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

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 cinnamon rolls
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Dough:
Filling:
Cream Cheese Frosting:

Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

223 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 31.6g 10% DV; fat 9.9g 15% DV; cholesterol 36.7mg 12% DV; sodium 262.1mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2016
After reading the reviews I was a little hesitant to make this recipe because I was worried I would just end up with balls like everyone else. I had absolutely no problem with this recipe and thought it turned out fantastic! I added a little bit of cinnamon and sugar into the batter itself (like some others recommended) It wasn't too sticky and rolled out perfect. I had a hard time fitting 18 rolls into my pan though. I think next time I would try to make 12 or so and see if they rise up more. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2015
Dough is extremely sticky. Used practically half a sack of flour on my surface and it still wouldn't roll. It stuck to everything and turned into cinnamon sugar biscuits, almost. Still tasty but not what I wanted to make. Read More
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415 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 181
  • 4 star values: 105
  • 3 star values: 45
  • 2 star values: 28
  • 1 star values: 56
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2016
After reading the reviews I was a little hesitant to make this recipe because I was worried I would just end up with balls like everyone else. I had absolutely no problem with this recipe and thought it turned out fantastic! I added a little bit of cinnamon and sugar into the batter itself (like some others recommended) It wasn't too sticky and rolled out perfect. I had a hard time fitting 18 rolls into my pan though. I think next time I would try to make 12 or so and see if they rise up more. I will definitely make this again! Read More
(107)
Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2015
Dough is extremely sticky. Used practically half a sack of flour on my surface and it still wouldn't roll. It stuck to everything and turned into cinnamon sugar biscuits, almost. Still tasty but not what I wanted to make. Read More
(56)
Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2016
They were amazing! I didnt make any changes, except when I was stirring the mix, since many people said the dough can be sticky, it happened for me too but for the dough not to be sticky you just add more flour (like a spoon or two) and keep mixing it with your hands until you think its good enough to be rolled with a roll pin and not stick. Mine didnt stick anymore and was perfect. Also i made the mixture of 1/2 of brown sugar and 1/2 white sugar with cinnamon, but I personally didnt need to use all of that as it was a lot. Other than that, followed all instructions and it turned out amazing, soft and brilliant for breakfast! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2016
I made these for my girlfriend and they were so good that my family ate them all before she even came over. I added an extra tablespoon of butter and I heated my milk to make them fluffier. Just make sure you don't heat the milk too much, you could burn yourself mixing and rolling the dough. I also sprinkled some cinnamon on top of the rolls Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/08/2016
I agree with many of the comments - I followed the directions exactly and the dough was too sticky to roll. I wound up adding about a cup more flour and kneading it, then rolling it out. Next time I would use less milk and more flour in the original dough mix, and I will also add cinnamon sugar to the dough. The taste is good but this was not an "easy" recipe for me. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2015
Great recipe if you're not looking to spend hours waiting for dough to rise. The dough itself is very sticky like biscuit dough. Be sure your surface is well floured before turning out or it will be difficult to roll up. Also, it called for a lot of salt so I only used 1/2 teaspoon instead. They came out great with a lot of flavor and just the right amount of crunch to them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2016
I've tried 'quick' recipes for cinnamon buns before and I was a little worried they'd turn out hard and biscuit-like like the other ones I've tried but they didn't! I followed the recipe exactly (except I used a little less salt than the recipe called for) and it was perfect! I didn't have any problems rolling out the dough on a floured surface. I have a ceramic (from the dollar store!) rolling pin not wooden so maybe that helped..? They rose in the pan they look great and taste even better. 5 stars 2 thumbs way up!;) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2016
Very good, easy to make or add other favorites such as coconut. I noticed many of the reviews state it took a long time to rise. I used dastardly acting yeast and covered the dough with a warm dishcloth. Also adding a bit more flour when k eeding will prevent the stickness. Also used this reciept for monkey bread. Rolled dough into balls, layered in a bunt pan. Mixed sugar, butter, cinnamon together. First put a layer of dough, dribbled sugar mix and sprinkled raisins and walnuts, continued with layers until done. Baked about 10 to 15 minutes longer, cooled then turned out onto a plate. Family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/17/2016
The dough didn't come out right for some reason. I followed the recipe and didn't make any changes and it was too "wet". I tried to roll it up and it kept sticking to the the counter and ripping. I tried adding some flour but it didn't make it any better so I just ended up rolling it up my way. They came out alright. I'll most likely try to make them again and see where I went wrong with the recipe. I refuse to be defeated by some cinnamon rolls, lol. Read More
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