Sometimes you just have to put cinnamon rolls into the waffle iron. Cinnamon roll waffles are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and so, so easy to make.
It’s definitely easier to just toss your cinnamon rolls into the oven, so why even bother with the waffle iron? That was one of the questions that had me putting off this experiment for so long.
The waffle iron really does transform the texture of your rolls, though. Baked cinnamon rolls are pretty bready all the way through, but I would almost compare this texture to a less-greasy doughnut. Crisp on the outside with a much softer dough in the middle. They’re fluffy!
Honestly, y’all, I feel a little bit guilty calling this a recipe. I guess operating a waffle iron is technically cooking, but that’s really all that you need to do to make these. The “secret” to the cinnamon roll waffles I made is finding vegan cinnamon roll dough.
You know, the kind in the tube. There are lots of them out there, and they’re not necessarily labeled vegan. I used Trader Joe’s cinnamon rolls, because we like those around here.
When you’re looking for vegan tube cinnamon rolls, just skim the ingredients, then check the allergy information for milk ingredients or eggs. Shared equipment is okay. You’re looking for a warning like “Contains milk ingredients.”
What really kicked me in the pants was when Hannah from House Vegan posted a picture of cinnamon roll waffles on Instagram the weekend before last. I decided that a trip to Trader Joe’s was in order.
Tips for Making Cinnamon Rolls in the Waffle Iron
The cooking time and temperature below is what worked for my waffle iron. If you have an Oster DuraCeramic waffle iron, you can follow my directions exactly. Different waffle irons vary in shape and size, and that seems to vary how quickly they cook your waffles.
My advice would be to start with my directions, and keep an eye on things. If your first cinnamon roll waffle looks overdone, knock 30 seconds to a minute off of the cooking time. If they seem a bit too doughy, up the cooking time just a bit.
When I pulled my first cinnamon roll waffle out of the iron, I thought that I’d burnt it, but that was just the cinnamon coming out of the top. If your waffle is truly burnt, it will burn in the little crevices, too.
Vegan Cinnamon Roll Waffles
- 1 package vegan cinnamon rolls - see above
- spray oil - to grease the waffle iron
- Preheat your waffle iron on medium high. If your waffle iron tends to stick, grease it now.
- Pop open your tube, and remove the first cinnamon roll from your tube. Place it in the center, and press the lid down firmly. It’s okay if the lid pops open a bit once you let go.
- Cook your cinnamon roll waffle for 4 minutes, then gently remove from your waffle iron with a spatula or spoon. Move it to a plate, then repeat with the rest of the tube until they’re all cooked.
- Since it takes about 20-30 minutes (depending on how many you make) from the first waffle to the last to be ready, you’ll want to keep your cinnamon roll waffles warm! You can either stick them in an oven set to the lowest possible temperature or cover them with a second plate to keep the heat in.
- Serve immediately.
- See what I mean? You need to do very little besides waiting. And the results are amazing!
- Calories and cooking time will depend on the cinnamon rolls you buy. Fewer rolls means less cooking time, because you're not making as many. And every brand has a different calorie count.