Making cinnamon rolls on a waffle iron has to be the most fun thing I’ve tried in a long time! I didn’t make them from scratch, I’m just not good with yeast breads. I used a tube of cinnamon rolls that had caramel frosting the first time. Then just to make sure they were as fabulous as I thought, I tried a second tube with traditional frosting the second time. Delicious!
It probably takes the same amount of time to make the rolls on a waffle iron as it does in the oven. The oven takes longer to heat but I could only make 2 or 3 rolls at a time on my small waffle iron. With a large waffle iron you could still probably only make 4 at a time. The useful part of making them on the waffle iron is when we were road tripping and staying in a hotel with a kitchenette that didn’t have an oven. So rolls for breakfast was a fun thing under the circumstances.
I hit the bathroom first so I was ready to make breakfast while my sister Linda took her turn primping for our day. I’d gone down to the continental breakfast and made a cup of coffee with the cute pod-type coffee maker. I brought it back to the room, added lots of ice, soy milk and flavoring to make my iced coffee. I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but I do like it iced and flavored for a caffeine fix.
We were going to lunch early so rolls were the perfect light breakfast. I pulled the waffle iron out of the small carry-on bag I’d packed it in, set it on the counter and plugged it in to heat.
We’d picked up a tube of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator section at a nearby Super Target. I peeled them open and jumped as they exploded open. Even though I always know that is going to happen, it startles me, wimp that I am. I peeled each roll off and laid them out on a plate, tucking them in to make them pretty.
When the waffle griddle was heated I set two rolls on the grid, apart from each other. I closed the lid and pressed down gently; not too much, we didn’t want pancakes! I had sprayed the griddle with a little cooking spray to prevent sticking.
I let the rolls cook until the steam was almost nonexistent, peeking once to see how brown they were getting. I raised the lid and the rolls had stuck to the lid. Well not stuck bad, they were just hanging on for dear life and were easily pulled off with a fork. Ta da!
I set them on a plate and put two more into the griddle and continued cooking them until all of the rolls were browned and cooked through. I used the frosting packet to drizzle frosting over the top and we were ready for our breakfast treats.
Linda thought they were a great idea and of course we both loved the taste. What’s not to love about cinnamon rolls, even ones that look like waffles? Delish!
I’ve included pictures of the earlier rolls made at home that came with a caramel glaze. They were excellent as well, I hadn’t realized there was such a thing until I went looking for the tubes for my project. We don’t normally buy tubed rolls but I can see a need to do so now! I bet the grandkids would love these when they stay overnight!
Waffled Cinnamon Rolls
Tube of cinnamon rolls of your choice (I’ve used Pillsbury and an off brand. both were good)
Plug in waffle iron and heat. Spray with cooking spray.
Peel rolls out of tube and set out on a plate. Place two at a time on the waffle iron, apart from each other. If using a larger waffle iron you could make 4 at a time. Close griddle and cook until browned.