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Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls – Easy Cinnamon Buns

Welcome to the world of Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls – a delectable twist on the classic cinnamon rolls! These Hawaiian Roll Cinnamon Rolls or Hawaiian Roll Cinnamon Buns, whatever you call them, is the best cooking hack because you can use leftover Kings Hawaiian rolls to make cinnamon roll sliders with just a few simple steps.

Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls

Why You’ll Love Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls

With a heavenly combination of cinnamon-infused filling and creamy topping, these 15-minute cinnamon rolls are sure to become a favorite in your household. Instead of traditional cinnamon rolls that have a sweet sticky topping, these cheater cinnamon rolls have a soft buttery texture throughout the entire roll.

When you can make faux cinnamon rolls using premade rolls, there is no reason to make them from scratch when the craving for a fluffy cinnamon butter sweet treat hits.

Ingredients For the Filling & Glaze

This section shares which ingredients you will need for this recipe to create the filling and glaze. For a detailed list of ingredients, measurements, and instructions all in one place, head to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Rolls: The foundation of our recipe, these premade rolls provide a convenient base for our delectable creation, saving you time without compromising on taste.

Butter: Rich, creamy butter is the essence of indulgence in our filling, enhancing the rolls with its luscious texture and savory notes.

Brown Sugar: Sweet and caramel-like, brown sugar adds depth and richness to our filling, infusing each roll with irresistible sweetness.

Cinnamon: The star of the show, cinnamon brings warmth and spice to our rolls, imparting that classic, comforting flavor that’s synonymous with homemade goodness.

Vanilla Extract: A touch of vanilla extract lends aromatic complexity to our filling, elevating the flavor profile and leaving a lingering essence of sweetness.

Cream Cheese: Velvety cream cheese takes center stage in our decadent topping, offering a luxurious contrast to the warm spices of the rolls.

Powdered Sugar: Fine and delicate, powdered sugar adds a silky sweetness to our topping, creating a smooth, luscious finish that’s simply irresistible.

Honey: Nature’s golden nectar, honey adds a subtle sweetness and a hint of floral aroma to our topping, enhancing its depth of flavor.

Milk: Creamy and comforting, milk serves as the perfect liquid component in our topping, contributing to its creamy texture and ensuring a delectable drizzle over each roll.

Instructions for Kings Hawaiian Cinnamon Rolls

This section shares step-by-step photos and process shots to make this easy recipe that uses premade rolls to make cinnamon rolls. Head to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for all of the measurements and instructions to make this recipe in one easy-to-read place.

Step 1: Preheat Oven

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease a lasagna pan.

store bought premade rolls

Step 2: Combine Hawaiian Roll Cinnamon Roll Filling Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the filling – softened butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

mixing the ingredients

Step 3: Slice the Premade Rolls

Slice the rolls down the center and place them in the greased lasagna pan.

slicing the rolls for filling

Step 4: Spread the Cinnamon Roll Filling

Spread the prepared filling evenly inside the rolls. Place the tops of the rolls back on.

making the glaze and icing

Step 5: Prepare Hawaiian Roll Cinnamon Roll Topping

In another mixing bowl, prepare the topping by mixing cream cheese, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, honey, and milk until smooth.

Spread the topping on top and sides of the rolls.

frosting the cinnamon buns

Step 6:Bake the Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls

Bake the cinnamon rolls in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Turn rolls into cinnamon rolls

Variations on this Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

To make these easy cinnamon rolls using premade rolls, I use a 12-count package of Hawaiian rolls, but you can use any premade, precooked roll that you have on hand.

I usually choose the King’s Hawaiian brand because they are sweet and fluffy but I have found some comparable store brands that work great for this recipe. Since you will be adding real butter and brown sugar, even if the rolls you use for this recipe are dry and bland, these easy cinnamon buns will come out perfect.

You can double or triple this recipe to make a large batch of the easiest cinnamon rolls without much effort. This is the perfect dish for a potluck, bake sale, or any time you want an easy dessert with a sweet glaze and filling.

Topping Ideas for Hawaiian Cinnamon Rolls

Add nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or even almonds for a whole new flavor and texture. Sprinkle in raisins or dried cranberries for a burst of fruity flavor.

