Cinnamon Love Knots



Valentine’s Day is often considered a romantic holiday but I like to make it about all of the people I love in my life, most importantly my children. We do this by having a special family dinner with a Valentine’s theme. Heart shaped mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes piped onto their plates in the shape of hearts, and these rolls are always part of that menu.

My children love cinnamon love knots and its such a special treat to have a yeast roll with the surprise of cinnamony sweetness.

Of course, if the recipe is from me you know its going to be streamlined and easy for those of us with limited time in the kitchen who still want to add that special touch to our meal! Frozen roll dough make this recipe possible for anyone who doesn’t have the time to make dough from scratch.


You’ll need: Cinnamon, sugar, frozen yeast roll dough, and a stick of margarine. It doesn’t matter what brand of roll dough you get, this is what Wally World had but I have used other brands and had just as good of results (I couldn’t tell the difference).

Oh and folks….my cinnamon costs fifty cents a bottle. Seriously. Fifty cents!


Place dough balls on plate that has been sprayed with cooking spray and let thaw.

These photos are a bit off because my five month old Nikon camera went kapoot due to a defect which had been determined on previous models of the same camera, but that Nikon still continued to sell regardless of this fact ~smiles sweetly~. They are going to fix it for me (the generous little dears) but I have to mail my camera back to them and wait four to five weeks to receive it back. Hmmm, would it have been easier to fix the known defect before selling the cameras? I know, my thinking is just backwards. I got the “little lady” treatment when I called them, too. Obviously me bein’ a woman and all, I’m just not thinking clearly. Best get back to cookin’ so I don’t tax my wee little brain cells ~grins~.


Place sugar and cinnamon in bowl.


Stir until well combined. Now you know I’m gonna be disappointed in you if you don’t taste a pinch of that.

I mean, how could you (in good conscience) roll your dough in that if you aren’t really sure it tastes good!?


Once your dough is thawed, roll it out into six inch tubes.

This is a great time for your kids with play-doh skills to help :)


Tie those into knots.


Dip each knot into melted butter


Roll in cinnamon sugar


Repeat with all of them. Now if you want it to be even sweeter, you can dip the tubes in the butter and cinnamon/sugar before tying them into knots. That gets them covered a lot more.

I do both, depending on my mood.


Cover the rolls with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray so it won’t stick to them.

Make sure that plate they are on has cooking spray on it too!


Let them rise until doubled in size, one and a half to two hours.

See, if you roll them in the butter and sugar mixture before tying them there won’t be the bald spots on them after they have risen. I just wanted a little less sweetness this time (dieting….shhh! don’t tell!).


Once they have risen, transfer to a greased baking sheet.

I lined mine with foil because I was feelin’ lazy. ~she says in a sing-song voice~

You can also let them rise on the sheet if you want and then just take your plastic wrap off before baking.

Place these in a 350 degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned.



For an added treat, serve these with the cinnamon cream cheese icing recipe below!

Cinnamon Love Knots
Cook time
Total time
For the Cinnamon Love Knots
  • 8 balls of Frozen yeast roll dough (such as Rhode’s)
  • 1 cup sugar 2 T cinnamon
  • 1 stick margarine, melted
For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ stick margarine or butter
  • 1½ to 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp butter flavoring (can substitute Vanilla)
  • 1 T cinnamon
For the Cinnamon Love Knots
  1. Place dough balls on plate sprayed lightly with baking spray to prevent them from sticking. Allow to thaw but not rise.
  2. Once thawed, melt margarine in microwave. Stir cinnamon and sugar together in separate bowl. Roll out dough into tube about six inches long. Tie into knots.
  3. Dip into margarine and then roll into cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on greased pan and cover with greased plastic wrap. Leave in warm place and allow to rise until double in size (about one and a half to two hours).
  4. Bake at 350 for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until brown. For an added treat, prepare the following cream cheese icing to be served with rolls.
For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Soften cream cheese and margarine by leaving out on counter until it reaches room temperature. Combine the two in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.
  2. Add sugar. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add flavoring and cinnamon, mixing until well incorporated and icing is creamy.
  4. Serve with warm rolls.

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  1. says

    So fun! I’ve seen rolls tied in a knot, and I’ve seen rolls dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen both characteristics in the same rolls. They look great!

    And man, those Nikon people sure sound wonderful. Howgenerous of them to agree to fix your camera for you, even though you’re just a woman. Wow. Silly men.

  2. Sonya M. says

    I think I will make the meatloaf for my hubby for Valentine’s Day. Do you have heart-shaped tins? I forgot to look for that meatloaf seasoning the last time I was in the store. I will have to hide the sauce and oats so that he doesn’t obsess about the carbs!

    I went to an antique store last weekend and thought of you! I got a few little kitchen things. Saw a set of Fire King tulip bowls, but one was faded and I’m cheap so I decided not to get them!

    Happy birthday tomorrow, in case you decide to take the day off from blogging!

    • says

      Hey! I use a heart shaped muffin pan for mine but you can use a regular muffin pan, line it with muffin papers and then take a little ball of aluminum foil and stick in between the muffin paper and the muffin tin to make them heart shaped :)

      OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH I just love my tulip bowls!!!! I have three, I am only missing one to have the set but I DO have the tulip grease jar WITH lid!!!!!!

      Thank you so much!!! I am going to put up a quick post in the morning before I get caught up in school parties and taking care of kids all day (not even a day off, can you believe that? 😉
      Be sure and tune in for the post, I’m gonna ask a favor of you all!

