Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

These yeast free cinnamon rolls are soft and fluffy that can be made in one bowl without the need for kneading or rising time!

cinnamon rolls with icing on them in a muffin tin

The dough is slathered with melted butter and then packed with cinnamon sugar before rolled up and baked. While still slightly warm, spread sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting over each individual cinnamon roll to serve with a tall glass of creamy milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THESE YEAST FREE CINNAMON ROLLS

If you’re nervous about baking with yeast or don’t have time to wait for your dough to rise before baking, then you’re going to love this no-yeast cinnamon roll recipe!

You get the same flavor and fluffy soft texture of traditional cinnamon rolls without the extra steps and time of baking with yeast or having to let your dough rise before popping the beauties into the oven!

yeast free cinnamon rolls with a glass of milk

HOW SHOULD I STORE THESE CINNAMON ROLLS?

These cinnamon rolls can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Ensure that the cinnamon rolls are completely cool before storing these cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator.

CAN I FREEZE THESE CINNAMON ROLLS?

Absolutely! Once completely cool, place your cinnamon rolls on a baking tray and flash freeze them for 1-2 hours. Once hardened, wrap these rolls in plastic wrap and then store them either in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container.

Freezing these rolls before storage in the freezer will help prevent the cream cheese frosting from sticking to the plastic wrap or container.

overhead shot of cinnamon rolls on a white plate

ARE THESE CINNAMON ROLLS GLUTEN-FREE?

Yes, they are. I’ve used gluten-free flour to make the dough for these cinnamon rolls. That said, you should always check the labels of products such as baking powder and baking soda since these items are sometimes stored in facilities and warehouses that contain gluten-based products.

HOW SHOULD I SERVE THESE CINNAMON ROLLS?

These cinnamon rolls are delicious desserts that can be enjoyed as is with a tall glass of milk or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I love eating them while still slightly warm from being freshly baked but they’re still delicious after being stored in the fridge.

WILL THESE CINNAMON ROLLS RISE ENOUGH WITHOUT YEAST ADDED?

Absolutely! The baking powder and baking soda acts as a replacement leavener for these cinnamon rolls. Make sure that you use both baking powder and baking soda though as the combination will provide fluffy rolls that also brown well.

glazed cinnamon rolls in a muffin tin

TIPS FOR MAKING MY YEAST FREE CINNAMON ROLLS

  • Ensure you allow your freshly baked cinnamon rolls to cool slightly before frosting and eating – they will be very hot straight out of the oven.
  • If you’re in a big rush for time, you can skip making the cinnamon roll dough and use a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. These canned rolls also come with a sugar glaze that you can use to top the cinnamon rolls.
  • If you don’t want to bake these cinnamon rolls in a muffin pan, go ahead and assemble them together in a pie dish that’s deep enough. You can serve these cinnamon rolls in the pie dish as a larger dessert, pulling individual rolls apart when serving.

The baking soda requires acidity to activate which is why I’ve included apple cider vinegar. You can use buttermilk instead but then omit the milk and apple cider vinegar listed in the recipe ingredients.

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Yield: 6

Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

These yeast fcinnamon rolls are soft and fluffy that can be made in one bowl without the need for kneading or rising time!ree

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

For Dough

  • 1 ½ cups gluten free all-purpose flour (plus additional flour for rolling out the dough)
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup of butter, divided
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup milk of choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 6 cups in a muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate small bowl, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. In that same bowl, add the milk and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well until a consistent dough forms. Use clean hands to form the dough into a ball.
  5. Lay a piece of heavily floured parchment paper on a flat surface. Add the ball of dough and sprinkle additional flour on top. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the floured dough and roll it into a large rectangle measuring approximately 8x14”.
  6. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and pour it onto the dough, spreading it to evenly coat the surface.
  7. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the surface of the buttered dough.
  8. Starting with one of the short ends of the rectangle, use the bottom piece of parchment paper to help you roll the dough into a tight log. Pinch the ends shut and use a knife to slice the log into 6 even pieces.
  9. Drop rolls into the prepared muffin pan and place in the preheated oven to bake for 13-15 minutes.
  10. While cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting as follows:
    Add room temperature cream cheese and butter to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla, salt and powdered sugar, and whisk again until combined. While the mixer is running, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until desired frosting consistency is reached.
  11. Spread the icing evenly over the top of the warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

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