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Grinch Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

Kids will love these fun Grinch cinnamon rolls come Christmas morning. All it takes is some green frosting and sprinkles to turn classic cinnamon rolls into a fun grinch recipe.

These ones are semi-homemade and use my delicious raspberry cinnamon roll recipe as the base. Use it or your favorite recipe to create these perfect Christmas morning cinnamon rolls.

Grinch cinnamon rolls

I don’t know anyone who didn’t grow up knowing and loving Dr. Seuss. I went to college at the University of California, San Diego. Its library is named for Theodor Geisel, the real name of the author Dr. Seuss.

Every year they would celebrate his birthday with a big party!

At Christmas time watching “How the Grinch stole Christmas” was, of course, a tradition. I also love the newer version with Jim Carrey though the original cartoon will always be my favorite.

Everyone knows that the Grinch’s heart is “two sizes too small” so these cinnamon rolls are covered in Grinchy green frosting and topped with tiny heart sprinkles.

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Check out the photos below to make your own Grinchy treats. If you want to use my raspberry cinnamon rolls as the base be sure to check out that post! (The recipe card at the end of this post also includes the instructions for making the cinnamon rolls too.)

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  • 1 pan of warm cinnamon rolls
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • green food coloring
  • heart sprinkles

How to make Grinch Cinnamon Rolls

1 – Mix together all the ingredients (minus the cinnamon rolls of course) to create a cream cheese frosting

2 – Drizzle the frosting over the warm cinnamon rolls. I put mine in a ziplock bag and clipped the corner to create a piping bag then spread it with a knife.

christmas morning cinnamon rolls

3 – Cover generously with heart sprinkles.

grinch cinnamon rolls

4 – Enjoy warm or reheat in the microwave.

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I hope you and your kids enjoy making and eating these fun grinch treats.

If you want to make these even easier, you can just make a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, or your favorite brand. Then add food coloring to the frosting provided and go from there.

I haven’t done it this way but you should be able to color the frosting that is provided. Just pour it into a bowl first to make it easier to mix.

Yield: 8 - 10 rolls

Grinch Cinnamon Rolls

grinch cinnamon rolls

These cute Grinch inspired cinnamon rolls are the perfect Grinch treat. They're a great choice for Christmas morning cinnamon rolls.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Main ingredients

  • 1 roll Pillsbury crescent dough sheet
  • 4-6oz raspberry jam, room temp
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Green food coloring
  • Heart Sprinkles


    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking pan.
    2. Roll the crescent dough out flat.
    3. Spread the raspberry jam across the dough. It will work better if it's at room temperature.
    4. Sprinkle on the brown sugar and cinnamon.
    5. Starting on the shorter edge roll the dough up into a log.
    6. Slice into 8-10 pieces with a serrated knife.
    7. Place in the baking pan and bake for 18-20 minutes.
    8. Cream together the frosting ingredients.
    9. Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix. Add more if you want a darker shade of green.
    10. Sprinkle heart sprinkles over the top.
    11. Serve and enjoy.


If you want to make these even faster you can buy the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in a tube and try to dye the frosting green or just add your own green frosting and sprinkles.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 181Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 92mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 0gSugar 23gProtein 1g

Nutrition is a rough estimate. Will vary based on exact products and quantities used.

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