Best Cinnamon Rolls: 5 Store-Bought Cinnamon Rolls That Are the Stuff of Dreams

The best cinnamon rolls are indulgent and heavenly. They satisfy our deepest cravings for fluffy, sweet pastries with their tender texture and delightful warmth. The icing on a cinnamon roll should be creamy, sweet, and flavorful. Cream cheese is welcomed, but not necessarily a requirement. And the cinnamon flavor, whether embedded in the roll itself or in the icing, should be just the right amount. Too much cinnamon overpowers the rest of the pastry. A good cinnamon roll has lovely balance but still feels like the type of food that you shouldn’t be eating. And, guess what? You can find this ultimate breakfast treat at your local grocery store. 

Before today, I had never opened a tube of cinnamon rolls in my life. Jordan Myrick had to show me how to do it, then show me again, then just take the tubes away from me and do it themself. Regardless of being such a novice in the store bought cinnamon roll space, I found this taste test to be wonderful. Fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls are an exquisite treat that I associate with chilly December mornings and hot coffee. It’s a treat meant for an indulgent holiday breakfast. The fluffy, tender roll and the creamy, cloying icing pair oh so well with the warmly spiced cinnamon flavor. Usually, I’m more of a donut guy. But after today, I’ll be having cinnamon rolls a lot more often. Here are the five best store bought cinnamon rolls. 

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Best of the Best

Pillsbury Original

Pillsbury just gets it. They make the best cinnamon rolls—they’re downright iconic. It’s all about texture, and these rolls just have it, baby. They’re flaky, soft, and tender. Pillsbury cinnamon rolls make me want to get all poetic and call them ethereal, but that’s what they are. They’re too good for this world and we don’t deserve them. Staff writer Jordan Myrick and I had a blast munching on these in the kitchen here at Mythical. Pillsbury’s classic cinnamon rolls have the perfect alchemy of flavor. The cinnamon and sweet, gooey icing you spread on these bad boys are a wonderful team. My only issue with most cinnamon rolls: Not enough icing. The packet they include could be doubled, in my opinion. The people have spoken (Jordan and I). We want more icing.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best No-Bake

Cinnaroll Cream Cheese Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnarolls are meant to be reheated in the microwave, so you don’t get that super fresh, doughy, just-out-of-the-oven experience that you get from Pillsbury. But these are still quite tender and fluffy. The thing you miss out on with pre-baked cinnamon rolls is flakiness, so these can only rank so high. The cream cheese frosting is a lovely touch—the flavor is slightly tart while still being quite rich. Cinnarolls hit the spot. They’re the best cinnamon rolls to buy if you only have the patience to microwave before you eat.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best for Christmas

Pillsbury Orange Rolls

These orange-frosted pastries are the best cinnamon rolls for a very specific need: a decadent, holiday breakfast. Puffy, sweet, and tender cinnamon rolls with orange icing is just so Christmasy. The orange flavor is floral, bright, mellow, and it compliments the very indulgent cinnamon roll quite well. Pillsbury makes great products and I found these to be exquisitely comforting. These cinnamon rolls have me absolutely jacked for Christmas. That’s right—jacked.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Cinnamon Flavor

Annie’s Organic

My notes regarding these cinnamon rolls are filled with expletives. That’s how good they were. These had more pure spice flavor than other cinnamon rolls.  They don’t skimp on the spice, so if you like that blast of flavor, these are the best store bought cinnamon rolls for you. And if you’re all about organic ingredients, go with these. Me? I still prefer Pillsbury.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Oversized Roll

Marketside Cinnamon Rolls

We all had a great time munching on these cinnamon rolls in the Sporked office. These rolls are huge and absolutely drowning in icing. Eating one makes me want to use words like “journey,” “undertaking,” and “project.” These are the most straightforwardly indulgent of the cinnamon rolls on this list. Also, putting them in the microwave for a few seconds enhances the texture greatly, making them warm, gooey, and fluffy. Why bake cinnamon rolls when these exist? It’s the best cinnamon roll for a seriously decadent morning.

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Rating:

8/10

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Other products we tried: Immaculate, Pillsbury Pumpkin Spice, Archer Farms, Bakery Fresh, Bake House Creations, Bristol Farms, Pillsbury Butter Cream, Rhodes. 

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About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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  • Y’all should try Rhodes Anytime bake and serve that comes in this round tin that you just pop in the oven 20/10!

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    • This is what I look for as my first option for sure.

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  • Omg I was just at the grocery store googling reviews of cinnamon rolls to figure out which was best!

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  • “Best Cinnamon Flavor” is what I’m here for, so I’m happy that’s what I grabbed at the store.

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