Pretzel Cinnamini Rolls

by Megan on August 19, 2014

Pretzel Cinnamini Rolls // take a megabite

I learned that it’s not the best idea to grab a dog treat mid-run and put it in your pants pocket. Chances are you’ll forget to give it to the pup and will just launder it, ya know? I learned that storing a twinkie pan on the stairs is a bad idea. Especially when carrying laundry because then you’ll most definitely not see that pan and it’ll be a banana peel slip and fall situation. I mean, I’ve also learned that there are times when you should NOT ride a bike, but we won’t get into that.

Pretzel Cinnamini Rolls // take a megabite

Mostly, I learned that brushing cinnamon rolls with a baking powder/water deal and sprinkling them big pretty sea salt makes them pretzel-ified. It’s kinda magic. I’d rather learn about this stuff than that other nonsense for real. So here ya go! Mini guys so you can eat 4 and feel awesome about it.

Pretzel Cinnamini Rolls // take a megabite

Pretzel Cinnamini Rolls (makes 18)
Recipe adapted from The Top with Cinnamon Cookbook


dough –

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 T sugar
  • 1 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + more for kneading

cinnamon-y goodness –

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 T baking soda
  • sea salt

brown butter icing –

  • 4 T butter, browned over medium heat
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract


  1. Whisk water, yeast, and sugar together in a large bowl. Set aside until foamy. Whisk in salt and egg. Stir in flour. Pour out onto a clean/floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, adding flour as needed, until you have a smooth, slightly sticky ball of dough.
  2. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with a clean dish towel and set aside to rise for 60-90 minutes.
  3. Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Divide dough in half. Roll one into a small rectangle. Spread with half of the butter. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Roll up and cut into rolls. Place in a parchment lined muffin tin. Do the same with the other dough half. Set aside to rise for 30 minutes. Whisk together the baking soda with 3 tablespoons of hot water. Brush rolls with mixture. Sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until well-risen and dark. Set aside to cool.
  6. Beat together brown butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Frost rolls. Serve.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly @ Yes to Yolks August 19, 2014 at 8:17 am

Oh my gosh, these sound so good! I love that transforming cinnamon rolls into pretzel-y goodness is so easy! Definitely going to try these out soon.


Mum August 19, 2014 at 9:23 am

These look cute…and tasty!!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 19, 2014 at 9:41 am

Um, WHAT. Pretzel cinnamon roll?? I NEED.


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

Yep. Definitely washed all sorts of thing… Chapstick. Laffy Taffy. All sorts of awesome. I like this kind of experiment! Amazing!


Nicole August 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

These are a pretzel miracle!


Sophie August 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

I hate when I forget to check pockets before doing a load of laundry! Chapsticks and Kleenexes are terrible, but I’m sure a dog treat wasn’t nice either 🙁 I hope you are alright after your stair incident and bike incident!!

PRETZELIZED cinnamon rollz?! I love you


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen August 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Whaaaat! I totally need these beauties in my life!


Erika August 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Magic..truly magic.. I mean pretzel cinnamon rolls…OMG


Laura Jane August 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Oh my word. Of course this is genius. Of course it is.


Erin | The Law Student's Wife August 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Is it too soon to ask you to marry me? (Hi, I’m Erin. I heart pretzel buns, cinnamon rolls, and all combinations of the two)


Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Pretzel-ifying is fantastic-ness in my book.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm

These look so perfect I could scream!! Yum!


Kloe's Kitchen August 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

These look amazing! I am so a pretzel and cinnamon roll gal, so why not combine them!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂


Sarah August 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Oh my god, I want to put these in my mouth so badly. Pretzelly and cinamini? You’re killing me.


Liz @ Floating Kitchen August 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Whoa. These sound incredible! Mind Blown!


Rachel @thedessertchronicles August 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Ahhh!! These look insane! Totally down to pretzelfy? cinnamon rolls. Absolutely genius!


Tieghan Gerard August 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm

THESE!! Girl, you are my hero and these are awesome! 🙂


lauren alysse August 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

these look SO phenomenal.


Amy | Club Narwhal August 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Um, this is the most brilliant thing I have ever seen! This is a combination that has never crossed my mind but makes So Much Sense now that it exists in the world!


Kate August 28, 2014 at 6:28 am



Renee @ Awesome on $20 September 9, 2014 at 3:06 am

I’m in love with you right now! Pretzel cinnamini rolls sound like a dream! In love!!!


Broma Bakery September 15, 2014 at 11:04 am

Salty sweet is probably my favorite combination. These look like perfection.


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