Leftover Biscuit Dough? Make Cinnamon Rolls!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I take the scrap dough from homemade biscuits & make a small pan of cinnamon rolls. They bake right alongside my biscuits and offer us an extra treat with breakfast! 

I take the scrap dough from homemade biscuits & make a small pan of cinnamon rolls. They bake right alongside my biscuits! #TexasHomesteader

Making Fluffy Homemade Biscuits

I tried unsuccessfully for years to make delicious homemade biscuits for RancherMan. When I say unsuccessfully, I mean they always turned out too dry & crumbly. Or with not enough flavor. Or just plain blahhhhh….

But I’ve finally stumbled upon the secret of delicious, moist, flavorful homemade biscuits! I make them often for RancherMan. Homemade biscuit dough being cut with vintage cutter. #TexasHomesteader

But recently I was serving him breakfast in bed for his birthday and he requested eggs, bacon, gravy and homemade biscuits. As I rolled them out I found I had some biscuit dough leftover (as I always do!)

Usually I’ll cut them into more biscuits and place them on a piece of aluminum foil to cook right alongside the others. But I wonder if I could make something different with this small amount of leftover biscuit dough.

I wonder if I can sweeten leftover biscuit dough & make a few cinnamon rolls? Hummm…

Leftover Biscuit Dough Into Cinnamon Rolls

So after I’d patted the dough out and cut them into enough biscuits to fill my cast iron skillet, I gathered all the trimmings together.

I sprinkled a little sugar on the dough trimmings & kneaded it all back together. This will lightly sweeten the dough. Don’t worry – more sweet is coming along!

Rolling Dough, Cutting Cinnamon Rolls

I rolled out the dough into a rectangle again. This time instead of rolling it into fat biscuit thickness, I rolled it as flat as I could comfortably get it.

I used a repurposed bread bag between the dough & my rolling pin to make this task easier. It kept the dough from sticking to my rolling pin.

Finally I got it down to about 1/2″ thick. Since this is just biscuit dough, I sprinkle the flattened dough liberally with cinnamon & sugar to sweeten it more.

How To Flavor Biscuit Dough For Cinnamon Rolls

Now that my leftover biscuit dough is rolled into a rectangle I dot the surface with butter.

I’m pretty liberal with the butter since my cinnamon rolls won’t be light fluffy yeasty bread textured, but heavier biscuit bread textured. I want the butter to melt & soften my cinnamon rolls.

Now I roll the dough tightly into a long log. I cut the log into about 1″ to 1.5″ rounds and place them in one of my grandmother’s Corning Ware dishes.

I love to use my grandmother's vintage CorningWare baking dishes in my Homestead kitchen. #TexasHomesteader

Then right before placing them in the oven alongside my homemade biscuits, I sprinkle the exposed surface with more cinnamon & sugar and dot each one with a small amount of butter.

The butter will melt through the middles adding a little extra mmmmmmmm! That leftover dough makes a small pan of about 4-6 cinnamon rolls – perfect for us!

Now I simply place them into my oven at the same time I place my skillet of biscuits. They both cook at the same time.

I take the scrap dough from homemade biscuits & make a small pan of cinnamon rolls. They bake right alongside my biscuits! #TexasHomesteader

Simple Mix-n-Drizzle Icing For Cinnamon Rolls

When they come out of the oven I want a little drizzly icing for the tops. .

So I stir up about a cup of powdered sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract and a couple of drops of milk. Not much now, just enough to make the icing thick enough to stay on top of the cinnamon rolls but thin enough to drizzle.  Per-FECTION!

When I serve my handsome man his special breakfast there will be biscuits & gravy, eggs and bacon of course. But then I’ll offer a little sumpin-sumpin extra – decadent homemade cinnamon rolls. He LOVES these!

I take the scrap dough from homemade biscuits & make a small pan of cinnamon rolls. They bake right alongside my biscuits! #TexasHomesteader

I’m thinking next time I might roll in some of my homemade apple pie filling to make an apple frittery kind of delight, whaddya think?

The apples could add some of the moisture that the excess butter was doing in this version. I think it might be delicious, so I’ll try that next time.

In the meantime I love that I’ve figured out something very fun, delicious and quick to make good use from that leftover biscuit dough. He requests cinnamon rolls every time now!

So if you are making homemade biscuits and wondering what to do with that extra dough, give it a try!

Leftover Biscuit-Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Since there are so many variables (How much dough you have leftover, how sweet you like your cinnamon rolls, etc) there’s really not a recipe, per se. But here’s the quick instructions how I typically make ’em.

Really making cinnamon rolls with leftover biscuit dough is just this easy:

Ingredients For Leftover Dough Cinnamon Rolls:

      • Leftover Biscuit Dough

      • Softened Butter To Taste

      • Cinnamon to taste

      • Sugar To Taste

Instructions For Making Leftover Dough Cinnamon Rolls

  • Roll leftover biscuit dough approximately 1/2″ thick.  Dot with butter and spread evenly across the surface of the dough.  Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon & sugar. 
  • Roll dough tightly into long log. Cut 1″ to 1.5″ disks from log and place cut side down into hot buttered baking dish. Repeat until dough log is completely cut.
  • Place a small pat of butter on top of each cinnamon roll and place into oven. Bake alongside your biscuits (mine bake in about 15 minutes at 450 degrees)
  • Top with frosting made of powdered sugar, a few drops of milk and a few drops of vanilla extract if desired.

~TxH~

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5 thoughts on “Leftover Biscuit Dough? Make Cinnamon Rolls!

  1. Erin Hilty

    I just made these, and they LOOK and SMELL amazing! I’m hoping they will keep in the fridge overnight until so we can have them in the morning. I didn’t put the icing on them; will wait til morning for that step.

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  2. Jeannee J Taylor

    I just love me some cinnamon rolls! These look awesome and easy! win! win!
    Thanks for sharing on #HomeMattersParty
    Jeannee

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  3. Kaiden Puentes

    I am going to try this over the weekend.

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  4. Kathryn Grace

    Oh my goodness, but those look wonderful. I can’t imagine having leftover biscuit dough. The most I end up with is a tiny 1-inch puck, which I just bake alongside the biscuits. It gets extra crispy, of course. But I think I will try turning my biscuit dough into cinnamon rolls using your recipe and method one of these days. What a special treat that would be!

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  5. Kathryn Grace

    Oh my goodness, but those look wonderful. I can’t imagine having leftover biscuit dough. The most I end up with is a tiny 1-inch puck, which I just bake alongside the biscuits. It gets extra crispy, of course. But I think I will try turning my biscuit dough into cinnamon rolls using your recipe and method one of these days. What a special treat that would be!

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