No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

If cinnamon rolls were kinder to my thighs and my love handles, I’d surely bake them often and nibble little cinnamon roll nibbles until my heart was content.  Cinnamon rolls are a rather huge favorite of mine.  My grandma Billie used to make the best cinnamon rolls ever, and I certainly use her recipe whenever I’m up for making a yeast version of these things.  This non-yeast version is one that is plenty acceptable for a cinnamon roll, and it’s kind of a cool option for those who fear baking with yeast:  No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

I baked mine in a muffin tin… for no particular reason except that I just wanted to keep them intact and not spreading out all over Kansas and Oklahoma.

These lovelies are made just the way a regular cinnamon roll is made.  The dough is rolled out into a roughly-shaped rectangle and topped with a brown sugar- cinnamon filling.  Lots of it.

The dough is very soft to work with.  Make sure your surface is well-floured and be gentle with it and all will be right with the world.

A peek at the roll.  Cut slices and try not to eat it as you go!  Seriously… it’s kind of hard not to taste it.

I dropped mine into greased muffin tins.  If you’d like them to turn out a little more decadent and dripping in buttery cinnamon-sugar goo, put a teaspoon or so of the cinnamon-sugar topping inside each muffin tin before you put these in there.  Then it will bake up all gooey on the bottom too.  I didn’t do that… and I loved ’em just the way they were, but I like that gooey option idea too.

They bake up kind of muffin-like (but not muffiny in texture- they’re a bread texture instead).

Cream cheese frosting (or a glaze of some sort) is a must.  A MUST.

Get wild and crazy with your frosting designs, or just spread it on top of the cinnamon rolls like a normal human being would.

Here’s a peek at the inside too- you can see that the cinnamon layers are present throughout.  The best part about these cinnamon rolls is of course the “no yeast and no rising needed” aspect of them.  I sure love myself some home-baked yeasted cinnamon rolls, but these are nice to make when you don’t have the patience or time for rising.  Yeast rolls turn out a little more tender than these- I’d say these are more like a bread consistency.  Still good.  And remember that little tip I gave you about the extra cinnamon-sugar goo.  That could be all kinds of awesome.  These are best eaten the same day… nice and warm out of the oven with that cream cheese frosting on top.  We ate a few and then gifted some to our neighbors on a Sunday morning.  They were kinda happy 🙂

Yield: 12 rolls

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 cups bread or all-purpose flour, + more for rolling
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten

Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk or buttermilk


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray.

2. Prepare the filling: In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients with a fork until a crumbly mixture is formed.

3. Prepare the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use clean hands (or a pastry blender) to work the butter into the dry ingredients. Add the milk and the egg and stir to combine.

4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface into roughly shaped large rectangle (about 1/4-inch thick). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border all the way around. Carefully roll up the rectangle (the dough will be soft). Use a sharp knife to cut 12 rolls. If you want smaller rolls, cut them a little smaller and you'll get 18. Carefully place the rolls in the prepared muffin tin.

5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting: Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk/buttermilk in a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine. Add a little more milk if you wish to have a thinner frosting. Spread the frosting on top of warm rolls or drizzle on top. Serve warm.

Source: (Adapted from