Snowman Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Servings: 5

When a kid-friendly recipe doubles as a kid-friendly activity, we know we’re on to something! Bring the magic of snowman-building indoors with these five-ingredient cinnamon rolls that are perfect for holidays, snow days and Saturdays!


  • 1 can (496 g) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Cinnamon Rolls with Icing (5 count)
  • 125 g (half of 250 g package) cream cheese, softened
  • Blue gel food colour
  • 5 small white gumdrops
  • 5 small orange gumdrops
  • 35 brown M&M's® Minis® chocolate candies
  • Candy sprinkles and coloured sugars, as desired
  • Small coloured gumdrops, as desired


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Separate dough into 5 rolls; return icing to refrigerator. Place rolls 2 inches apart on cookie sheet; flatten rolls slightly with hands.
  3. Bake about 10 minutes or until light golden brown and firm enough to turn; turn over, and continue to bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. In small bowl, place icing from container. Add cream cheese; beat with spoon until well blended. On flat side of each roll, spread 1 heaping tablespoon cream cheese icing over bottom two-thirds of roll.
  5. For hat, to remaining icing, tint with blue food colour to desired colour. Spread 2 teaspoons tinted icing to cover unfrosted part on each roll. Slightly flatten white gumdrop; place on hat for pom pom. Press 1 orange gumdrop to form pointed nose; place in centre of roll. Place brown candies for eyes and smile. Repeat for remaining rolls. Decorate using photo as a guide.

Expert Tips

  • Make your snowman rolls even more festive, and use red or green food colour instead of blue for the hats.
  • If desired, use miniature chocolate chips instead of M&M’s™ Minis™ chocolate candies. Or use both!
  • To quickly soften cream cheese, remove from wrapper, and place on microwavable plate; microwave uncovered on High about 15 seconds or just until softened.