Cinnamon Love Knots

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.

Ingredients for cinnamon love knots

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!

Dough balls on plate

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~.

Sugar and cinnamon in bowl.

Place sugar and cinnamon in bowl.

Mix cinnamon and sugar together.

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!?

Roll out dough.

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 dough into knots.

Tie those into knots.

Dip knots in melted butter.

Dip each knot into melted butter

Roll knots in cinnamon sugar.

Roll in cinnamon sugar

Cinnamon love knots

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.

Cinnamon love knots

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 love knots rise

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!).

Cinnamon love knots ready to bake.

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.

Baked cinnamon love knots


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

Cinnamon Love Knots

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.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon
Servings: 4
Calories: 174kcal


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
  • 1/2 stick margarine or butter
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp butter flavoring can substitute Vanilla
  • 1 T cinnamon


For the Cinnamon Love Knots

  • Place dough balls on plate sprayed lightly with baking spray to prevent them from sticking. Allow to thaw but not rise.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Add sugar. Mix until smooth.
  • Add flavoring and cinnamon, mixing until well incorporated and icing is creamy.
  • Serve with warm rolls.


Calories: 174kcal
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  1. Hi Christy,
    I made your baked sandwiches last night and have the other 4 loaves of bread dough left. Do you think I could thaw it, divide it and use it instead of rolls? Trying to be frugal, don’t ya know!

  2. 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~ 🙂

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

      1. 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,

  4. 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.

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