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Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls: A Festive Twist to a Classic Favorite

Imagine waking up on Christmas morning to the warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon rolls wafting through the air. Now, add a dash of holiday magic by transforming these delicious cinnamon rolls into adorable snowmen!

This Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls recipe is the perfect way to bring joy and flavor to your holiday breakfast or brunch. Using a can of Pillsbury 8-count cinnamon rolls as the base, and a few additional ingredients like heavy cream, pretzel sticks, and marshmallows, you can create a festive treat that’s as delightful to look at as it is to eat.


What kind of cinnamon rolls should I use?

While this recipe uses a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for convenience, you can also use homemade cinnamon rolls. Just make sure your dough has gone through its first rise and is ready to shape.

Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

If you’re making homemade cinnamon rolls, you can use instant yeast to speed up the rise time. Just follow the instructions on the package for substitution ratios.

Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

What’s the best way to melt the marshmallows?

The preferred method is to use a double boiler. However, you can also melt them in a microwave-safe bowl at medium speed, checking every 15 seconds.

Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Tips and Tricks

  • For the best cinnamon rolls, let the dough rise in a warm place, covered with plastic wrap.
  • Use a very sharp knife to cut the rolls to ensure they keep their shape.
  • For a golden brown finish, brush the tops of the cinnamon rolls with melted butter before baking.


  • Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls: Add a teaspoon of ginger and a sprinkle of cloves to your cinnamon filling.
  • Orange Zest Rolls: Add some orange zest to your cream cheese frosting for a citrusy twist.
Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Where to Serve

These Snowman Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for Christmas morning breakfast or a Christmas brunch. They also make a delightful centerpiece for holiday gatherings.


Place the warm rolls in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. To reheat, wrap them in aluminum foil and place them in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes.

Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Too Much Flour: If your homemade cinnamon buns turn out dry, you may have added too much flour. Always measure your cups of flour correctly.
  • Sticky Dough: If the dough is too sticky, add a little bit of flour and knead it on a lightly floured work surface.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls
  • Let the kids decorate the snowmen faces using mini M&M’s and icing.
  • Use a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  • Teach them how to use a wooden spoon to mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Topping Options

  • Cream Cheese Icing: Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
  • Confectioners’ Sugar: A simple dusting adds a snowy effect.
Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple Ingredients: This recipe uses readily available ingredients, making it easy for first-timers.
  • Versatility: You can easily customize it with your favorite way of making cinnamon rolls, be it with brown sugar or a cinnamon filling.
  • Festive: The snowman shape and Christmas sprinkles add a holiday touch, making it a perfect cinnamon roll Christmas tree alternative.
Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

So, this holiday season, why settle for regular cinnamon rolls when you can elevate them into something magical? These Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect way to add a sprinkle of joy to your festivities. Happy baking!

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Easy Snowmen Christmas Cinnamon Rolls
Yield: 8 cinnamon rolls

Easy Snowmen Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This Snowman Christmas Cinnamon Rolls recipe transforms classic cinnamon rolls into festive snowmen, making them the perfect treat for holiday breakfasts or brunches.


  • 1 can Pillsbury 8 count cinnamon rolls
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 18 Pretzel sticks
  • 16 Large Marshmallows
  • Mini m&m's
  • White, Orange, and Black icing.


  1. Begin by placing cinnamon rolls in a dish and pouring heavy cream over the top of the cinnamon rolls.
  2. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the icing. You will need to color 1/4 cup white icing orange and black and place in a piping bag. You can buy Pillsbury vanilla icing or you can make homemade icing.
  4. Take one large marshmallow and make two black dots for the snowman eyes, and 5 black dots for his mouth/smile. Then take the orange icing and make a carrot shape for his nose. Repeat with 8 marshmallows and set aside.
  5. When the cinnamon rolls have finished baking, remove from the oven and ice each roll with the icing that came in the tube.
  6. Then, take a pretzel stick and place one large marshmallow on the end of the pretzel stick to make the snowman's body, then place the snowman face marshmallow on top, and stick the pretzel down in the cinnamon roll. 
  7. Then pipe white icing around the base of the marshmallow body and let it melt and run down on the cinnamon rolls. 
  8. Place a piece of rope candy around the neck of the snowman to make his scarf. Use three m&m's for his buttons, and two pretzel sticks broken in half for his arms. Enjoy!


Personalize Your Snowmen: Feel free to get creative and give each snowman its own unique personality. Maybe one has a tilted hat or another is wearing a bowtie!

Kid-Friendly Activity: Involve kids in the decorating process. It's a fun and edible craft!

Melting Effect: For a realistic melting effect, let some marshmallows ooze down the sides of the cinnamon rolls.

Snowman Accessories: Get creative! Use additional mini marshmallows for a snowy effect around the base, and consider placing a tiny hat or scarf made of icing or small pieces of fruit roll-ups.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 791Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 4gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 51mgSodium 1514mgCarbohydrates 121gFiber 4gSugar 38gProtein 12g

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