I still vividly remember going to the mall as a kid and being seduced by the incredible smell of hot cinnamon buns coming out of the ovens at Cinnabon. I was totally the child who opted for a big, fat, gooey cinnamon roll over anything else in the food court. Even now when I pass a Cinnabon, I always pause to inhale the spicy wafts of warm cinnamon bread being drowned in creamy icing.

Homemade cinnamon buns, while an enticing thought, are also a ton of work. Although I’ve tried my hand at them several times, some things are just worth buying as a special treat when you’re out and about. Plus, the last thing I need is to have a batch of homemade Cinnabon-style buns testing my willpower every time I walk in the kitchen.

This is my slightly healthier version of a cinnamon bun which uses pizza dough for the bread and whipped cream cheese, honey and a mix of chopped dried fruit for the filling.

For a weekend brunch or special breakfast Cinnamon Pizza Buns are a mouthwatering treat that don’t require a trip to the mall!


Cinnamon Pizza Buns

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Servings: 10 rolls
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 16 ounces white or whole wheat pizza dough or 1/2 recipe whole wee-eat pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups chopped dried fruit (i use raisins, cherries, cranberries and apricots)
  • chopped nuts (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 450° F.
  • Roll out pizza dough into a 10 x 20-inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  • In a bowl mix the cream cheese, honey and cinnamon.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture in an even layer across surface of dough.
  • Sprinkle with dried fruit (and nuts, if desired).
  • Beginning at the 20-inch side roll up into a cylinder and then cut into 2-inch thick discs (rolls).
  • Place rolls in greased muffins cups or on a greased baking sheet and pat down slightly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, allow to cool slightly and serve.


Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 230mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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