      • Brenda says

        These rolls are to die for! I cannot wait to make them for my hubby (course, I will have to sample a few for myself…)

        I am now (thanks to Christy) looking for those Tulip bowls – I fell in LOVE with the bowl in one of your posts. I collect bowls, especially the old ones that have stories to tell, so I am looking everywhere I go for one of these!

        Thanks so much, Christy, and keep those ‘chrecipies’ comin’!

        an avid fan,

  3. Valerie says

    Yum those do look good, but, I am dieting also…hey…how about a recipe or two or tips for us southerner dieters? :-) Well, I guess you have done that already with the delicious ones that splenda can be substituted in eh? I just need to go back and read through because I know I have seen several where you say it can be used….~heads off to do some research reading~ :-)

  4. Melody says

    These look so good!

    I just wanted to tell you how impressed my 12yo nephew was with my cooking a couple of weekends ago. He spent a Friday night with us to go hunting with my husband early the next morning. Later, I asked my mother-in-law if he had a good time, and she said a good time to him depends on what he’s fed, and he was fed well. We had your deep dish pizza & salad for supper with the cinnamon doughnuts for dessert, and big old buttermilk biscuits for breakfast Saturday morning. He went home telling his mama all about “Mel’s homemade doughnuts”!

    • says

      The digital screen on the back is completely black. I can’t see the menu to adjust settings (which I have to do for food photography) and well..pretty much can’t do anything with it without that part. I do close ups and unless you can adjust the settings for that you can’t get an in focus shot.

      This is a longstanding problem with Nikon digital cameras, unfortunately. Wish I had of known before! Nikon P5100 is what I have.

      It has been a great camera, its just that silly little thing about me paying for a camera and actually planning on having a usable camera, apparently I am entirely unreasonable.
      ~shakes her head in dismay at her own flawed thinking~

  5. Karen says

    Hi – I thik I have the Rhodes frozen bread in the freezer. Gotta’ go look. Hope it’s there – because if it is, as soon as 8 rolls thaw out…….I’m making these! They sound terrific. I try to keep the frozen rolls, they are so nice to have on hand! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Myella says

    OMG! Is this a diet blowout waiting to happen or what??? Yippee! Made doughnuts the other weekend, and they lasted… let’s see…one day (that’s 2 dozen doughnuts gone is 24 hours!) Oops!
    Anyhoo – these look great and will give them a go – what I’m wondering, is how big is a “stick” of butter? Here in Oz our cooking margarine / butter is 250g – or 1 cup – what measurement is a “stick”?
    PS Happy birthday
    PPS I have a Canon, which does brilliant macro (closeup) shots and has not made a peep or complaint yet (2 years)

    • says

      lol! You know what is funny? someone emailed me once and said that things where they lived were called entirely different names in their country and could I please start putting the other names for things in my ingredient list so they would know what I was talking about?

      My first thought was “how am I supposed to know what things are called in another country?”

      You know, I think I need to do a world tour with Southern Plate, purely for research purposes of course!!! ~GRINS~

      Y’all know I’ve only been out of the south once in my entire life….

  7. Trixie says

    Can’t wait to try these, Christy. I love cinnamon rolls, or anything with cinnamon. One question, do you stay up nights thinking of things that you can make like this, that are easy, tasty, and can make people think we did spend all day in the kitchen? Just keep putting the recipe’s here for us. Love the site.

  8. says

    Made these tonite and was amazed at how incredibly easy and sinfully delicious they are!!! Better than anything that comes out of Cinnabon!!! I have had requests NOT to make them again as they are lethal to any diet in site. There is no eating just one!!!!

  9. Jeanene says

    Hi Christy!

    Just found your webpage by complete freak accident and I swear I heard the angels sing when I opened it up! Like you, I am a Southern girl that loves all the flavor we manage to pack in our food, and I want the fastest and easiest way to do it too! Thanks so much for all these great recipes (this one will be tried this Sunday morning!) and keep ’em coming!


  10. Jeanene says

    OH… a P.S.

    Don’t you love how Yankee men talk to us Southern gals? Just because we are women AND have a southern accent, we must not have a brain in our heads…. NEWSFLASH! We can be Southern, women, AND educated! Wow… wonders never cease to occur.. LOL

  11. teri says

    ooooh! Even I can come off looking good with these…lol! Thanks for the very simple instructions that go so perfectly with those very simple ingredients!! Who knew??

    …and ya know what? I just remembered, I even have a bag of these rolls in my big freezer! hahaha! Go Teri, Go Teri!!!

    Love it!! :o)

  12. Betty L. in Tn. says

    If I made these rolls , I would eat them and that would be baaaaaaaaad . Maybe when I have company but guess I need to see if mine will turn out as yours does first. My Momma told me never to try out a new recipe for the first time when company is coming. I might get disappointed. I didn’t alway listen . Mistake!!!!

  13. beverly says

    Sooo….do you think I could make at night and leave them out overnight to rise (as opposed to just 2 hours)…then pop em in the oven when I rise the next morning? WOuld those extra 6 or 7 hours matter?

  14. Janice says

    Christy, have you tried the diet pills that were advertised on your pg last week? There was something about reducing your tummy size and then it sent me to a channel 7 news article on the pills and patches. Just wondering if they are really safe to use or was this a glitch in your blog?

  15. says

    I was wanting to tell you a little something that I had to figure out the hard way. As some of us women are entering our menopausal years, some of us run HOT, so to compensate, the air comes on {no matter what time of the year}. Now for over a year I was having trouble with my bread. What I came to figure out is my house is to COLD. So, I have to use a heating box for my bread, which now I can get to rise. Thought this might help someone else or the least give them a good chuckle.


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