Guest Blogger Monday! Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Welcome to our newest guest blogger, Marissa Rothkopf! Marissa was nice enough to share this ridiculously original idea with us. She tells us they got a fantastic response on Pinterest, thanks to a repin by Real Simple magazine (over 1400 repins). That’s a vote of confidence!

Marissa Rothkopf is a writer, editor and trained chef. She has worked for Nickelodeon, SPY magazine, Oxygen, iVillage and appeared on the Today show. She believes everyone can be a good cook and would be really honored if you would follow her blog about delicious recipes and teaching her English husband to cook at

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

My beloved Blue Star stove broke last week. As I am a model parent, I had just mixed up a batch of wholemeal chocolate-chip cookies to bring joy and delight to my children when they returned from school later that day. I turned the oven on to preheat it, left the room, and came back to the sickening smell of leaking gas. I turned off the oven, opened the window and left. This never happened to June Cleaver and I was a bit miffed.

I did not like the idea of a week without baking. I tucked the cookie dough into the ‘fridge and began to ponder new methods of baking the cookies. I’d baked a peach crumble once on the barbecue grill, and considered smoked chocolate chip cookies for a while. I considered making the cookies on my cast-iron pancake griddle. Deep fried cookie balls entertained me. But by then it was time for pick-up and the kids came home and stuffed something else in their mouths.

But I was itching to cook. A posting on Pinterest of some cinnamon waffles gave me an idea. What if I took the cinnamon rolls I had in the ‘fridge and cooked them on the waffle iron?

June Cleaver, eat your heart out. It was a very, very good idea.

Cinnamon-Roll Waffles


  • 1 tube Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Then What:

1. Preheat your waffle iron.

2. Open the tube of cinnamon rolls without shrieking when it goes “POP!” (The goal is for you to be better than I am.)

3. Spray your waffle iron with a generous amount of cooking spray, such as Pam, or brush with canola oil.

Waffle Prep

4. Place one roll on each waffle-making space. Close the lid and hold it shut. The dough is desperate to expand, but you don’t want it to. You want to waffle-ize it. After 30 seconds or so, the dough will have risen as high as it can and you can let go. Cook for another minute or so until the dough is a pleasing light brown color and no longer sticks to the waffle iron. These cook very quickly. The high sugar content gives these a tendency to burn so you don’t want to stray to far from the waffle iron.

5. Meanwhile, squeeze the container of icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls into a dish. Mix in the orange juice and zest.

6. Remove the waffles to a plate, drizzle with the orange icing while they are still warm, and eat.


Note: Whole Foods sells a fantastic brand of cinnamon rolls from Immaculate Baking in Massachusetts that doesn’t have any of the nasty preservatives, artificial flavors or weird dough stabilizers that other brands have.

ps: My later idea to try baking the chocolate chip cookies on the waffle iron was an unmitigated and acrid disaster. Please enjoy this photo, and be grateful you didn’t have to endure the lingering smell. Or the hateful task of scraping burnt chocolate chips from the interstices of a waffle iron. Yes, that is smoke rising in the photo.

Oops, don't try this at home.

3 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Monday! Cinnamon Roll Waffles

  1. suzanne says:

    i’m making these this morning! my girls are SO excited! 😀
    and thanks for the pre-warning on the chocolate chip cookies. i am forever experimenting with my PERFECT recipe, almost always an inferior product. 😦

  2. suzanne says:

    ok. i had to let you know what a HUGE hit these were. thing 3 said that they were her new favorite breakfast, which is awesome, but we never heard about her old favorite breakfast. but thing 1 said she wants these every weekend. 😀 and what i love is that i don’t have to stand in the kitchen for an hour making breakfast. a minute and a half.
    AND… i didn’t scream when the tube popped!!! 😉

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