Cinnamon Rolls in the Waffle Maker

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. Waffles are a great breakfast idea but they are fun dessert, too.

pile of cinnamon roll waffles with glaze on a plate

Whether you have toddlers, kids or young adults, this is one of those breakfast recipes 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!!
  • mouthwatering cream cheese glaze
  • 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 and are golden brown, but don’t burn.

closeup of fork cutting a stack of waffles

Toppings for Cinnamon Roll Waffles

If you’d like something different than our cream cheese icing, try one of these:

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Bring the family together.

Whether it is breakfast, brunch or brinner, these cinnamon roll waffles will bring the family running to the table. Here’s what to serve with them:

plate full of waffles with glaze
plate full of waffles with glaze

Cinnamon Rolls in a Waffle Maker

4.88 from 8 votes
Grab your kids and make cinnamon roll waffles in the waffle iron with this step by step method. Breakfast made easy.
Servings 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 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 or vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream or buttermilk

Instructions
 

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 large 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.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 8 waffles, with 1 serving being 1 waffle. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 286
Keyword comfort food, easy breakfast

How do you make cinnamon roll waffles from scratch?

Want to make cinnamon roll waffles from scratch? Here’s what you should do. Make our Belgian waffle recipe and the cinnamon swirl from our cinnamon roll pancakes.

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!

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Lauren
1 year ago

This recipe worked amazingly for me! I had a tube of rolls and I really didn’t want to go through the hassle of cleaning up everything so I decided to try to find a way in my waffle maker. (They also looked delicious!) I sadly didn’t have everything for the powdered sugar glaze but I just used the icing it came with and it tasted great. I used a Presto FlipSide Waffle Maker and just made two but I could probably fit four!! I cooked mine for 2 minutes and they were perfect! JUST MAKE SURE YOU DON’T OPEN IT… Read more »