Cinnamon-Roll Christmas Tree Recipe
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Cinnamon-Roll Christmas Tree Recipe

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It's so fast and easy to make these rolls for the holiday. What a sweet way to celebrate Christmas morning! —Alyssa Helm, Caledonia, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting

Nutritional Facts

1 cinnamon roll: 257 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 12x8-in. rectangle. Spread with butter to within 1/2 in. of edges; sprinkle with sugar mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices.
  3. Center one slice near top of prepared pan, cut side down. Closely arrange nine more slices to form three additional rows, adding one slice per row, to form a tree. Center remaining two slices at base of tree for trunk. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Spread with frosting; serve warm. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Cinnamon-Roll Christmas Tree in Taste of Home December/January 2013, p83

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dmphillips User ID: 4246288 134283
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"Excellent, delicious & easy! We made it for Christmas morning breakfast, and the kids loved it so much they wanted to make it the next day. To make it easier on us, we make it the night before, and then put it in the refrig for the final rising. I took it out and left it sit for 1/2 hour before cooking it. It was perfect! Instead of vanilla icing, we only had cream cheese icing on hand, and it tasted wonderful."

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