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blood & guts cinnamon rolls in a silver baking dish with a bloody butter knife resting on the side
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4.67 from 3 votes

Guts Cinnamon Rolls

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.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 412kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg