Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Easy slow cooker recipes like this cinnamon roll casserole are the perfect way to kick start your day or weekend brunch! Moist, tender cinnamon coffee cake is topped with a sweet vanilla bean cream cheese icing. That’s the kind of good morning you deserve, and honestly, it’s yummi!

One of the reasons I love this recipe is that it can be made in such a quick amount of time. I popped a batch into the slow cooker before we left for church and came home two hours later to the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla baking their way into an ooey, gooey cinnamon roll cake.

Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole recipe, from @itsyummi

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I whipped up Nielsen-Massey vanilla bean paste and some cream cheese for the icing. It’s such an easy recipe that even your little kids can get into the action.

Oh, and if you prefer to make your cinnamon roll dough from scratch instead of using the convenient refrigerated style rolls, by all means do so. Just use homemade unbaked cinnamon rolls in place of the prepared dough used in this recipe.

Enjoy this slow cooker cinnamon roll casserole!

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Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole recipe, from @itsyummi

Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole recipe - get it from @itsyummi


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Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 2 hr Yields 16

Sweet cinnamon rolls are kissed with a batch of vanilla bean cream cheese icing for a weekend brunch treat that your family will love! If you prefer to make your cinnamon roll dough from scratch, by all means do so. Just use the uncooked dough in place of the prepared dough used in this recipe.


  • 2 tubes (12 ounces each) cinnamon rolls, each piece cut in half
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 ounces (1/2 liquid cup) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 batch vanilla bean cream cheese icing (see recipe, below)

For Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste


  1. For Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing

  2. Add cream cheese and butter to a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer (or stand mixer) until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients. Beat on high until mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. For Cinnamon Roll Casserole
  4. Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  5. Place a layer of cinnamon roll pieces to cover the bottom of your slow cooker, squishing pieces together as needed to fill any gaps.
  6. Beat eggs, whipping cream, maple syrup, vanilla extract and spices until well blended.
  7. Pour mixture evenly over the rolls in the slow cooker.
  8. Place any remaining roll pieces on top and spoon one packet of icing evenly over rolls.
  9. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours or until sides are golden and rolls are set. Use a large spatula to carefully remove the cinnamon rolls from the slow cooker.
  10. Transfer rolls to a serving platter and use an offset spatula to spread remaining icing over top of rolls. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Recipes that Crock

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Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole recipe - from @itsyummi

39 Replies to "Easy Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole"

  • Kelli October 4, 2017 (8:29 pm)

    Just got mine in the crock pot! Can’t wait for the results… Kinda sceptical seeing as it’s the first dessert I’ve made in my crock pot but I’m sure it’s AMAZING!! I’ll share my results as soon as I try it.

    • Becca October 5, 2017 (9:11 am)

      Kelli, I’m excited to hear what you think of the cinnamon roll casserole. I hope you find that baking in a slow cooker is super easy and that you love the cinnamon roll casserole as much as I do!

      • Kelli October 6, 2017 (1:00 am)

        I think it turned out pretty good I kinda kept going around the edges and kinda swirled through the middle only because of the comments if it being burnt on the sides and gooey in the middle I was really impressed!! Kids liked it and so did the man of the house!! Thank you!! I wonder if it would work with the orange cinnamon rolls too… Those are my favs!

        • Becca October 6, 2017 (8:06 am)

          Oh my gosh, Kelli… I’ve never had orange cinnamon rolls, but that sounds FABULOUS! If the dough is the same, I say GO FOR IT!

  • M. Valdes December 11, 2016 (4:30 pm)

    It did not work. It tasted like egg. Used the instant pot and it was not edible. The only thing I will keep from this recipe, is the icing. It was pretty good! Sorry.

    • Becca December 12, 2016 (6:17 am)

      Aww. I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t like the cinnamon roll casserole. Because I don’t have an Instapot, I’ve never tried making the recipe in one. I know that it’s similar to a pressure cooker, which is going to cook things much more quickly than a slow cooker will. Perhaps that had something to do with the different result, or it could simply be a matter of wanting a different taste and texture than what you had. If you try making this again, perhaps you could reduce the amount of eggs to 3 and see if you have a better result. Either way, thank you for your comment!

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  • Laura @MotherWouldKnow November 17, 2015 (7:23 pm)

    I’ve seen cakes made in a slow cooker, but never made one myself. the concept sounds so simple and using a refrigerated dough makes this so simple, it’s practically unbelievable. Bravo!

