The Easiest Caramel Rolls | Julie Blanner

These soft, moist, caramel rolls are topped with creamy caramel frosting – so good you’d never know they start from a can of crescent sheets!

Quick and easy to make, these rolls are perfect for a lazy weekend brunch for a crowd!

Cinnamon rolls in a white dish with caramel icing.

If you only make one recipe of mine this month, try these caramel rolls! They are so incredible, addicting and will have everyone thinking you spent hours in the kitchen making them. Fortunately, thanks to a shortcut, you won’t!

You can make this easyrecipe in just 10 minutes hands-on time. You can even make them ahead!

They’re topped with the most amazing Caramel Icing that makes them out of this world! These are true, soft, melt in your mouth caramel rolls (not the sticky kind like Pecan Rolls, though I love those, too!)

They’re moist and flaky and drenched in the most delectable caramel frosting. 

A white dish with caramel rolls.

Caramel Rolls

One of the many things I love about this recipe is that you can serve them in the dish you bake them in, rather than on a separate platter.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Oven to Table – Anything that goes from oven to table beautifully is a win in my book because while I enjoy baking, I don’t love to do dishes.
  • Easy but Still Special – You can whip these up on a whim on a Sunday morning, but they’re special enough for Christmas, New Year’s, Easter and Mother’s Day brunch!
  • Incredible Frosting – Butter, brown sugar, milk, vanilla salt and powdered sugar whipped to a thick, fluffy cream spread on warm rolls makes them out of this world! As it seeps in it creates an amazing caramel roll sauce.

If you’re like me, you’ll be scooping up every last drip to smother your roll. You’d never know they weren’t made from scratch!

A piece of caramel roll on a white plate.

Ingredients and Substitutions

For the Rolls

  • Crescent Dough – Skip making your own dough! Use store bought crescent dough sheets – you can also use canned crescent rolls, they are the same product but perforated for making the traditional rolls instead of a sheet.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter for this recipe. The butter should be melted to brush onto the dough.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar gives these rolls a wonderful caramel flavor.
A white dish with easy caramel rolls in it.

For the Caramel Frosting

  • Butter – It’s best to use unsalted butter in this recipe, if you use salted, reduce the amount of added salt used. Learn how to soften butter quickly.
  • Brown Sugar – Use brown sugar rather than white in this recipe. Brown sugar contains molasses which helps to create that beautiful caramel flavor.
  • Salt – Salt brings out the sweetness and caramel flavor in this icing. Reduce the amount slightly if you are using salted butter.
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioners sugar. This sugar is very fine and combines well to create a fluffy and light icing. Learn how to make powdered sugar if you don’t have any on hand.
  • Milk – I use 2% milk in this recipe and it helps to make the frosting creamy, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • Vanilla – Use pure rather than imitation vanilla extract if you can. It’s really easy to make your own vanilla extract!
Caramel frosting in a white bowl

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A caramel roll is sitting on a white plate.

How to Make

An overview, visit the printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  1. Prep – Preheat oven as directed and grease pan.
  2. Roll crescent dough onto parchment paper. 
  3. Fill – Brush with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  4. Roll each sheet into a log, slicing as directed.
  5. Bake – Place in prepared baking dish. Bake. A white dish with a caramel roll in it.
  6. Ice – Combine icing ingredients until smooth. Pour on top of caramel rolls. A white dish with caramel rolls.

Variations

  • You can top these caramel rolls with nuts, toffee bits or chocolate chips if you like!

Tips

  • Refrain from removing crescent rolls from the refrigerator until ready to make your easy cinnamon rolls. This makes them easier to slice.
  • Line your working surface with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Liberally grease your pan before adding the rolls to it, so that once baked they are easy to remove and won’t stick.
  • For a thinner icing, add a little extra milk when mixing the frosting.

Caramel rolls in a white dish with icing.

Make Ahead

These caramel rolls are an easy breakfast or brunch treat, and they are perfect if you are serving a crowd. You can even make them ahead of time and bake just before serving, but they come together so quickly, you don’t have to!

  • You can make these rolls the night before and cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Then, just pop them into the pre heated oven before serving.
A piece of caramel roll on a white plate.

Serving Suggestions

Of course the caramel icing is amazing on these – but you can mix them up with other toppings.

A white dish with caramel rolls.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 days.
  • Refrigerate – Store in an airtight container up to 5 days.
  • Freeze – You can also freeze cinnamon rolls, storing in an airtight container covered in plastic wrap to avoid any freezer odor up to 3 months.

To Reheat

Reheat these caramel rolls individually in the microwave for 20 seconds or in the casserole dish in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

A piece of caramel roll on a white plate.

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A piece of caramel roll on a white plate.

Caramel Rolls

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 26 minutes

Total Time 36 minutes

These soft, moist, caramel rolls are topped with creamy caramel frosting – so good you’d never know they start from a can of crescent sheets!

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease baking dish and set aside.

  • On parchment paper (for easy cleanup), roll crescent roll sheets . Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar.

  • Starting at one end, roll each sheet into a log. Gently slice into 12 pieces per roll.

  • Place tight in a buttered baking dish. Bake 26-28 minutes, until golden brown.

  • In a medium mixing bowl, butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Spread on top of caramel rolls.

Tips

  • Refrain from removing crescent dough from the refrigerator until ready to make your easy cinnamon rolls. This makes them easier to slice.
  • Line your working surface with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Liberally grease your pan before adding the rolls to it, so that once baked they are easy to remove and won’t stick.
  • For a thinner icing, add a little extra milk when mixing the frosting.
  • You can bake these rolls ahead of time and keep them covered in the fridge. Gently reheat them in the oven and spread over the frosting before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 173kcal (9%), Carbohydrates: 25g (8%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 8g (12%), Saturated Fat: 4g (20%), Cholesterol: 12mg (4%), Sodium: 202mg (8%), Potassium: 17mg, Sugar: 19g (21%), Vitamin A: 135IU (3%), Calcium: 12mg (1%), Iron: 0.3mg (2%)









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