Homemade rhodes cinnamon rolls

These cinnamon rolls are in partnership with Rhodes Bake N Serv, a favorite product of our family.

Rhodes cinnamon rolls are a quintessential American breakfast treat. We’ll walk you through the steps for a homemade batch of sweet, gooey rolls.

These are the easiest, homemade cinnamon rolls (do you eat cinnamon rolls with your venison chili like we do?–some think it’s strange) you can make! No-yeast, made with frozen Rhodes bread dough…they are a quick and simple breakfast recipe perfect for special days (we have them for Christmas morning!) and easy enough for your busy schedule.

easy Rhodes Cinnamon rolls

I’m sure your family is similar to mine in their love for pastries on lazy weekend mornings. Mine adore all of those gluten-filled, high-calorie, time-intensive treats like scones, filled donuts, tarts, and of course…cinnamon rolls. Most weekend mornings I am not fond of being the one to get off the lazy train and be productive while everyone sits around cuddling and watching morning cartoons. So, I just don’t. Cereal it is!

My mom didn’t really make homemade anything. I’m guessing being a mom of 10 kids made time a bit of a challenge.⁠

I was 16 when I slept over at a friend’s home (this was a VERY BIG DEAL in our home!) and I woke up and wandered upstairs to find my friend’s mom making homemade cinnamon rolls. ⁠

I was in awe. And thought she was obviously the best cook that ever existed.⁠

When I started learning to cook, one of the first things I learned was how to make the very same cinnamon rolls she made.⁠

From frozen bread, cinnamon, sugar, butter, and a secret ingredient I remembered that superhero mom telling my 16-year-old self…vanilla pudding.⁠

I have few memories as a child, but I have a distinct memory of her sprinkling vanilla pudding all over those rolls and whispering to me…”don’t tell, this is my secret ingredient”. ⁠

There is a little guilt in telling the secret. But honestly, those few times I spent at her home went into the bank of amazing memories for my childhood. I don’t think she will mind.⁠

And these frozen bread dough cinnamon rolls, although not truly homemade (try telling me that at 16…ANYTHING not from a can or jar was homemade, to me), they will always beat the regular method.⁠

frozen bread dough

But these cinnamon rolls are so easy, so fast, and so tasty that Levi or Katie will ask on a Friday night if they can make them the next morning. They have made them enough times to know that the dough needs to be taken out the night before they want them or they are flat out of luck. As long as they’re prepared properly the next morning the two of them can be found side by side baking up a batch of quick cinnamon rolls.

Do you want world peace? Have kids? Love your weekend lazy mornings? Want to be a better mom? –> try these rolls!

rolling out frozen dough for Cinnamon rolls

Even for this quick cinnamon rolls recipe, you will need to be like my kids and one day ahead of the actual cinnamon roll making day. —be sure to get that frozen bread dough out the night before. If you forget, there is a quick thaw option (check the package) that takes a few hours.

Key Ingredients:

  • loaf of frozen Rhodes white bread
  • Brown sugar 
  • Cinnamon, use a high quality cinnamon for best results.
  • Butter, at room temperatures.
  • Instant vanilla pudding, try butterscotch or cheesecake flavorings.


  • Roll out your dough.
  • Spread your soft butter across the dough.
  • Spread brown sugar over the butter.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon and instant pudding all over your rolls.
  • Add nuts (optional).
  • Roll your dough up into a log, sealing the edges with a bit of butter.
  • Slice your rolls about 1 inch thick and place in a greased aluminum pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Cover the pan of rolls with plastic wrap and let rise.
  • Bake until golden brown
  • Let cool, take off the pan and flip over on to a platter.
  • Optional, top with cream cheese frosting.

We recommend taking a frozen roll of Rhodes out of the freezer the night before and just leaving it in the refrigerator overnight to defrost and start the process.  Then you’ll be set to roll it out the next day.

sprinkling cinnamon on frozen bread dough

If you find yourself having difficulty with your dough rolling out, let it rest a couple of minutes and come back to it. You’ll find it much easier to roll.

quick and easy cinnamon rolls
rolling up rolls for homemade cinnamon rolls

I’m a big fan of brown sugar in this recipe but white sugar is a great option, too. You’ll find using brown sugar gives the rolls a more caramel taste and texture while white sugar will keep your rolls more like a traditional cinnamon roll.

