Cinnamon roll Christmas tree

Cinnamon roll Christmas tree


Serves 8-10


  • 1/4 cup (60ml) warm water
  • 2 tsp (7g sachet) yeast
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
  • 2tbsp (30g) butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 1 egg

For cinnamon filling:

  • 2 tbsp (30g) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

For glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (80g) icing sugar
  • 2 tsp milk


Step 1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Combine water and yeast in a small bowl with a pinch of caster sugar. Leave for 3-4 minutes until frothy. In a small saucepan, heat milk until almost boiling. Add butter, salt and sugar and stir to combine. Set aside to cool. Stir through yeast mixture. In a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine flour and lemon zest. Add wet mixture and egg. Mix for 8 minutes or until soft and elastic. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and set aside somewhere warm for 1 1/2 hours until dough has doubled in size.

Step 2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a large rectangle, approximately 5mm thick. Smear entire surface with butter. Combine sugar with cinnamon, and sprinkle this over the dough.

Step 3. Starting at one end, roll the dough into a log and slice into 18 even pieces.

Step 4. On a large oven tray lined with baking paper, arrange cinnamon rolls in a Christmas tree shape. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown. For glaze, combine icing sugar and milk in a  small bowl. Drizzle diagonally across the cooled cinnamon roll Christmas tree.

Cinnamon Roll Christmas tree

Serving Suggestions


  • If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can knead the dough by hand. Place flour and lemon zest in a large bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in wet ingredients and egg. Combine well, then turn out onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes until soft and elastic.
  • If you want to get creative, use coloured icing and cake decorations to ‘trim’ the tree.
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  • These Christmas crackles are also a fun cooking activity for kids.
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  • This recipe was created for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder by Greer Worsley, who blogs at Typically Red.

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