Why choose between cinnamon rolls and donuts when you can have the best of both with these Cinnamon Roll Donuts? A brilliant and tasty twist to your favorite canned cinnamon rolls!

Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

The Saturday Morning Situation

We all have those Saturday mornings when we wake up craving donuts, but are too lazy to leave the house to go get them, right? “No, not you? Just us?!” Haha!

Well, I have a brilliant solution to this Saturday morning situation with these quick and easy cinnamon roll donuts. All you need is a can of your favorite cinnamon rolls, canola or vegetable oil and about 20 minutes to have warm, fresh-fried, cinnamon studded, cream cheese glazed donuts ready to enjoy in the comfort of your own home without having to change out of your pajamas.

Watch Me Make Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Join me in the kitchen as I make these amazing Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts for breakfast!

No Shame in Semi-Homemade

There is absolutely no shame in my semi-homemade game with these canned cinnamon roll donuts. They’re so unbelievably delicious and easy, we want to make and eat them every chance we get.

Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

All you need to do is open the can of cinnamon rolls and cut a hole in the center of each one while the oil is heating up. I use a 1-inch round cookie cutter

Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Fry the rings and the holes for a few minutes on each side until golden brown all over…

Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Dip them in the melted icing that comes in the cinnamon roll can to glaze…

Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts


Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Crisp on the outside, soft and cinnamon-y on the inside, with the perfect amount of cream cheese glaze.

You’re welcome…you’re welcome very much!

Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

I hope you find them as fun to make and yummy to eat as we do! Enjoy! If you make these Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. 😍 I love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share.


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Canned Cinnamon Roll Donuts

  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 8 donuts 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Donuts


Why choose between cinnamon rolls and donuts when you can have the best of both with these Cinnamon Roll Donuts? A brilliant and tasty twist to your favorite canned cinnamon rolls!


  • 8 count can of cinnamon rolls, with icing
  • canola or vegetable oil for frying


  1. Pour oil into a large round pan (about 10 inches wide and 4 inches deep) to at least 2 inches deep and heat over medium heat for about five minutes or until oil temperature reaches 350°F.
  2. Meanwhile, lay cinnamon rolls out onto a cutting board. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut the center out of each cinnamon roll. Drop dough rings and holes into hot oil, watching carefully and turning when golden, about 1-2 minutes per side. Once donuts are golden on both sides, remove to a rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat until all rings and holes are cooked.
  3. Scoop icing into a round microwave-safe bowl. Heat for about 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle once whisked with a whisk. Dip the tops of each donut and donut hole into the melted icing and let excess drip back into the bowl. Turn glazed donuts back onto the rack, glazed side up. Serve warm.

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    1. Hi CP! I don’t see why not. I’ve only used an air fryer for fries and bacon, but from those experiences, I think these donuts would do great in one. Enjoy!

    2. I made these in the air fryer at 325 for 10 minutes which was slightly too long, next time I’ll try 8 minutes. They were still good though!

    1. Hi Donna! I haven’t, but I think it would work great. You probably wouldn’t even have to put them in a donut pan. You could just cut the hold out of the center and space them out on a pan to bake as the can directs for cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

  1. Made these for my elderly parents and they are in love! And they think I am an amazing chef! Lol! If they only knew how simple it is! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. I have made doughnuts from the canned biscuts (large size) before and they turned out great. I thought I would try these. How is it that yours stayed together. I did try to pinch them slightly.

    1. Hi Kathy! I didn’t have any issues with them separating. Maybe just make sure you cut them while they’re still cold.