This no-churn caramel cinnamon roll ice cream recipe has pieces of short-cut cinnamon rolls and swirls of cinnamon caramel all in a cinnamon ice cream base.

If you’re feeling spunky, you can also make your own cinnamon rolls, pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls, or even peanut butter sweet rolls to cut up and use as a mix-in.

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This post and recipe were created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

A blue bowl of ice cream with caramel swirls and bits of cinnamon roll with the container of ice cream in the background.

What’s Great About This Recipe

I shall tell you:

  • A creamy, no-churn ice cream base with just a touch of cream cheese in it for easy scooping and delicious, smooth texture.
  • Homemade Cinnamon Caramel Sauce layered in with the base.
  • Short-cut cinnamon rolls made with Hawaiian rolls. But feel free to use your favorite cinnamon roll recipe or even use store-bought cinnamon rolls for your mix-in

And once you make the caramel sauce, you can pour it on other ice cream or on cake or even stir it into your coffee.

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How To Make It

As with any ice cream with mix-ins and swirls, there are a few components to make, but I promise there are no hard-to-source ingredients or weird procedures.

Here’s what you’ll need and what to do:


Collage of ingredients for making cinnamon roll ice cream. For the caramel sauce: sugar, corn syrup, water, heavy cream, butter, cinnamon, salt, and for the ice cream: heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and Hawaiian rolls.

For the Caramel Sauce

  • sugar: Provides sweetness and the caramel flavor once it caramelizes
  • corn syrup: Helps prevent crystallization. It is optional, but it does provide a bit of insurance so you don’t end up with grainy caramel. You can substitute a liquid sugar like maple syrup or honey if you prefer.
  • water: Just enough to get the sugar wet so it melts evenly. All the water will cook off since temperatures reach well above the boiling point of water
  • butter: for body and to help carry flavor
  • cinnamon: for flavor
  • salt: brings all the flavors into focus and counteracts any bitterness you might get from the caramel

For the Ice Cream Base

  • heavy cream:
  • sweetened condensed milk: heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk are at the heart of almost every no-churn ice cream. They provide the bulk, the dairy, the body, and the sweetness
  • cream cheese: Use at room temperature and whip it until it’s completely smooth. Cream cheese provides extra scoopability and creaminess as well as a subtle tang
  • cinnamon: for flavor
  • vanilla: nicely tempers and rounds out the cinnamon
  • salt: brings the flavors into focus

And of course, you’ll need 3 Hawaiian rolls to use for the base of your quickie cinnamon rolls, assuming you aren’t making yours from scratch or purchasing them.

What’s the Hardest Part To Make?

The caramel is the trickiest part, but it’s not hard to make. Since you’ll be working with sugar that reaches temperatures around 330F, you’ll want to take some precautions, but don’t be deterred from making it. It’s so good, I promise.

Safety When Working with Caramel

  • Use a pan that is much larger than you think you need. The sugar will bubble up vigorously once you add the cream, so make sure the pan can contain that.
  • Don’t stir until the sugar begins to take on color. Even then, it’s better to swirl the pan than to stir, but nothing bad should happen.
  • Do not stir with a metal utensil. The heat will shoot right up the handle. Use a wooden spoon or a heat-resistant spatula.
  • Have a bowl of ice water handy. If some sugar does splatter on you–highly unlikely if your pan is large enough and you stand back once you add the cream, immediately dunk the burned part in the ice water.
  • If sugar does splash on you, resist the urge to stick your finger in your mouth. You’ll just end up with a burned mouth.

Do I Need a Thermometer to Make Caramel?

No–the color of the sugar will be enough to tell you when the caramel is ready. That does not mean there aren’t many other times you will need an instant read thermometer.

I use mine for everything from checking the temperature of oil for deep frying to making Italian buttercream and marshmallows to checking the internal temperature of bread and cake to make sure they’re fully baked.

Please consider getting an instant-read thermometer if you don’t already own one.

How to Make Mini Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

I thought of a few different ways to make the cinnamon rolls for my ice cream, and I finally settled on a short cut using Hawaiian rolls. They actually turned out so well, I’m showing you how to make them because they’d make a nice, sweet snack all on their own.

