Homemade Quick Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Maple Glaze

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Maple Glaze

by Holly on November 20, 2011

I have been spending a lot of my *me time* hanging out on Pinterest (me and thousands of others). It is a great distraction tool for me when I’m sitting in the waiting rooms at the kids doctor appointments and helps keep me a bit calmer than I would be if I just sit there and focus on what is happening. It’s not even that all the doctor appointments are so terribly dramatic, it’s more that there are just so many of them, for various reasons, for each kid… and they never seem to end.

Anyway, it’s no wonder that I spend a lot of my time pinning food. (And an inordinate amount of craft projects too for that matter that I want to do!) I recently saw a pin that suggested using store bough refrigerator cinnamon rolls and baking them in the waffle iron.

While I thought the idea was brilliant, I wasn’t really interested in committing a portion of my grocery budget into buying something that I could very quickly and pretty easily make at home from ingredients I always have on hand. I knew they would taste a whole lot better, and barely take a few minutes more than popping open a can. That’s just me though. If you want to just pop open a can of rolls, who am I to tell you not to?

However, if you are like me, have the ingredients and an extra 10 minutes or so, then this is the way to go. The time it takes is barely a blip since your waffle iron will have to heat up anyway and I have to tell you that the taste is far superior to anything you can buy premade. The kids, hubs and I all went nuts over these and I’ve actually made them twice in the past 12 hours now. I originally made them last night as our movie night treat, but my iPhone pictures really didn’t do them justice so I went ahead and made a sweet breakfast treat this morning. They were just as wonderful and easy the second time.

The brown sugar filling (I used a very dark brown sugar from Wholesome Sweeteners that I love) oozes just slightly and caramelizes to create slightly crusty crunchy spots on the rolls – probably my favorite part. These may have just about ruined me for regular waffles or cinnamon rolls. The dough itself bakes up to be tender, fluffy and amazing. I snacked on the waffles with nothing else on them at all (they don’t need it!) but if you want to top them off with a little maple glaze (or just use vanilla) then you’ll be even more of a hero.

You could easily customize these rolls too and fill them with any number of other options like apple butter, nuts, Nutella perhaps? (That’s my next version for sure!) Whatever you do, just be prepared to watch them disappear as quickly as you can pull them off the iron.

As for the quickness of the recipe, without distractions (last night) these only took me about 20 minutes to make and start eating. This morning, while dealing with kids, bottles, diaper changes, distractions and stops and starts for various reasons, we were still eating in about 35 minutes. Not too shabby in my book!


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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes November 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

What a great idea. I bet they smell amazing while they cook.

Lisa-Gourmified November 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

brilliant! I may have to try this with a few dairy-free modifications. YUM!

Wendy Read - Sunchowder November 21, 2011 at 5:43 am

I love this idea, and thank you so much for posting up a from scratch recipe as I don’t use any of those that come from the fridge cans–to many chemicals for me 🙂 I have printed this off and put in my file of things I really want to try. These seem perfect for a crisp December Sunday morning!

France November 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

I’ll save these in my back pocket for when I’m in the bad books with the hubby. He would melt instantly. Perfect. Now I have to plan to do something to get me in the bad books 🙂

Deborah November 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

Oh my goodness, I have totally got to try these! They look amazing!!

Jenna November 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

These look awfully small. I think if I try these, I’ll roll the dough out a little first before I put them in the waffle iron. They look really yummy though.

Holly November 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Hi Jenna,

You’re right, they are pretty small. I have small kids who like mini things so that is what I did. I mentioned in the recipe though that if you want to make them bigger then you can just cut your slices thicker. The waffle iron will press them out into a bigger waffle. No need to roll. 🙂 Enjoy!


Nicole, RD November 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm

These look HEAVENLY! I want to lick the screen!

Kari November 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Wow, these look delicious, what a great idea! I will definitely have to try making these for my family.

kamaile November 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Oh man…these sound fabulous! Definitely going to try this. I think I’d score major points with my husband. 🙂

My Recession Kitchen November 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

This reminds me of a site that I love called waffleizer where the guy puts everything in a waffle iron. Check it out: http://www.waffleizer.com/

mary December 21, 2011 at 5:08 am

Wow what a great recipe idea!!! I m going to try this!

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