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Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Take cinnamon rolls to the next level with this delicious Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole! It’s great to make ahead for brunch or dessert, and everyone will love the cozy, warm taste and ooey, gooey texture!

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Easy Pillsbury cinnamon roll bake

This Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole is a delicious combo of two classic desserts: cinnamon rolls and bread pudding!

No one can resist the fluffy chucks of cinnamon rolls baked into a gooey custard and topped with a sweet glaze.

The recipe is easy to make, and the dish can be enjoyed as an indulgent brunch or cozy dessert.

We especially love it for Christmas morning and Easter brunch because it feeds lots of hungry mouths and is perfect to prepare ahead.

I hope this cinnamon roll bake will become a new favorite family tradition for you as well!

Want more recipes with cinnamon rolls? Try our cinnamon roll peach cobbler and cinnamon roll apple cobbler!

What is Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole?

Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole is a sweet dessert similar to bread pudding. The dish is made with Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, pecans, an egg-and-milk custard, and cinnamon roll glaze.

Reasons to love Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole
  • Quick + easy: This quick and easy cinnamon roll casserole comes together fast, thanks to refrigerated cinnamon rolls. With only a little time for prep and pantry staples, it’s easy to make. You could use homemade cinnamon rolls, but I find using store-bought ones convenient.
  • Breakfast or dessert: You can serve cinnamon bun casserole for breakfast or dessert. You’ll also love that the recipe can be prepared ahead of busy mornings.
  • Gooey deliciousness: Warm cinnamon rolls paired with sweet custard and crunchy pecans are a delicious combination of flavors and textures!
cinnamon roll casserole ingredients.
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Ingredients

Just a handful of simple ingredients go into this cinnamon roll bake – many of which are likely already in your pantry. Check out the recipe card at the end for specific measurements.

  • Cinnamon rolls + glaze: Pillsbury cinnamon rolls are a great time-saving option when making this recipe. You can use 2 cans of large or 3 cans of regular-sized refrigerated cinnamon rolls. It’s also possible to use up leftover cinnamon rolls.
  • Pecans: The crunchy texture of chopped pecans provides a nice contrast to the soft and tender casserole.
  • Milk + heavy cream are the cooking liquids that keep the dish rich and succulent. I usually use whole milk, but you can use any kind you have on hand.
  • Eggs help to bind the custard and create the pudding-like texture.
  • Brown sugar provides sweetness, and the molasses in the brown sugar goes well with the cinnamon aroma.
  • Vanilla extract adds extra depth of flavor.
  • Butter or non-stick cooking spray to grease the casserole baking dish.

Planning the perfect holiday brunch? Be sure to add our Christmas morning punch, eggnog bread pudding, and Swedish crepes to the line-up!

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Tools

  • Measuring tools to measure ingredients.
  • Baking sheet to bake the cinnamon rolls.
  • Cutting board + paring knife to chop the baked cinnamon rolls.
  • Large measuring cup (or bowl) + whisk to mix the custard.
  • 9 x 13-inch baking dish to bake the casserole. A large, deep-dish pie pan (like in the pictures) also works great.
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How to make Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole

Cinnamon rolls are a fun and convenient way to make a crave-worthy breakfast casserole. It’s perfect for almost any occasion!

step 1 bake cinnamon rolls.

1. Bake cinnamon rolls

Bake the cinnamon rolls according to the package instructions. Set aside to cool completely. Safe the glaze for later.

step 2 cut cinnamon rolls.

2. Cut cinnamon rolls

Grease a 9 x 13-inch / 23 x 33 cm baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray. You can also bake the recipe in a deep-dish pie plate.

Cut each cinnamon roll into 4 pieces and put them into the prepared baking dish.

step 3 mix custard.

3. Mix custard

Whisk together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans in a large measuring cup or mixing bowl.

step 4 let soak.

4. Let soak

Pour the custard over the cinnamon rolls in the casserole dish. Stir until the cinnamon rolls are well coated and let sit for 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid.

step 5 bake casserole.

5. Bake

While the cinnamon rolls are soaking, preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4.

Bake the casserole for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top looks golden brown and the center is set.

How do you know when the casserole is done?

You’ll know the casserole is done when the top is dark golden brown and crispy. If you still notice any liquid custard, pop it back in for a few more minutes.

step 6 serve.

