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Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls – An Easy Recipe

On Christmas day wake up to a fresh batch of Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls. A cinnamon roll that’s been shaped into a tree and covered in green festive icing. It’s the perfect way to start Christmas day!

Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls

This cinnamon roll is perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert over the holidays.

You can also bring them to holiday potlucks.

Everyone will love these warm, soft cinnamon rolls covered in gooey icing.

These Cinnamon Roll Trees might look complicated but I assure you they are easy!

Simply take the pre-made dough and unroll the cinnamon rolls and then zig-zag them like a tree and bake until golden brown.

In less than an hour, you’ll have soft, flaky, warm cinnamon rolls covered in a bright green icing ready to enjoy!

CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS

HOW TO MAKE CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS

Giant cinnamon rolls are unrolled and zig-zagged into a tree shape and then baked until golden brown with bright green icing applied and decorated with festive sprinkles for a delicious snack or breakfast the whole family will enjoy!

Are you ready to get started?

You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

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CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS INGREDIENTS

This fun and easy Christmas Tree Cinnamon Roll recipe uses everyday kitchen staples to create a delicious dessert or snack your family will love.

Ingredients

All you need is:

  • Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls
  • some powdered sugar
  • green food coloring
  • water
  • candy sprinkles nonpareils
  • candy stars

CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLL RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

Begin by preheating the oven to 375 degrees.

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Take the cinnamon rolls and gently unroll each one.

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Form into a tree shape by zig-zagging the cinnamon roll dough back and forth, starting with a longer piece, and continuing to zig-zag the dough smaller as you go up.

Carefully place the zig-zagged cinnamon rolls on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake until the bottoms are golden brown.

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While those are baking make the extra icing by mixing the powdered sugar and water together.

CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLL

Add together the icing that came in the package with the icing you made and add green food coloring.

Mix the icing well to incorporate the food dye.

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Once the cinnamon rolls are baked and cooled slightly, spread an even layer of icing on each one.

Add the sprinkles and a star on top.

In less than an hour, you’ll have a cheerful holiday dessert that’s sure to become a new favorite!

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CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLL TIPS AND QUESTIONS

If you’ve never made a Christmas tree using cinnamon rolls, don’t worry!

Below are some common questions and helpful tips.

Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have. If not, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.

HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS?

One of the many reasons I love using pre-made dough is because everything you make takes less time. This Cinnamon Roll recipe takes approximately 43 minutes. TOTAL. This includes:

  • About 5 minutes of prep time
  • Close to 5 minutes to zig-zag each cinnamon roll
  • Around 15 minutes to bake until golden brown and make the icing
  • 15 minutes to cool the rolls
  • 3 minutes to ice and decorate the rolls

By using the Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Roll dough we saved over 2 hours since it takes about 20 minutes to make the dough and then 2 hours to let the dough rise.   

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HOW DO I STORE CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS?

You can store Cinnamon Rolls in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 3 days or in your freezer for up to 3 months.

Simply reheat in the microwave for a few seconds to warm or enjoy at room temperature.

CAN I USE CREAM CHEESE ICING ON THESE CINNAMON ROLLS

You can use cream cheese icing or any icing you love on these Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls.

Remember to add green food dye if you want the icing to look like a bright green Christmas tree.

CAN I MAKE CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes, you can easily make Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls the day before serving.

Simply reheat in the microwave or toaster oven for a few seconds until warm and serve immediately.

You’ll have warm, gooey cinnamon rolls ready for the family. 

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WHAT GOES WELL WITH CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS?

Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls go well with a wide variety of snacks.

These recipes would be great to serve together. Some of my personal favorites include:

CAN I USE HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLL DOUGH INSTEAD OF PILLSBURY PRE-MADE DOUGH?

Yes, you can use homemade cinnamon roll dough in this recipe instead of store-bought dough.

The steps will be pretty much the same. Using pre-made dough saves a ton of time.

If you have an amazing homemade cinnamon roll recipe use it.

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLL RECIPE?

This simple Christmas Tree Cinnamon Roll recipe not only tastes great, but it’s also incredibly versatile.

Try adding maraschino cherries. Cut the cherries in half and stick them on the dough, before baking, to be decorations on the tree.

YUM!

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CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLL RECIPE

Yield: 5

CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS

CHRISTMAS TREE CINNAMON ROLLS

On Christmas day wake up to a fresh batch of Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls. A cinnamon roll that’s been shaped into a tree and covered in green festive icing. It’s the perfect way to start Christmas day!

Prep Time 28 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Roll
  • ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • Green Food Coloring
  • ½ tsp. Water
  • Candy Sprinkles Nonpareils
  • Candy Stars

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Take the cinnamon rolls and unroll each one. Form into a tree shape by zig-zagging the cinnamon roll back and forth. Starting with a longer piece and continue to zig-zag smaller as you go up.
  3. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  4. While those are baking, mix the powdered sugar and water together to make extra icing. (This step is optional and only necessary if you want more icing).
  5. Add the icing that came in the package with the icing you made and add 3-4 drops of green food coloring. Mix well.
  6. Once cinnamon rolls are baked and cooled slightly, spread an even layer of icing on each one.
  7. Add the sprinkles (ornaments), a star on top, and Enjoy!
  8. A fun Christmas morning breakfast!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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