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The other day I made chili, and I remember when I was growing up, and in-school we always had cinnamon rolls when we had chili! So I thought it would be fun to try out a new recipe for cinnamon rolls without yeast.

Quick and Easy No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

I think they turned out great, and they don’t have yeast in them! I’m rapidly becoming a fan of the idea of quick and easy no yeast cinnamon rolls! Easy peasy!

I know I know, some of you may be thinking no yeast.. why or how!? Well, since this is a sweet roll it doesn’t have to be made with yeast. Baking soda and baking powder work together to raise the dough instead.

So you simply whip up the dough and filling, roll cut and bake. No time to let it rise, it is super easy and quick.

 

I personally like this because if you think “oh let’s make cinnamon rolls” and don’t have a ton of time, you can make these! You don’t have to let the dough rise for an hour!

Cinnamon Rolls in Pan

I made a smaller batch since I have not tried a no yeast recipe before. Just in case they didn’t turn out, but shockingly they were great. The only thing was the icing had a little bit of a grit to it, and that was my bad!

My husband likes the cinnamon rolls to be kind of doughy, so I cooked this with a little less cooking time, rather then cooking them for the whole time length.

Pro Tip: Make things Easier! 

So if you want to make things a bit easier, I do recommend getting a pastry brush! When you go to brush the butter on the dough after you rolled it out, this works like a charm! I found it helped me get close to the edge of the dough. I also use this brush a lot of brush butter on rolls and more when I bake!

Brush Butter on Cinnamon Roll Dough without yeast

I also love this non stick rolling pin, it is a silicone non-stick. It makes rolling dough so much easier!

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Enough chit chat – here is the recipe for Cinnamon Rolls With no Yeast! 

Ingredients for Rolls:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (Plus you will need some extra for when you roll out dough)
3 tbs white granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk make your own, recipe here)
6 tbs melted butter
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Cinnamon Filling:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup white granulated sugar

Ingredients for Icing: 

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbs butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs milk (orange juice works as well)

How to make: 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take a round or square 9 inch pan and grease.

In a small bowl mix up all the cinnamon filling ingredients and set aside for later.

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture for Cinnamon Rolls

Then it is time to make the dough, mix the flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Next slowly whisk in the buttermilk and then only 2 tbs of the melted butter. Once it is mixed – the dough will look a bit sticky.

Take the dough and put it on a counter with some flour sprinkled out. Then you will need to knead the dough for like a minute or two until it is smooth and then press dough out into a 9 by 12 inch rectangle.

Now this doesn’t have to be exact, just so you have a good size of dough! You can use a rolling pin if you would like. I did and it made the process a lot quicker!

Now lay out, take another 2 tbs of melted butter and rub around on the dough covering it all. Then take your cinnamon mix

Rolling Out Cinnamon Roll Doughand sprinkle it all over the dough. Press lightly into dough.

Cinnamon Roll Filling on Dough

Then take one end of the dough and start rolling it tightly. Once you have the dough rolled, cut the dough into 7-8 even pieces. Place them in the greased pan. Take the remaining melted butter (2 tbs) and brush each roll with it. This will help make them look golden brown.

Put in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes!

How to Make the Icing: 

 Next you will mix up your icing. It will be a thicker icing, and it will harden pretty quick. Once you pull out the rolls you can let them cool for a couple minutes and you can then pour the icing evenly over the rolls. Now if you want it thinner then add 1 tsp of warm water at a time, thicker 1 tsp of powdered sugar at each

There's no need to wait for the dough to rise with this Quick and Easy No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls recipe!

Plus if you are interested, check out these other delicious cinnamon roll recipes:

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls horizontal

Yield: 9 Rolls

Quick and Easy No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls in Pan

There's no need to wait for the dough to rise with this Quick and Easy No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls recipe!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 3 tbs white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk 
  • 6 tbs melted butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbs milk (orange juice works as well)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Grease a round or square 9 inch pan.

In a small bowl mix up all the cinnamon filling ingredients and set aside for later.

Mix the flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

Slowly whisk in the buttermilk and then only 2 tbs of the melted butter.

Place dough on floured counter.