6. Serve

Remove the cinnamon roll bake from the oven and drizzle the reserved glaze over the top.

If desired, garnish with more pecans. Serve warm and enjoy!

More icing

While you could just use the icing from the cinnamon roll tubes, I find the dish needs a little more icing. Try my easy cream cheese frosting, or make this quick glaze:

  1. To make the extra icing, whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon milk at a time to thin the consistency as needed.
  3. Drizzle over the Pillsbury cinnamon roll breakfast casserole and enjoy!
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Variations

  • Try other cinnamon roll flavors: Pillsbury often offers different flavors of cinnamon rolls. Try orange rolls or limited-edition flavors like hot cocoa rolls or pumpkin spice rolls.
  • Swap the nuts: Walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds are good substitutes for pecans.
  • Add raisins: This might be just our family, but we really like raisins in bread pudding. The raisins soak up some of the custard and go nicely with the cinnamon aroma.
  • Crumb topping: Add a buttery streusel topping for extra texture and flavor. Mix together 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and 6 tablespoons melted butter to form crumbs. Sprinkle over the casserole before baking.
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Serving suggestions

This Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole recipe makes an amazing addition to any special breakfast and brunch. Pair it with a hot cup of coffee or tea for a tasty treat.

You could also enjoy it as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

If you’re looking for additional foods to add to your menu, here are some ideas:

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Make-ahead & storage

Make cinnamon roll bake ahead of time

There are several ways to prepare the cinnamon roll breakfast casserole ahead of time:

  • Cinnamon rolls: Bake the cinnamon rolls in advance and assemble the casserole to bake it in the morning if you want a quick breakfast treat.
  • Whole casserole: You can also prepare and refrigerate the entire casserole overnight, then bake following the instructions.

Store Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole

  • Store: Let the casserole cool completely. Then keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3 to 4 days.
  • Freeze: You may freeze the easy cinnamon roll casserole for up to 3 months and thaw in the fridge overnight before eating.
  • Reheat: I recommend reheating leftovers in a 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4 oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, zap individual portions in the microwave until warmed through.
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Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Take cinnamon rolls to the next level with this delicious Pillsbury cinnamon roll casserole! It’s great to make ahead for brunch or dessert, and everyone will love the cozy, warm taste and ooey, gooey texture!

Ingredients

  • 2 x 17.5 oz / 500 g cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • 1 cup / 125 g / 4.4 oz chopped pecans
  • 1 cup / 240 ml / 8 fl oz whole milk
  • 2/3 cup / 160 ml / 5.3 fl oz heavy cream
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup / 115 g / 4 oz sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter (to grease the baking dish)
  • glaze from the cinnamon rolls

Instructions

  1. Bake cinnamon rolls. Bake the cinnamon rolls according to the package instructions. Set aside to cool completely. Safe the glaze for later.
    Tip 1: You can bake the cinnamon rolls 1 to 2 days in advance to have them ready when you want to bake the casserole.
  2. Grease the baking dish. Grease a 9 x 13-inch / 23 x 33 cm baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray. You can also bake the recipe in a deep-dish pie plate.
  3. Cut cinnamon rolls. Cut each cinnamon roll into 4 pieces and put them into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Mix custard. Whisk together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans in a large measuring cup or mixing bowl.
  5. Let soak. Pour the custard over the cinnamon rolls in the casserole dish. Stir until the cinnamon rolls are well coated and let sit for 20 minutes to absorb some of the liquid.
  6. Preheat oven. While the cinnamon rolls are soaking, preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4.
  7. Bake. Bake the casserole for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top looks golden brown and the center is set.
    Tip 2: Cover the baking dish with a piece of aluminum foil if the casserole is browning too quickly.
    Tip 3: You’ll know the casserole is done when the top is dark golden brown and crispy. If you still notice any liquid custard, pop it back in for a few more minutes.
  8. Serve. Remove the cinnamon roll bake from the oven and drizzle the reserved glaze over the top. If desired, garnish with more pecans. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

More icing

While you could just use the icing from the cinnamon roll tubes, I find the dish needs a little more icing. Try my easy cream cheese frosting, or make this quick glaze:

  1. To make the extra icing, whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons of milk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon milk at a time to thin the consistency as needed.
  3. Drizzle over the Pillsbury cinnamon roll breakfast casserole and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 5g

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