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Easy No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

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Have you ever made homemade cinnamon rolls?

They. Are. GOOD.

As in capital G, capital O, capital O, capital D, good. But they’re definitely not quick. And we wouldn’t call them easy. There’s rising, and rolling, and more rising… and you know as well as we do that a cinnamon roll is a hard thing to wait for. That’s not to say they’re not worth that effort, but what if there was an easier way? What if instead of waiting hours to sink your teeth into that doughy, sticky, sweet, cinnamony roll, you only had 20 minutes of prep work ahead of you? That sounds pretty great, huh?

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Well, friends, we’ve answered that call.

Here is a homemade cinnamon roll that requires no yeast and no rising. It’s in the oven in just 20 minutes of effort (that’s less than an episode of your favorite TV show) and it’s still as satisfyingly soft, sweet, and cinnamony as you could ever want a doughy roll to be. As far as we’re concerned, these rolls are a dream come true.

The process is pretty simple:

You quickly mix up a craggy dough and knead it briefly in the bowl until it’s smooth. There’s no yeast, but there is baking soda and baking powder to give the rolls a pillowy lift and some buttermilk for extra flavor. You turn the dough out onto a floured surface, press it into shape, sprinkle the filling over the top, roll it up, slice it, pop it in the oven, and then drizzle the browned rolls with sweet icing. If you ask us, that’s not a lot of work for a whole lot of deliciousness! You have to give these a try.

No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

45 minutes to prepare 16 rolls

Ingredients

  • For the dough:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the cinnamon filling:
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the icing:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk or buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
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Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and grease an 8x11-inch baking dish with butter. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients: brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter. Mix until well blended and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate container, mix together the buttermilk, 4 tablespoons of the melted butter, and vanilla extract and pour over the flour mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir together until a scraggy mixture forms. Knead a few times with your hands until dough is smooth and divide into two equal portions.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and press or roll out each piece into an 8x12-inch rectangle. Sprinkle the cinnamon filling evenly over each piece of dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Using your hands, gently pat the filling into the dough.
  5. Starting with the longest side nearest you (12-inch edge), roll the dough into a log. Pinch the ends closed and cut each log into 8 equal rounds, for a total of 16 rolls.
  6. Arrange the rolls in the prepared baking dish and brush tops with remaining butter. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  7. While rolls bake, make the icing:
  8. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add milk or buttermilk until desired consistency is reached.
  9. After removing from oven, let rolls cool in the pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Drizzle icing over cinnamon rolls and serve while warm. Enjoy!

Adapted from In Jennie's Kitchen.

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