It all started when I got the recipe for Cinnamon roll cake pops, a guest post from A Night Owl on I Heart Naptime, in my inbox. I don’t have the mold to make the pops but I have a mini donut maker! Alex got a tube and we got baking, Nico came in to help.
When he saw the can, he was wondering what it was and how it worked, when we mentioned that you have to bang the can to open it, he was in! He banged the can on the island to open it (still his favorite thing, now he is asking to make recipes with the “bash can”).
Then he cut the buns in 2, but before putting them in our donut maker, we rolled each half into a snake like you would with play dough. We found out it’s best to roll them a bit longer than the mold so that you can pre-shape them and your pretty sure they will fit right in so you don’t have to fiddle with them too much (especially useful when doing the second load because the machine is already hot.)
Now the booklet/recipes that come with the machine say to cook 3-5 minutes per side. Hold on to your hat because these only take 1.5 minutes per side!!! Pop them out with tongs and after 1-2 minutes they are cool enough to eat. There’s icing that comes with the rolls, so all we did is warm it up for 10 seconds in the microwave and use a spoon to drizzle it on top. There you go, the quickest and easiest cinnamon roll mini donuts you’ll ever make!
Yes he even had 2 bits of 1 without icing!
- 1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls
- Cooking spray
- Mini donut maker
- Spray the mini donut maker with non-stick spray. Cut each roll in 2.
- Take each half and roll them like you would a play dough snake. Make sure your snake is a little bit longer than half your mold so the end stick together like a circle but still fit without having to stretch them. Once one side of the machine is filled, plug it and close it. Wait about 1.5 minute and flip the machine as they recommend. Wait about another 1.5 minute and the dough should be cooked. Unplug the machine, open it and remove the mini donuts. We did a test one first for the time then did a whole batch. Since everyone’s donut maker produces a different temperature I highly suggest to make a test one.
- Take the icing that came with it and put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften it. Then it should be soft enough to drizzle from a spoon or the little container itself.
If you do this, we’d LOVE to see a photo of it. Email it to us or post it on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to also follow us on Pinterest and our “Around the World in 12 Dishes” series also has its own Pinterest boards for each country. We’d love to do a Facebook album, a Pinterest board and a page of your creations