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No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

No yeast cinnamon rolls deliver all the yummy goodness of regular cinnamon rolls without prepping and proofing. Cutting the preparation time in half means getting cinnamon rolls to the table in no time! 

plated cinnamon roll with no yeast

“Made these yeast-free cinnamon rolls by the Jamil Ghar, and holy wow. Delicious and a perfect, simple Christmas morning recipe. My husband said this is officially our new Christmas breakfast tradition.”

-Chelsea, Instagram

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Sugar: There is sugar and more sugar in these cinnamon rolls! Light brown sugar sweetens the filling, but dark brown sugar works also. White sugar flavors the cinnamon rolls.
  • Cinnamon: I mean, it’s cinnamon rolls; you pretty much have to!
  • Salt: Offset the sweetness with salt.
  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour to create a softer consistency; I swear by King Arthur’s flour for my cinnamon rolls. You can also use bread flour if you want a more structured cinnamon roll.
  • Baking Soda: Pair baking soda with buttermilk in place of yeast.
  • Buttermilk: Without yeast in the cinnamon rolls, buttermilk adds a slightly sour yeast-like flavor.
  • Butter: The star ingredient of any tasty cinnamon roll is butter! You will need it for the rolls, filling, and frosting.
  • Powdered Sugar: Flavor the icing with powdered sugar.
  • Vanilla Extract: I suggest using vanilla extract for the icing in this recipe, but go crazy. I sometimes use orange or maple extract just for a change of pace.
  • Milk: For best results, use whole milk. Almond milk is a great non-dairy option.

HOW TO MAKE NO YEAST CINNAMON ROLLS

For the Dough:

filling for no yeast cinnamon rolls

MIX – Combine the ingredients for the filling in a small bowl, and set it aside.

wet and dry ingredients for no yeast cinnamon rolls

Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set it aside.

wet and dry ingredients mixed for no yeast cinnamon rolls

COMBINE– Whisk buttermilk, five tablespoons melted butter, and vanilla together in a separate mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into the middle of the dry ingredients, and combine until a dough forms. Do not over mix.

dough ball in a oiled bowl and covered for no yeast cinnamon rolls.

KNEAD– Knead the dough with your hands and form a smooth ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

For the Cinnamon Rolls:

dough rolls into a rectangle and covered with fillingfor no yeast cinnamon rolls

ROLL OUT AND COAT – Preheat oven to 425°. Roll the dough ball into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cover it with the reserved filling mixture, leaving room on all four sides of the dough, about 1/4 of an inch. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.

dough rolled into a tube for no yeast cinnamon rolls.

ROLL UP – Roll the dough into a tube. Trim the ends and cut them into even slices, about 10.

tube cut into 10 even pieces and lines into a baking sheet for no yeast cinnamon rolls.

LINE – Prepare a baking dish and line it with the cinnamon rolls.

no yeast cinnamon rolls baking in the oven

BAKE – Brush the tops with melted butter using a pastry brush and bake for 17 minutes.

icing for no yeast cinnamon rolls

MIX – While the rolls are baking, make the icing. Use a hand mixer and blend the softened butter. Then, add vanilla. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar and blend until smooth. Finally, whisk in the milk. Set aside.

no yeast cinnamon rolls cooling after baking

BAKE – Retrieve the cinnamon rolls from the oven. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes and drizzle them with the frosting.

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WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE – If somehow you end up with leftovers, cinnamon rolls keep at room temperature for 3-4 days. Place the leftover rolls on a plate and cover them with aluminum foil.
  • FREEZE – I do not recommend freezing already baked rolls unless you bake them and leave the frosting off. I will often make two batches; I bake one and then freeze the other rolls for quick baking the next time around. To freeze the rolls, gather them together, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, and then place them into a freezer-safe bag. The rolls will keep for up to 2 months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost them in the fridge overnight.
  • REHEAT – For best results, heat the oven to 350° and pop them in for around 5 minutes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I don’t have buttermilk. What can I do?

You can easily make buttermilk for your baked goods at home with one simple step. Using milk of your choice, add distilled white vinegar or lemon juice. I prefer lemon juice. The ratio I use is 1 cup of milk to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

What are my options for frosting?

Consider making a cream cheese frosting instead; use six tablespoons butter, 1½ cup powdered sugar (sifted), 4 oz. of cream cheese, ⅛ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract.

Upgrade your icing by adding pumpkin spice to the filling and the icing to make pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Maple, orange, or caramel extract would be tasty additions as well.

plated cinnamon roll with no yeast

No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

Tressa Jamil
Nothing beats a warm batch of gooey cinnamon rolls, and this recipe for no-yeast cinnamon rolls will have you enjoying them in no time at all.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 cinnamon rolls
Calories 374 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup white sugar, granulated

For the Rolls:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling the dough
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, granulated
  • 1 ¼ tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons milk, whole milk

Instructions
 

For the Dough:

  • Combine the ingredients for the filling in a small bowl, and set it aside.
  • Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set it aside.
  • Whisk buttermilk, five tablespoons melted butter, and vanilla together in a separate mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into the middle of the dry ingredients, and combine until a dough forms. Do not over mix.
  • Knead the dough with your hands and form a smooth ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

For the Cinnamon Rolls:

  • Preheat oven to 425.° Roll the dough ball into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cover it with the reserved filling mixture, leaving room on all four sides of the dough, about 1/4 of an inch. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
  • Roll the dough into a tube. Trim the ends and cut them into even slices, about 10.
  •  Prepare a baking dish and line it with the cinnamon rolls.
  • Brush the tops with melted butter using a pastry brush and bake for 17 minutes.
  • While the rolls are baking, make the icing. Use a hand mixer and blend the softened butter. Then, add vanilla. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar and blend until smooth. Finally, whisk in the milk. Set aside.
  • Retrieve the cinnamon rolls from the oven. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes and drizzle them with the frosting.

Notes

  • How do I replace yeast in a cinnamon roll recipe? I use baking powder paired with baking soda and buttermilk in place of the yeast. For baking soda to do its job, it needs an acid; I use buttermilk. So please, please, please, don’t replace the buttermilk with regular milk. Don’t have buttermilk? That’s okay, follow my instructions below and make your own in just a few minutes. 
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 Cinnamon RollCalories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSodium: 367mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31g
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Recipe Rating




Chelsea Aldirawy

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

After trying many cinnamon roll recipes and never getting a batch to turn out quite right, I gave these a shot on Christmas morning. The recipe was so simple, easy to follow, and tasted just like yeast cinnamon rolls too. This recipe is now a staple in our home for holiday mornings as it doesn’t set us back in time waiting for the rolls to rise and is simply delicious!

Tressa - Jamil Ghar Team

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

Thank you for trying this recipe; we are overjoyed it's become a part of your family tradition.