Heart Cinnamon Rolls from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

Slice the long roll in to individual rolls – about 2″ each.  Gently put the rolls in to a greased baking pan and pinch the bottom to make the point of the heart.

 

Heart Cinnamon Rolls from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

Bake according to the cinnamon roll recipe directions. If you are just using the basic pizza dough, bake for about 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees until the tops are browned and the insides are baked through. 

Decorate the same as the canned cinnamon rolls above. You'll need to make your icing. A simple mixture of powdered sugar and milk plus a little melted butter works great. 

 

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls - Two Ways

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 8 ct cinnamon rolls or any cinnamon roll recipe
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Small sandwich baggy
  • Parchment paper

Instructions

To Make from Scratch:

Make cinnamon roll dough according to recipe instructions. Allow to rise through first rise.

Roll out dough in to a rectangle about 16 inches long and 12 inches wide. 

Brush 4 Tablespoons of melted butter on to the dough. 

Sprinkle with enough brown sugar to cover the dough well. Just use your hands and spread it on.Finally add about 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon to taste.

Roll both of the long sides of the dough rectangle in to the center until they meet. Just go slowly and use some flour if the dough sticks.

Slice the long roll in to individual rolls - about 2" each. Gently put the rolls in to a greased baking pan and pinch the bottom to make the point of the heart.

Bake according to the cinnamon roll recipe directions. If you are just using the basic pizza dough, bake for about 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees until the tops are browned and the insides are baked through. 

Frost and decorate as below.

To Make From A Can of Pre-made Cinnamon Rolls:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Open the cinnamon rolls and discard the packaging. 

Gently unroll each cinnamon roll one at a time and start rolling both sides of the cinnamon roll up to form a heart shape and place on the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until done.

Allow to cool slightly.

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17 Comments
  • Karly
    February 9, 2014

    These are just too cute! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  • Miz Helen
    February 8, 2014

    Great Cinnamon Rolls for Valentine special treat! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Nicole
    February 8, 2014

    how cute! Love the idea of making them heart shaped! Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Wind-Down party. And I’m putting this post on my twitter schedule for next week! 🙂

  • Ginger
    February 5, 2014

    Such a simple tweak to turn cinnamon rolls into an extra special treat! My favorite cinnamon rolls are ones that have to rise twice, though, and I still haven’t figured out the timing to have those ready for breakfast without getting up at 4am! I stick with my quick recipe for mornings. 🙂

  • Lisa
    February 4, 2014

    These are so cute and the perfect way to wake up on Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  • cathy
    February 4, 2014

    these look delicious, I love the heart shape!
    Cathy

  • Yvonne
    February 4, 2014

    Oh my goodness,Camille! THese not only look delicious, but are so so adorable! Guess what I’m making for Valentine’s weekend! Pinning and putting them on my FB page. Thanks for joining THE SCOOP!

  • rachel
    February 3, 2014

    What a cute idea! Thank you for linking these up and sharing them. These would make for a really fun Valentine’s morning breakfast!

    • Camille
      February 3, 2014

      We had them last year for Valentine’s Day and the kids loved them!

  • HungryLittleGirl
    February 19, 2013

    Love this idea! In my opinion everything tastes twice as good, if it looks that lovely!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – see you there again tonight with more of your deliciousness 🙂

  • DeDe
    February 15, 2013

    How clever! They are adorable and they look yummy! I will be book marking this as a must make!

  • Laura
    February 13, 2013

    So cute! I use my bread machine to make my dough..love homemade cinnamon rolls! Such a great idea!

    • Camille
      February 13, 2013

      Ah the bread machine! I keep thinking about getting one to make dough prep easier but haven’t bitten yet.

  • Danielle
    February 13, 2013

    These are adorable! We love cinnamon rolls and these are too fun – I pinned it for the future. Found you at the Practically Functional link party.

    Happy Wednesday!
    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

  • Lynsey
    February 12, 2013

    Ohhh yum yum yum… my Grandmother and I used to make these YEARS ago! I will have to do it with my girls now!

  • Christine aka happyvballgirl
    February 12, 2013

    Awww, just love these! They look really yummy, too! Definitely pinning this baby! Thanks for linking up at Wednesday Extravaganza! 🙂

    Christine
    MyEpicureanAdventures.com