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Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll

Come home to the heavenly aroma of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls! This better-for-you version tastes just as decadent as a regular cinnamon roll, but it smartly sneaks in some whole grains. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + rising Cook: 3-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 4 teaspoons butter, softened


  • Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add next 6 ingredients plus 1 cup all-purpose flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Roll into an 18x12-in. rectangle. For filling, spread dough with butter, then combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut crosswise in half to form 2 rolls. Place rolls side by side; pinch top ends together to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut rolls lengthwise in half; loosely twist strips around each other. Pinch bottom ends together to seal. Shape into a coil; place on parchment. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Cook, covered, on low until bread is lightly browned, 3-1/2 to 4 hours. Remove from slow cooker and cool slightly. Beat icing ingredients until smooth. Spread over warm roll.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 240 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


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  • duxallinarow
    Nov 1, 2020

    High hopes – dashed. This was an idea searching for a recipe searching for a gimmick, and it missed on all counts. If you want a cinnamon roll, this isn't it – not gooey, minimally sweet, not enough cinnamon. If you want a cinnamon bread, the base recipe isn't bad, but the slow cooker ruined it. By the time the slow cooker burned the bottom of the dough, it was too late to rescue it in the oven (although I tried). I'll cut it up and make bread pudding out of it. But for "slow cooker bread"? Wow, don't bother.

  • Kathysior
    Aug 4, 2020

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