Rating: 4 stars
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

Gluten-free Cinnabon®-like cinnamon rolls...the best! No one has guessed yet that they are homemade gluten-free cinnamon rolls! It took me a while to perfect this recipe that I came up with but it finally works.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 rolls
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Dough:
Filling:
Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine sugar and yeast for dough in a small bowl. Mix 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt together in a second bowl.

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  • Place milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high, stirring every 15 seconds, until 110 to 115 degrees F (43 to 46 degrees C), about 45 seconds. Whisk into the yeast mixture and set aside to proof, about 5 minutes.

  • Combine proofed yeast with olive oil, egg, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; mix for a moment and then slowly add in the flour mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until dough thickens and loses some of its stickiness, about 1 1/2 minutes.

  • Cover a work surface with a sheet of good quality plastic wrap and a light layer of flour. Place dough in the center and cover with a little more flour and another sheet of plastic wrap. Roll out to a 10x13-inch rectangle; remove top layer of plastic wrap.

  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon for filling in a small bowl. Spread melted butter over the entire dough rectangle and sprinkle brown sugar mixture evenly over top.

  • Start at a long edge and roll the dough, using the plastic wrap to help lift and roll as you go. Lightly sprinkle dough with more flour and cut into 10 pieces with a sharp knife. Place rolls in a greased baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm spot to rise for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake rolls in the preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 22 to 27 minutes.

  • While rolls are baking, beat butter and cream cheese for frosting in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add powdered sugar; mix until smooth. Mix in lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt.

  • Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven and immediately drizzle frosting over top.

Cook's Note:

If your gluten-free all-purpose flour already has xanthan gum in it, do not add extra to the dough.

Nutrition Facts

351 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 46.9g; fat 17.7g; cholesterol 48.5mg; sodium 385.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2020
This is the best Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll recipe ever! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/24/2020
Followed the recipe. Turned out a heavy mess. Do not recommend. Read More
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2020
I made the recipe almost exactly as written. My exception was in method: I used non-stick aluminum foil on the counter, instead of plastic wrap. It didn't turn out well at all. I'm getting reasonably good at making gluten-free baked goods. I'm not sure where this went wrong. The rolls are dry and crumbly and not at all tasty. Sadly, I'm still on the search for a winning recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2020
This is the best Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll recipe ever! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/24/2020
Followed the recipe. Turned out a heavy mess. Do not recommend. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2021
Finally! A GF cinnamon roll recipe that is as excellent as it looks! I didn't change a thing. The recipe is great as is. Love it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2020
Super easy to handle the dough. Eaten by gluten-free snobs haha. Highly recommend this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2021
First GF cinnamon roll recipe I have tried. I agree, it was a bit mess when rolling out and handling, but the end product tasted great! Very soft and yummy. So happy to have a cinnamon roll again! I really liked that the recipe used olive oil in it - cannot taste it at all. I did not use the cream cheese glaze, but instead made one with 1 c. 10x, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 2 T. butter or vegan butter, and 1 1/2 T. hot water. So good -- I ate two right away after baking, and two later that evening. :) My husband, who is not GF, even said these were very good and that I could make them again (instead of my old non-GF recipe). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2021
They were great. The texture is not identical to a gluten yeast roll, but most people wouldn't notice. The only thing I'll do differently next time is cook for a shorter time. I opted to bake for the 27 minutes. The rolls were a little dry but still really good. And the frosting is sooo yummy! The dough is very sticky to work with, so the rolling between plastic wrap is necessary. It is a bit difficult to make the dough a nice rectangle because of the stickiness. I also only made 9 rolls out of the dough since that is what fit better in my baking pan. When letting the rolls rise, a warm area is necessary. I tried letting them proof at room temp and nothing happened. I turned the oven on for a couple of minutes and turned it off and put the rolls in. They puffed up nicely. Read More