Skinny Mini Cinnamon Rolls



I have one word to describe these delectable little treat, delicious!!! What a great treat, snack, breakfast or dessert. You’ll love how easy they are to make. The only hard part is limiting yourself to eating just a few!  Each has 90 calories, 1 gram of fat and 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls:

1 package (13.8 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough, see shopping tip

1½ tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light, melted

4 tablespoons sugar

2½ teaspoons cinnamon

Ingredients for Glaze:

⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

1½ to 2 teaspoons nonfat milk


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.

2. Open the can of pizza dough and stretch out flat onto lined baking sheet. With a pastry brush, spread ½ of the butter (¾ tablespoon) all over dough. If you don’t have a brush, drizzle ¾ tablespoon all over dough and spread with a dull knife or back of spoon.

3. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, until well blended.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of this mixture over the top of pizza dough, covering the butter.  Starting at the shorter side, roll up the pizza dough so that the sugar mixture side is now inside the rolled dough.  Spread remaining butter over the top and sides of the rolled dough. In addition, sprinkle with 1½  tablespoons cinnamon/sugar mixture all over the the top and sides of the dough.

4. With a sharp knife, cut the roll crosswise into 16 slices. To ensure even size slices, first cut the rolled dough in half. Next, cut each half in half. Cut each piece in half again. Finally, cut each half into half again. You should have 16 slices.

5. Place each piece on the baking sheet and leave room between each for spreading. You might need to re-roll each piece to tighten up the rolls and tuck in the end of each roll to it keep it together. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture over the top of each sliced cinnamon roll.

6. Bake in oven for about 12-13 minutes until completely baked. Remove from oven and let cool.

7. To make glaze: In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and enough milk for a thick glaze consistency. Drizzle a little glaze over the cooled rolls.

8. These will keep wrapped on the counter top for a few days. When ready to serve, heat for about 10 seconds in the microwave. They also freeze great.

Makes 16 mini cinnamon rolls

Food Facts

The first cinnamon roll was baked in Sweden, where Oct. 4 is known as National Cinnamon Bun Day. Cinnamon rolls are known in Sweden as “kanelbulle.” This word literally means cinnamon bun.

Cinnamon rolls are a popular breakfast food in the United States. Philadelphia-style cinnamon rolls date back to the 18th century. These contains honey, sugar, cinnamon and raisins. They are often associated with Philadelphia and a coffee shop counter lined with sticky buns is still common in this city.

Shopping Tip

Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough can be found in most supermarkets in the refrigerated case where other types of packaged dough are sold.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers (old points) 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 mini cinnamon roll
90 calories, 1g fat, 0.3g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 2g protein, 18g carbs, 1g fiber, 185mg sodium, 7g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 Cinnabun Classic cinnamon roll
880 calories, 36g fat, 127g carbs, 13g protein, 2g fiber, 830mg sodium, 59g sugar

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13 Responses to “Skinny Mini Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Simon Says:

    I have just ordered some of these from the shops. I was very impressed and now I have stumbled upon your cinnamon rolls, perfect. I might keep going back for more if I make them small though. You cant beat pastries for breakfast.

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  4. admin Says:

    Thanks Simon!

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  6. admin Says:

    Thanks for such an amazing review on your site, Stephanie! Your photo looks terrific. I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe…

  7. Stephanie Says:

    No thank you!! I have made several of your recipies and have several more printed out to make also!

    You rock! Keep up the great yummy work!!

  8. admin Says:

    That makes me very happy Stephanie. Thanks so much!!! With best wishes, Nancy

  9. michele@hellolovelyinc Says:

    they look delish and i can smell the goodness through the screen!

    mmmmmmm, i’m sleepy just seeing the lovely photos!

    if you have a moment, we’d love you to drop by and enter the giveaway. hope you win!

    smiles to you.


  10. The Better Baker Says:

    You are soooo clever! I love the simplicity of this amazing recipe and know it must taste fattening. =) SO happy you linked up at Weekend Potluck.

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Marsha. I love sharing on Weekend Potluck each week!

  12. Georgia H. Says:

    Love this recipe! Tried it last night and my husband even approved! Thanks for the great WW-friendly recipes.

  13. admin Says:

    I’m thrilled you did. Thanks for letting me know Georgia!

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