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I’m not usually a sweets in the morning gal. The rush of sugar makes me feel horrible. But I make an exception for a warm cinnamon roll. And I recently tested the viral cinnamon roll hack that’s been blowing up the internet on TikTok and Instagram. It is so dang easy and gives you bakery results at home with very little effort.
If you’ve looked at TikTok or Instagram lately, you’ve seen cascades of heavy cream poured over cans of cinnamon rolls in kitchens across the country. The theory is that pouring heavy cream over a ready-to-bake can of pastry turns them into decadent Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls. (And for the record, I think Cinnabon always smells better than it tastes and it’s usually dry.)
Could it be that easy? Would it work? I took to the kitchen to find out.
I tested packaged cinnamon rolls from Trader Joes, Pillsbury Grands and Immaculate. They all worked beautifully.
Wrap leftover rolls in foil and leave at room temperature (or put them in the fridge). They’ll keep for a couple of days. Warm them up in the oven or microwave before eating.
Don’t underbake. The heavy cream can slow the bake time, so shoot for the middle of the recommended baking time. If you’re worried about over-browning, cover the top with foil once they turn golden.
Wait a few minutes before icing. Let the cinnamon rolls cool for five minutes before adding the icing. If you add the icing to hot rolls, it will melt. Waiting a few minutes will ensure the icing goes on like a thick, rich frosting.