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Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls How-To

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls
We’re getting in the mood for love by making these adorable heart-shaped cinnamon roll pops!
By Dorothy Kern

One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is turning everything into a pink and red heart-shaped treat. You just can’t help but smile when you’re handed something pink and sweet to eat, especially if it’s in the shape of a heart. 

You may not know it, but it’s so easy to turn a cinnamon roll into a heart. With a simple re-rolling, a basic cinnamon roll can be turned into something that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast. And, of course, anything on a stick is just better. 

By starting these Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls with Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, the recipe couldn't be easier. I’m going to walk you through how to make these pops, one step at a time. You’re going to be amazed at how easy it is! 

First, unroll your cinnamon rolls. Locate the spiral on top of each. You can kind of see it on the top, under the cinnamon.

Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough

Take a small knife and cut around the spiral, so the cinnamon roll will unroll easily.

Cinnamon roll dough with a knife in the middle

Completely unroll the cinnamon roll.

Unrolled cinnamon roll dough

Now you’re going to re-roll it into a heart. It’s super simple: Just roll up both ends at the same time.

Unrolled cinnamon roll dough

When they meet in the middle, you’re almost done. Now it looks sort of like an owl, which would be fun for Halloween. You just need the point at the bottom.

Cinnamon roll dough shaped like a heart

Use your fingers to form the point of the heart.

Cinnamon roll dough shaped like a heart

Then bake the cinnamon rolls and let them cool. Now you’re going to put the sticks on them. I used craft sticks, the kind you get at the craft store or in the craft section. You could also use a lollipop stick.

Frosting in a bowl with a spoon

You need to use some “glue” to make sure the stick stays inside the roll. Melt some white chocolate for this. Dip the tip of each stick in the white chocolate and then press them into the cinnamon rolls.

Baked cinnamon roll being with with a popsicle stick in one end

Let them sit flat to dry. Now it’s time to decorate!

Heart-shaped cinnamon rolls with popsicle sticks

You can use the icing that came with the rolls. Add a few drops of food coloring to dye it pink.

Pink frosting and heart-shaped cinnamon rolls on a stick

Place the icing in a sandwich bag and cut off one tip. Swirl on the icing.

Pink frosting being drizzled on heart-shaped cinnamon rolls

You could also use melted chocolate chips, if you like, for a chocolaty treat. 

Then add sprinkles, because everything is better with sprinkles!

Sprinkles on heart-shaped cinnamon rolls

Delight your kids with these for breakfast on Valentine’s morning! Or even better, use them to brighten a teacher’s day. Once the icing has hardened, you can package them in cellophane bags (or even a fold-over sandwich bag) with a pretty bow. Add a tag that reads “I left my heart with my teacher!” It will melt their heart, I can promise you that!

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls


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