Go from savory store-bought pizza dough to sweet breakfast bliss with a 35-minute recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls with glaze on serving plate

My thought process leading up to this latest creation was simple: Leftover pizza dough is sitting in my fridge. It’s 8 a.m. I love carbs. I love butter. Hello, Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.

Butter, cinnamon and sugar in a glass mixing bowl

As history has shown, I’m all for baked goods that don’t involve yeast (see examples 1 through 789 here). There’s no proofing. There’s no rolling. Heck, there’s even no mixing if you go the store-bought pizza dough route.

Pizza dough topped with cinnamon butter and sugar

And since I’m always in need of a new way to use up leftover pizza dough, ditching savory for sweet seemed like the perfect solution to the morningtime munchies.

Unbaked cinnamon rolls in a white baking pan

Pizza dough brushed with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and drizzled with vanilla glaze? I’ll skip the pepperoni any day for that.

Baked cinnamon rolls close up in a white baking pan

So next time you’re stocking up on store-bought pizza dough, or whipping up a yeast-free DIY batch, double-up and keep one in the freezer for a 35-minute journey to the ultimate Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.

Rolls arranged on a white plate and topped with icing

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Breakfast

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Go from homemade or store-bought pizza dough to breakfast deliciousness with a 35-minute recipe for Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls.
4.86 from 57 votes
Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls with glaze on serving plate
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients 

For the cinnamon rolls:

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough, at room temp

For the glaze:

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons hot water (until desired consistency)

Instructions 

Make the cinnamon rolls:

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Grease an 8×11-inch baking dish with unsalted butter.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and sugar.
  • Lightly flour your work surface then roll out the dough into a 16×10-inch rectangle. Brush the dough all over with the melted butter then sprinkle it with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Starting at the long end closest to you, tightly roll the dough into a log. Cut the log into 12 rolls, about 1 1/2-inches each. Arrange each roll in the prepared baking dish about 1 inch apart.
  • Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes until the dough is fully cooked. (See Kelly’s Notes.) Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool slightly while you make the glaze.

Make the glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk in the hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches your desired consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the slightly warm cinnamon rolls and serve immediately.

Kelly’s Notes:

  • Pizza dough is easier to roll out when it’s at room temperature versus when it’s cold.
  • Pizza dough gets crispier on the edges than traditional cinnamon roll dough so when in doubt, underbake the rolls to guarantee they remain soft.
  • Unlike cinnamon rolls made with traditional dough, these rolls are denser in consistency and chewier in taste as a result of the pizza dough.
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Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 274mg, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 235IU, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I subbed out the pizza dough for croissant dough and added a sprinkle of brown sugar but it still worked great. The icing recipe was perfect.

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and it was perfect they tasted like heaven in my mouth. I have been getting into cooking recently. I just finished middle school and cooking is what I am going to spend my summer doing.

  3. 5 stars
    OHHHHH WOW!!!!!!!!! This recipe was quick, easy and tasted great. I cut bake time to 15 minutes on second try and they came out perfect!!!!! Loved it!!!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this regularly on Sunday mornings for awhile now. It’s a hit! I use Trader Joe’s pizza dough, and I substitute Splenda brown sugar blend for regular brown sugar. Thanks for a winning recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Perfect way to use up Pizza dough. Yummy and easy. The frosting was very good and generous. Definitely will do this recipe again.

  6. 5 stars
    These cinnamon rolls are delicious and so easy to make! They were a hit with my friends 3-year-old and all the adults. I’m definitely making these again

  7. 5 stars
    I don’t usually leave reviews, but I had to do these! The caramelized bottoms, and rich tasty glaze….SO GOOD! Thank you for this easy recipe for someone who rarely cooks!

  8. 5 stars
    I made these for my 3 kiddos for Valentine’s Day breakfast! They were a big hit and ate every single one of them! I will definitely start making these instead of purchasing the store bought from now on. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Kelly, you didn’t include the main ingredient (the dough) how much to use ????? Or maybe I missed in your recipe ?

    Thnx I want to make in the next few days so if you could respond that would be great.

    I’m excited to try out your recipe.

      1. Thank you Kelly — yes it was in there my bad. I’m making tmrw for my 25 year old boy and others — :-) can’t wait for the smell filling up my house :-) Keep on goin Kelly and thank you for the reply (must be hard to keep up) and I will check out other recipes from you for sure.

