A Google search for “pancake mix recipes” yields a lot of results for recipes to make DIY pancake mix, as one might expect. When I used this search term a few weeks ago, I was looking to solve a different problem: I had tons and tons of pancake mix, but no desire to make pancakes (or waffles).
After looking through a few roundups of alternative uses for pancake mix, I came across a few blog posts for cinnamon rolls made with pancake mix. That was pretty much all the inspiration I needed to start rummaging around for the other necessary ingredients to put these together.
My favorite thing about making these cinnamon rolls is just how simple it is. All you need for the dough is pancake mix and milk. That’s it! The original recipe I looked at on ImmaEatThat.com called for flavored almond milk, but we used plain ol’ 2% and it worked out great. Once you mix and roll the dough, you just need butter, sugar and cinnamon, and you’re in business.
While I’ll admit that these rolls came out more biscuit-like than say, Pillsbury or Cinnabon’s packaged rolls might, they are still delicious, and they’re a great way to make cinnamon rolls very quickly (because if you’re like us, when a craving hits, you need that thing RIGHT JUST NOW, and not a second later). The upside of their biscuit-like texture? Now you have a two-ingredient biscuit recipe, too. Just skip the sweet stuff!
Easy Pancake Mix Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted from Imma Eat That
Makes 12 small cinnamon rolls
- 2 cups pancake mix of choice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp. melted butter
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 powdered sugar + a splash of milk (for optional glaze)
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Combine pancake mix and milk until you form a dough that leaves the sides of the bowls clean (add small amounts of either pancake mix or milk as needed if the dough is too sticky or too dry).
Place dough on a floured surface and roll it into a long rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick.
Brush dough with butter and top with sugar and cinnamon. Roll it up and slice into 12 rolls.
Place in a greased baking dish and bake for 10 minutes, or until they just start to brown. Don’t overbake, or they’ll end up too stiff.
While rolls are baking, add milk to powdered sugar while stirring until you form a thick glaze. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls once they’ve cooled for 10 minutes.