  • “Butterfly” Hawaiian rolls by making cuts so they open up into thirds.
  • Using a rolling pin or clean hand, press the unrolled roll a bit to flatten it.
Collage showing how to cut rolls so they open out into thirds.
  • Spread each flattened roll with some cinnamon caramel sauce, and then roll up.
  • Freeze for 30 minutes to firm up the caramel and then slice. Slice each slice into bits.
  • Layer cinnamon roll bits, caramel sauce, and ice cream base together, and then freeze for at least 6 hours before serving.
Collage showing how to spread caramel sauce on rolls, roll them up, slice them, and then layer them into ice cream.

See? Easy!


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Simply leave a comment here and I will get back to you soon. I also invite you to ask question in my Facebook group, Fearless Kitchen Fun.

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Overhead shot of 3 scoops of ice cream in a blue bowl on a yellow napkin.

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An overhead shot of a bowl of ice cream with cut up caramel cinnamon rolls in it.

Caramel Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream (No Churn)

Jennifer Field
This cinnamon roll ice cream uses a sneaky shortcut for the cinnamon roll pieces and has swirls of cinnamon caramel throughout. It’ll be the hit of the party!
4.60 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freezer Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Course Ice Cream Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 243 kcal


For the Cinnamon Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Ice Cream Base

  • 2 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Cinnamon Rolls

  • 3 Hawaiian rolls


For the Cinnamon Caramel Sauce

  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy bottomed sauce pan, and stir to combine and to make sure all the sugar is wet.
  • Bring to a boil. Place the lid on the pan and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove lid and cook the sugar mixture over medium to medium-high heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until a deep caramel color. The mixture should smoke just a little and be a very dark amber color.
  • Immediately remove from the heat and carefully pour in the cream all at once. The mixture will bubble up and sputter, so be prepared.
  • Stir until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the butter, salt, and cinnamon and whisk to combine.
  • Set aside to cool to room temperature.

For the Ice Cream Base

  • In a bowl with a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until completely smooth. Add half the cream and mix to combine.
  • Add the rest of the cream and all of the sweetened condensed milk, the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.
  • Whip until the mixture reaches soft peaks.

For the Cinnamon Rolls

  • Take a Hawaiian roll and cut it so it opens out into thirds (see photos). Press to flatten slightly.
    Collage showing how to cut rolls so they open out into thirds.
  • Spread some of the cooled caramel sauce onto the flattened roll and then roll up like a jelly roll. 
  • Repeat with the other 2 rolls, then freeze for 30 minutes.
    A collage showing how to fill rolled-out Hawaiian rolls with caramel filling, roll them up, cut them, and layer them into ice cream.
  • Slice each roll into thirds and then cut into small pieces.

To Finish the Ice Cream

  • Scatter a few pieces of cinnamon roll in the bottom of a 9"x5" bread pan. Top with a liberal drizzle of caramel sauce and then layer on about 1/3 of the ice cream base. Spread to cover the rolls and sauce.
  • Repeat layers of cinnamon roll bits, caramel sauce, and ice cream base twice more.
  • Press any remaining cinnamon roll bits on top of the ice cream along with drizzles of the remaining caramel sauce.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least 6 hours before serving.

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Nutritionals based on 16 1/2 cup servings. I can guarantee you I eat more than 1/2 cup at a time! 


Serving: 1gCalories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 92mgSugar: 18g
Keyword cinnamon roll ice cream, no churn cinnamon ice cream
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Caramel cinnamon roll ice cream in a bread pan with caramel sauce on top.

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    1. Thanks Renee! I had no idea how I was going to make the rolls until I just started doing it. lol The sauce is great on its own, too. I will probably make it again to pour on all the things and maybe to sweeten my coffee!

  1. 5 stars
    A great combination of ice cream (dairy) and cinnamon roll (morning pastry). Practically breakfast!

  2. 5 stars
    You are brilliant! I love the idea of using hawaiian rolls for this. Going on my summer “MUST MAKE” list ASAP!

    1. Aw, thanks!! They were fun to make, and they’d make a great snack all on their own. The ice cream is almost incidental. Almost! 🙂 Hope the minis enjoy, and good luck in the giveaway!

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