  10. 5 stars
    These were so easy to make and a nice change from the ones you usually see using refrigerated rolls. Next time I think I will throw in some walnuts or pecans. If I am going to be bad, I might as well be very bad!

    1. Hi Aimee – I wouldn’t recommend doing that, as pizza dough has more of a tendency to dry out vs. traditional cinnamon roll dough.

      1. 3 stars
        I’m not sure what happened. My rolls definitely did not look like yours. I’m so sad they didn’t turn out good.

      2. Hi Chrissy – I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe. Feel free to email me (kelly@justataste.com) and I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot.

  11. I’ve been looking for a dairy and egg free cinnamon bun recipe to accommodate my daughters allergies, I substituted her vegan butter and they came out great! These were so easy and delicious!

  12. These needed to be left to rise for about 20-30 minutes before baking. It makes them less dense. Also, cutting with dental floss is much easier than a knife.

  13. 5 stars
    Great simple recipe for even luddites like myself! Wife keeps buying pizza dough & this helps move it out of the fridge ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. Easy is the name of this recipe! These rolls were great! Only made half the glaze called for and it was just right! Will make again!!

  15. 5 stars
    Amazing, I occasionally make a double batch of pizza dough just so I can make these. We’ve had them a few times now and they’re always something to look forward to.
    In fact I have some ready to go in the oven tonight (yum!)

  16. 5 stars
    Pizza dough cinnamon Buns- a real winner! Quick and easy! But must be eaten same day! It gets tough the longer it is around.

    1. Hi Lisa – I wouldn’t recommend doing that, as pizza dough has more of a tendency to dry out vs. traditional cinnamon roll dough.

      1. What if you covered the baking dish they’re in with plastic wrap the night before? Please answer ASAP, I need these for Tuesday morning by 7:30 and I don’t want to get up at 5am and I just saw your recipe this evening!!!

  17. 5 stars
    I never comment on recipes I try but OH MY GOODNESS THESE ARE AMAZING!! I had to hop on quickly to say thank you for the amazing, easy recipe. My picky 3 and 5 year olds loved them and were begging for more. Thanks again

    1. Love reading this, Abby! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I’m thrilled your family enjoyed the cinnamon rolls!

  18. 5 stars
    Mine came out small but they were still great! I’m looking for a solution to the icing just tasting like powdered sugar…could it be the brand? I’m using Domino.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Artesia! Try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the icing next time!

    2. Try using softened cream cheese instead of butter, omit the hot water and just use some milk to thin it slightly. Put it on warm or hot cinnamon rolls .

    3. Try organic powdered sugar. Organic and conventional powdered sugar use different anti-clumping agents. I notice a taste difference and use organic for icing where it’s flavor makes a difference, but use conventional when it’s just another baking ingredient.

  19. These were AMAZING! My kids loved them and even my husband, who does not have a sweet tooth at all, said they were excellent. Thank you for this tasty and super easy recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      I made the cinnamon rolls yesterday. Really easy a little small but first time ever doing anything like that. It sure was a hit and there is nothing left for breakfast. Will be making some more .Thank you for this great recipe.

  20. 5 stars
    Made them, super easy and they taste great! My husband loves them with coffee and they only take about 30 mins total time to make so perfect to make when you get up, nothing better then fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast!

  21. 5 stars
    My kids woke up this morning wanted cinnamon rolls. All I had was pizza dough. I made this and it was so easy and they were amazing. My daughter said they are even better than the Pillsbury canned cinnamon rolls!! If I could leave a pic I would because you would be salivating!

  22. I’m so happy that I found this recipe. I’m in a cooking class in high school. We had to make pizza dough and I had extra dough. We made them at my grandmas house and everyone loved them! Thank you so much for the recipe! So yummy!

  23. We make homemade pizza regularly & this time I decided leftovers were not going to waste! Made pizza Sunday night & circumstances were such that the dough ended up in a sealed container in the fridge until Tuesday morning. They were still incredible! A bit crispy on the edges here & there, but watched them carefully & really enjoyed tender chewiness of the rolls. Didn’t have unsalted butter, regular worked fine & think I prefer salted because it’s a very sweet icing even with the salted butter. Thank you for the recipe. Will definitely use again!

