Quick Cinnamon Rolls

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Quick and easy cinnamon rolls from scratch, with no yeast, proofing, or kneading necessary!

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 cinnamon rolls

Satisfy your sweet tooth first thing in the morning with these shortcut cinnamon rolls. There's no yeast required, so it's perfect for beginner bakers or anyone who is short on time (or patience).

This recipe for from-scratch cinnamon rolls is easy to make with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

top-down view of a baked cinnamon roll in a silicone muffin cup
Blessedwife22

What Sets These Cinnamon Rolls Apart?

Unlike most traditional cinnamon roll recipes, these rolls are made without yeast — that means there's no need for proofing or kneading. The best part? They come together quickly and easily in just a little over a half an hour.

These homemade cinnamon rolls feature an optional 5-ingredient cream cheese icing, but you can leave them plain or top them with the store-bought stuff to make this recipe even simpler.

How to Store Cinnamon Rolls

Store these cinnamon rolls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If you want to keep them longer than that, consider freezing them. To freeze baked cinnamon rolls for up to three months, you'll want to double wrap them for complete protection: Wrap each cinnamon roll in one layer of storage wrap followed by one layer of aluminum foil. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the microwave or oven.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I have made this recipe twice and received raves for it each time," according to SueB. "It is very easy to make and was well received."

"They were better than I expected," says Jeana. "Yeast and I do not get along very well, so I had pretty much given up making good cinnamon rolls. But these were gorgeous and tasted wonderful. I didn't have cream cheese so I just drizzled them with basic milk-confectioner's glaze then added pecans."

"These are truly amazing cinnamon rolls," raves ​​CuriousCat. "They taste like the store-bought cinnamon rolls in a tube. I added the butter that you're supposed to brush on the dough into the cinnamon mixture, and they were much softer. The dough was also rather sticky, but an extra 1/2 cup of flour can fix that."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup butter, divided (Optional)

Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened (Optional)

  • ¾ cup milk

  • 1 egg

Filling:

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar (Optional)

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (Optional)

  • ¼ cup butter, softened (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (Optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush a 9-inch square baking dish with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

  2. Whisk flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Work 3 tablespoons softened butter into flour mixture using your hands. Beat milk and egg together in another bowl; pour into flour-butter mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.

  3. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and roll dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Brush surface of dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

  4. Whisk 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over butter-brushed dough. Roll dough around filling to form a log; cut log into 18 rolls and place rolls in the prepared baking dish.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until rolls are set, 20 to 25 minutes.

  6. Beat confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, 1/4 cup softened butter, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until frosting is smooth. Top hot cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.

    a low angle view of fresh baked and iced cinnamon rolls sitting on a platter ready to serve.
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studio

Cook's Note:

I often cut this recipe in half for just my boyfriend and I (and a few leftover rolls) and it works very well! Bake for 15 minutes instead of 20.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
10g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 54mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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