Samoa Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Samoa Girl Scout Cookie a favorite?  Then you will love these mini cinnamon rolls!

Crescent rolls are filled with cinnamon and sugar, baked then topped with a smooth caramel frosting, toasted coconut and chocolate!

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Crescent rolls make the perfect mini Samoa flavored cinnamon rolls!

When I was a kid, I distinctly remember wishing that I never had to stop to eat or sleep.  All I wanted to do is play and those two things just got in the way.  By the time I got into high school, I wanted to sleep more but my mother was very unsympathetic to my teenage plight.  Sleeping in was never an option with her.  If she and my dad were up, then I was up.  In hindsight, that was just foreshadowing for my sleep patterns in the future.  I had no choice but to become a morning person.

Samoa cinnamon rolls with a caramel frosting, toasted coconut and chocolate.

In college, night time simply marked the separation between classes.  Sometimes there was no separation, one day often bled into the next.  If I were smart, I would have slept more.  It wasn’t long before I was working full time and living the corporate 9-5 life.  Although I could sleep in on the weekends,  I didn’t because I was eager to get things done.  What a fool.

Samoa inspired mini cinnamon rolls

Then kids came.  Sleep became elusive.  The less I had it, the more I obsessed over it.  I would stare at my napping babies and wonder if I’d have sleep again?  I fantasized about sleeping in on the weekends.  I fought with my husband over who deserved to sleep more (I did).  Good thing I had “morning person training” in my youth.  We weren’t blessed with big sleepers so I was always up early with the little ones.  Although my kids are no longer babies, I’m still up early.  I find my sleep is still interrupted by someone having those 4 a.m. scary dreams.  Sometimes I just wake up in anticipation of someone waking up with those 4 a.m. scary dreams.  I still envy my husband’s ability to sleep through everything.

My body has somewhat adapted to needing less sleep.  My mind however, still believes that one day I will find a slumbering paradise where I go to bed early and sleep far into the day.  In paradise I wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.  I never have bags or dark circles under my eyes.  I have the best night’s sleep.  I’m the one who sleeps through everything!

Samoa inspired mini cinnamon rolls

The one thing about being up early is you get your breakfast first.  If breakfast is these Samoa cinnamon rolls, then you can be sure I want to be the first one up!  Samoa’s are my absolute favorite girl scout cookie flavor!  Caramel and toasted coconut are the best combination (next to chocolate and peanut butter).  These cinnamon rolls are bite sized but each one explodes with flavor.  Flakey crescent rolls are filled with cinnamon sugar then baked to golden perfection.  The rolls are then topped with a smooth, creamy caramel frosting.  It wouldn’t be Samoa without that toasted coconut!  A drizzle of chocolate makes them complete.

With a breakfast like this, I look forward to being awoken at 4 a.m.  It just gets me to these Samoa cinnamon rolls that much sooner!


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Samoa Mini Cinnamon Rolls
Samoa Cinnamon Rolls
  • 2 8oz package seamless crescent roll dough ( I used Pillsbury)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter, melted
Caramel frosting
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cup coconut-toasted
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. Pre heat oven to 375. Roll out one can of dough. Brush with half of the melted butter.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle half of the sugar mixture over the dough. Starting with the long side, roll up dough. Cut into 12 portions and place rolls, cut side up into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.
  3. Repeat procedure with the second can of dough and remaining ingredients. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Let cool slightly.
  4. While rolls are baking prepare frosting. In a saucepan melt butter and sugar together on low. Stir in salt. Cook for 2 minutes. Add milk. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool before whisking in powdered sugar.
  5. Pour frosting over warm rolls. Sprinkle toasted coconut over top of frosting, gently pressing coconut into frosting.
  6. Melt chocolate chips and drizzle over coconut.
  7. Makes 24 mini rolls.
  8. To toast coconut: Pre heat oven to 300. Spread coconut in an even layer on a baking sheet. Toast coconut for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning.


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33 Responses

  1. gahhhh Tanya these are amazing! I mean REALLY incredible.
    I am a total morning person. I do love to go to bed early though but … it’s not often it actually happens.

  2. Mmmm – I bet these smell so good too! My family will love these!

  3. Samosa take first place when it comes to Girl Scout cookies! My favorite for sure. And the fact that you combined them with a cinnamon is (dangerous) but brilliant! They look so good!

    • They were dangerous-but in a good way!

  4. Tanya, Fantastic rolls! – all my favorite ingredients!!
    PS – made your chicken orzo dish on Saturday for the family – it was a hit!

  5. I definitely did not appreciate sleeping the way I do now when I was a kid! Confession though: I sometimes wish I didn’t need to sleep. I’d be so productive! And I could bake 5x as many of these yummy cinnamon samoa nuggets.

  6. I trust you because your favorite girl scout cookie is Samoa, and who doesn’t LOVE those?! Darn right the best thing about getting up early is first for breakfast. Definitely my favorite meal. Awesome that you made these mini…less quilt when eating them right? Reminds me of the mini cinnamon rolls that I use to get at Burger King…haha not that they look or taste like Burger King quality…just brings me back 😀 Thanks for sharing! Happy FAT Tuesday!

  7. Yummo! I’m such a sucker for anything “mini” and these rolls are right up my alley. Looks like the perfect recipe for a scrumptious Sunday morning breakfast. Pinned!

  8. I seriously wish I did not need sleep. I cannot do everything I want to in the mere 24hrs and I have no kids yet..urghhh! Anyway breakfasts like these make it so worth it to stay up late!! Love how easy they are to make :)

  9. Lick, lick, lick, lick, lick…oh shoot, that’s the monitor…
    Looks delicious, Tanya!

  10. These look terrific Tanya! I could face plant in them mostly because I’m so sleep deprived I’m about to pass out from exhaustion :)

  11. It’s funny….I definitely don’t get as much sleep as I’d like, but I always seem to find something that I need/want to do instead of sleeping! Including eating!! And if these were for breakfast, I’d be sure to be the first one out of bed EVERY morning! :)

  12. I felt the same way and didn’t want to stop playing to sleep or eat and now it’s the opposite and wish I could sneak in more sleep hehe. I totally wouldn’t miss any sleep though waking up to these amazing rolls – they look amazing Tanya! Genius idea turning samoas in cinnamon roll form – pinning :)

  13. Thankfully, I was blessed with my children being great sleepers! I need my sleep! I hope someday you get to sleep as long as you feel like. It’s glorious when it happens! Speaking of glorious, these rolls certainly are just that!! I would definitely roll out of bed early for these! :) Pinning!

    • Ah well, coffee was invented for a reason right? It also goes perfectly with these rolls! Thank you Jocelyn!

  14. What a delicious recipe!

  15. YUM! And not too hard, the perfect combination. Can’t wait to give them a try. Thanks so much for sharing! Enjoy your weekend!

  16. You totally had me with the title Samoa…had to come and visit from Insp. Monday linkup. These look so delicious. Question: what are “seamless” crescent roll dough? Does it say that on the can?

  17. These look incredible, Tanya. At first I was intimidated because I thought I would have to make yeast dough, so I was relieved to see you used crescent roll dough! I love shortcuts like that! Pinned :)


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