Valentine Cinnamon Rolls

Turn something simple you use all the time into an adorable show of affection for your little and big loved-ones. Our Valentine Cinnamon Rolls are adorable and so easy to make. Make your kiddos smile in the morning with these cute little hearts that take less than 5 minutes!

Cinnamon Roll shaped like a heart with pink icing on a plate

Over the Christmas holiday, I had a girlfriend make some super cute Christmas trees out of cinnamon rolls. The kids loved them and they were such a simple idea. I decided to try my hand with the same concept, but to make little hearts for the kids for Valentines. I’ve made them for a random Tuesday morning because they make my kids smile, but I especially love making them for Valentine’s to give the day a little something extra special!

Cinnamon Roll shaped like a heart with pink icing on a plate

What kind of cinnamon does Cinnabon use?

First of all, there are two different types of Laurel trees, Cinnamomum Cassia, and Cinnamomum Ceylon, which produce the two most common forms of cinnamon, called Cassia and Ceylon. Cassia is redder, more pungent, and what Cinnabon uses as the spice base for their buns. This is 0one of the major contributing factors to their delicious taste!

Cinnamon Rolls in a can on a table, red food coloring, and heart sprinkles on a cutting board.

Ingredients for our Valentines Cinnamon Rolls:

How to make our Valentines Cinnamon Rolls:

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Open the cinnamon roll can and separate the cinnamon rolls. One at a time, unroll them into a straight line.

Cinnamon rolls out stretched on a wood board

Next, take the two ends in each hand and slowly roll in towards the middle.

Hands rolling a cinnamon roll into a heart shape

Pinch the ends together and slightly manipulate to create a heart shape. They will hold their shape in the oven so no need to pin together the top with toothpicks. (I tried this and it made no difference and it was a pain to extract the tooth pick without ruining the heart after baking!)

Raw cinnamon roll in the shape of a heart

Next, bake for 8-10 minutes. Once cooking is complete, remove and let cool for 5 minutes.

Heart-shaped cinnamon rolls on a baking sheet

While they are cooling, drop a small drop of red food dye into the icing and stir. Continue adding food dye until you reach your desired cool. Be sure to remember that a little goes a long way! I add one drop, and stir completely. We wanted a light pink and we achieved our color with one drop.

A hand squeezing a drop of red dye in a container of red icing
Mixing red food dye in white icing
Light pink icing with sprinkles next to it

Last, spread the icing on the cinnamon rolls and top with sprinkles. Be sure to let the cinnamon rolls cool for 5 minutes or the icing will just melt straight down the sides. (This is a great time to put to use those red sprinkles from Christmas you never used up!)

Cooked heart shaped cinnamon rolls with icing being applied
Cinnamon Roll shaped like a heart with pink icing on a plate

This really is a cute idea to use for a lot of occasions. When my son is stressing about a test the next day, I pop these Valentine Cinnamon Rolls out and call them a “lovey”. When my daughter is sad because her friend is moving away, I whip these up fast! It may not seem like much, but these speak a little of both of my kids love language. It speaks mine too because it is thoughtful without being difficult or time-intensive. Give these a try and I’m positive your littles’ will love them!

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Yield: 8 Rolls

Valentine Cinnamon Rolls

Valentine Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
  • Enclosed Icing
  • Red Food Dye

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Open cinnamon roll container and unravel each roll into a line.
  3. One at a time, shape and manipulate roll into a heart-shape. (Example in post above.)
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes on lined baking sheet.
  5. While hearts are cooking, put one drop of red food dye into icing and mix thoroughly.
  6. When hearts are done baking, remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Once cooled, top with pink icing and sprinkles.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 356mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)



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