Knead the dough for a minute or two until it is smooth.

Press dough into a 9 by 12 inch rectangle.

Take 2 tbs of melted butter and rub around on the dough covering it all.

Sprinkle cinnamon mix all over the dough.

Then take one end of the dough and start rolling it tightly.

Once you have the dough rolled, cut the dough into 7-8 even pieces.

Place pieces in the greased pan.

Take the remaining melted butter (2 tbs) and brush each roll with it.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Let rolls cool a few minutes.

Mix powdered sugar, remaining butter, vanilla and milk.

Use to ice rolls.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 Roll

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 437mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 5g

Easy Cinnamon Rolls with No Yeast

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  1. Nichole says

    March 3, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Made these tonight. They were pretty good! They are more like biscuits than they are a traditional cinnamon bun but still yummy and icing was good as well. I spooned the icing on. It is very thick but melted perfectly! Thank You:)

    • Kelsey says

      April 6, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      I haven’t tried that Hazel, so I can’t say 100% if it would still taste good. I know other kind or recipes you can do that, but I haven’t tried it and don’t know what to say fully.

  2. Valerie Elmore says

    May 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Just made these and they are awesome! My daughter an husband love them!! Thank you so much for sharing. Never will buy store cinnamon rolls again:).

  3. Jasmine says

    June 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    I made my own buttermilk and for some reason I’m finding the dough is very dry… I hope it won’t hurt to add more.

    • Kelsey says

      June 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      I don’t think making your own buttermilk changes the texture, I make my own every time for this recipe. Yes I would say add some more liquid to get the dough less dry. Hope that helps!

  4. Jicama says

    June 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    I just made these!!! Absolutely amazing. I had to add a pinch of flour to the buttermilk (I made it from scratch with the recipe provided). Family loved them 🙂 Must try!! It doesn’t take that long, either 🙂

  5. amy says

    September 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    im so glad I came across your page!!!! I made cinnamon rolls from another site well lets just say to DRY!!! then when I made these I give them a 110 percent yeeeehaawwww!!! they were amazing!!!!

  6. Daph says

    January 3, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    These turned out perfect for me. I made a batch and a half and used a 13 x 9 inch oblong pan. They were beautiful. I will make these again. So happy to find a yeast free recipe.

  7. Beth says

    February 15, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Just made these this morning and they came out great! Nice alternative to the yeast cinnamon rolls that take too long in the morning for me:) Thank you!

  8. Erin says

    March 18, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    My husband loved these very good and easy to make. We don’t buy cows milk made the buttermilk with almond milk same measurements worked perfectly. 🙂

  9. Brianna says

    May 6, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    These were amazing! When you bakes them all squished together they stay all gooey and and less biscuit like! My boys love cinnamon rolls but the yeast always took so long! I had this whipped up and bakes in 45 minutes and that was with 4 boys calling for their momma!

  10. Susan says

    July 12, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    made them for the family this morning. They were excellent and I did make my own buttermilk. I did have to add flour several times to the counter to get the dough to the right consistency so it wouldn’t stick.

  11. Keena W says

    October 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    These were absolutely amazing!!! I am making more tonight! SO glad they are yeast free as I have been on a yeast free diet for a few months, but I am missing cinnamon rolls! 🙂 I just searched and searched and this didnt come up on google so I had to go back in my browser history! Any idea why i can pin this on pinterest? It keeps saying that there are no pinnable images. Thanks!

  12. Monica says

    November 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    I made these this morning. I’m not sure why, but mine were extremely hard to roll out due to being so sticky. I finally just rolled them up and stuck them in a pan.. It wasn’t pretty. Hoping they taste better than they look.

  13. Shawna says

    February 15, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Holy moly! I made these tonight, and they are delicious! The recipe was enough to make 9 nice sized rolls in an 8×8 pan. Super quick, took me probably 10 minutes from gathering ingredients to popping the pan in the oven. Definitely a keeper recipe! Thank you!

  14. Liane says

    October 12, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    OMG!! My husband talks relentlessly about the chili and cinnamon rolls when he was in Catholic school!! Making these for sure since yeast is and has never been my friend when trying to make bread…thanks for sharing the recipe!

