Semi-homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Mini-me had a friend from school over and I gave them a choice on the menu for the weekend. Last night was duck steaks which made us all very happy, happy, happy!

This morning was cinnamon rolls –

Finished cinnamon rolls

These are absolutely the BEST, easiest cinnamon rolls E-V-E-R!

The recipe came from a good friend, Cindy Leven, at the place I used to work. She would bring them when we had any special reason to have food. Naturally, I had to have the recipe and now I am happy to share the recipe for Semi-Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with you!


Start the night before with a package of Rhodes Frozen Cinnamon Rolls, found in your local grocery’s freezer section. Place the frozen rolls in a greased baking pan. Don’t crowd them! Five in an 8 x 8 and seven in a 9 x 13 pan will work. In this picture you see the five in the 8 by 8 with the rest of the ingredients: ice cream, butter and brown sugar. Melt 1 cup of ice cream (any flavor will do – this happens to be homemade vanilla) and 1 stick of butter in a bowl. Add 3/4 cup of brown sugar until well mixed.

mixed ingredientsIt will look like this. Pour the mix over the frozen rolls.rolls ready for the oven

Your pans will look like this. Place them in the oven (not turned on!) overnight to thaw and rise.

When you get up the next morning, turn on the oven to 350 degrees (NO preheating) and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. I forgot to get a picture of them before the Hunter put them in the oven….sorry! After 20 minutes, remove them from the oven and drizzle with the icing that came in the roll package.

Here is the final result –

Finished rolls

As you can see, I forgot the pictures until after one whole pan was gone. Before the five of us were done, there were only three rolls left!

The Hunter was really mean – this is one of Big Brother’s favorite breakfasts and he wasn’t with us this morning. The Hunter took a photo of the cinnamon rolls and texted the photo to Big Brother. He also told Big Brother that Mini-me ate Big Brother’s roll, Munchie ate his second roll, and he himself at Big Brother’s third roll! Big Brother accused us of bad parenting, setting a bad example to the other kids, and said we were mean!

Come to think of it, I guess he was right!  🙂

One thing I do with these rolls, if I am going to take them to Sunday School or somewhere I need smaller pieces, not huge rolls, I cut them in quarters while they are still frozen the night before. Spread them out in the pans just as if they were still whole and do the rest of the recipe the same way. Folks RAVE about them and the pans always come home empty!


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