Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding Recipe

Have you ever found yourself wishing you could have cinnamon rolls and bread pudding all in the same dish? Well, even if you haven't, you'll still be tempted by this cinnamon roll bread pudding recipe, courtesy of recipe developer Jessica Morone. This recipe combines the sweetness of refrigerated cinnamon rolls along with the creamy, eggy decadence of bread pudding. And, thanks to the addition of pecans, there's also a wonderful crunchy element.

"My favorite thing about this dish is how easy it is to make," Morone explains. "There are just a few ingredients, and you can even bake the cinnamon rolls ahead of time and assemble it quickly to bake it in the morning if you want an easy breakfast." We love any easy, ready-to-bake dish for busy mornings! As if the ease of this recipe wasn't enough to love, the texture and flavor are both sublime. "The texture of this bread pudding is like a smooth, fluffy custard, and the pecans give it a nice bit of crunch for added texture and flavor," Morone says. Cinnamon rolls are a classic breakfast dish, and this recipe takes things to a whole new level.

Gather the ingredients to make cinnamon roll bread pudding

While you're likely eager to hop right into this recipe, let's make sure you have all of the right ingredients. Luckily, this is an easy recipe to make, and the ingredients are pretty minimal. You'll need a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls, chopped pecans, milk (Morone says any kind will work), heavy cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Be sure to check your fridge and pantry before heading to the store to buy these ingredients — many of them are likely already in your kitchen.

Prepare the cinnamon rolls

To get started on this recipe, you'll first want to preheat the oven to 350 F and focus on the cinnamon rolls. Pop open the can and lay the cinnamon rolls out onto a greased pan, then bake them per the package instructions. Once they're done baking, allow them to cool completely before handling them. Then, cut the cinnamon rolls into 1-inch pieces, place them in a large bowl with the chopped pecans, and mix them together. The sweet cinnamon rolls paired with the crunchy, nutty pecans creates a truly irresistible flavor combination!

Make and pour the pudding mixture on top of the cinnamon rolls

Now that the cinnamon rolls are ready to go, you can grab a bowl and add in the milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract. Give all of these ingredients a good stir, then pour it over the cinnamon roll chunks. Allow the liquid to absorb into the cinnamon rolls for 20 minutes. Then, pour the entire mixture into a greased 8x8-inch baking dish.

Bake the cinnamon roll bread pudding and drizzle with icing

Pop the cinnamon roll mixture into the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the center is set. While that's baking, add the powdered sugar to a small bowl and whisk it together with the remaining 2 tablespoons of milk. Start by adding just 1 tablespoon of the milk, then add the other as the mixture starts to form an icing consistency. Once the cinnamon roll bread pudding is done baking, pull the dish out of the oven, drizzle the icing on top, and enjoy! 

"I think having it with coffee or tea in the morning makes the perfect breakfast," Morone says. Of course, you could also enjoy this sweet treat as a dessert. As for leftovers, Morone says that you can store them in the fridge for five days or freeze them for up to three months. "I suggest saving a little bit of the frosting on the side so you can add it to the bread pudding before reheating it," she advises. We hope you enjoy this sweet, easy-to-make breakfast treat.

Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding Recipe
5 from 74 ratings
It's not cinnamon rolls, it's not bread pudding, and it's not really cake. And yet, this easy cinnamon roll bread pudding recipe is the best of all worlds.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
1
hour
Servings
8
Servings
slice of cinnamon roll cake
Total time: 1.17 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 17.5 ounce can refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons milk, divided
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 5 large eggs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Place the cinnamon rolls in a greased pan and bake them according to the package directions. Let them cool completely.
  2. Cut the cinnamon rolls into 1-inch pieces and place them in a large bowl. Add the chopped pecans and mix together.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together ½ cup milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the cinnamon rolls and stir to coat. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes to soak up some of the liquid.
  4. Pour the cinnamon roll mixture into a greased 8x8-inch pan.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the center is set.
  6. In a small bowl add the powdered sugar. Whisk in the remaining milk 1 tablespoon at a time until the icing is a drizzling consistency.
  7. Drizzle the icing over the bread pudding. Serve warm.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 433
Total Fat 22.8 g
Saturated Fat 8.3 g
Trans Fat 2.7 g
Cholesterol 145.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 49.6 g
Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
Total Sugars 28.8 g
Sodium 544.1 mg
Protein 8.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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