Cinnamon Roll Wrapped Donuts

cinnamondonutLet’s get straaaaaaight to the point here.

Cinnamon Roll Wrapped Donuts.  I know you’re going over the previous sentence trying to find some kind of typo but I’m afraid there’s none.  That sentence reads exactly how it shows.  Cinnamon roll wrapped donuts.  Heavens to Betsey.

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals simply because of the sheer amount of options and the fact that a huge majority of options are somewhat dessert-like (muffins, scones, danishes).  I love that people would typically judge one for noshing on cake for breakfast, but no one says a peep about shoveling cinnamon rolls in your face during the AM hours.  Breakfast food rules.

But usually when it comes down to it, I’m stuck between two beloved options: the donut, which I believe to be the perfect food in all the land, and the cinnamon roll, which comes in at a close second for being somewhat donut-like and extra cinnamon-y.  But choosing between the two is really grueling and usually results in me screaming and crying in a corner while someone tries to console my broken soul.  It’s kind of a big deal, and I hate how splotchy and streaky my face is after this cataclysmic trauma.

DSC_0178aSo I did what any broken soul would do: I decided to put on my mad scientist hat and combine the two into one seriously unique, SERIOUSLY INDULGENT breakfast/dessert.  It is not calorie-friendly, it does not care about your diet and stopping at only one will be futile.  But it is perfect for those life-or-death choices we sometimes face between cinnamon roll and donut.

You are welcome!


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Cinnamon Roll Wrapped Donuts
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 5
WHY choose between cinnamon rolls and donuts when you can have BOTH in this indulgent, Frankenstein pastry!?
  • 1 can Pillsbury Cinnabon cinnamon rolls (the 5-count can)
  • 5 prepared glazed donuts (I used Entenmann's Buttermilk Glazed, but you could use any kind you prefer. Likewise, you could also use any flavor -- chocolate frosted, maple, coconut crunch, etc).
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. On a clean, flat work surface, separate the rolls individually. Gently unravel each cinnamon roll until it's a long strip.
  3. Coil the cinnamon roll strip around the donut as best you can. The cinnamon roll doesn't have to entirely cover the donut, but you want it to be on there securely.
  4. Bake the pastries for approx. 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the prepared icing provided in the can. Serve! These are best served warm on the same day, but can be stored in a paper bag or airtight container at room temperature for several days.

DSC_0184AI love using Pillsbury’s Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls because they’re GIANT, are easy to unravel to coil around these donuts, and are bursting with incredible cinnamon flavor.  They taste identical to Cinnabon’s classic, puffy rolls but without the guilty trip to the mall 🙂 and once wrapped around a dense, chewy donut it takes on a whole new level of awesomeness.  You still get the light and chewy texture of the donut blanketed within the flaky, spicy layers of the cinnamon roll.  And the glaze on top — Mama Mia.  To switch things up, try using different flavored donuts, like chocolate glazed, maple, or crumb.  You could also use different kinds of cinnamon rolls, like the Orange Sweet Roll or the Chocolate Roll for a different taste and texture.  The possibilities are endless.. and endlessly delicious 🙂


xo, Hayley


  1. Yummy… they look delicious. I have never heard that, Cinnamon Rolls Wrapped Donuts but it sounds good. Then I like donuts and I like cinnamon rolls, so I really have to try them.

  2. Seriously, two of the best foods in one!? You’re a genius for thinking of this Hayley!

  3. I feel like I gained 5 lbs just looking at those photos. Ohmygawd. You seriously might have outdone yourself this time, chica. BTW, love the new bangs! #hottie

  4. You truly are the mad scientist of food!!! These look INCREDIBLE!!

  5. Christina Ebersohl says:

    Omg….my stomach says THANK YOU and my arteries say Uh-Oh!

  6. Ohmyword. I stopped dead in my tracks to check out this recipe!! (drooling…)

  7. Girl, you have SERIOUSLY outdone yourself this time. Amazeballs -> and I never say that word.

  8. Why are you so awesome yet so bad for my fat pants?! I love these.

  9. All hail Hayley, the most brilliant woman in the world *bows down repeatedly*. Good lawd I need a batch of these babies in my life!

  10. I mean. Just wow. KILLER!!

  11. OMG I feel like I should ask if this is even legal it’s so decadent and indulgent…but I won’t. Just in case it’s not. That way I can eat it without any guilt whatsoever. 😉 Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard…

  12. Lemme just say this is amazing!! I was craving a donut or cinnamon roll this morning unfortunately I had neither but damn this is what I should have done!!

  13. I love breakfast for the same reason. This is such a fun idea! Super decadent!

  14. What a genius idea!! I love sweets for breakfast too!

  15. You’re a genius.


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