Cinnamon Roll Christmas Trees
Recipe courtesy of Vivian Chan for Food Network Kitchen

Cinnamon Roll Christmas Trees

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
For me, the holidays are about spending time with loved ones, not hours in the kitchen. So I have a quick hack for making Christmas day extra special: I unravel a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and shape them into little Christmas trees. After they bake, the whole family can gather for the “tree trimming” – decorating with frosting and holiday-themed sprinkles.



  1. Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the tube and place on a large cutting board or a clean work surface; reserve the icing for later. Unravel 1 roll into a long strip of dough. Fold the strip in an accordion fashion, making each fold slightly wider than the last, to create a Christmas-tree shape. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 4 rolls and space the Christmas trees apart on the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and puffed up, 15 to 17 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, stir the green food coloring directly into the container of frosting with a rubber spatula until the desired shade is achieved (we added about 30 drops).
  4. When the trees are ready, let them cool on a wire rack. Meanwhile, transfer the reserved cinnamon roll icing to a small resealable plastic bag and refrigerate until slightly chilled.
  5. When the trees are cool enough to touch, spread desired amount of green frosting onto each and spread evenly. Garnish with holiday-themed sprinkles. Snip a tiny corner from the bag of icing and pipe a garland onto each tree. Add a yellow candy to the tip of each tree to resemble a star.