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Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls – these no yeast cinnamon rolls are fluffy, buttery, and absolutely delicious. They are ready in less than an hour with no yeast in sight!

My family loves cinnamon rolls. They are the traditional breakfast we have for almost every holiday. There is just something about an ooey gooey cinnamon roll with that delicious icing that gets all of us!

You can even turn them into pancakes with these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. The flavor combo is just something you can’t beat.

cinnamon roll on a plate with bite missing


What makes this cinnamon roll recipe so special is that it doesn’t use yeast. So you don’t have to worry about kneading the dough, letting it rise multiple times, and hoping that everything works out! It uses baking powder and baking soda to get nice and fluffy.

But don’t worry, they are still buttery, gooey, and all the things you every want from a cinnamon roll!

You can also make Cinnamon Roll Muffins that are great for every day. And if you are a chocolate fan at heart don’t miss these Nutella Cinnamon Rolls!

frosted no yeast cinnamon rolls in a pan

This is actually one of the earlier recipes I posted on the blog back in 2012, but the pictures and how the recipe was written didn’t do them justice. So it needed a little updating. Because trust me, this is one recipe you do not want to miss!

What You’ll Need

  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Buttermilk
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
spreading frosting on cinnamon rolls

How To Make Cinnamon Rolls

These no yeast cinnamon rolls are really pretty easy to make, just a few steps involved, but they are ready in less than an hour!

  1. Start by making the filling. Mix together cinnamon, brown sugar, white sugar, salt, and a little melted butter until it is the texture of wet sand.
  2. Next you will make the dough. Start by mixing together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a liquid measuring cup whisk together melted butter and buttermilk and add to the flour mixture.
  3. Stir the flour mixture until it starts to come together. It will be a very rough dough. Turn onto a flour surface and knead for about 1 minute, just until it comes together and is mostly smooth. This is not a yeast dough, so the less you handle it the better.
  4. Lightly flour the counter and press into a rectangle about 12×9 inches.
  5. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the dough. Leave about 1/2 inch boarder around the edge to make rolling easier.
  6. Then start at the long edge and roll tightly into a log. Cut into 8 equal pieces.
  7. Arrange the 8 pieces in a 8 inch cake pan or square baking dish that is brushed with melted butter.
  8. Brush the last bit of melted butter over the top of the cinnamon rolls and bake. It only takes about 20 minutes for them to get golden brown and puff up.
  9. While they are baking you can make the icing. Just mix together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Then mix in powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until it is creamy and smooth.
  10. Let the rolls cool for about 5 minutes after you take them out of the oven before you spread the icing on, or it will melt and be a big mess.
quick and easy cinnamon roll on a plate

Cinnamon Roll Icing

Cinnamon rolls almost always have a cream cheese based icing on them. It helps balance the sweetness of everything and just works perfectly.

  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract

Make sure your cream cheese and butter is very soft so they blend together well. You can microwave them separately for about 10 seconds if necessary, but don’t actually melt them.

no yeast cinnamon rolls baked and ready for frosting

If you find yourself with leftover buttermilk here are a few great recipes to use it up.

These quick and easy no yeast cinnamon rolls will quickly become a favorite in your house. They are great for a weekend breakfast, because you don’t have to spend hours dealing with the dough.

Plus there is no mixer required! Just a bowl and spatula to mix the dough. This really is an easy cinnamon roll recipes you can have on the table in just about 45 minutes!

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Yield: 8

Cinnamon Rolls

close up of cinnamon roll with bite missing

Easy Cinnamon Rolls - these no yeast cinnamon rolls are fluffy, buttery, and absolutely delicious. They are ready in less than an hour with no yeast in sight!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes



  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled


  • 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 oz) flour
  • 2 Tbsp granulate sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled


  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 5 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 425º
  2. Melt 8 Tablespoons of butter (enough for each step of the cinnamon rolls) in a bowl and let it cool slightly.
  3. Brush 1 Tbsp of melted butter into a 9 inch cake pan or pie plate. Set aside.

Prepare The Filling

  1. In a bowl combine brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Add 1 Tbsp of the melted butter. Using your fingers or a fork stir together until is feels like wet sand. Set aside.

Prepare The Dough

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup mix together buttermilk and 2 Tbsp of the melted butter.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until everything is combined (about 30 seconds). The dough will be very rough.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface and kneed until just smooth (handle as little as possible for flaky rolls).

Make Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Lightly flour the counter, and use your hands to press the dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. dough rolled out being brushed with butter
  2. Brush with 2 Tbsp of the melted butter. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough, pressing gently into the dough. Be sure to leave about 1/2 in border around the edges. brown sugar filling being sprinkled on dough
  3. Starting with the long side, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Pinch to seal. rolling up dough
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut into 8 equal pieces. Place 1 roll in the center of the prepared pan, and arrange the other 7 around it. sliced into 8 pieces
  5. Brush with the last 2 Tbsp of butter. brush butter on cinnamon rolls in the pan
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the rolls to rest for 5 minutes before frosting.

Make the Icing

  1. In a small bowl mix cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and mix until smooth and fluffy. Adjust milk if necessary to get the icing a spreadable consistency.
  3. Spread onto rolls and serve.


Adapted from Cook's Illustrated

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 364Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 55mgSodium 573mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 0gSugar 45gProtein 2g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

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Thursday 18th of March 2021

I would like to wake up with these cinnamon rolls. I love the cinnamon flavor!


Thursday 18th of March 2021

My daughter is going to love this recipe! Can’t wait to make this for breakfast! Looks so yummy and delicious!

Jacque Hastert

Thursday 18th of March 2021

I am making these on Saturday and I can't wait. I love how simple you have made these and I bet they will taste like a million bucks.

Allyson Zea

Thursday 18th of March 2021

I love making these on the weekend! So tasty and easy!


Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Looks delicious and I'd love to make it. Is there a printable version that's not 10 pages and doesn't include photos? Your printable version contains photos that take up a full sheet of paper.

Erin S

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Kerena, I disabled pictures on the printable version of the recipe card, so now it is just 2 pages. Unfortunately that disables all pictures, even the little thumbnail to show you what the recipe is. I wish that was a better option, but at this time that is the best I can do. Hope that helps. Thanks!

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