Patti’s Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, Yum!!!

When you have a “hankerin” for homemade cinnamon rolls, but don’t want to make them from scratch, make Patti’s Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls! 

patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, cover

Patti’s Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls . . .

What do you do when you really want some cinnamon rolls, but you aren’t in the mood to make them from scratch? You make Patti’s Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls! This recipe was sent to me by my friend, Patti, who herself is a great cook! Her recipe starts with frozen rolls, and ends with delicious mouth-watering cinnamon rolls. That’s my kind of recipe for a convenient breakfast food.

Making Patti’s Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls . . .

Patti’s Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls starts with a bag of frozen bread rolls.

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, raw rolls

The rolls are thawed in a glass bowl, then mixed together to make a bread dough roll.

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, thawed

When ready to rolls, the dough is placed on buttered waxed paper, then spread out into a rectangle. The cinnamon filling is sprinkled over the dough.

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, with filling

As with homemade cinnamon rolls, the dough is rolled over the filling.

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, rolled

At that point, cut with a sharp knife and placed in a greased baking pan, allowed to rise, then baked.

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, cut

They puff up and make the most delicious cinnamon rolls!

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, baked

Patti doesn’t glaze her cinnamon rolls, but you could drizzle a powdered sugar glaze over them to add a little more sweetness.

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls, single roll

Patti’s Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls

Patti's Lazy Day Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Prep Time
3 hrs
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins

When you want a delicious cinnamon roll without all the fuss, these don't require a lot of work. It will still take 2-3 hours to rise, but you don't have the mess and fuss of making bread dough.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
  • 1 bag of frozen roll dough. (Patti thinks Bridgford brand is the best.)
  • 1 stick butter softened or melted (She uses real butter)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon to taste
  1. Grease a bowl with butter or oil. Dump the frozen rolls into it. Let them sit to thaw.
  2. Knead the roll dough into a ball and then spread it out with your fingers on buttered wax paper surface.
  3. Spread the butter over entire surface of dough.
  4. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Roll up starting at the long end.
  6. Cut into 1” slices.
  7. Put into a buttered dish. Cover. Let stand in a warm place until they rise. 2-3 hrs.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees. I put mine on the rack closer to the bottom of the oven so they get done throughout.
  9. Eat while nice and warm!


  1. Nancy Foust says:

    Hi Maribeth,
    I enjoy reading your blogs and copying your recipes for future use.
    I have made the cinnamon rolls the quick way; but if you use the frozen bread dough, it is much easier than the frozen rolls would be. No putting it together to form a roll. All you do is thaw the bread and roll it out.
    Just thought I would mention this to you if you would like to try an even quicker way of making your cinnamon rolls.

    • Maribeth says:

      I agree, Nancy! I guess I may need to add that as a NOTE under the recipe. Thanks for the suggestion, and I’m glad you enjoy the blog posts:)

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