Bacon cinnamon rolls with a slice of bacon rolled up in the center, maple frosting, and maple candied bacon bits on top makes for a next level cinnamon roll!
Oh my goodness you guys. You know, when I first thought up this recipe, I thought it’d be pretty good. It sounded fun and like something you guys would enjoy for Valentine’s Day. However, I was not prepared for the awesomeness that is maple bacon cinnamon rolls. I am now on team, “Every Cinnamon Roll Should Include Bacon Or Else.” Honestly, why aren’t more people doing this!? The salty, sweet combo and the cream cheese frosting is heaven on Earth.
As far as the baking process goes, we are taking the easy way out today. Yep, we’re using store bought dough. I actually tried to make these with homemade cinnamon rolls TWICE, and mega failed both times, so it just wasn’t in the cards. [I hope I look back on this post someday and laugh at my inability to make homemade dough, but we’re just not there yet.] Besides, my intention for this recipe was for you to surprise your SO for Valentine’s Day breakfast, or to have a fun girls night baking with your friends, and homemade cinnamon rolls don’t exactly fit with that agenda. So maybe it was devine intervention, am I right?!
Also these Pillsbury Grand Cinnabon Rolls are no shame good.
Time for the recipe breakdown:
- Make bacon. (And don’t do it in the microwave friends, you’re better than that, and you’ll have to use the oven to make the rolls anyway.)
- Open the can and unroll your cinnamon rolls. You’ll notice that some of the filling falls off. Just place it back on the dough strip like I did below!
- Take your bacon and place it at the end of the strip. I bought thick cut, and you can see below that I folded the bacon in half and laid it down.
- Roll the dough strips back up into little bacon cinnamon rolls and bake.
- Optional but recommended: Make homemade cream cheese frosting using cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup and pour on top.
- Optional but recommended: Candy pieces of bacon in a skillet with maple syrup to garnish with love.
- Try not to eat more than one.
- 1 can Pillsbury Jumbo Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
- 5 slices of thick cut bacon
- OPTIONAL FOR FROSTING AND CANDIED BACON
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- extra bacon and maple syrup
- Cook bacon in the oven to package instructions.
- Remove from the oven and blot with paper towel.
- Open can of cinnamon rolls and unroll them into long strips. Note- if the filling falls off, just place it back on the strip!
- Place a piece of bacon (I used thick cut bacon so I folded my bacon strips in half) on one end of the dough strip.
- Roll the cinnamon rolls bake up and bake to package instructions.
- You can use the frosting that comes with the cinnamon rolls, or you can make your own. To make your own, beat together cream cheese and butter, then mix in powdered sugar and maple syrup until completely combined.
- To make the candied bacon bits, heat a skillet to medium heat and pour a couple table spoons of maple syrup in. Tear a few slices of bacons into chunks and put them in the skillet with the maple syrup. The make syrup with get thick and caramelize onto the bacon after a few minutes. Make sure you keep the maple syrup moving around the pan and remove it from the heat when it is done so that it does not burn and stick to your pan!