Quick & Easy {No Yeast!} Cinnamon Rolls

Sometimes I’m kind of lazy.
There. I said it.
1 Hour {No Yeast} Cinnamon Rolls
It’s just a fact of life, most of the time I am totally on top of things and go-go-go every minute of the day (and often the night…) but on occasion, I’m really lazy.
Like with cinnamon rolls.
I really love cinnamon rolls. I do. All that gooey cinnamon-sugary stuff in the middle and that thick frosting shmeared all over the top. I love it all.
But I really don’t love the idea of using yeast, rising times, and the looooong process that making cinnamon rolls can require.
I know I know.
Lazy.

I know I should just buck up, get over my laziness (and a little fear) and just learn how to make cinnamon rolls with yeast.

I should.

But in all honesty that will probably never happen.

Because these ones required no yeast or rising time and were so so SO good.


I’ll be honest though, the first recipe I tried came out terrible.
They were basically hard and dry except for the very center. And since I was actually making them as a thank-you gift for the Hubby’s aunt and uncle, I sort of felt it would be weird to attach a note saying “oh by the way, the outside is as hard as a rock so save your teeth and just eat the middles!”
So I tried again. And these ones came out spectacular. Even better than I had hoped actually. But maybe my expectations were low after the first batch went south.
But I have to say something about this frosting.
Holy heaven.
I think we can all agree that the frosting the best part, yes?
Except the problem with alot of cinnamon roll frostings is that they are delicious for one or two bites but then makes you sick and you can’t even finish the roll because the frosting is so rich. 
 
This frosting does not have that problem. I could eat it for days and days and never get that sick feeling. Just a please make another batch quick feeling.
It’s pretty much perfect.

I’ve already thought of a few ways I want to use this frosting in the future.
And one of them includes only a bowl and a spoon.
But the others are a little less obsessive.
I know I said I made these for a thank-you gift but obviously I kept a few for the Hubby and myself. Mine didn’t survive til he got home from work but when he got to try his last night he couldn’t get it in his mouth fast enough. And he seriously had no complaints. No critiques. Nothin.
Except he did say he wished I hadn’t given them all away. So I guess I’ll have to make them again pretty soon.
Hey, I’m not complaining. These babies were delish.

4.9 from 7 reviews
Quick & Easy {No Yeast!} Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Easy, no fuss cinnamon rolls that are still made from scratch!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
For the Filling:
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs butter, softened
  • Optional: ½ cup raisins
For the Dough:
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 Tbs butter, melted, divided
  • 2 Tbs butter, softened
For the Frosting:
  • 3 Tbs butter, softened
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup half n half
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Use about 1 Tbs melted butter to grease the bottom of a 9 inch cake pan. Set aide.
  2. In a medium bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together. Add in vanilla and cut in butter with a fork or your hands until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a liquid measuring cup, measure 1 cup of buttermilk, add ¼ cup other milk (I used 1%) and then whisk in 2 Tbs melted butter. Mix buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients until just combined, then knead with your hands for about 30 seconds. (I recommend flouring hands first as the dough will be quite sticky)
  4. Lightly flour a clean work surface. Use hands to press dough into a 12x10 inch rectangle. (does not have to be exact or perfectly rectangular). Brush 2 Tbs softened butter onto the entire surface of the dough. Spread filling evenly onto dough coming to about ½ inch of edges. Lightly press filling into dough. If including optional raisins, now sprinkle them on top of the dough. Starting with the long end of the rectangle, roll the dough to the opposite end. Roll the dough back and forth to shape it evenly into a log shape. Pinch the ends together and cut off the excess, about ½ inch. Cut the dough into 8 equal sections.
  5. Place one roll in the middle of the buttered cake pan and then place the remaining seven rolls evenly around the first. Brush the tops with remaining 2 Tbs melted butter. Place rolls in the oven and allow to bake at 425 for about 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350 and allow to bake about 10 more minutes, until edges begin to lightly brown. (I like mine a little more doughy so I pulled them out a little early.)
  6. While rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. Using a hand mixer, beat softened butter and cream cheese until light and creamy. Add in powdered sugar, vanilla, and half n half. Mix until well combined. When rolls are finished baking, allow to cool 5-10 minutes before spreading the frosting on. Store in airtight container for 2 days or serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes
Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

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Oh my goodness. These loook so yummy! My bf loves cinnamon rolls so we will have to try these soon 🙂

    Yummy and super super easy and quick! It doesn’t get any better than that! Let me know if your BF loves them!

