Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels with Cream Cheese Glaze — A marriage of Cinnabon’s and Auntie Anne’s in one easy treat that’s ready in 15 minutes!! Soft pretzels that taste like cinnamon rolls so you don’t have to choose between favorites!!
The Easiest Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
Two of my favorite things about going to the mall are Cinnabon’s and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Sometimes it’s hard for me to choose which one I want. Long gone are the metabolism days where I can have both.
So, I made soft pretzels that taste like Cinnabon’s so that I don’t have to choose.
These are the easiest and fastest soft baked pretzels you’ll ever make because they start with a tube of Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. No yeast dough to worry about or wait for to rise. I love these from-scratch cinnamon rolls and scratch pretzels but I also appreciate shortcuts.
What’s in Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels?
To make copycat Cinnabon cinnamon sugar soft pretzels, you’ll need:
- Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls with Icing
- Cream cheese
- Confectioners’ sugar
- Milk or cream
How to Make Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
Simply uncoil the cinnamon rolls, reshape them into pretzels, and bake. They’re ready in less than 15 minutes minutes. Love that.
While the pretzels bake, make the tangy cream cheese glaze. Cream cheese frosting and cinnamon rolls are a match made in heaven and the sweet yet tangy glaze with the warm pretzels is epic.
You’ll have more glaze than you need as a drizzle, so feel free to start dunking the pretzels in it like I do. I can’t get enough of this copycat Cinnabon cream cheese frosting!
Can I Use Homemade Cinnamon Rolls?
Be my guest! If you’re determined to make these copycat Cinnabon cinnamon sugar pretzels from scratch, I recommend using my quick 1-hour cinnamon rolls recipe to make your life as easy as possible.
Tips for Making Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels
These baked soft pretzels are best warm and fresh, but will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat for 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave before serving.
Although there is glaze included in the tube of cinnamon rolls, I prefer my homemade glaze. It tastes more like the actual Cinnabon frosting, in my humble opinion.
I’ve only made this recipe using the Pillsbury brand cinnamon rolls, but I’m sure you could use another brand if needed. Likewise, you can use a gluten-free or vegan cinnamon roll option, if desired.
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- one 17.5-ounce tube Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls with Icing
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened (lite okay)
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk or cream, plus more as needed for desired consistency
- Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- Uncoil one Cinnabon roll and reshape into a pretzel (tutorial here), place on baking sheet, and repeat with remaining 4 rolls.
- Bake for about 13 to 14 minutes or until just set; don’t overbake. Pretzels firm up dramatically as they cool. Allow pretzels to cool on baking sheet.
- While pretzels bake, make the glaze.
- To a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and beat with an electric handheld mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and combined. Add additional milk as necessary to achieve desired consistency.
- Drizzle glaze over pretzels and serve immediately.
Storage: Pretzels are best warm and fresh but will keep airtight for up to 4 days; reheat for 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave before serving.
You’ll have more glaze than you need as a drizzle so feel free to start dunking the pretzels in it. Extra glaze will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Although there is glaze included in the tube of rolls, I prefer my homemade glaze.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 705Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1367mgCarbohydrates: 106gFiber: 1gSugar: 45gProtein: 11g
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