Cinnamon-Roll Christmas Tree

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.


1 dozen

Updated: Sep. 09, 2022
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
Cinnamon-Roll Christmas Tree Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment. 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 1 slice near top of prepared pan, cut side down. Closely arrange 9 more slices to form 3 additional rows, adding 1 slice per row, to form a tree. Center remaining 2 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.