Really girl? why???? Why are you making things so easy for me to not even thinking of starting a diet!!! Holy Molly! these look fantastic!!! Thank You so much for sharing! Yeast is always and intimidating element…you revive it with water that is too hot is dead, too cold is dead as well, so no yeast is an all win win situation! I came to visit you via Anyonita Nibbles’ party ( I didn’t see this particular yumminess linked there but I wonder around your blog, hope it’s ok)
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    Ha ha! Oh Liz, you should try my diet. It’s called Make Delicious Cinnamon Rolls And Devour The Pan In Less Than An Hour! Yeast has definitely been scary for me, I really need to learn to work with it… but in the mean time these cinnamon rolls are doing a great job of keeping that yeast at bay! Definitely wander around my blog as often as you like, I’d simply love it! Thanks Liz!

      Hey don’t BE AFRAID OF YEAST. iT IS SO EASY, NO SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED. tRUST ME, IF i CAN WORK WITH YEAST, ANYONE CAN. jUST STICK WITH REGULAR (NOT RAPID RISE). a TSP. OF YEAST IN WARM WATER, W/ A PINCH OF SUGAR AND YOU’RE FIZZING AND FUZZING.

The pictures made me think “I’ve got to try one of those!”. It’s great to find an easier version since the recipes using wait take a good amount of time to make.
I’m adding your blog to my reading list since it’s so amazing 🙂

    Megan! Thank you so much for complementing my photographs! I’m flattered to be added to your reading list, I look forward to sharing many many more recipes and fun stories with you! Have a fantastic Wednesday!! 🙂

Yum, yum, yum, Tiffany! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

Hands down, THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS I’ve ever made. Yeast and I do not get along, so when I found these yeastless rolls, I had to try them. I’ve made oodles of Pinterest recipes and oodles of cinnamon rolls and have never commented on any recipe online…until now. These were well worth the time it took to make them. The icing was delicious (not too sweet) and the raisins added a whole other dimension. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be making these again…but first I’ll have to buy elastic-waisted pants, hee hee!

This was my first time making cinnamon rolls. That being said, the recipe was a little difficult for me to follow. There were no “during” pictures, I was not sure which way to roll my dough up, etc…. However, everything came together (although not quite as pretty as the picture), and I have got to say, these were by far the BEST cinnamon rolls I have ever had and my husband agrees. I doubled the cinnamon in the filling and made about 50% extra so I could put some in in-between the rolls. It was like “all middles”. Mmm…..

I love cinnamon rolls. But I live in a place without many bakeries that have them, and the store’s taste….tasteless. And one day, I was desperate for rolls, but I didn’t have time to go buy yeast. I FOUND THESE.
BIG, MESSY, GOOEY, CINNAMONY AND DELICIOUS.
YES, PLEASE.
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best decision of my life

These rolls look wonderful for breakfast. Catherine

Do you need to change anything for high altitude? I moved to the mountains and baking seems almost impossible because I alwaY’s forget to ask what changes need to be made.

    Hi Kathleen- you shouldn’t need to change anything, I’m at high altitude too 🙂

Has anyone tried dividing the recipe into two rectangles to make mini cinnamon rolls? Would that work? Should I change the cooking time any for the same amount of ingredients – since the rolls would not be as thick/deep? Just love cinni-minis. 🙂

Hey, I was wondering if these could be made the night before and refrigerated and baked the next morning? I want to try and make them for breakfast Christmas morning, but don’t want to have to “cook” and “put it all together” on the same day! Thanks so much!

    I was wondering the same thing!

These look soooo amazing! I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls and didn’t have any yeast in hand so these looked perfect to try. I just put them in the oven and I had the worst time with the dough. You said it would be sticky but my dough was downright gooey. It made it impossible to roll well though I did my best. It’ll be more of a cinnamon roll bake than rolls, I think. 🙂 I’ve been over the ingredients several times and wondered what I could have missed but didn’t see anything wrong. The only thing I did differently was that I used buttermilk powder (and added the water to the milk). Could this have made that much of a difference? I’ll let you know how it turns out when I pull them out. I don’t imagine it’ll change the taste a whole lot so I’m still looking forward to them.

These are AMAZING! I baked them for my family and everyone loved them. I am only 15 and I could make them, so I’m sure anyone can! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Do you think it work out if I halved this recipe? Want to make 4 rolls first for now since there’s only 2 in our family. .or maybe freezing the dough before buttering and baking? Looks wonderful btw!

    Hi V, I haven’t tried halving the recipe but I bet it would work! Otherwise you could make the whole batch and then wrap the leftover rolls in plastic wrap and freeze them. Then just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two when you want to eat them!

These look really lovely! Do you think they could be done without the baking soda though? I don’t have any in the house and would love to make these in the morning to celebrate the last day of school. Cheers!
Victoria

    Hi Victoria! I really can’t say how they’d come out without the baking soda because I’ve never tried it… so sorry I can’t be more helpful with that idea!

