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No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

These No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls are great for an after-school snack or to pack to-go. This amazing cinnamon roll recipe gives you fluffy buns with a sweet drizzle of glaze.

Fresh baked cinnamon rolls on a spatula in a white baking dish on a wooden board.

The cinnamon filling in this sweet breakfast option has melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, of course. I recommend mixing the cinnamon-sugar filling in a separate bowl before spreading it out onto the dough. That way, you’ll get an even mix of the flavors throughout these no yeast rolls.

Next time you crave cinnamon rolls, you’ll know that this recipe has all the good stuff. These cinnamon rolls are delicious and easy to make, perfect for any day of the week. They have a great frosting recipe and don’t require yeast. They’re better than store bought!

Key Ingredients

No yeast cinnamon rolls ingredients milk, vanilla, powdered sugar, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, baking powder, baking soda, buttermilk, and flour.

Unbleached flour, baking powder, baking soda, unsalted butter, and buttermilk make up the dough.

Once you’ve made the dough, you’ll need these ingredients for the cinnamon sugar mix: unsalted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon!

Finally, the glaze for these soft and sweet rolls requires powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

How to make No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch:

First Let’s Make the Dough

Preheat the oven to 425F.

Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl.

Flour and a whisk in a glass bowl.

Cut 4 tsp butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients.

Flour and pieces of butter in a glass bowl.

Stir in the buttermilk and mix well.

Dough in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

Dust a clean surface with a small handful of flour. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin until it is 1/2 inch thick and in a rectangular shape.

Oven safe baking sheet with dough rolled over it and a rolling pin.

Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter, then brush it over the dough.

Dough, melted butter, and a baster on an oven safe baking sheet.

Make the Cinnamon Filling

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle it over the butter all the way to the edges.

Cinnamon roll dough on a baking mat with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Prepare to Bake It!

Roll dough in, long way and cut into 1 inch equal slices.

Cinnamon rolls cut from a roll of cinnamon roll dough.

Arrange on a cookie sheet or any oven-safe dish. (Don’t grease it.)

Cinnamon roll dough ready to bake in a white baking tray.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.

Lastly, Make the Glaze

Make the glaze by whisking powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk; drizzle the glaze over the hot cinnamon rolls.

Glazing cinnamon rolls in a baking dish with glaze on a spoon.

Expert Tips:

  • Use cold butter for the dough, it’ll create a flaky texture once the sweet cinnamon rolls are baked.
  • Arrange the cinnamon rolls close together on the baking sheet so that they rise upwards, not outwards while baking.

FAQs:

What type of milk is best for making the glaze?

Any milk, whether dairy or non-dairy, will work for the glaze.

Can I freeze cinnamon rolls for later?

Yes, you can freeze unbaked rolls and then bake them straight from the freezer. Add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

How do I make a thicker glaze for cinnamon rolls?

Add powdered sugar in small amounts to the glaze mix to thicken it. Balance out with small amounts of milk if it becomes too thick. 

Cinnamon roll on a white plate.

More delicious desserts to try:

This Key Lime Dessert with Zest and Cream is creamy, refreshing, and perfect for a picnic!

Make The Best Frozen Yogurt Bark with Berries for a perfect snack to put into lunchboxes or to enjoy after school!

More Recipes Made with Cinnamon!

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Close up of a fresh baked cinnamon roll on a gold spatula.

No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch

If you never tried baking without yeast, this recipe can help you rethink using yeast. These cinnamon rolls turn out fluffy with a sweet drizzle of glaze.
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Course: Desserts, Snack
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings9
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

  • bowl
  • Rolling spoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • whisk

Ingredients

Cinnamon rolls:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Cinnamon sugar mix:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

Glaze:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl.
    2 cups unbleached flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda
    Flour and a whisk in a glass bowl.
  • Cut 4 tsp butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients.
    4 tsp unsalted butter
    Flour and pieces of butter in a glass bowl.
  • Stir in the buttermilk and mix well.
    1 cup buttermilk
    Dough in a bowl with a wooden spoon.
  • On a clean surface, dust a small handful of flour and roll out the dough until it is 1/2 inch thick and a rectangular shape.
    Oven safe baking sheet with dough rolled over it and a rolling pin.
  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter, brush it over the dough.
    2 Tbsp unsalted butter
    Dough, melted butter, and a baster on an oven safe baking sheet.
  • Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon together and sprinkle it over the butter all the way to the edges.
    ½ cup brown sugar, 2 Tbsp cinnamon
    Cinnamon roll dough on a baking mat with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Roll dough in, long way.
    Cinnamon roll dough rolled up.
  • Cut into 1 inch equal slices.
    Cinnamon rolls cut from a roll of cinnamon roll dough.
  • Arrange on a cookie sheet or any oven safe dish. (Don’t grease it.)
    Cinnamon roll dough ready to bake in a white baking tray.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.
    A baking dish with freshly baked cinnamon rolls.
  • Make the glaze by whisking powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk; drizzle glaze over the hot cinnamon rolls.
    ½ cup powdered sugar, ½ tsp vanilla, 2 tsp milk
    Glazing cinnamon rolls in a baking dish with glaze on a spoon.

Notes

You can freeze unbaked rolls and then bake them straight from the freezer. Add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 1mg
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