Blood and guts cinnamon rolls are the frighteningly good way to start Halloween! The slice and bake sweet roll gets a spooky makeover thanks to a little food coloring and jam.
This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
I love doing themed food for all the occasions but especially for Halloween!
Halloween practically begs you to come up with all kinds of creepy looking sweets.
And speaking of begging- my boys beg for them too!
Why wouldn’t they? These sweet cinnamon rolls are a bloody delight on the breakfast table on October 31st!
And, no need to be scared, since they are semi-homemade, they can be on the table in minutes so you don’t have to stress.
You only need a handful of easy to find ingredients to make this disgustingly good breakfast including:
- Cinnamon Rolls– I highly recommend using Pillsbury Grand cinnamon rolls.
- Powdered Sugar– Make sure you are using powdered sugar or confectioners sugar or else the glaze will be grainy.
- Preserves– Both strawberry and raspberry preserves.
- Dairy products– Both milk and heavy cream.
- Food coloring– Red Gel Food Dye and Black Gel Food Dye
How to Make
Making these is easier than you might think thanks to the premade cinnamon bun dough.
To make them start by preheating the stove to 350 degrees and grease an 11×15 square cake pan.
One at a time, unravel the cinnamon rolls completely, and arrange them in a snake pattern in the cake pan as shown.
Each cinnamon roll will stick to one side of the pan, and alternate to each side from cinnamon roll to cinnamon roll.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cinnamon rolls are golden brown on the top. Remove and let cool completely.
Keep them in the pan!
While cinnamon rolls are cooling, make the bloody icing.
To make the icing, add the Dixie Crystals powdered sugar, strawberry preserves, raspberry preserves, heavy cream, and 2 tablespoons of milk in a medium bowl and mix well.
If the consistency is too thick, add in more milk a tablespoon at a time. It will be thicker than normal icing, but thinner than buttercream frosting.
Once you get the right consistency, stir in the food dyes to make a burgundy red.
Spoon it over the cinnamon rolls.
Cover every single inch of the cinnamon rolls with a basting brush or spoon.
Serve, freak people out, and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Be sure to grease your pan well so the cinnamon rolls don’t stick to the pan.
- The icing may look a little more purple when you are mixing it than blood. Don’t worry! When you spread it on the cinnamon rolls, it looks shockingly realistic!
- You could use all milk or all heavy cream but I have found that the mix of the too makes the best consistency.
- Don’t skip the preserves! They add extra grossness to the appearance of these cinnamon rolls.
Other Halloween Treats to Gross Out Your Guests
These blood and guts cinnamon rolls are sure to spook everyone this Halloween!
Make them for breakfast Halloween morning or serve at a Halloween party!
Looking for other Halloween treats to gross out your guests? Try these:
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Guts Cinnamon Rolls
- 4 Cans Pillsbury Grand Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 ½ Cups Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar
- ½ Cup Raspberry Preserves
- 4-6 Tablespoons Milk
- 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- 2 Tablespoons Strawberry Preserves
- 1 Teaspoon Red Gel Food Dye
- 2 Drops Black Gel Food Dye
- Preheat the stove to 350 degrees and grease an 11x15 square cake pan.
- One at a time, unravel the cinnamon rolls completely, and arrange them in a snake pattern. Each cinnamon roll will stick to one side of the pan, and alternate to each side from cinnamon roll to cinnamon roll.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until cinnamon rolls are golden brown on the top.
- Remove and let cool completely. Do not remove them from the pan.
- While cinnamon rolls are cooling, place the powdered sugar, strawberry preserves, raspberry preserves, heavy cream, and 2 tablespoons of milk in a medium bowl. Mix well. If the consistency is too thick, add in more milk, 1 Tablespoon at a time. It will be thicker than normal icing, but thinner than frosting.
- Add in the dyes and stir well. You want almost a purple-ish burgundy color, with red undertones so that when it’s wiped on and thins out, it will look like real blood with the darker, reddish look.
- Cover every single inch of the cinnamon rolls with a basting brush or spoon.
- Serve, freak people out, and enjoy!
- The blood will not look like blood in the bowl, but once it’s on the cinnamon rolls, you’ll be amazed at how real it looks. Trust me on this one.
- The preserves are a must as they have seeds and chunks in them that make them look like pieces of blood clotting or little pieces of torn flush within the blood. It adds to the realism.
- You’ll want to pack those cinnamon rolls tight for a more realistic look.
- You’ll probably end up with 2 or 3 cinnamon rolls leftover, but that’s ok. Just cook them extra and have them for a snack. I won’t tell anyone if you won’t!
- The heavy cream added the perfect thick, yet thin element that blood has. Milk works
just fine, but the heavy cream took it to the next level. So, you can just use milk if you
like, but I definitely suggest heavy cream if possible.
Welcome!!! It is almost Halloween which means it is time for this year’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipe and giveaway event!!
#HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
For the 4th annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 28 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week!
Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!
Prize #1 from Dixie Crystals
41 Pieces Silicone Bakeware Set
3 Piece Halloween Silicone Spatula Set
Nordic Ware Haunted Skull Cakelet Pan
Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsor to winner, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from October 11th – October 15th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 1 (ONE) prize pack and therefore we will have a total of 1 (ONE) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing brand sponsors: Dixie Crystals that provided a prize pack for our giveaways and also sent some samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.
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