Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls?!

I love cinnamon rolls but they’re pretty labor intensive.  I came across this recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls on a blog and had to try it!

I already used half of my pizza dough the previous night so I halved the recipe.  These came out pretty good!  While you miss the cakeyness of regular cinnamon rolls and the thick frosting, I think these are a good alternative.  The firm dough texture was different but I liked it.  Here’s what I did…

For the rolls:

  • 1/2 package pre-made pizza dough
  • 3 TBSP softened butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 TBSP sugar
  • 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • Cooking spray

For the glaze:

  • 1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP buttermilk
  • 1 TBSP softened butter (cut from 3 TBSP above)

Preheat the oven to 375.  Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray or butter.

To assemble, roll the pizza dough out into a rectangle with about 1/4″ thickness.  Spread 1 1/2 TBSP butter onto the dough, then combine sugar and cinnamon and spread on top of the butter.   Sprinkle with raisins.

Starting on the short end of the rectangle, roll the dough up jelly roll style.  This made 8 rolls for us – an easy way to make sure you get rolls of the same size is to start by halving the roll, then half the halves, and then do it once more.

Place the rolls into the pan and dot with butter.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until the rolls are golden brown.

In the meantime, combine the powdered sugar, butter, and buttermilk and mix well to combine.  I didn’t bother getting my mixer out and did it with a fork, but if you want a completely smooth glaze by all means get out your hand mixer!

When the rolls come out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes and then brush the glaze on.  It doesn’t harden on top but instead oozes down into the rolls.  YUM!

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