  15. Gizelle says

    April 2, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Just made these now and they look bomb! About to pull them out of the oven! I have always tried to make cinnamon rolls from scratch and have always failed with the dough! EXCEPT FOR NOW! Super easy and quick recipe! Thank you!

  16. Renae says

    June 27, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    We doubled the recipe, used spelt flour instead of white and coconut oil instead of butter. These are absolutely delish & so easy to make, thank you for sharing this recipe!! Our whole family loves them ? I’d post a pic but I don’t see a way to do so.

  17. Olivia says

    November 7, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Made my own buttermilk according to the recipe and ended up having to add soooo much flour just for the dough to even be workable! They did not turn out good at all, pretty flat and definitely not fluffy like the pics :(.

  18. Amanda R says

    December 3, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Oh my goodness! I made these this morning and the family absolutely loved them! Thank you so much. I used pumpkin pie spice in place of cinnamon and it was amazing

  19. Holly C. says

    December 3, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    I don’t know how anyone else managed to have success with this recipe. I tried to make these this morning and it was an absolute disaster. I followed everything as explained above but my dough was extremely wet. No amount of flour could help. Once I finally managed to get it to the consistency where I could roll it out, it would not roll into the cinnamon log to cut. It just kept crumbling into itself and sticking to my hands. I had flour on the counter, on the rolling pin, and on my hands. Nothing helped. I was so disappointed.

  20. MeMe R says

    January 5, 2018 at 2:35 AM

    Seriously I had no clue or never thought about that you can make cinnamon rolls with no yeast. When I clicked on this I for sure thought this was a pass but this just moved up to making tomorrow for sure. Also, I love making my own buttermilk since we always waste milk here.

  21. Dan says

    January 6, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Staying in from the bitter cold so decided to try these. A few suggestions…being a know it all I don’t always read the directions thoroughly. 1. Break down the butter in the ingredients. 2 T for mix. 2 T for dough. 2 T to spread after panned. I put all 6 T in my dough and it is fine. 2. Because so many people commented on the stickiness l just cut the buttermilk to 1 C and that worked well too. 3. I think you could cut back on the brown sugar to 1/4 C in the filling. I felt like I wasted a lot because it fell out as I sliced and placed them on the baking dish. Would I make again. Absolutely.

  22. Nicky says

    January 6, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    I have used this recipe for 2 years now and everyone who eats them falls in love! They are the best cinnamon rolls!!! A little tip that I learned the hard way last year: you cannot make the dough the day before. So, what I do now is bake them the night before and then reheat them at 425 for 10 minutes and then add the icing. They are just as perfect as freshly baked!

  23. Neetaka Johnson says

    March 18, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    Just made these for my husband and boys who are cinnamon roll lovers. They say these were better then store bought!!! Thank you so much for sharing you recipe for the no yeast kind!

  24. Stephanie says

    March 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    What do you do if your dough turns out so sticky you can’t handle it? It’s just accumulating on my hands.

  25. Jacinthe says

    March 22, 2018 at 6:46 AM

    These are the best I have ever had…Husband, children and Grandchildren approved. They have always turned out great. LOVE THEM

  26. Donna says

    May 10, 2018 at 9:45 PM

    These look great, but I have one question: when you roll up the dough, do you start rolling on the 9 inch side or the 12 inch side?

  27. Shanendoah says

    June 23, 2018 at 11:28 PM

    OMG so good! I made a couple of adjustments because my family LOVES sweet. My husband is soooo picky, he loved these, and I’ve had to make them 2x a week! Thank you

    • Kelsey says

      August 23, 2018 at 9:26 PM

      I haven’t tried making them with shortening instead. I would think it would work, but it may change the flavor a bit. If you try it, let us know your results!

  28. Barbara says

    September 12, 2018 at 5:30 AM

    I just made these and they turned out wonderfully, even at five in the morning when my brain is barely functioning. I followed the recipe completely and didn’t need to add or change anything. Although these may not be exactly like a traditional cinnamon roll they are amazing. Thanks for the easy and delicious recipe. With five kids it hard to find a recipe that will satisfy all of them, but this on did it’s definitely a keeper.

