7 Sticky Sweet Cinnamon Rolls for a Decadent Start to the Day

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Cider Glaze
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

If anything could get us out of bed in the morning, it's the sweet aroma of warm cinnamon rolls wafting through the house. It's always comforting waking up to a delicious breakfast, but making homemade cinnamon rolls can often feel overwhelming when you're just rolling out of bed. Visions of kneading, rolling, and waiting on the rich, buttery dough to rise might be a bit too much to consider before your fist cup of coffee. Luckily, these cinnamon roll recipes are anything but complicated. Some can be made in advance, others use refrigerated dough to cut down on prep time. To mix things up, some even get creative by adding flavors from some of your family's favorite desserts, like carrot cake and apple pie. From spiced morning cinnamon casseroles to sticky sweet rolls, we'll take a side of these cinnamon beauties with our morning coffee, please. You'll find it easy to whip up a batch of these soft, fluffy, glazed-covered swirls.

01 of 08

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Apple Cider Glaze
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Filled with homemade Slow-Cooker Apple Butter and dressed in an apple cider glaze, you get a delightful taste of autumn in every bite of these cast-iron cinnamon rolls.

02 of 08

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

Biscuit Cinnamon Sweet Rolls
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls

These biscuits coated in cinnamon, butter, sugar, and a cream cheese glaze taste like you got them straight from the bakery, and since they are yeast-free, you may even be able to bake them faster than a trip to your favorite local pastry shop. While the rolls are baking, whip up the cream cheese glaze.

03 of 08

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Ooey, gooey, and easier than you think, this breakfast bake starts with a can of frozen cinnamon rolls. Make it to feed a crowd or bake it just for a cinnamon-y start to your day.

04 of 08

Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

Apple Cinnamon Roll Pie
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie

Breakfast for dessert? Dessert for breakfast? Two holiday favorites combine in this sweet bake that will make you eager for a slice no matter when it's served.

05 of 08

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Why choose between pancakes and cinnamon rolls when you can have the best of both worlds? Simply pour the cinnamon batter onto a skillet like you would for pancakes before popping them into the oven to finish baking. This is one mash-up you'll make again and again.

06 of 08

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Simple enough to start even before your first cup of coffee, this recipe is proof that your slow cooker has a spot in your morning routine.

07 of 08

These Cinnamon Rolls Make The Perfect Sweet Breakfast Treat

08 of 08

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

While we happily endorse a slice of cake in the morning, it's more fun to add cinnamon rolls to the mix. Extra sticky and delicious, these rolls might be the closest you can get to having cake for breakfast without crossing a line.

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