Christmas morning can be crazy busy. Excitement is high. Exhaustion is high. And being hangry is a real thing. No one wants to spend Christmas morning stuck in the kitchen. These cinnamon roll Christmas trees are the perfect answer to a fun, quick breakfast.
What do I need to make cinnamon roll Christmas trees?
One thing I almost always have on hand in the refrigerator is cinnamon rolls. It’s a favorite easy breakfast item at our house and so easy to make into lots of fun, different shapes. Here’s what all you’ll need to make these cute cinnamon roll Christmas trees:
• Cinnamon Rolls (make sure to get the cinnamon rolls that are rolled up NOT the ones that are one flat roll)
• Icing (included)
• Green Food Coloring
• Christmas Sprinkles
• Star Sprinkles
How do I make cinnamon roll Christmas trees?
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and gather up your ingredients. Open up your tube of cinnamon rolls to start making your trees. To make the trees, unroll each cinnamon roll into a long strip. Form the Christmas tree by starting with one end of the cinnamon roll strip as the top of the tree. Wind the rest of the cinnamon roll strip back and forth, getting wider with each row to make the triangle shape of the Christmas tree. If you have enough of the cinnamon roll left, leave a straight piece at the bottom to make the trunk of the tree. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough to do that part.
Keep repeating until you run out of cinnamon rolls or you have enough Christmas trees for your family and friends. It’s helpful to make the trees right on the sheet you’re going to bake them on. They can be a challenge to move once you’ve shaped them into the trees.
Bake your cinnamon roll Christmas trees according to the package (and your tastes). While the cinnamon rolls are baking, color the icing included with the rolls.
Once they’re finished, take the cinnamon rolls out of the oven and let them cool a bit. Spread the colored icing onto the trees. Decorate each of your cinnamon roll Christmas trees with sprinkles however you’d like.
These are a great breakfast treat while you’re curling up watching the Disney Christmas Day parade or just some fun Christmas specials.
Tips for Making Cinnamon Roll Christmas Trees
- If you don’t want to use candy to decorate your cinnamon roll Christmas trees, use the included icing dyed different colors (green for the tree, red for the ornaments, and yellow for a star on the top for example).
- Make the cinnamon roll strips into other shapes (stars for Christmas or patriotic holidays or hearts for Valentine’s Day for example).
- Only need one big tree instead of making lots of little ones? Start creating your tree with a strip of the cinnamon roll. When you reach the end of that one, pinch it together with the next strip and continue making your tree.
- Can’t find the cinnamon rolls that are strips? Arrange the round cinnamon rolls into the shape of a large Christmas tree (or another shape for a different holiday) and decorate.
- Wouldn’t it be fun if your elves brought the supplies (or the cinnamon rolls already baked in the tree shape) when they came back from the North Pole one morning?
- • Cinnamon Rolls
- • Icing (included)
- • Green Food Coloring
- • Christmas Sprinkles
- • Star Sprinkles
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Open a package of cinnamon rolls and unravel each roll.
3. Roll back up in the shape of a tree.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven.
6. Add food Coloring to the icing.
7. Spread the icing over each tree.
8. Cover with sprinkles.