  29. CrazyCakelady says

    December 2, 2018 at 12:10 AM

    OMG! These cinnamon rolls are great! I made a few rookie mistakes but thank goodness it didn’t affect the taste. These are delicious! Just the taste one expects in a cinnamon roll. 1. I didn’t put enough flour on my baking sheet after kneading the dough and it was difficult to roll, as it kept sticking to my fingers. 2. Because I didn’t roll the dough very tightly some of the filling fell out as I placed the rolls in the baking dish. I agree with another reviewer the amount of brown sugar could be cut down to 1/4C as I had more than enough filling, and then some. Also because the dough wasn’t rolled very tightly I ended up with dense layers, or at least that’s what I attributed it to. 3. I wasn’t sure how to tell when the rolls were done and left them in the oven a bit too long which caused them to be a bit dry on the outside. Nonetheless, they tasted great and I’ll definitely make them again around Christmas time. I’m so glad I chose the right no yeast cinnamon roll recipe the first time. BTW my husband ate 3 in one day, and that says it all for me. No need to look any further for a great cinnamon roll recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

  30. Allyson says

    January 13, 2019 at 5:48 PM

    I made these for my fiancé and toddler and they were SO easy! We followed the recipe exactly as it says and even used your recipe for homemade buttermilk!!! One quick question – has anyone asked you, or do you know the breakdown of calories per bun (with the frosting)??

  31. RUTH RAY says

    January 26, 2019 at 9:28 PM

    We tried to make this recipe, and we had the same problems as others. The dough was very wet and we couldn’t roll it out properly, and it kept sticking to everything no matter how much flour we added. We finally got it rolled after 15 minutes and lots of flour, we tried to cut it into 7 pieces but kept sticking to the knife. We only baked it for 15 minutes and it was rock solid, and soft in the middle. Would not try this again.

  32. Kay says

    February 13, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    I have found that when you make your own buttermilk you have to make sure there is a high enough fat content in the milk for it to curdle. Skim and 1% don’t sour with vinegar but 2% and whole milk will.

  33. Hope says

    February 28, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    This is everything I needed! These are so simple and quick to make! I did modify it slightly. Instead of butter I used coconut oil, and I used almond milk to make the buttermilk. Thanks so much for the recipe! I will be adding this to my recipe book!

  34. Kathy says

    April 1, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    These are beyond delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, made my own buttermilk using 1% milk. I wish I would have waited longer to frost them but they turned out just right! Will make over and over.

    • Kelsey says

      April 9, 2019 at 9:22 PM

      I haven’t tried to do that before. I guess if I were going to try it, I would bake them all the way, but then not add icing until after they were reheated again.

  35. Amy says

    June 15, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Has anyone tried making these with whole grain flour? My daughter needs a whole grain, yeast-free recipe so we may experiment. They look awesome!!

    • Kelsey says

      June 21, 2019 at 8:26 AM

      I think you would need to make some changes to use whole wheat flour. It is heavier and most recipes will use less of whole wheat so you will likely need less. You’ll probably also need to add moisture. Googling “Substitute Whole Wheat Flour for White Flour” should help.

  36. karins Kottage says

    November 9, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    These turned out perfect! I am going to teach this to my kids cooking class next week! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    Karin

  37. Marilyn says

    December 24, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Epic fail! Don’t know what I did wrong, but it seemed it was too much milk for the amount of flour. I kept adding flour, but it remained too sticky to attempt to roll out! It went in the trash!

  38. Jean says

    January 12, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    These are extremely easy and sooooo good. My daughter has to eat yeast-free for awhile which is really difficult. She is also restricted on 42 other things. I am always looking for ways to make her favorites. These are perfect!

  39. Laura says

    April 4, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    I made these this morning and the dough was super sticky, even after adding more flour while working them out. Not sure what went wrong. I made my own buttermilk and let it set for a while. I managed to get them rolled out, weren’t pretty at all, but the taste was fabulous. I’m going to try the recipe again and hopefully master it. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Michelle G says

    April 7, 2020 at 3:46 PM

    Yes these were easy to mix. But the dough was too wet to work even after adding flour for kneading, the dough still stuck to my hands, mat, rolling pin, and knife. Even with continue to add flour. Final product was more like a cake donut or biscuit. Not a cinnamon roll at all. Okay but not a recipe worth repeating.

