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Grinch Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for Christmas breakfast. They are easy to make and festive with candy hearts on top.

 Grinch cinnamon rolls on a plate.
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This recipe is so easy because it starts with canned cinnamon rolls. They are decorated with homemade cream cheese frosting and perfect to enjoy while you watch the Grinch Movie. You might even want to make it a tradition every holiday season.

Serve it with this Grinch Hot Chocolate for more festive Grinch Breakfast ideas. Christmas morning will be even more exciting with yummy treats to enjoy. Get ready for a Grinch Christmas that kids will love with these Grinch Pancakes.

Check out Bacon Cinnamon Rolls or Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls for a delicious cinnamon roll recipes.

Why Make Easy Grinch Cinnamon Roll Recipe:

These Grinch Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for if you are hosting a Grinch themed party. All you need is a few simple ingredients which makes them budget friendly.

With my large family, celebrating the holidays is my favorite time of the year. These green frosting cinnamon rolls always makes my kids smile.

We have even made these cinnamon rolls for Valentine’s Day with red frosting. The variations are endless.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for Grinch Cinnamon Rolls.
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Butter, room temperature
  • Cream Cheese 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Salt 
  • Green Gel Food Coloring 
  • Heart Sprinkles 

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Variations:

  • Homemade Cinnamon Rolls. If you have a little extra time, make homemade cinnamon rolls for this recipe.
  • Food Coloring. Adjust the amount of food coloring to your preference. Add as little or as much as you like to get the desired shade.
  • Cut into hearts after it’s baked. Another method to this recipe is to bake them as normal and cut into hearts after. We think it’s easier to shape them beforehand but feel free to choose.

How to make Grinch Cinnamon Rolls:

Step 1 – Unroll the package of cinnamon rolls and separate each of the rolls. Then unroll the single cinnamon roll and roll the other side in to make a heart shape. Almost like a triangle shapes upside down.

Step 2 – Continue this process until all the cinnamon rolls have been formed into hearts and place cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet.  

Step 3 – Bake the cinnamon rolls based on the package instructions.  

Step 4 – In a large mixing bowl, place the butter and cream cheese. Add in the package of icing that came in the cinnamon roll package and the powder sugar. Mix in the vanilla extract and salt. Mix until combined. 

Step 5 – Add in the green food coloring until the frosting is a vibrant shade of green. Continue to add additional food coloring until you reach your desired shade of green frosting.

Step 6 – Spread the green icing onto top of the cinnamon rolls and then add a red heart sprinkle to each cinnamon roll. 

Step 7. Serve and enjoy. These easy Grinch Cinnamon Rolls are ready to serve and enjoy! Cook some bacon in the oven and you have a great breakfast.

 Grinch cinnamon rolls on a platter.

Storage

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Make in Advance

You can make this recipe 1 to 2 days in advance. However, this cinnamon roll recipe needs to be covered tightly so they stay fresh.

 Grinch cinnamon rolls on a platter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use gel food coloring?

I prefer gel food coloring because it is more vibrant. Also, regular food coloring is runnier, and you have to be careful that you don’t use too much. Otherwise, your frosting will be runny.

Can I use the frosting that comes with the cinnamon rolls?

That is certainly an option, and you can dye it green. However, the homemade frosting is very simple to make and tastes delicious.

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Grinch Cinnamon Rolls

5 from 4 votes
Grinch Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for Christmas breakfast. They are easy to make and festive with candy hearts on top.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 5
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Calories 687

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to the temperature on the package of the cinnamon rolls.
  • Unroll the canned cinnamon rolls and separate each of the rolls.
  • Then unroll the single cinnamon roll and roll the other side in to make a heart shape.
  • Finish by pinching the bottom slightly to secure the heart shape.
  • Continue this process until all the cinnamon rolls have been formed into hearts and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake the cinnamon rolls based on the package instructions.
  • Then prepare the frosting while the cinnamon rolls are cooling.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, place the butter and cream cheese.  Microwave this mixture for 30 seconds to soften the ingredients.  Then beat together the cream cheese and butter with a hand held mixer.
  • Add in the package of icing that came in the cinnamon roll package and the powder sugar.  Beat with the mixer until the icing is creamy.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and salt. Mix until combined.
  • Add in the green food coloring until the frosting is a vibrant
  • Spread the green frosting onto each of the cinnamon rolls and then add a heart sprinkle to each cinnamon roll.
  • Then they are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 687kcal, Carbohydrates 87g, Protein 6g, Fat 37g, Saturated Fat 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 62mg, Sodium 885mg, Potassium 42mg, Sugar 58g, Vitamin A 782IU, Vitamin C 0.1mg, Calcium 30mg, Iron 2mg

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