Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls {No Yeast!}

Easy Cinnamon Rolls made with a shortcut of canned crescent rolls. Simple, 20-minute recipe perfect for Valentines Day! 

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

{Excuse how photo-heavy this post is. I had a lot of fun with the pictures.}

I love cinnamon rolls. In fact, I’d say that they are probably my favorite sweet food- yes, even more than cookies. However, cinnamon rolls take a long time to make, (thank you yeast) and are usually pretty involved, and well, I’m lazy.

But, I finally found a way to make them easy- and they’re mini as well! I love mini foods. They’re so cute, usually easy to make, and you can eat more of them!   With valentines day coming up, and having some leftover cake mix from my red velvet fudge, I decided to make red velvet cinnamon rolls. Who doesn’t want cinnamon rolls filled with one of the best cakes ever?

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

These cinnamon rolls couldn’t be easier.  You’ll start with a tube of crescent rolls- I used Pillsbury. You’ll roll out half of the rolls and pinch the seams together. Then you’ll spread with melted butter and top with half of the cake mix.  Then you’ll repeat with the next four rolls. You may certainly work with all of the dough at once, however I found that the dough naturally divided into four and four, and it’s generally easier to work in smaller amounts.

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

You’ll bake the rolls for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown.  Next, top with a simple glaze that is incredibly forgiving. All you have to remember is one, one, two. One cup powdered sugar, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and two tablespoons milk.  The glaze is incredibly forgiving- if it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Too thin? Add some more milk.  Once the rolls have cooled for a few minutes, drizzle with glaze. Or, if you’re like me, dunk entire roll in glaze. I like a little cinnamon roll with my glaze. (I did that as soon as the camera was off. Light drizzles make for prettier pictures.)

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to soft, warm, and ridiculously easy cinnamon rolls on valentines day? (Or even just next Tuesday!)

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast needed for this quick and easy breakfast on Pixiedustkitchen.com!

Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls {No Yeast!}
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Serves: 8
 
Quick and easy red velvet cinnamon rolls, no yeast needed! Perfect for valentines day.
Ingredients
  • FOR CINNAMON ROLLS:
  • 1 tube of 8 crescent rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons red velvet cake mix
  • FOR VANILLA GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. TO MAKE ROLLS:
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray 16 cups of a mini muffin tin with nonstick baking spray.
  3. Roll out half of the crescent roll dough and pinch the seams together. Spread with half of the melted butter and top with 1 and ½ tablespoons cake mix.
  4. Starting with the longer end, roll up and cut into 8 even rolls, each ½-1 inch thick and place into muffin tin.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough, butter, and cake mix.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  7. TO MAKE GLAZE:
  8. While rolls are cooling, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Immediately spread on rolls.
  9. Serve warm.
Notes
Rolls may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Leftover glaze should be stored in the refrigerator.
Rolls and glaze may both be reheated in the microwave.

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12 Comments on Mini Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls {No Yeast!}

  1. Beth @ bethcakes
    January 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm (8 months ago)

    Ohmygosh. I have an intense love of all things red velvet and now I want to make these so badly. They’re so mini and cute! :)
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    • faith
      January 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Beth! I think the mini size is my favorite part :)

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  2. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
    January 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm (8 months ago)

    Wow!! These look amazing and they are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
    I could have a few of these right now. Love your quicker way of making cinnamon rolls.
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    • faith
      January 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Regina!

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    • faith
      January 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks so much Dorothy!

      Reply
  3. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife
    January 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm (8 months ago)

    Nom, nom, nom!! That’s what I want to be doing right now as I look at these little beauties!!!! :)

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    • faith
      January 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Jocelyn!

      Reply
  4. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    January 29, 2014 at 12:11 pm (8 months ago)

    These mini cinnamon rolls are ridiculously adorable! First, I love the no-yeast deal. Second, I live for crescent rolls. Third, so perfect to serve for Valentine’s Day. Fourth, they look yummy. Geez, I could go on and on!!
    I love all the pictures. I know how you feel about trying to edit when you’re so happy with that particular shoot. :)
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