I love pizza night that is made entirely from scratch (yes, including the dough). I can make delicious pizza and dessert all with the same dough, so it is the perfect item for creating a two-course meal. This idea is ideal for a busy mom or looking to impress your guest but have time restrictions. There are few desserts you can make with pizza dough. This time, I made pizza dough cinnamon rolls.
Whether you have leftover pizza dough sitting in your fridge from the day before or simply having fresh leftover from pizza night, pizza dough cinnamon rolls are the perfect dessert to end your meal. It is fluffy, sticky, and just gooey goodness that you can't resist. It is also the easiest cinnamon rolls recipe you can make.
My pizza dough cinnamon rolls are vegan friendly, so this recipe is perfect for anyone who has diet restriction or has a vegan family member. That is if you are willing to share. And if you don't have a pizza dough recipe, check out the recipe I use.
Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Passive Time: 30 Minutes
Serving Size: 9 Rolls
Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls
~1 lb Pizza Dough Room Temperature
2 Tablespoon Avocado Oil/ Butter/ Vegan Butter
5 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar
2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract* Optional
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/2 Tablespoon Coconut Milk/Almond Milk/ Oat Milk
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1. Lightly flour the surfer of your working area. Then gently roll the dough into a large rectangle.
2. Drizzle the avocado oil and vanilla extract on top and then smear the entire surface.
3. In a small mixing bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Then sprinkle on top and make sure you sprinkle evenly.
4. Roll it tightly the long way and roll it into a large log.
5. Use a knife to score the log into three-quarter parts and then score each of those into three quarters. So you should now have nine sections. Each section should be about 2" thick. Use a string of floss and cut along the scoreline. If you don't have floss on hand, use your knife and cut through.
6. Place the rolls into a greased pan (12"x8" or 8"x8") and let it rise for about 30 minutes.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 F degree.
8. While your cinnamon rolls are baking, in a medium-size bowl, mix your icing ingredients together. Stir until a smooth and drizzle-able sauce is formed, and there are no lumps. Recommend that you add the sugar in slowly.
9. Once your cinnamon rolls are baked, let it cool down and then smear your icing. Let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes so the glaze can dry.
- If you have less than a pound of dough, you can still make this recipe but adjust the remaining ingredients accordingly.
- Some people like rolling out the dough on an un-floured surface, so it doesn't spring back. I often find this method harder to peel in the end, but it will depend on your working surface and dough texture.
- Floss is the best and the neatest way to slice your rolls. But if you don't have floss on hand, you can use a knife. The knife is slightly messier, and you may get some smooshing and tearing.
- Traditionally, cinnamon rolls use butter on the inside as part of the filling. I used avocado oil, and it worked great, but you can substitute with butter or vegan butter.
- There are many frosting you can use on your cinnamon rolls. Traditionally, a cream cheese frosting is drizzled on top. To keep it vegan, I made my own homemade vegan-friendly frosting.
Can I use dough from the night before to make these cinnamon rolls?
Yes. Before making this recipe, take your dough out of the fridge and let it reach room temperature. The dough will make it easier to roll out at room temperature.
Why are my cinnamon rolls tough?
If you cinnamon buns result in dry and crumbly, you used too much flour in your dough. Ideally, it should be tacky to touch, but not so sticky.
What is the healthiest sugar to use?
Coconut sugar is a healthy sugar alternative. It is derived from coconut palm trees that are more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than regular sugar. Traditionally, cinnamon rolls are made with powdered sugar. You can substitute it with granulated coconut sugar or grind your coconut sugar in a blender and grind into powdered sugar texture.
What is the difference between Cinnamon Roll Dough vs. Pizza crust dough?
Traditional cinnamon roll dough is made with milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract. It contains more sugar than pizza crust dough, so it is much sweeter.
How To Make Healthier Cinnamon Rolls
To make healthier cinnamon rolls, here are some swaps you can do:
- Swap powdered sugar with coconut sugar.
- When it comes to sugar, know your limit. Remember, you can always sweeten it more with frosting.
- Ditch your cream cheese frosting and go with homemade frosting.
- If you are going to use butter, go with grass-fed or ghee butter. For a vegan option, go with cold-pressed oil.
What else can be made from pizza dough?
Check out this pizza dough twisted cinnamon rolls.