“Zombie Guts” Halloween Cinnamon Rolls (with Video)

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Warning! This Zombie Guts Cinnamon Rolls recipe is not for the squeamish!

But don’t let looks fool you, these “Zombie Guts” are actually super delicious red velvet cinnamon rolls! They’re perfect as a ghoulish Halloween party treat or a surprise for your favorite Walking Dead fans.

Don't let looks fool you, these "Zombie Guts" are actually super delicious red velvet cinnamon rolls! Perfect for Halloween or watching the Walking Dead!

“Zombie Guts” Halloween Cinnamon Rolls

My husband is a huge fan of “The Walking Dead” (both the TV show and original comic series). I knew he would get a kick out of these goofy & gory Zombie Guts cinnamon rolls!

Kids also love this gross-out dessert because it looks just like “guts” of course! And tastes amazing!

To complete your Halloween party table, check out our Easy Mummy Meatballs and Halloween Marshmallow Pops! Also, for a savory “guts” recipe, check out our friend Kathy’s Pizza-stuffed Crescent Rolls Intestines.

 

Check out our video on how to make these easy Zombie Gut Cinnamon Rolls and then scroll down to grab your free printable recipe:

 

Zombie Guts Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup warm water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 1.5 cups red velvet box cake mix (dry)
  • 2.5 cups flour

For the Filling:

  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tsp milk

Don't let looks fool you, these "Zombie Guts" are actually super delicious red velvet cinnamon rolls! Perfect for Halloween or watching the Walking Dead!

How to make “Zombie Guts” with Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Prepare the dough:

Combine yeast, brown sugar, and warm water in mixer bowl. Whisk thoroughly and sit for at least 5 minutes until bubbly.

Add in salt, box cake mix, optional food dye and flour a little at a time, mixing in between with a dough hook until you have a dough texture.

Scrape the sides, roll into a ball, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.

Make the “Zombie Guts”

After an hour, flour a large surface and knead for a few minutes, then roll out into a large rectangle. Cut sides that are uneven.

Mix together melted butter and brown sugar, and sprinkle over your dough. Sprinkle cinnamon as evenly as possible. Flatten with a rolling pin.

Roll up into one long roll, then cut every 2 inches. Once rolled, unroll each of them and fold in half.

Don't let looks fool you, these "Zombie Guts" are actually super delicious red velvet cinnamon rolls! Perfect for Halloween or watching the Walking Dead!

Arrange in a greased 8×8 inch baking dish so that it looks like “guts.” Cover and let rise another 45 minutes.

While dough rises, preheat oven to 350°F.

Bake & Frost:

Remove cover from dough and bake at 350°F for 25 – 30 minutes.

Once finished cooking, whisk together glaze ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and drizzle over rolls.

Cut and serve.

Printable version of this recipe available at bottom of post.

More Ghoulish “Gore-Met” Recipes

We adapted our recipe for this “Zombie Guts” dessert from the recipe for Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll Guts in Kitchen Overlord’s Dead Delicious Horror Cookbook.

This awesomely unique cookbook features 69 gross-out recipes for horror fans, Halloween enthusiasts, or anyone looking for a dish with serious shock-value.

There’s even modifications for gluten-free, paleo, and vegan diners!

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Zombie Guts Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Printable version of “Zombie Guts” Cinnamon Rolls recipe:

Yield: 9 servings

"Zombie Guts" Halloween Cinnamon Rolls

Don't let looks fool you, these "Zombie Guts" are actually super delicious red velvet cinnamon rolls! Perfect for Halloween or watching the Walking Dead!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cinnamon Bun Dough:

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ cup warm water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 1.5 cups red velvet box cake mix (dry)
  • 2.5 cups flour

For the Filling:

  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tsp milk

Instructions

Prepare the dough:

  1. Combine yeast, brown sugar, and warm water in mixer bowl. Whisk thoroughly and sit for at least 5 minutes until bubbly.
  2. Add in salt, box cake mix, optional food dye and flour a little at a time, mixing in between with a dough hook until you have a dough texture.
  3. Scrape the sides, roll into a ball, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.

Make the "Zombie Guts"

  1. After an hour, flour a large surface and knead for a few minutes, then roll out into a large rectangle. Cut sides that are uneven.
  2. Mix together melted butter and brown sugar, and sprinkle over your dough. Sprinkle cinnamon as evenly as possible. Flatten with a rolling pin.
  3. Roll up into one long roll, then cut every 2 inches. Once rolled, unroll each of them and fold in half.

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30 Comments

  1. Looks perfectly gross! I did notice there is not cinnamon in the ingredients list, are these just sweet rolls rather than cinnamon rolls?

        1. Red velvet cake is generally chocolate-flavored, so it won’t quite taste the same. The cocoa in the red velvet mix helps to give it a deeper color, but you may be able to achieve a similar look with yellow cake mix and food coloring. You’ll need to experiment with the coloring to get your desired shade. 🙂

  2. Hi,

    One the rolls are arranged in th baking pan, could I leave this covered in the fridge over night and bake the next day? Not sure how much it will rise #novicebaker

    Thanks!

    1. It should be fine – we haven’t tried it with this specific recipe but I’ve done it with my other cinnamon bun recipes and it’s worked great.

    1. That should work fine – I’ve done it for other cinnamon bun recipes but not this one – please let us know how it works out!

  3. My dough came out VERY gooey and sticky, even after adding an additional cup of flower and a half cup more cake mix. Still the consistency of mud! What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Jane!
      I’m so sorry that this isn’t working for you – I’ve never had this problem but my first thought was that your yeast hadn’t finished fermenting.
      This post has some good tips – https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/16858/why-is-my-pizza-dough-always-too-sticky-to-knead

      The ones I would follow are: ensure your yeast has fully fermented (bubbled), ensure you have allowed the dough to rest long enough (it should have doubled in size), flour your hands and your surface well, and depending on how humid it is where you are, you may want to switch to bread flour. Some people were able to see results sticking the dough in the fridge or freezer for a bit.

      Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

        1. Did you let it proof for the full amount of time? Some dough will require more flour, but it shouldn’t go from being a cohesive dough before rising to then muddy.

  4. Hello. Has anyone tried adding apples or apple pie filling to the roll? If so, do I need to change the baking time or amount of other filling ingredients?

  5. I added red gel food coloring with a little blue gel food coloring to darken it to the glaze, looks just like blood.

  6. Hello, This recipe look very cool but I don’t have access to box cake mixes, at least not the red velvet one. Have you tried it without? Any suggestions of what I could substitute??
    Thank you.

  7. I just made these for a Halloween party. It does turn a little sticky, just add a little more flour and you will be fine. I also added a hint of vanilla. One thing I did to make it even creepier it to add red coloring to your icing you add. Those gives it a red glaze and more realistic.

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