  41. Karen says

    April 12, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Made these for the first time today. GOODBYE PILLSBURY TUBE🤣. Mine too were very sticky, but just added more flour and they turned out amazing. My family is now spoiled. Thanks for the great recipe.

  42. Sharon Bray says

    April 16, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    I made these roll this morning,very easy to make,I used 1 cup of butter milk,yes the dough is sticky,but i just used flour on my board and it was fine,my oven was to hot at 425 I would turn it down next time 400. also I will bake them less time.

  43. AMANDA says

    April 18, 2020 at 6:20 AM

    Omg…. awesome recipe… so easy and taste yummy.. we had pecans…. fiance is from New Orleans and pecans make everything better he says.. thanks for sharing !!!

  44. Jenn says

    April 19, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    These were amazing! Came together easily, though I was in a hurry and screwed up and added 6T melted butter rather than 2T to the dough 🤣

    New family staple…thanks for the awesome recipe!

  45. Tonya says

    April 27, 2020 at 9:10 AM

    These are perfection, so easy and sooo delicious. I grew up in Kansas and always had home made chili and cinnamon rolls for school lunch too! Great memories. Thanks for the recipe!

  46. Lacy says

    May 6, 2020 at 1:48 PM

    I made these this morning and the dough turned out kind of hard and chewy. I followed the directions exactly so I’m not sure why they turned out hard. What happened..??

  47. Angie says

    May 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM

    I often wondered why I wasn’t a huge cinnamon roll fan, but now I know I hate the Taste and smell of yeast! After searching for a yeast free recipe I saw this! And I will look no further! The BEST! I almost slapped myself when I took a bite! The only change I made was I made a cream cheese icing. No other issues,… as for baking I always slightly under bake by a few minutes.. to ensure I don’t over bake

  48. Donna says

    June 6, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    Just came across this recipe again. 2 years ago I asked, do you roll it up from a long side or a short side..never got an answer. So I’ll ask again: do you roll from the short side or a long side???

  49. auwie says

    June 10, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Hi, was planning on making this recipe. The recipe requires a 1 1/4c buttermilk, but the buttermilk recipe is only for 1c milk. My question is how to make the 1 1/4c buttermilk? Or do I have to settle to the 1c buttermilk? Thank you.

  50. Gabi Bartlett says

    June 11, 2020 at 8:50 AM

    I found this recipe this morning. I’ve made yeast rolls before but when I saw this I thought I have to try them. Glad I did. They are very good and fluffy. After I finished rolling the dough I realized that I forgot the sugar in the dough. Didn’t miss it at all. Enough sugar on top with the cinnamon. Baked them 15 minutes. Awesome recipe!!

  51. Heather Simmons says

    June 12, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    I might try these again, but my dough was like batter. I added more flour but was afraid to make it too stiff. I had to kind of fold it up using a spatula and had to dump clumps in the pan.

  52. Paulena Nice says

    July 12, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    I’ve made tbus recipe before and loved it but today decided to try it using wheat flour instead. They still turned out great. The whole family liked them. Still a little too sweet for me personally so I may cut back on the sugar next time. Love love love this recipe. Thank you!!

    • Kelsey says

      January 4, 2021 at 7:39 PM

      I think other adjustments would need to be made to the recipe to compensate for the gluten free flour. Unfortunately, I am not experienced with gluten-free baking.

  53. Gena says

    January 5, 2021 at 9:15 AM

    This was my 1st time making cinnamon rolls. I’m pregnant and woke up with a vicious craving for them but didn’t have any store bought ones in the fridge like usual. I looked on Pinterest and found this recipe and decided to go with it cause I have no yeast and they look and sound delicious and easy to make. I followed the directions to a T and did everything you said. So when I went to lay the dough out onto my silicone baking sheet, I put flour down and went to go knead the dough and it was just sooooooo sticky and gooey that I had to keep adding more flour. It was very difficult to roll the dough after putting the filling on top of the rectangle as well. Help! I think putting more flour made the cinnamon rolls really dense. Idk how to make it better next time?

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