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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

By August 31st, 2018 Bread, Breakfast + Brunch

Easy Cinnamon Rolls is an understatement! There’s no waiting for dough to rise–this is a quick, and delicious version of a favorite morning treat.


Good cinnamon rolls still warm from the oven, with drippy thick icing, have got to be one of the best gifts to mankind. But sheesh, they take a long time to make.

My solution: quick bread cinnamon rolls! The dough uses baking powder and baking soda as leavening instead of yeast. The idea is sort of a glorified biscuit.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls


The dough is richer than typical baking powder biscuits. With the addition of an egg and a little more sugar the flavor is closer to your favorite yeasty cinnamon roll. I’ve melted the butter instead of cut it in like typical biscuits. This makes the dough less crumbly and easy to roll with the cinnamon filling.

I used buttermilk in the dough so I included it in the frosting as well. I don’t use buttermilk often, so I like to find ways to use it when I have it in the fridge. I think I may just have to make this recipe again to finish it off–Woohoo!


Easy Cinnamon Rolls

These are quick to make, and disappear even faster. Eat them while they’re warm–they are best eaten the same day. Like biscuits they don’t keep all that well. I mean they’re fine…I eat anything made of bread with frosting no matter how old it is…but I’m just saying the cinnamon rolls are at their prime right out of the oven!

5 from 3 votes
Easy Cinnamon Rolls! There's no waiting for dough to rise--this is a quick, and delicious version of a favorite morning treat.
Easy Cinnamon Rolls
Work Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Easy Cinnamon Rolls is an understatement! There's no waiting for dough to rise--this is a quick, and delicious version of a favorite morning treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls
Yield: 9 Rolls
Calories: 419 kcal
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 2⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup low-fat cream cheese softened
  • 1 tbsp low-fat buttermilk
  • cups confectioners' sugar
  1. Heat oven to 425°F with rack in upper third. Coat a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, 2 tbsp granulated sugar and cinnamon with 2 tbsp butter; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 3 tbsp granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg and 3 tbsp butter. Stir together the liquid and dry ingredients; dough will look rough. Knead on a floured surface until just smooth, about 5 turns.
  4. Pat or roll dough into a 9-by-13-inch rectangle. Brush with 2 tbsp butter. Spread dough with brown sugar filling, leaving ½-inch border. Use a spatula to lift dough from surface and roll, starting at a long side, to form a tight log. Pinch seam to seal log and slice evenly into 9 pieces. Place in prepared pan swirl-side up and press rolls down slightly. Brush tops with 1 tbsp butter.
  5. Bake until edges are just golden brown and rolls are cooked through, 22 to 25 min. Loosen rolls from pan and invert onto a plate; re-invert to right side up onto a rack. Cool 5 min before icing.

  6. For icing: In a bowl, beat together cream cheese and buttermilk until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar to form icing; spread over rolls with knife. Serve rolls warm.
Recipe Notes
  • Trust me: it's worth the time to make these mouthwatering rolls from scratch rather than baking the prepackaged kind.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 375mg 16%
Potassium 211mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 42g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 11.3%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Here’s another quick bread treat: My Whole Wheat Pumpkin Walnut Bread, or Pulla Bread, a yeast bread that will blow your mind…if you’ve got a few extra minutes to spare.
Recipe by Tara Bench
Photographer Yunhee Kim
Food Stylist Anne Disrude
Prop Stylist Megan Hedepeth
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal March 2009




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