Drizzle warm cinnamon rolls with a maple glaze made from maple syrup, powdered sugar, and a touch of vanilla extract for a decadent and comforting treat.

Pour on a homemade or store-bought caramel sauce for an indulgent and gooey topping that takes them to the next level of sweetness.

Or you can opt for melted chocolate or even a chocolate ganache over the rolls for a decadent twist on classic cinnamon rolls.

Easy Cinnamon Buns in Dish

What makes Hawaiian bread different?

There is a noticeable difference between Hawaiian bread and regular bread. The soft, airy texture that’s just a bit chewy makes it unique. Traditional recipes throw in a dash of sugar, honey, or maybe even some pineapple juice to give that dough a subtle sweet kick. But what really sets it apart are the enriching ingredients like eggs, milk, and butter.

They’re the secret sauce behind that pillowy softness and rich flavor. Trust me, once you sink your teeth into a slice, you’ll know exactly what makes Hawaiian bread so irresistible.

What’s the difference between cinnamon rolls and cinnamon buns?

When you break it down, cinnamon buns are all about that classic spiral shape. But sometimes, they’re crafted to be a tad thinner and delicate, adding to their allure. Now, here’s the twist: the game-changer between cinnamon rolls and buns lies in the nut factor. With this simple yet scrumptious recipe, you can whip up Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls that are bound to impress.

Whether you’re indulging in a sweet treat for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, these rolls are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. So gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to delight your taste buds with the irresistible flavors of cinnamon and cream cheese.

Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls

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cinnamon rolls made from Hawaiian rolls
Yield: 12

Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

These Quick Cinnamon Hawaiian Rolls are the perfect easy cinnamon roll dessert. Using premade rolls this cooking hack makes dessert easy.


  • For the Filling
  • 1 & 1/2 Sticks of Butter
  • 1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • For the Topping
  • 1 Package of Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 3 Tablespoons of Milk


  1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grease Lasagna Pan
  3. Mix ingredients for topping then slice the rolls down the center.
  4. Place in lasagna pan and spread filling inside.
  5. Place tops of rolls back on.
  6. Mix ingredients for the topping and spread on top and sides of rolls.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes!


To make these easy cinnamon rolls using premade rolls, I use a 12-count package of Hawaiian rolls, but you can use any premade, precooked roll that you have on hand.

I usually choose the King's Hawaiian brand because they are sweet and fluffy but I have found some comparable store brands that work great for this recipe. Since you will be adding real butter and brown sugar, even if the rolls you use for this recipe are dry and bland, these easy cinnamon buns will come out perfect.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 106Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 18mgSodium 56mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 11gProtein 1g

The nutrition in recipes is caluculate by AI, mistakes happen. It is highly recommended to check carb counts to make sure these recipes fit into your diet.

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My journey started after a Crohn's disease diagnosis, inspiring a commitment to well-being. This site shares my distinctive approach to healthy living with my collection of nutritious recipes that boast authentic flavors, mimicking the indulgence of traditional dishes. I love sharing guilt free recipes for low carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo, and the specific carbohydrate diet. I also share tips on natural living, including homemade cleaners and cleaning hacks. I also share my experience as a veterinary technician and pet groomer, to integrate pet health tips, homemade dog food recipes, and grooming insights to ensure your pets thrive.

Tamra Phelps

Friday 16th of November 2018

This sounds like a good way to dress up ho hum rolls! Yum.

ellen beck

Wednesday 18th of April 2018

This looks delicious. You actually had me at cream cheese :) Icouldnt make these I would eat them all up!


Friday 23rd of March 2018

This looks amazing and my daughters would love it! Finding something great at a new restaurant is always fun. Sometimes a solid recipe and not caring about calories makes the entire week, so thanks for that!

serena hale

Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Brown sugar and cinnamon are some of the best combinations that I have ever had. The recipe is totally different, but one that I may have to try. You cannot lose with Hawaiian rolls.

Amber K

Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Oh, I'm drooling so much right now. These look and sound like something I want in muh belly right now. I'm jealous of everyone who got to eat this, but I'm going to make some this weekend!

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