5 Giant Cinnamon Rolls to Add To the Bucket List

BY Linnea Covington

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Why order a tiny pastry when you can go big with these huge cinnamon rolls. You can also go big and go home with most of these, though for the ultimate presentation and freshness, head to the restaurant and order table side. Better yet, share the goodie with a friend or two, each of these are a meal on its own. 

Fun fact, while you may see cinnamon roll and cinnamon bun used interchangeably, they actually have a nutty difference. The bun commonly includes chopped pecans, walnuts, or even raisins in the filling, where a normal roll keeps it simple with just cinnamon and frosting. These are all nut free, and hence, a true cinnamon roll.

Try these iterations, and let us know your favorite place to indulge in a giant pastry covered in sweet frosting. 

Denver Biscuit Company at Atomic Cowboy

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The Denver Biscuit Co. makes one of the best giant cinnamon rolls around. | Photo by Atomic Cowboy

Hands down this is the best big cinnamon roll in town, and you can get it at all the locations. The $9.95 dish isn’t made the traditional way. Here the chefs use the same biscuit dough as the actual biscuits, which gives the roll a pleasing chew with a light and flavorful body. Each roll consists of two-and-a-half biscuits worth of dough, but the secret ingredient is layers of house-made apple butter. Pro tip, add a pile of chopped Tender Belly Bacon on top for an extra $3.95. Also,go early, often the cinnamon roll sells out on weekends. Various locations, theatomiccowboy.com/denbisco

EAT! Food and Drink

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Yes, there is a cinnamon roll under all that frosting at Eat! in Broomfield. | Photo by Linnea Covington

Some people enjoy a more doughy cinnamon roll, and the giant version at this Broomfield hotspot delivers. At first glance the sweet bread looks more like a frosted cake. But all the glorious white icing is actually cream cheese frosting, and it doesn’t hurt to ask for a little more. You’ll want to use the knife that comes with the $11 dish in order to divy up and share, it’s certainly not a hand-held food. 520 Zang St., Suite N., Broomfield, eatateat.com

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Whether going to the Denver or Highlands Ranch location of Troy Guard’s hip breakfast spot, make sure to add a massive cinnamon roll to the order. Built for two (or more), the $9 brunch treat features an ice cream scoop of cream cheese frosting right on top. Though we always love a slathing of frosting, it’s nice to be able to choose a less sweet slice and divy up the topping as desired. Now, compared to the other creations mentioned, this one has a more mild cinnamon kick to it, so it’s perfect for those looking for less punch to their pastry. 10155 E. 29th Dr.,Denver, and 1485 Park Central Dr.,Highlands Ranch, hashtag-restaurant.com

Yardbird

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Get the show-stopping cinnamon roll at Yardbird. | Photo by Linnea Covington

The second a server wheels out the cinnamon roll at this RiNo spot it has the fajita effect, and everyone who sees the dish suddenly needs to order one too. It’s an impressive show. Each giant cinnamon roll comes in a cast iron pan with a dramatic steak knife stabbed in the heart of the pastry. Inside the impressive dish you’ll find swirls of salted bourbon caramel and a rich cream cheese frosting on top. The $18 treat graces the brunch menu only, so visit Saturday or Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. 2743 Blake St., Denver, runchickenrun.com

Morning Story

The first Morning Story opened in Arvada in 2018, and now, six years later, the breakfast company has spread to four Colorado locations. Each proves basically the same, with flights of bacon, coffee, and brunch cocktails. They also have a huge cinnamon roll on the menu for $5.99. In fact, it proves so big, the restaurant has dubbed it the Herman Melville, because it’s “A whale of a cinnamon roll.” The adventure gets even better with extra cream cheese frosting. Various locations, morningstoryrestaurant.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linnea Covington

Linnea Covington is the managing editor of DiningOut. She comes to us with a long background in food, restaurant and drinks journalism. Over the last two decades she’s written for tons of publications including Denver Post, Washington Post, Forbes Travel Guide, 5280 Magazine, New York Magazine, New York Times, Time Out New York and more.

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