  24. 5 stars
    I happened to have a tube of pizza dough in the fridge and thought I would surprise my Mr. for Valentines Day. What a wonderful sweet treat! He ate three immediately! Thank you for sharing! We will absolutely make these again!

      1. Loved this easy recipe. I did not do the powder sugar glaze,instead I brushed the tops with butter and sprinkled some sugar and spice on top when baking…the tops cartelized.Wow,thanks again for this GREAT treat

  25. 2 stars
    I thought I would surprise my wife this morning with cinnamon rolls. Followed the recipe to a T. Dough was at room temp. They never changed shape like I thought they would. Utterly disappointed, can’t imagine what went wrong.
    I’ll save the topping as that turned out fantastic, I’m not a quitter, so I will try again next time I have xtra dough.
    I’ll just make bacon and eggs instead.

    1. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe, Jim. Unlike traditional cinnamon rolls, which rise, puff and then fill a baking dish as they bake, these cinnamon rolls won’t have the same amount of rise. :)

  26. 5 stars
    I normally don’t like to leave reviews, but sort of felt compelled to leave one for this recipe. :) Stumbled across this while looking up re cipes for unused pizza dough. Tried it and my picky son and husband LOVED IT! It’s now a requested item and are making again tonite.

    1. Hi Laney – I wouldn’t recommend doing that, as pizza dough has more of a tendency to dry out vs. traditional cinnamon roll dough.

  27. 5 stars
    Our local bakery makes awesome take home pizza dough, so I always keep some handy in the freezer. This is a perfect Sunday morning treat!

  28. 5 stars
    This is an easy recipe. I made it with my Granddaughter in the morning before school! These are not the regular cinnamon rolls but if you are looking for the same lovely taste of a cinnamon roll and less wheat these are awesome. Definitely good for doing with little ones. Love the taste. Thank you

  29. 5 stars
    I made it with whole wheat pizza dough and added 1 cup of fresh blueberries before rolling and substituted cream cheese glaze. It was delicious!

  30. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! quick and easy and most of all tasty! Made this recipe several times already. Perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning,I decrease sugar by 1/2 and add crushed walnuts to dry mix

    1. Hi Jonathan! You could use regular sugar for the glaze but it’ll have a much more gritty texture.

  31. Does anyone know if these rolls can be frozen baked and unglazed — or even unbaked?
    I have 2 lbs of dough in my fridge that’s due to be used, but my jeans say I don’t need to be making two batches of these to eat right now! lol

    1. Hi Nicole! I’ve never tried freezing these cinnamon rolls so I’m not certain how the texture/taste would be once thawed. Let me know if you give it a shot!

  32. 5 stars
    Exactly the same here. Want to use the excess pizza dough rather than keep it inthe fridge. Hope it turns out good. The comments suggest that it will be nice.

    Waiting eagerly to make the cinnamon rolls,
    Thanks for the recipe

  33. 5 stars
    SOOO GOOD!!!

    These were super easy and fun to make and were so delicious! I will definately make these very often.

  34. 5 stars
    Yum!

    Just made with leftover dough. So good. We dug in before I made the icing. Whoops!

    Perfect stuck at home distraction. :)

    Thank you!

  35. 5 stars
    Thank you! This recipe is exactly what I needed. I always have bags of dough in my fridge for pizza and rolls but often find myself trying to use it up before it expires.

    I used half the glaze on a first batch then refrigerated the rest for a second batch a few days later. I also prepared the rolls then put them in the fridge overnight and baked in the morning after bringing back to room temp. Worked great!

    Could I grease the pan instead of using parchment?

  36. 5 stars
    These were so simple I didn’t think they’d actually be good! THEY’RE AMAZING! And that glaze is OMG to die for! I could eat that all by itself! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  37. It is March 2020 and I and my 13 y/o granddaughter are stuck at home. Shopping is not so easy!! I had some pizza dough in the refrigerator and not much to put on it. Found this recipe plus your other easy recipes. What a great find! The cinnamon rolls are in the oven now and my place smells wonderful! Putting this recipe on facebook. Thanks!

  38. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I found out 2 years ago I’m allergic to wheat which is awful when you love to bake and eat things lol I did this recipe with my leftover Bob’s redmill pizza dough mix and they were so delicious!

  39. 5 stars
    These turned out great! I placed a shallow pan of water in the base of the oven and the rolls turned out perfectly moist.

    1. Hi Brandy – I’ve never tried freezing these cinnamon rolls so I’m not certain how the texture/taste would be once thawed. Let me know if you give it a shot!

  40. My mom used to make cinnamon bread out of extra homemade bread dough. She would make a syrup out of brown sugar and cinnamon to pour over top after it was cooked which would harden to a sort of candy. I am drooling just thinking about it .. absolutely divine!!

    1. Hi Susie! I wouldn’t recommend doing that, as pizza dough has more of a tendency to dry out vs. traditional cinnamon roll dough.

  41. 5 stars
    Hi, If I added some yeast to this recipe would it make them more fluffy or make the dough rise a bit more? I tried this with normal pizza base mix and I found that the dough was much less dense than expected. Nevertheless they tasted divine! Thanks in advance x

    1. Hi Sara – I wouldn’t recommend that as it could cause the dough to taste “yeasty” and too much yeast could actually cause the dough to go flat.

  42. 5 stars
    These worked out very well and were delicious! I love this recipe! I am even making them for a third time! Thanks for Sharing!

  43. 4 stars
    I used Jiffy boxed pizza dough. They came out so good! My husband and kids devoured them. Personally I will cut down the amount of butter and sugar inside and add more cinnamon because I like them let sweet on the inside but loads of icing.

  44. 5 stars
    Tomorrow is my 30th anniversary so I’m thinking I’ll make these for my hubby. Nice morning start with a cup of coffee. Recipe sounds good so 5 stars to ya.

  45. 5 stars
    I made cinnamon~raspberry logs using this recipe as a starter. I had one package of a gourmet pizza dough kit and then a store-bought pizza dough. I was curious about the yeast taste of the kit one so used both (separately). I rolled out 6 rectangles for the logs and spread butter, raspberry jam then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Then rolled the rectangles into logs, put on Pam sprayed cookie sheets and baked as above. The syrupy inside did ooze out but I ended up using it as a candy-type of glaze so was able to skip that extra step. The yeast ones are prettier and lighter, and crust tastes much better, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use store-bought again if I had one handy. These are outrageously delish. Thanks for sharing!

  46. 5 stars
    I’m about try, but adding apples (probably shredded and glazed before adding to roll). Any suggestions?
    I will let you know how it turns out:)
    *I wanted something to do with my 6 year old daughter who loves to cook/bake with me…already used my pie crust for our “leftover turkey pot-pie”, so gr8 find!

  47. I bake bread every day, so I would like to give a little advice to make these much higher and less dense. I let them rise until they double in size, before baking. Great result and so light and fluffy!

    1. Hi Courtney! I’m not a nutritionist so unfortunately I can’t offer any suggestions on how to make these diabetic friendly. We are, however, working on adding nutritional information to our recipes which you may find helpful.

  48. I loved your recipe just want to ask.. Like you said stir dry ingredients sugar and cinnamon right no water m confused: (

  49. Making these tonight. Saved my butt because I had to make two batches of pizza dough because I couldn’t tell which was bread flour or all purpose flour *I figured it out* now I can use the other dough for this yumness THANK YOU

  50. I am now making these for the second time. BIG hit the first time around! I pinned this, and I am sooo glad I did. Thank you again!

  51. I am making these as I speak for my family for breakfast this morning. They look GREAT!!! What an awesome treat! I just put them in the oven. My daughter is going to make the glaze when she gets up. Thank you so much for the clear instructions!

  52. Oh my, these look SO GOOD!!! Now I’m going to kill 2 birds with one stone…homemade pizza and cinnamon rolls — both on my culinary bucket list! Thanks so much for sharing! :D

    1. Hi Julia – the pizza dough is much denser and chewier in texture than traditional cinnamon roll dough, but the taste is the same buttery cinnamon-sugar deliciousness!

  53. What a great idea! I love the idea of making cinnamon rolls, but they just seem like way too much work. This looks like a cinch!

  54. The fact that these are a thing has totally just blown my mind. I’m always left with extra pizza dough and am SO into this!