I’ll definitely have to give this a try. I made the 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls with yeast and though my family loves them, I’m not a fan of any hint of yeast taste. I should get to enjoy too right??? If I didn’t want to use the cream cheese, do I have to adjust the other ingredients at all for the frosting?

    Nope you can just leave the cream cheese out!

      Hey! I totally loved these! I broke my wrist the other day and needed a comfort food. I knew at once: Cinnamon Rolls! Of course, because I broke my wrist, I needed something easy… This was it! Thanks a million, you made my day!

        Oh my gosh I’m sorry about your wrist – gah that’s terrible! I’m glad these cinnamon rolls were a good pick-me-up for you though!!

    I tried this recipe last night and did not enjoy the process at all. The dough was a big ball of not sticky, but total wet mess, so I had to add a lot more flour. I was tempted to just throw it out at first. Then the cinnamon mixture overflowed in the oven so it started smoking. 🙁

Can I add pumpkin puree to the filling, if so, how much? This is a great recipe and super easy.

I made this for Christmas breakfast. Like some of the other commenters, my dough was extremely wet. After rolling it out and spreading the filling, I could barely get it rolled and sliced. It was basically falling apart in my hands. It went into the pan in pieces all plopped together. I commented that we would just call it ‘monkey bread’. I baked it and frosted it, and OH.MY.GOODNESS!!! YUM!!! We’ve all agreed (there are 10 of us) that this recipe is a keeper and that we are going to call it Messy Monkey Bread. We had guests over later that day and they asked for the recipe, too!

Wow this recipe looks amazing! I would love to make them but I don´t have any buttermilk and where I live it´s a bit hard to find in stores, can the buttermilk be replaced by normal milk or anything else? Thank you!

    Hi Iva! You can make your own buttermilk by adding lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk!

💕These are Soooo good!!! I have made these cinnamon rolls at least 6 times. Every time they come out perfectly. My family LOVES them (well me too) I could just eat the frosting by itself 🙂
I always have issues with the yeast recipes so I thought I’d give this one a try….Best decision EVER!! One helpful hint that I remember from high school cooking class is instead of using a knife to slice dough, slip a piece of dental floss under the dough (not mint flavored floss) and cross it at the top and pull. Perfect slices and they don’t get smooshed down from the knife.
Thanks for the recipe!!

Hi. I tried this recipe twice and sadly it did not seem t turn out.
The resultant scrolls turned out very heavy and did not seem to
have risen.
Sadly I had to throw it out. I must say the cinnamon sugar sprinkle
is just heavenly.
Not too sure what I have done wrong. Any comment.
BTW do these scrolls look and have the texture and weight of scones?
BTW I live in Australia.

Hi. I tried this recipe twice and sadly it did not seem t turn out.
The resultant scrolls turned out very heavy and did not seem to
have risen.
Sadly I had to throw it out. I must say the cinnamon sugar sprinkle
is just heavenly.
Not too sure what I have done wrong. Any comment.
BTW do these scrolls look and have the texture and weight of scones?
BTW I live in Australia.

    Are you using baking soda and powder? I only baked 4 minutes at 350 after the 15 minutes at 425. Omg, i found them the best!

These cinnamon rolls were the best rolls my family has had. I wasn’t sure at first how they would turn out with no yeast and no buttermilk ( I made my own Buttermilk by combining 1 cup 2% milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice). I also used my own buttercream frosting because my husband doesn’t like cream cheese. Best cinnamon rolls ever. Highly recommend to fort time bakers of cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon rolls

These were a huge mess. Dough was wet as others said. I was able to roll them up but then as transferring them to pan they all fell apart. The taste was just ok. The icing and filling were good however the dough itself tasted like it was missing something. I will not make again.

turned out great even though I rolled them out wrong!!!!!

Pretty good. I would cut back on the filling but otherwise very easy dough to work with! Flour your board and hands! Have extra flour ready to sprinkle your dough with as you roll it out! Just waaayyy too much cinnamon/sugar mix for me. VEry sweet. Would make again

I mAde this today & they weRe amazinG! The only changes i made was to drizzlE some chocolate ganache over As i felt Like chocolate tOday. One thIng foR sure is that cInnamon & chocolate can nevEr go wrong! Thank you so much for the brilliant recIpe, tiffany! This is definitely a kEeper.

The very best recipe i ever used!!

Made the cinnamon rolls this morning. They were delicious!!! Will definitely be making again!!

I’m definitely going to try these! I assume it’s more of a biscuit dough, but looks yummy

Love cinnamon rolls, dont like yeast, cant wait to try this recipe, thank you for sharing😀

    Would love to hear how it turns out for you!

These are delicious. I don’t know how anyone could call themselves lazy after making these. Still a lot of steps and a lot OF dishes to do! The result is amazing though.

    Happy to hear that they turned out delicious for you! 🙂