July 16, 2011

Cinna-Man These Are Good!- Rolls

Saturday morning when we were growing up was reserved for cartoons and brunch; wether it's french toast or waffles or - our favorite - cinnamon rolls. In an effort to recapture our childhood while living in a dorm we've come up with a way to make Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the microwave. Even though we're calling this one "Store-bought Done Right" we didn't do anything special to these rolls- we were just excited they came out right (trust us... we've had our share of rock-hard, inedible rolls).

Cinnamon rolls + hungry chemists = love!
Butter the bottom of a tall, glass baking dish then arrange the rolls as far from each other as possible . We used a square pan but if you have a round one that will let the rolls climb up the side as they rise that one would be ideal. Nuke on 50% power for 5 minutes then let stand in the microwave for an additional 5 minutes. Take the metal top off the icing container and warm for 7 seconds. Spread the icing over you rolls and enjoy!

Cinnamon roll glamor shot
Since cinnamon rolls are yeast-risen they are tricky in the microwave. If you try to cook them on regular power the microwaves are too intense and will kill off the yeast too quickly leaving gummy, rock-hard rolls. That being said, when prepared this way the rolls aren't the softest on the planet but they're still pretty darn good! All in all if you have access to a conventional oven, use it.

Well that's all for now! Keep cooking and remember:

No kitchen, no problem!



  1. Fuck fuck fuyck eaoihfoaf... Well, that's that then. Burnt and bitter cinammon rolls that are mostly inedible... But no! I don't blame you. No worries. I blame my roommate's ancient microwave that tends to spit and hiss at the mere notion of having to cook anything properly.

    Oh well. Does make me miss the crappy Bard kitchens though...

  2. I did this and they were amazing!! I did 5 mins 50% and 5 mins 60% and one min 100%. Omg they are better than my oven ones. I don't even have a working oven right now, thank you soooo much for this post!!

  3. My kids was worrying me to death to bake the cinnamon rolls stove is out so I said well let me try them in the microwave, so I put them on a regular plate and put them in the microwave for 4mins they came out perfect they are licking there fingers right now!!!! This has just proved to me that you can cook almost everything in the microwave luv it

  4. Me and my roommates just moved into a house. No stove, just my mini fridge, and a microwave. This helped us celebrate our freedom from our previous situation! Amazing cinnamon rolls! We may not need to rush for that stove/oven after all!! Thank you so much for posting!!

  5. I am praying they come out edible. I don't know if I changed the power right but I'm staring at them...

  6. It Works!!! I live in a guest house with stove top and No Oven. I bought the Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll with Orange Icing having forgot the absence of the oven. Well...I have a 6 year old daughter expecting Cinnamon and needed to avoid her freaking out. I found this article online and WALAH! It worked well for us at 50% and 6 min Thanks for the well done research!!!

  7. This did not work for me at all!!!!! The roll just burnt!

  8. Perfect! I forgot to preheat my oven this morning so I was scrambling for an alternative. I don't think I will use the oven for them ever again!