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. 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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