Grab your kids and make cinnamon rolls in the waffle maker with this step by step method. Breakfast made easy.
When we started this website, Maddie was at the end of her 6th grade year. She’s now in her sophomore year of college. My, how time flies.
Thankfully she lives close so can come home for a comfort food fix, but one thing she’s been dying to do? Make cinnamon rolls in the waffle maker for her dorm mates.
Whether you have toddlers, kids or young adults, this is a recipe that will bring the whole family together. It’s the perfect recipe to get young kids in the kitchen!
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- solution for a cinnamon roll craving
- quick and easy!!
- perfect for dorm rooms, camping and apartments
What cinnamon rolls are best for waffles?
We prefer to use a regular size tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls (currently 12.4 ounces in Pillsbury brand). You can use Grands style, but we find they take longer to cook and don’t end up as good as the smaller size.
Tips for Making Cinnamon Rolls in the Waffle Maker
- Only spray the waffle iron with cooking spray if you do not have a non-stick surface. If you use cooking spray on non-stick surfaces your waffle maker will become gummy.
- Preheat the waffle maker.
- Press the cinnamon rolls flat between your palms before placing them on the waffle iron. Don’t go crazy for this, just press them lightly between your two palms.
- Place the waffles on a wire rack after they are done cooking so that they will not become soggy.
How long do I cook cinnamon roll waffles?
The exact timing will depend on the quality of your waffle maker and the size of the cinnamon rolls. There’s one important thing: you don’t want the cinnamon rolls to burn. Check them at 2 minutes and then continue to check often to make sure they cook fully but don’t burn.
Toppings for Cinnamon Roll Waffles
If you’d like something different than our cream cheese glaze, try one of these:
- Strawberry Syrup
- Raspberry Syrup
- Cinnamon Butter
- Powdered Sugar
- Melted Peanut Butter
- Cranberry Sauce (for a Christmas treat!)
Cinnamon Rolls in a Waffle Maker
- 12.4 ounces refrigerated cinnamon roll dough (1 tube of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls)
Powdered Sugar Glaze:
- 3 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
- 2 tablespoons salted butter (at room temperature)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
- 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
Make the waffles:
- Spray a waffle iron with a butter spray. If you have a non-stick waffle maker you can skip the spray.
- Heat the waffle iron.
- Flatten the cinnamon rolls just slightly between the palms of your hands.
- Place 1-4 cinnamon rolls on the waffle iron, depending on how large the waffle iron is. Our waffle iron has 4 large squares, so we do 4 cinnamon rolls a time.
- Close the waffle iron and allow the cinnamon rolls to cook.
- The exact timing will depend on the cinnamon roll size and waffle maker, but ours take about 2-3 minutes. The rolls should be soft, but not doughy.
- Remove and place the waffles on a wire rack so that they will not become soggy.
- Repeat with the remaining cinnamon rolls.
Make the glaze:
- In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Blend well.
- Add in the maple extract and the powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
- Add two tablespoons of heavy cream and mix. Add more heavy cream by the tablespoon until you get the consistency of glaze that you'd like.
- Drizzle the glaze our frost the waffles with the glaze.
- Serve immediately.
How do you make cinnamon roll waffles from scratch?
Scoop on the waffle batter, then make swirls of the cinnamon mixture and close the iron maker. Proceed as you would with any waffle recipe and you’ll end up with a delicious breakfast!