Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Cinnamon rolls have always been one of my absolute favorite treats, so I am always trying and creating new cinnamon roll recipes.  While I have some cinnamon roll recipes that I love that are very time consuming, sometimes you need an easy cinnamon roll recipe.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Today’s recipe is that easy cinnamon roll recipe.  You still need a little time to rise (we are working with yeast here after all) but it’s quick and you can have these done, start to finish, in less than two hours.   In the world of cinnamon roll recipes, that’s not bad.   And I even made a gluten free version of these.  Yes, a gluten free cinnamon roll recipe.   :)

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Recipe

So let’s make some cinnamon rolls!

How To Make Cinnamon Rolls

To make the gluten free version of these, I used Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour.  I’ve recently started venturing into some gluten free baking.  We have a number of friends that eat gluten free due to Celiac disease, life threatening gluten allergies and other health issues, so I figured it was time I take on some gluten free baking.  My house is so full of picky eaters that the feedback is always super (brutally) honest, so if something turns out well, I know the critics aren’t just saying things to be nice.  :)

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Every time I’ve looked at gluten free recipes, I’ve been a bit put off by the long list of different ingredients that they have included.  I’m all about simplicity, and unfortunately gluten free baking isn’t always all that simple.  When I saw some other bloggers using Cup4Cup, I looked into it and loved the idea that it measured, cup for cup, like traditional flour.  That’s more my speed.   I reached out to Cup4Cup and they were kind enough to send me some to try.   I jumped in right away with cinnamon rolls.  After doing so, I read on their Facebook page that they don’t really recommend it in yeast recipes.   I’m actually glad i didn’t read that first, because I would not have tried to make cinnamon rolls, and I’m happy I did.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

They did not rise nearly as much as the regular flour version, but they did rise a bit.   They did not have the elasticity that cinnamon roll dough typically has, almost a bit more like rolling out sugar cookie dough.  They are certainly more of a dense cinnamon roll than light and fluffy, though I actually prefer a denser cinnamon roll, I feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck when eating.   These were a bit tougher on day two, and it’s probably best to eat them the same day you make them. But all that said, they tasted GREAT.  Everyone loved them.  I was a little worried about the flavor and texture using gluten free flour, but they truly taste like normal cinnamon rolls, and aside from the denser texture, nothing about them says “you are eating gluten free” to me.  

Qiuck Rise Cinnamon Rolls

I also made sure to go a bit heavy on the cinnamon and brown sugar filling, as well as be extra generous with the cream cheese frosting.  To me, so much of what I love about a cinnamon roll is found in those two items, and I think it really helps offset the not completely traditional aspect of the roll.   We are a gluten eating family, so for all of us to love these says a lot.  Very happy with these cinnamon rolls.   I do think they will be best served warm and fresh from the oven.  For leftovers, pop them into the microwave for about 15 seconds to heat and soften up.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Part of what makes these cinnamon rolls quick and easy is using a rapid rise yeast.  Totally cuts down on the rise times, I love using it.  For more info on the different types of yeasts, I found this video very helpful.

Rapid Rise Cinnamon Rolls

A little trick I use when letting my cinnamon rolls rise.  I usually turn my oven on as though I am preheating it to 350 degrees, for about 2-3 minutes.  I then turn my oven OFF, cover my dough or rolls, and place them in the turned off but slightly warm oven to rise.  This gives them a nice warm draft free spot to do their thing.

 Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe – Regular Version

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

12 Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) packet Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup very warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

Heat milk and butter in a sauce pan until butter melts and mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.

In a separate large bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Mix well.

Add warm milk and warm water to flour mixture, stir to begin to combine, add in egg, and mix well. Add in remaining flour a little at a time until well combined. Once dough has combined, knead well for 3-5 minutes. If dough is still sticky, add more flour, a spoonful at time. Dough should be easy to work with and not overly sticky.

Place dough in a bowl that has been lightly oiled or buttered, cover top of bowl with a damp cloth, and sit in a warm draft free spot to rest for approximately 15 minutes.

Roll dough out onto a floured surface into a rectangle approximately 12"x9" in size. Spread softened butter over surface of dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough up and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size pieces. Place into a 13x9" pan that has been lightly brushed with butter. Cover and let rise at least 30 minutes (60 minutes is great if you have the time).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Bake rolls for approximately 17-20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Spread with frosting immediately.

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Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe – Gluten Free

Easy Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Recipe

12 Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 3/4 cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) packet Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup very warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

Heat milk and butter in a sauce pan until butter melts and mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.

In a separate large bowl, combine 2 3/4 cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Mix well.

Add warm milk and warm water to flour mixture, stir to begin to combine, add in egg, and mix well. Add in remaining flour a little at a time until well combined. If dough is still sticky, add more flour, a spoonful at time. Dough should be easy to work with and not overly sticky. Once dough has combined, knead well for 3-5 minutes.

Place dough in a bowl that has been lightly oiled or buttered, cover top of bowl with a damp cloth, and sit in a warm draft free spot to rest for approximately 15 minutes.

Roll dough out onto a surface sprinkle with Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour into a rectangle approximately 12"x9" in size. Spread softened butter over surface of dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough up and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size pieces. Place into a 13x9" pan that has been lightly brushed with butter. Cover and let rise at least 30 minutes (60 minutes is great if you have the time).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Bake rolls for approximately 17-20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Spread with frosting immediately.

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Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Frosting Recipe

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon half and half (milk can be used)
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer until creamy. Add in vanilla and milk, mix until well combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar and salt and beat until fluffy. Spread onto cinnamon rolls while they are still hot, allowing frosting to melt into the cinnamon rolls.

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So yummy!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon Roll Recipe CollectionDisclosure: Cup4Cup sent me a free bag of their gluten free flour to try.  No further compensation was received.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone!

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Comments

  1. Crystal says

    My family loves cinnamon rolls too, but it usually has a long list of ingredients and are very time consuming. This recipe is just i what I need…simple, easy and quick (in a matter of speaking). Thanks so much for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!!

    • says

      Danielle, I haven’t tried it. I always bake mine at night, frost, cover and then enjoy in the morning. You could probably put them in the fridge, set them out in the morning to warm up, then bake.

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