Want to make chocolate cinnamon rolls the easy way? Me too. 

I cheated on this one, and if you live in a high altitude area, you already know how annoying it can be to work with yeast breads from scratch. This can be particularly unfortunate when you love fluffy carbs as much as I do. 


And let’s just face it- when the cinnamon roll craving happens, it’s unstoppable. 

I’ve seen a lot of recipes lately where folks flatten out canned biscuits and make something fantastic out of it, so I figured why not do the same thing with frozen yeast rolls? After all, a cinnamon roll is traditionally made with a yeast bread dough anyways. 


This is the easiest way to get that classic cinnamon roll flavor and texture that we all love. You can buy frozen yeast dinner rolls in the freezer section of your grocery store, and you’ve got your cinnamon roll dough already prepared! Just let the dough thaw and rise slightly, and you’re ready to roll, fill and bake. 

Easy Chocolate Cinnamon Buns


  • 12 frozen yeast rolls
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Place the frozen yeast rolls on a pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let them thaw and rise slightly for about one and a half hours. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon, set aside
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a bit of flour to prevent sticking, press and stretch out your rolls until about 2-3 inches wide.
  3. Spread just enough softened butter on each flattened roll to coat. Then sprinkle on an even coating of the cinnamon-sugar mix, and then divide chocolate chips evenly on all rolls.
  4. Roll each bun into a cylinder and cut in half.
  5. Place 2-3 halves into each cup of a greased muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden. If wanted, drizzle with the icing of your choice, serve warm.

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