    • Chef Bec November 17, 2015 (10:25 pm)

      I hope you have a chance to try it sometime, Laura. It’s super convenient and your kitchen won’t get hot! 🙂

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables November 17, 2015 (7:33 am)

    omg YUM! I love that I could just stick this in my crockpot! So perfect for busy holiday gatherings 🙂

    • Chef Bec November 17, 2015 (9:36 am)

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Liz. Slow cooker desserts like this crustless pumpkin pie are made for Thanksgiving (or any crazy crowd of people celebrating!)

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  • Sarah August 10, 2015 (6:26 am)

    Don’t mind me over here drooling over the idea of slow cooker cinnamon rolls. YUM.

  • Katarina February 15, 2015 (7:52 pm)

    I love cinnamon rolls and this looks so good!

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  • Bernadette February 4, 2015 (6:12 pm)

    I’m packing right now to come to your house for you to make these for me! Any chance it’s warmer there? Probably not, but I can dream. These sound great, Becca!

  • Shaina February 3, 2015 (2:15 pm)

    Omg, nothing would have warmed me up more while I was freezing in NY then one of these cinnamon rolls! YUM!

  • Amanda February 3, 2015 (12:54 pm)

    I love everything about this recipe, easy and delicious!!!

  • Yum Goggle February 3, 2015 (8:54 am)

    Hi there from YG. Thanks for the submission! we love slow cooker and half-way homemade (using convenience foods) meals so please keep those and all your recipes coming!

    • Chef Becca February 4, 2015 (9:19 am)

      Thank you so much, Yum Goggle! <3

  • Terri/Love and Confections February 3, 2015 (12:03 am)

    This recipe sounds amazing – even better that is made in a slow cooker! Seriously loving that #VanillaWeek is now “epic” 😉 Thanks for participating Becca!

    • Chef Becca February 3, 2015 (3:44 am)

      Terri, this slow cooker cinnamon roll casserole recipe is so easy to make that I should probably feel guilty about making it, but I can’t. It’s too delicious; )

  • eat good 4 life February 2, 2015 (7:40 pm)

    No way, this looks fantastic. I could have never thought you can make cinnamon rolls in a slow cooker.

    • Chef Becca February 4, 2015 (9:19 am)

      I know, right? Easy peasy slow cooker cinnamon rolls for the win!

  • Kristen February 2, 2015 (6:34 pm)

    Oh Becca! My imagination is killing me as I think of those filling the house with WONDERFUL aromas!

    • Chef Becca February 3, 2015 (3:48 am)

      Kristen, the aroma in the house as I walked in the door was crazy awesome!I hope you have a chance to experience it for yourself!

  • Brianne February 2, 2015 (12:05 pm)

    Oh man, Becca, bring it on!!!

  • Marion February 2, 2015 (10:55 am)

    This is a thing? You can do this in a slow cooker?!! This is definitely a slow cooker recipe I can dig in to! That Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing sounds heavenly!

    • Chef Becca February 3, 2015 (3:53 am)

      Marion, at times like this, I’d like to give the inventor of the slow cooker a giant kiss on the lips!

  • Shanna February 2, 2015 (9:32 am)

    That is pretty genius using a slow cooker for these so they get to slowly rise then bake at the same time and no turning on the oven to heat the house when baking. Nice!

    • Chef Becca February 3, 2015 (3:51 am)

      I secretly love being a lazy chef with my slow cooker, Shanna! Wait…maybe it’s not much of a secret 😉

  • Susie Gall February 2, 2015 (8:17 am)

    Great idea! I love this, Bec, and can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Rachel February 2, 2015 (8:07 am)

    oh.em.gee. Cinnamon rolls are so delicious and SO good in the morning {or any time, really} with a cup of coffee. THese look incredibly delicious! And that icing! Pass me a wedge {or two}!

  • Kim - Life in the Van February 2, 2015 (7:28 am)

    I never would have thought of this but now can’t wait to try it. Looks delicious!

  • Liz February 2, 2015 (7:12 am)

    Wow, who knew you could make such marvelous cinnamon rolls in a slow cooker! They look amazing, Becca!!!

  • Alice February 2, 2015 (6:31 am)

    Becca! you made a cinnamon roll cake in a slow cooker?!! oh my gawd, I love this!! ooey, gooey, swet goodness, looks great!!! here’s to kicking off Vanilla week, woot woot!!

    • Chef Becca February 2, 2015 (6:37 am)

      I couldn’t help myself, Alice! Oooey gooey slow cooker cinnamon rolls are my weakness 😉

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