Gooey Rolls

maple cinnamon gooey rolls

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My mum has a tough time pronouncing cinnamon so, in our house, these are just called “gooey rolls”. The butter, maple syrup and cinnamon sauce is indeed gooey!

Of course, monkey bread is a hot topic right now. (We love this recipe from delicious magazine.) However, if you turn out our gooey rolls onto a serving platter and let the goo drip all over, this recipe is a 20 minute Cheat’s Monkey Bread.

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Serving Suggestions

We serve Gooey Rolls with ham and as an alternative to hot cross buns at Easter. You can also stuff them with scrambled eggs for a sweet and savoury breakfast. A bit sticky but just as tasty as a McDonald’s McGriddle!

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Take it Easy

We adore a cheat recipe. By using part-baked rolls and a foil flan dish, this recipe is not only quick but very little clean up.

We used Paul Hollywood part-baked crusty rolls. You can, of course, use your own bread recipe. This also works great with ready-to-bake brioche. I have personally found that with part-baked rolls, pulling them from the oven a minute early is better than a minute too late.

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We use a foil flan dish for easy clean up. Serve and recycle. These are available at Amazon.

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maple cinnamon gooey rolls

Gooey Rolls

Quick, delicious dinner rolls with a cinnamon and maple goo.
Course Dessert & Bakery
Cuisine American
Servings 8 rolls


  • Foil Flan Round


  • 8 rolls Ready made, part-baked dinner rolls
  • 100 grams butter
  • 25 grams light brown muscovado sugar
  • 25 grams maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Heat oven fan oven to 200C
  • Put butter in the flan dish and put in oven to melt
  • Remove melted butter from oven and stir in brown sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon
  • Place part-baked rolls on top of the 'goo' mixture
  • Brush the rolls with milk
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 2 minutes before serving.
  • OPTIONAL: After two minutes, you can turn these "upside down" onto a serving platter, make sure you scrape all of the yummy maple cinnamon buttery goo onto the rolls.
  • Serve with high-quality butter.


Two important tips
  1. Do not over bake these – the rolls will become hard.
  2. Serve while warm or the goo will become hard and you can’t get them out of the pan.
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