Twisted Cinnamon Roll Dunkers

 A fun twist on cinnamon rolls – literally. This is a real treat for breakfast that’s easier to whip up than traditional cinnamon rolls. Kids and adults will love them!


I have breakfast on my mind.

Every so often I develop a huge craving for all kinds of breakfast foods and can’t keep myself from making them. Waffles and bacon, anyone? How about a veggie-studded frittata? The occasional bowl of cereal sneaks in too. Cooking up breakfast is huge for me since I usually can’t get anything down before 10 AM or so. And I am not about to stop.


If I had to choose which breakfast item is my favorite, it would definitely be a tie between donuts and cinnamon rolls. Yes, I am one of those people that can’t pick just one.

I usually make either one on weekends and for special occasions, but since school has or is about to start for most kids, I couldn’t help but think if cinnamon rolls could be made in a matter of minutes before heading out to school or work. And the answer is YES.

These Twisted Cinnamon Roll Dunkers are ready to sweeten your week.


Not only do they taste like cinnamon rolls (almost) on a stick, but they’re also super easy to make. For a recipe that’s completely made from scratch, you’ll be surprised how simple and little time they take. I know I was.


And boy, oh boy. Once you get dunkin’, you’ll understand why I’m making such a big deal about them.

They brought so much fun into our home, I can only imagine how kiddos would react once they lay eyes on them. Don’t we all need a good reason to get out of bed in the morning? I don’t think there’s a better one than these.


Goodness, I could eat a couple of them practically every morning and hey, while my appetite for breakfast lasts, I might as well do just that ;).


 Hope you’re having a fabulous and delicious Hump Day, friends!

Twisted Cinnamon Roll Dunkers
Yields 15
Mornings have just gotten better. You won't be able to get out of bed fast enough to enjoy this breakfast treat! Your house will smell amazing, too!
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For the Dough
  1. 1/2 cup milk
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  3. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 1 heaping teaspoon active dry yeast
  5. 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 egg
For the Filling
  1. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
For The Icing
  1. 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  2. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  3. 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  1. 1. Starting with the dough, place milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat until butter is almost melted and milk is warm. Stir until butter is completely melted. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix until well combined with the beater paddle attached. Add the egg and milk mixture to the dry mix and continue stirring until thoroughly combined. Add remaining flour and keep mixing until the dough comes together, about 3 minutes. If dough is still sticky, add another 1-2 tablespoons of flour and mix until worked into the dough and smooth. Slightly flour your work surface and place dough on top. Let rest for 10 minutes while you prepare the filling.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and butter until well mixed. You are basically making a cinnamon butter. Set aside.
  3. 3. Roll out your dough into a rectangular shape. It should be about 1/4-inch thick. Spread filling evenly over the dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 15 equal strips vertically, each strip should be about 1/2-inch wide. Fold each strip in half and pinch edges closed. Twist and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place in the oven and bake for 18 minutes or until tops are slightly golden.
  4. 4. While the cinnamon roll dunkers are baking, prepare the icing by combining the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and heavy cream. Once the dunkers have finished baking, let cool for 5 minutes and drizzle icing evenly over the top. Serve remaining icing for dunking, if desired. Enjoy!
  1. Twisted Cinnamon Roll Dunkers are best when enjoyed immediately, but can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
Deliciously Yum!

35 thoughts on “Twisted Cinnamon Roll Dunkers

  1. Oooh my breakfast table needs these, Kathi! Such a great idea to speed up cinnamon rolls. You drizzled that frosting like a pro! I get in breakfast moods every now and then where I sneak in typically A.M foods for lunch and dinner…I can get behind these dunkers any time of day though! 🙂

    • Breakfast for dinner is the best! Thanks for reminding me – I might just have to make them again for dinner this week ;). Hope you’re having a great week!!

  2. Hey, I’m right there with you Kathi! I cannot choose a favorite of anything! Everything’s my favorite…lol I get crap about it all the time from friends and family. OH WELL, love this take on cinnamon rolls. Who doesn’t love a good cinnamon roll.. I like how you made your own dough too…you could have easily cheated, but from scratch is FAR FAR better. My kinda cooking 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Tell me about it. I am fine with not being able to choose my favorite – having many favorites is far better ;). I was contemplating not making my own dough, but I just love things made from scratch so much more and am so glad I followed my taste buds. Thank you so much, friend!!!

    • I love cinnamon rolls in any way, shape or form. But I’m not gonna lie, this way definitely stands out – nothing beats a good dunk :). Thanks, Denise!

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  4. Wow, what a delicious, easy recipe! I made these last night and through them in the fridge to bake this morning. They came out great and my husband and I both loved them. What a nice morning treat without devoting a lot of time to make.

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  6. A question,,, after you cut the strips of dough, it says to fold in half. does this mean folding so the cinnamon butter is inside, and pinching just the ends? I’m having trouble with this part….. Thanks

      • I am having a hard time with directions still. What size approx is rectangle after rolling the dough?
        If get 15 of them with 1/2 inch wide. How long are they? Then fold in half, so each are half as long before folding? Example: if 12 inches long and 1/2 wide. After folding , they are 6 inches long by 1/2 wide? Then twist.
        Or are they 12 inches long and 1/2 wide. After folding, they are 12 inches long and 1/4 wide? Then twist?
        Is the width folded in half ? Or the length folded in half?
        Thanks so much.

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  8. Hi Kathi! I have just stumbled across your website for the first time, and am I ever glad I did. First of all, let me commend you on your gorgeous photography and lovely writing style. And the food – Deliciously Yum for sure! I was wondering if you thought that these Dunkers could be prepared and frozen, unbaked, because fresh baked always tastes better! My son, daughter-in-law and their two little girls will be visiting from overseas soon, and I’m worried about the noise of the stand mixer waking the whole house up in the morning – I am a very early riser, but want them to be able to sleep in if possible, and my husband is going to be on holidays too and is a very light sleeper. I sure don’t want to have to do the kneading by hand that early in the morning! I figured I could let them thaw out/ rest for a bit, and then bake them off when I hear them wake up, and have a nice surprise waiting for them for breakfast. They look so delicious, and they would be so much more manageable for two toddlers to eat on their own, and lots more fun (the dunking part) too. I have successfully done this with other yeasted doughs, but you are the expert on this one. Any thoughts?

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