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Turn your favorite cinnamon roll recipe into cute Thanksgiving turkey rolls. This dough is made in a bread machine, and can be assembled the night before. Let come to room temperature before baking. You can create the turkeys just before serving, or set the ingredients out to let little ones make their own. Either way, it is a delicious way to start the holiday morning.

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16 cinnamon rolls
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Cinnamon Roll Turkeys
Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
Confectioners Powdered Sugar
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16 cinnamon rolls


Bread Machine Sweet Dough


Cream Cheese Frosting

Turkey Assembly

  • 32 slices cooked crisp bacon, sliced in half
  • 32 candy eyes
  • 8 orange fruit chew candies, sliced on the diagonal
  • 16 red jellybeans or small cinnamon mints

*Spoon & Sweep method: Use a spoon to fill measuring cup with flour until required amount is obtained. Scooping measuring cup directly into flour bag will firmly pack flour resulting in too much flour required for recipe.


  1. Add sweet dough ingredients to a bread machine in the order listed. Set to dough cycle.
  2. While the dough is rising, combine filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Set aside.
  3. When dough has risen, turn out on a floured board. Roll out into a large rectangle, approximately 16x10-inches. Spread filling evenly over dough.
  4. Roll dough up on the long side. Pinch edges to close. Use a vary sharp knife and cut into 16 slices. Place slices on 2 rimmed baking sheets lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with a towel and rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool.
  7. To make frosting, beat butter and cream cheese in bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat for 5 minutes, add vanilla and salt. Set aside.
  8. To assemble turkeys, spread a thick layer of cream cheese frosting over surface of cinnamon rolls. Place 4 pieces of bacon to make feathers. Add 2 eyes, and stand the orange fruit chew so that point is facing upwards. Add a red candy for the gobbler. Serve and enjoy!


Recipe developed for Imperial Sugar by Bree Hester

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