To get your cinnamon rolls to roll up nicely, I find it easier to use an icing smoother or a long scraper to help pickup my dough off the surface cleanly.

cinnamon rolls cut up

To cut your cinnamon rolls without squishing them use a fishing line or a serrated knife is your best choice if you want perfectly round little rolls straight away. I just slice them and give them a bit of their shape back before putting them on the pan.

cinnamon rolls ready to be baked on the pan

I prefer to use a round pan to get the traditional bundle of rolls but, as you can see here, I also like using cookie sheets when making a large number of rolls. This recipe makes about a dozen and works well for a cookie sheet or 9×13 pan. For a speedy cleanup use a disposable aluminum pan.

These are not completely homemade. But using Rhodes Bake N Serv keeps them quick and easy! To be a better mom, sometimes I need quick and easy. These fit the bill. And are delicious, too.

a pan of cinnamon rolls with nuts and frosting

My grandma made the best homemade cinnamon rolls. The from scratch version. And these come really close to as good as here is a fraction of the time!

And how do you argue with that?

You don’t. You just sit on the couch, with your hot coffee, under the blanket, watching cartoons, and smiling at your genius children enjoying “homemade” cinnamon rolls. Knowing full well that your “good mom” ranking crept up while they weren’t paying attention!

easy Rhodes Cinnamon rolls

Rhodes Cinnamon Rolls

| 12 rolls
Prep Time | 15 minutes
Cook Time | 20 minutes
rising time | 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time | 35 minutes
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Rhodes cinnamon rolls are a quintessential American breakfast treat. We’ll walk you through the steps for a homemade batch of the sweet, gooey rolls.


  • 1 loaf Rhodes white bread
  • 1 cup brown sugar if you like, you can skip the sugar but it’s highly recommended!
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon skip the cinnamon if you would like a bit more of a caramel roll
  • 4-6 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding
Check out our Kitchen Reference Guide for help with unfamiliar terms.


  • Roll out your dough in a rectangle to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Spread your soft butter across the entire surface of the dough.
  • Then spread brown sugar over the butter.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on everything.
  • Sprinkle the instant pudding all over your rolls.
  • Add nuts (optional).
  • Roll your dough up into a log, sealing the edges with a bit of butter.
  • Slice your rolls about 1 inch thick and place in a greased pan.
  • Cover the pan and let rise until double in size.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown
  • Let cool for a couple minutes, take off the pan and flip over on to a platter. Scrape any caramel from the pan and top the roll.



Don’t forget to give your bread time to thaw. Put the frozen bread in the fridge the night before and it will be ready to go in the morning.

More recipes using Rhodes Bake N Serv:

easy Almond Pull-Apart Bread

Hawaiian Cinnamon Rolls

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls (baked in oranges)

10 thoughts on “Homemade rhodes cinnamon rolls”

  1. 5 stars
    I have made rhodes cinnamon rolls and my mother before me. My grown daughters also make them the same way. Never heard of the vanilla pudding addition. My rolls are cut thinker and I turn them out of the pan upside down on aluminium foil and they are more of a sticky roll.

  2. What does the vanilla pudding do to the recipe? Make these all the time, but have never used the pudding. Thx

  3. I like to roll them out, put them in the pan, and then put them in the fridge overnight. They will rise in the fridge and go straight into the oven. OFten I have to add a bit of time because they are cold going in. But not much.

  4. I use the little box and need to go update the recipe to say that. Let me know how they turn out!

  5. I want to try these this weekend! Do you use the little box or the bigger box of instant Vanilla pudding?

  6. Marisa, you’re so right about the “middle ground” for homemade! And especially for someone like your daughter who can possibly manage something like these (if she can remember to take the dough out!)…but probably can’t get the time to go completely from scratch.

    P.S. It’s great to hear from you! Hope life is going well!

  7. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I’m all for making things homemade but I’ve been known to take a short cut or two ;-) And as far as I’m concerned frozen bread dough offers you a little bit of both worlds — homemade with a touch of quick. Brava!! I love your recipe and I’ve pinned it — got to give it to my daughter who is an overworked mom with two growing boys. BTW — I used to use Rhodes bread dough all the time.

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