Cinnamon Love Knots

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These delicious cinnamon love knots are a delicious addition to any meal, or a fun dessert. Serve with or without our amazing cream cheese cinnamon icing, and enjoy these mouthwatering treats!

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.

If you love any cinnamon treats like my family does make sure you check out Cinnamon TwistsCinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole, Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, Stuffed Cinnamon Toast Sticks, and Cinnamon Apple Bread. 

What You’ll Need to Make Cinnamon Love Knots:

cinnamon knots ingredients

  • Cinnamon
  • sugar
  • frozen yeast roll dough
  • a stick of margarine

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Note: It doesn’t matter what brand of roll dough you get. I have used several brands and had similar results every time; I can’t tell a difference with brands.

How to Make Cinnamon Knots: 

place dough balls on plate and let them thaw

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

mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl

Place sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Stir until well combined.

roll dough into 6-inch tubes

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 rolls into knots

Tie those into knots.

dip each knot in melted butter

Dip each knot into melted butter

roll cinnamon knots in cinnamon sugar

Roll in cinnamon sugar

dip all cinnamon knots in butter and cinnamon

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 and let rise

Put the rolls in a prepared baking dish (cooking spray will do), and cover the rolls with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray so it won’t stick to them.

let them rise until they have doubled in size

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

baked cinnamon knots

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

let them cool

Let the cinnamon knots cool on a cooling rack. 

You can serve and eat them just like this if you choose, but for an added treat, I highly recommend serving them with yummy cinnamon cream cheese icing! 

Make the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing:

put softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl

Soften the butter and cream cheese by leaving them on the counter until they reach room temperature. Then put them in a mixing bowl.

add powdered sugar

Add powdered sugar.

mix the icing until smooth. Then add the cinnamon

Mix the icing until it’s smooth. Then add the flavoring and cinnamon.

mix icing for cinnamon knots until smooth

Mix until the icing is smooth and spreadable.

serve icing with cinnamon knots

Serve the icing with the cinnamon knots! Delicious!

spread the icing on the cinnamon knots

I mean, just look at how yummy that looks! And I can promise it tastes even better than it looks. Enjoy! 

cinnamon love knots

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. Yum!!! Can’t wait to make these. And while I’m at it, I went to look at your meatloaf recipe. I make my own version, but thank you for the great tip on making cuts in it. One of those “wish I’d have thought of that” moments!

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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)

  4. 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

  5. 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!


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