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Easy Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese “Syrup”

This easy recipe for cinnamon roll waffles starts with refrigerated cinnamon roll dough! Top this sweet and indulgent breakfast treat with a simple homemade cream cheese glaze for a decadent finish.

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I’ve seen a number of posts on making cookies in a waffle maker, so when I was trying to come up with an easy “recipe” using Great Value refrigerated cinnamon rolls, it occurred to me that it might be fun to try baking them in my waffle iron.

I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t work, thinking they might stick and just be a huge mess, but they came out perfect and delicious! I may never bake my cinnamon rolls again…

Great Value Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls Recipe Idea

Really the only thing you need is Great Value refrigerated cinnamon roll dough, but if you want to top it with the yummy cream cheese glaze “syrup” I’ll share in just a moment, you’ll want to pick up all of the following ingredients:

2 cans Great Value cinnamon rolls
powdered sugar
cream cheese
unsalted butter
vanilla extract

You could certainly just use the glaze that comes with the cinnamon rolls, but I think the homemade cream cheese glaze makes the waffles extra delicious!

Excited for Cinnamon Roll Waffles

I had a couple of kitchen helpers to assist me with this little project — of course. Fortunately, making cinnamon rolls in a waffle maker is super simple and allows for even young children to help out.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Simply heat your waffle iron up — I used setting #4 on mine, which I think would be somewhere around medium-high if your waffle iron is calibrated differently. When it was done preheating, I brushed the top and bottom of the iron with coconut oil. I’m sure any cooking oil or baking spray would do (well, I guess not olive oil — that would taste odd).

Then break your refrigerated cinnamon rolls up and place one on each square as pictured above. Close the waffle iron, and they should be done when the automatic timer goes off! I’d say they only took about 60 seconds to cook if you don’t have an automatic timer.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

Now I’m not particularly a fan of the plain white glaze that comes with most refrigerated cinnamon rolls, so I whipped up this simple cream cheese glaze “syrup” to top our cinnamon roll waffles. It calls for softened cream cheese, but I’ll admit I cheated and tossed mine in cold and just had to stir a little longer. Cream cheese glaze + cinnamon roll waffles = perfection!

A few tips:

  • The cinnamon roll waffles don’t take long at all, so I mix up the glaze while the waffle iron is heating up. It should stay warm on the stovetop while the waffles are cooking.
  • Use the regular size cinnamon rolls. The Grands! size take longer to cook and make the waffle iron sticky and messy with their extra filling.
  • Gently close the waffle iron. If you mash it down, the waffles will stick.

These cinnamon roll waffles would be the perfect quick and easy special occasion breakfast. I know we’ll definitely be making these again on Christmas morning!

 Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese “Syrup”

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese “Syrup”

Yield: 16 waffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


For the cinnamon roll waffles:

  • 2 cans Great Value cinnamon rolls

For the cream cheese syrup:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


For the cinnamon roll waffles:

  1. Preheat waffle iron to medium-high. This was setting #4 on my waffle maker.
  2. Spray your waffle iron with cooking spray or brush on oil. I used coconut oil and it worked perfectly.
  3. Place one cinnamon roll on each square and close iron.
  4. Bake until golden brown. The automatic timer was perfect for me, but if yours doesn't have one, it was about 60 seconds.

For the cream cheese syrup:

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir softened cream cheese into butter, and then whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Drizzle over cinnamon roll waffles.

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Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

I made these for breakfast this morning. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe. =)


Tuesday 25th of December 2012

Thank you I'm making these this morning for Xmas thank you for a great delicious recipe n merry Christmas from my family to yours

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

Wednesday 19th of December 2012

What a fun breakfast!!


Wednesday 19th of December 2012

Love love this!! I have the same waffle maker - must make this soon!!


Wednesday 19th of December 2012

These are too cute! I'm going to have to try them!

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