No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

February 4, 2013


Baking is always a good way to heat your kitchen (or apartment) on freezing cold January days. I made a batch of these inauguration morning which kept me warm all day. This no-yeast recipe is easy to make, much quicker than traditional rolls and has a hearty cake-like texture.

Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

For the Cinnamon Filling:
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon garam masala or cloves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter, melted

For the Dough:
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
5 Tablespoons butter, melted and divided

For the Icing:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon milk

Directions: Preheat oven to 425. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl, then mix with a fork until well blended.

In a another, larger bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together buttermilk and 4 Tablespoons melted butter in a separate bowl, then pour into the middle of the dry ingredients. Stir together until dough just comes together. Kneed slightly with your hands until the dough forms into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough. Press half the filling mixture into the center, leaving 1/4″ of the dough clear on all 4 sides (like dressing a pizza) and then roll up the dough. Pinch together seam, trim ends and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Place rolls in a non-stick sprayed square or round pan. Brush with remaining Tablespoon of melted butter and bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.


To make the icing, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth.

Drizzle the hot rolls with icing. You can do this while the rolls are still in the pan, but my husband is picky about how much icing he gets. So we ice each roll individually.




Mmm, nice and warm.



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Aparna B. February 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

Mmmm! I LOVE warm ooey gooey cinnamon rolls. We always use the recipe from King Arthur’s flour, but it is SO rich and oh so bad for you. It’s OK to indulge every one in a while though ;)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 5, 2013 at 9:22 am


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