Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Icing (No Yeast!)

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls! It’s the sweet breakfast we’re all looking for this holiday season. Made simply with only a handful of ingredients, requires no yeast, and is ready in 1 hour or LESS! Oh, yes. It simply doesn’t get any better than this. A buttery, soft, and fluffy dough swirled with cinnamon sugar, baked to golden brown perfection, and served while still a little warm. Each roll is frosted generously with a simple vanilla and cinnamon icing that just melts into these indulgent pastries. Serve on Christmas morning, New Years Day, Easter, Mother’s or Father’s day, and every holiday in-between! These easy cinnamon rolls are guaranteed to be your new go-to bake for whenever you need (or crave!) a classic cinnamon roll, but don’t want to wait hours for a fresh batch to come out of the oven.

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About The Recipe

Happy Friday and Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

I don’t even know how this is possible. Even with all the posts counting down to Christmas, it has gotten here so quickly! We still have SO many Christmas recipe ideas that we wanted to share, but I guess they’ll have to wait until next year.

When my mom and I looked at the calendar last week, we had a game plan in mind. Two recipes a day to count down to Christmas. Well, we weren’t expecting as many hiccups as we’ve had the past week, but we got through it! We shared at least two additional recipes that are SO. GOOD. And I’m glad we were able to get them up. I just wish you all could’ve seen the recipes that didn’t work! They were sooooo good, but we were in such a time crunch, nothing was working.

But, what did work were these no yeast cinnamon rolls!

Which, totally took us by surprise. My mom had this idea standing in the middle of the checkout line at the grocery store. So, we got home, figured out how to make it, tested it, and…it worked! First try! Which, is a good thing, too. The whole pan was gone within 30 minutes of us taking them out of the oven.

Every bite of these rolls are soft, fluffy, cinnamon-y, and perfectly sweet. Trust me when I say these are the BEST no yeast cinnamon rolls around! Between you and me though, it’s cinnamon and vanilla icing that really makes these rolls as good as they are. Once the icing just kinda just melts into the rolls…ohmygosh. It’s just roll your eyes back delicious!

Reasons To Make These No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

  • These cinnamon rolls are ready in one hour or LESS! The longest the thing to do is roll and cut the cinnamon rolls, which really takes about 10-15 minutes or so.
  • Since there’s no yeast, there is no rising time. Just mix them up, bake them immediately, and enjoy!
  • You don’t need any specialty ingredients or equipment to make these rolls. Just a bowl, a whisk, and your hands!
  • Every bite is soft, fluffy, tender, and SO. GOOD.
  • They’re a great and easy way to get the whole family involved with baking.
  • This recipe makes SIXTEEN cinnamon rolls, which is enough for the whole family to enjoy on Christmas morning…or whenever you serve them!
  • These cinnamon rolls freeze really well and taste SO much better than the ones you can buy in the store.
cinnamon rolls on white napkin with knife beside, mug full of cinnamon sticks, and flowers behind

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Quarter Sheet Pan (small casserole or half sized sheet pan will work, too)

Ingredients

(Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post)

For The Rolls:

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Whole Milk
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Large Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
vanilla, egg, flour, milk, melted butter, baking powder, salt, and sugar on marble counter

For The Filling:

  • Granulated Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salted Butter
melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar on marble counter

For The Icing:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Whole Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and powdered sugar in glass bowls

How To Make Cinnamon Rolls Without Yeast

Step 1: Make the dough

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla.

Pour the wet ingredients over flour mixture and mix well.

Step 2: Make filling

Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3: Assemble cinnamon rolls and bake

Turn out onto a floured surface and roll into a 12 by 18 inch rectangle.

Pour melted butter over dough and spread all the way to edges.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Beginning with long end, roll dough jellyroll-style.

Using a sharp knife, cut into 1 1/2″ rolls and place on prepared pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until done.

baked cinnamon rolls on sheet pan

Step 4: Make icing

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, cinnamon, milk, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

Drizzle over the top of the warm rolls.

overhead shot of cinnamon rolls in sheet pan with icing, white chamomile flowers, a knife, and plates

Difference Between Cinnamon Rolls and Cinnamon Rolls With No Yeast

There’s actually a lot of difference between the two. Cinnamon rolls made with yeast are an enriched sweet dough, which provides the sweet and fluffy bread we all associate with a delicious cinnamon roll. These no yeast cinnamon rolls are much more like a sweet biscuit (or scone!). So, while they don’t have the same consistency as a traditional cinnamon roll, they are still very light and fluffy…like our buttermilk biscuits!

Though, with these cinnamon rolls, I highly recommend an icing as these can tend to run a little dry.

How To Store

Once these rolls have been baked and have cooled, you can store them in either the fridge for about 3-5 days or freezer for up to 2 months! To reheat, you can simply just place a cinnamon roll in the microwave and reheat until warmed all the way through. You can also put a batch of covered, un-iced cinnamon rolls in a low temperature oven and bake until just warmed all the way through.

cinnamon rolls on parchment paper with plate of cinnamon rolls behind, flowers, mug, and cinnamon sticks

Expert Tips

  • Don’t over work the dough! The more you work it, the less tender and fluffy the rolls are going to be.
  • Make sure to use a pan that the rolls fill, but still have room to expand. We found that a quarter sized sheet pan works perfectly!
  • Some of the cinnamon sugar may fall out when you roll it.
  • Use a ruler to make sure your cinnamon rolls are all the same size when cutting.

When you make these Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Icing, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

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Quick and Easy Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Icing (No Yeast!)

Traci
The quickest and most delicious No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls! They're SO easy to make, very fluffy, tender, full of flavor, and SO. GOOD. There's no better quick cinnamon roll for your holiday baking needs!
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 282 kcal

Ingredients
 

Rolls

  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 5 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ⅔ teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Filling

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter, melted

Glaze

  • cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Filling

  • In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Rolls

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a small sheet pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla.
  • Pour over flour mixture.
  • Mix well.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface.
  • Roll into a 12"x18" rectangle.
  • Pour melted butter over dough and spread all the way to edges.
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  • Beginning with long end, roll dough jellyroll-style.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut into 1 1/2" rolls.
  • Place on prepared pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until done.

Glaze

  • In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, cinnamon, milk, and vanilla.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Drizzle over the top of the warm rolls.

Notes

  • Don’t over work the dough! The more you work it, the less tender and fluffy the rolls are going to be.
  • Make sure to use a pan that the rolls fill, but still have room to expand. We found that a quarter sized sheet pan works perfectly!
  • Some of the cinnamon sugar may fall out when you roll it.
  • Use a ruler to make sure your cinnamon rolls are all the same size when cutting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 486mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 334IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 161mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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