Shortcut Cinnamon Buns

I’ve got this recipe in an email a few years ago.  I made them that Christmas.  We loved them then so I decided to make them again this year.

The majority of the ingredients were bought at Save-A-Lot or Aldi’s which are discount supermarkets.  The selection is limited there but you can save money while shopping.

Here is the breakdown of the ingredients:

  • Frozen dinner rolls ($1.99 of 24 rolls) – $1.28 to $1.44
  • Brown sugar – $0.25
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix – $0.50
  • Ground Cinnamon – $0.05
  • Butter – $0.10

Total:  $2.09 to $2.25 for the recipe

So this is a budget friendly breakfast.  Add some bacon or sausage for protein with some fresh fruit for a more balanced breakfast.

You need to prepare this dish the night before so it has time to rise.

Shortcut Cinnamon Buns

Stars of the recipe:

  • 16 to 18 unbaked frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ c. (6 Tbsp.) butter, melted


  1. Lightly grease a pie pan or muffin tin.
  2. Place frozen rolls into the pan.
  3. Sprinkle with brown sugar, pudding mix, and cinnamon.
  4. Pour melted butter over the top.
  5. Cover with a clean, damp cloth.
  6. Leave overnight at room temperature to rise.
  7. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Enjoy!

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