Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)
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Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)

October 12, 2018

These cinnamon rolls are ready in less than 40 minutes! No, they are not like cinnamon rolls made with yeast. But they are delicious nonetheless!

A few years ago while visiting a friend who lived in the countryside, she served us these easy cinnamon rolls. She said that because they lived far from supermarkets, and could not get yeast, she started making cinnamon rolls with a simpler dough.

She used an American biscuit recipe, which can be made in just a few minutes and has very few ingredients. 

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)

There are a few kinds of leavening for baked goods. Yeast: reacts with sugar, causing it to ferment. Yeast is great for bread-making, but it does require time.

Baking powder: is only fully activated by heat, which is why a cake rises in the oven and not on your countertop, the way bread does.

So for this recipe, we are using baking powder. The result is, a firm-crispy crust and a tender, melt in your mouth crumb. 

dry ingredients for Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)

To make these easy cinnamon rolls without yeast, you need to keep your ingredients very cold. One hour before you start, you should grate some cold butter, and store it in the freezer. The cold butter makes small air pockets in the dough, creating a porous, tender crumb once baked.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast) dough rolled with cinnamon/sugar mixture

Mixed the dough with a wooden spoon. Try not to knead it, as the heat of your hands will melt the butter. Use a piece of wax paper, sprinkle plenty of flour and with your hands floured, stretch the dough.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast) in a pan

Is very important to bake these cinnamon rolls in a very hot oven. So preheat it before you start making the rolls.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast) baked in a pan

The filling is generally brown sugar and cinnamon, but you can add nuts, or dry fruit too.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)

Enjoy them as soon as they are out of the oven! Crispy, light and so delicious!

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)
Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
These cinnamon rolls are ready in less than 40 minutes! No, they are not like cinnamon rolls made with yeast. But they are delicious nonetheless!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 225 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
  • 2 cups flour (250g)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (12.5g)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder (14.3g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (5.6g)
  • 6 tablespoons cold grated butter (85g)
  • 3/4 cup cold milk (177ml)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (28.3g)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar (25g)
  • 2 teaspoons flour (2.6g)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (6.8g)
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar (15.6g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk
  1. Half an hour before making these cinnamon rolls, grate the butter and store it in the freezer.
  2. Heat the oven to 218C / 425F and grease a round or square baking pan.
  3. For the dough: In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add grated butter to the flour; mix with a wooden spoon. Add the cold milk and mix only until the dough comes together.
  5. Cut a piece of wax paper and flour it generously. Put the dough on the wax paper, and with floured hands, stretch into a rectangle, to 1 centimeter thick or half an inch. (Or you can use a floured pin for rolling).
  6. Filling: In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Brush melted butter on top of the dough. Leaving an inch on one of the sides without butter.
  7. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the butter.
  8. With the help of the wax paper, start rolling the dough on the longest side (leaving the side without butter for last) and pinching the ends at the same time.
  9. Cut the rolls into 8 equal portions and put them in the prepared baking pan. (If desired, brush the tops with melted butter).
  10. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brwn and firm to the touch.
  11. For the drizzle: In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients. It needs to be thick.
  12. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and immediately drizzle icing all over. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

These cinnamon rolls are better when they are hot or when you serve them the same day.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast)

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  1. OK…these looks amazing. I usually cheat and make cinnamon rolls from a can but these look delicious and so much better using pantry ingredients. This is going on the menu rotation.

    1. Hola Angélica. Sí, se parecen un poco. Tal vez un poco más firme que los scones. No sé si has probado los biscuits. Se suelen servir con una salsa blanca y pedacitos de chorizos para el desayuno. Biscuits y gravy se llama.
      Súper ricos y muy fáciles.

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