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The Easiest Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

The easiest pizza dough cinnamon rolls recipe is an absolutely divine dessert with cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans.

With a store-bought pizza dough crust and a few more ingredients, you’ll have an easy cinnamon roll recipe that everyone will love.

The Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe With Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon rolls in a dish and on a plate with pecans

Believe it or not, using store-bought dough is a great way to create sweet treats. And this is super simple to make.

These really are the best cinnamon rolls, and they taste better than Cinnabon; plus they are budget-friendly.

For this recipe, I used pre-made pizza dough that I bought at the grocery store because I wanted to skip waiting for the dough to rise before baking.

In all, it takes about 10-15 minutes to get the easy homemade cinnamon rolls ready and into the oven.

Then, it takes about five minutes to mix the frosting. When it’s done, you get a warm, decadent, and amazingly delicious dessert.

If you love pecans, give these praline pecans a try.

What Ingredients Are Needed For The Cinnamon Roll Recipe?

  • Pizza dough
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Softened butter
  • Softened cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

A cinnamon roll on a plate with frosting next to a fork

How To Make The Pizza Dough Cinnamon Roll Recipe

  1. Roll out the dough into a rectangle with a rolling pin.
  2. Spread the softened butter onto the dough, spreading it to the edges.
  3. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4  to 1/2 cup of chopped pecans in a medium bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough, spreading it to the edges.
  5. Roll up and cut into three-inch pieces with a sharp knife.
  6. Place in a greased 8″ x 8″ prepared pan, pressed up next to each other.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. For the frosting, add the softened cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Mix well and add the powdered sugar. Mix again.
  9. Add the heavy cream and mix until well blended.
  10. Spread over the warm cinnamon rolls.
  11. Sprinkle the remainder of the chopped pecans on top.

Step-By-Step Instructions For Cinnamon Rolls

Pizza dough on a counter with flour

Open the package of pizza dough and roll it out into a rectangle on a piece of parchment paper.

I used fresh pizza dough from the bakery at our local grocery store and rolled it out on a lightly floured surface so it wouldn’t stick.

Pizza dough rolled out onto parchment paper with butter spread on top

Spread four tablespoons of softened butter on top, going all the way out to the edge of the dough.

The pizza dough from this store is delicious but doesn’t want to roll out into a rectangle, so I did the best I could. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just rolled out.

Cinnamon, brown sugar, and pecans in a small bowl

Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (depending on how many you’d like) to the bowl and mix. 

Pizza dough rolled out with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans on top.

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the pizza dough, all the way to the edges. 

Rolled up cinnamon rolls before baking

Roll up the cinnamon roll dough and slice about three inches apart. 

Don’t worry about giving the cinnamon roll a tight roll. It’s ok if it’s a little loose.

It will be messy, so make sure your pan is close by as you transfer it from the parchment paper to the dish.

Cut up cinnamon rolls in a casserole dish

Here’s how they look in the pan. I have them pressed up against each other. They will get a little bigger as they cook.

Baked cinnamon rolls in a pan.

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are brown, at 350 degrees. 

The butter will melt and run down into the bottom of the pan, making the rolls super rich and flavorful. This is definitely one of my favorite desserts.

How To Make The Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Butter, cream cheese, and vanilla extract in a bowl

Add the softened butter, softened cream cheese, and vanilla extract to the bowl and cream. 

Powdered sugar, cream cheese, and butter in a bowl

Next, add the Powdered sugar to the bowl and mix well. 

Heavy cream being poured into a bowl of cream cheese frosting for cinnamon rolls.

Finally, pour the heavy cream over the frosting and mix well. 

Cream cheese frosting on top of cinnamon rolls.

Spread the cream cheese frosting on top of the cinnamon rolls and sprinkle the remaining chopped pecans on top. 

It’s a lot of frosting, so you may not want to use it all, and if you don’t, you can save it for something else!

A cinnamon roll with cream cheese icing on top and sprinkled with chopped pecans.

The warm rolls are amazingly delicious, covered with buttery frosting.

How To Store The Easy Pizza Dough Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Store the cinnamon rolls in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated.

How To Reheat The Cinnamon Rolls

You can reheat the cinnamon rolls in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.

How Do You Know When The Cinnamon Rolls Are Done?

The tops of the cinnamon rolls will be golden brown. You can also stick your fork between two layers of the cinnamon rolls and make sure the dough is baked through.

Can You Freeze The Cinnamon Rolls?

Yes, but make sure you store them in an airtight container and allow them to thaw on the counter.

Once the cinnamon rolls have thawed, you can put them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to warm them up.

Can You Bake The Cinnamon Rolls In A Glass Pan?

Yes, that is what I baked my cinnamon rolls in. You can also use stoneware.

More Easy Recipes

A cinnamon roll on a plate with a fork

The inside of these rolls is absolutely divine. I promise!

If this is your first time making the recipe I know you will love it.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Get the recipe below for this perfect dessert. The cinnamon mixture, dough, and cream cheese frosting is one of our favorite sweet treats.

Cinnamon rolls in a dish and on a plate with pecans

Pecan Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Easy pizza dough cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat with cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 16 ounce pre-made pizza dough (I bought mine at Publix in the bakery)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

Cinnamon Roll

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle onto a lightly floured work surface.
  3. Spread the softened butter onto the dough, spreading it to the edges. 
  4. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (depending on how many pecans you'd like) in a medium-sized bowl. 
  5. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the dough, spreading it to the edges. 
  6. Roll up and cut into pieces, about three-inches each. 
  7. Place in a greased 8-inch by 8-inch casserole dish, pressed up next to each other. 
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. 

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. For the frosting, add the softened cream cheese, softened butter, and vanilla extract to a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Next, add the powdered sugar and mix until well blended.
  3. Add the heavy cream and mix well.
  4. Spread over the warm cinnamon rolls.
  5. Sprinkle the remainder of the chopped pecans on top. 

Notes

If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 51gProtein: 3g

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Pat W

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Can you use store bought pizza dough in the can?

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Hi Pat, I think that would work fine.

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