Easy No Yeast 40-Minute Cinnamon Rolls

This is a no-yeast cinnamon rolls recipe that is easy to prepare. They’re no-rise cinnamon rolls topped with gooey cream cheese icing, and done in 40 minutes!

Update 1/19/24: I’ve updated this recipe based on comments and changed it to a 40-minute recipe rather than 1-hour. The hand kneading and the rest time with the damp towel have been omitted. The extra kneading made many cinnamon rolls too tough (over-kneading) and the extra rest time has been deemed unnecessary.

Four no-rise 1-hour cinnamon rolls topped with cream cheese frosting on a gray plate next to a wooden bowl of brown sugar and cinnamon.

These quick and easy cinnamon rolls are made without yeast or the need for rising time, perfect for a time-efficient treat. The dough comes together swiftly with simple pantry ingredients, rolled out and generously sprinkled with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Once baked, they are topped with a luscious cream cheese icing, adding a delightful sweetness to the soft and flavorful rolls.

I love making these for Christmas morning because I can prepare them the night before or the morning of (depending on my cooking mood) and they’re done so quickly.

The aroma of cinnamon rolls is a warm and inviting fragrance that fills the air with a delightful blend of rich and comforting sweetness. It’s heavenly baking cinnamon rolls for everyone to enjoy on the holidays.

Traditional cinnamon rolls call for yeast to make the dough rise, but that requires waiting for the dough to rise, sometimes multiple times with extra kneading in between each rise. Don’t get me wrong, those cinnamon rolls turn out divine!

Two no-rise 1-hour cinnamon rolls in a silver baking pan

However, sometimes I just want homemade cinnamon rolls and don’t want to wait. I have a way of skipping the extra kneading and rising.

So how do cinnamon buns rise with no yeast?

To make quick cinnamon rolls without yeast, you can use baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent. In my recipe, I use baking powder.

Ingredients for No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

  • Milk
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Butter
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Large Eggs
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Butter

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Confectioners’ Sugar
  • Pure Vanilla Extract

How to Make No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

  • In an electric mixer with a dough hook or a large bowl with a wooden spoon, add butter, oil, sugar, eggs, and milk. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together in a medium bowl.
  • Slowly add in dry ingredients until well mixed and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and a soft dough forms. Do not over-knead the dough because it will cause it to become dense and hard while it bakes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 13″ x 9″ pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • On the lightly floured surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it measures an 18-inch x 12-inch rectangle and is about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Brush dough with 1/3 cup softened butter. It will seem like a lot of butter, but the brown sugar and cinnamon will provide a delicious filling.
  • In a small bowl, blend brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork to break up any lumps. Sprinkle cinnamon filling on top of the buttered dough.
  • Starting on the long edge, roll the dough into a log. Trim the edges of the log.
  • Begin cutting the dough into 1 1/2″ thick slices to get approximately 10-12 pieces. 
  • I found it easiest to cut the log in half, and then each of those halves in half again. Then cut those into thirds.
12 no-rise 1-hour cooked cinnamon rolls in a silver baking pan
  • Arrange cinnamon rolls in the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.
  • While the rolls bake, prepare the icing by mixing all frosting ingredients in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or in a bowl with a hand mixer.
  • When the rolls are done baking, allow them to partially cool before frosting. Spread cream cheese frosting over top of warm rolls.

Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls can be made ahead.

After they have been rolled and placed in the 13″ x 9″ baking dish, cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

When you’re ready to bake them, remove them from the refrigerator 30 minutes before to allow them to come to room temperature. Then bake according to directions.

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerating

Cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed fresh, and if kept at room temperature, they are generally safe to eat within 1 to 2 days.

Cream cheese frosting must be stored in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage because it contains dairy. It can last up to 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

If the rolls have cream cheese frosting already on top, store them in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing

Freezing cinnamon rolls is a great way to store sweet treats for later.

  1. Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool completely at room temperature after baking. This helps to retain their texture and prevents condensation inside the packaging.
  2. Wrap each individual cinnamon roll tightly in plastic wrap. This helps to prevent freezer burn and keeps the rolls fresh.
  3. When you’re ready to enjoy the cinnamon rolls, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, you can reheat them directly from the freezer (see below.)
Three no-rise 1-hour cinnamon rolls topped with cream cheese frosting on a gray plate next to a wooden bowl of brown sugar and cinnamon.

How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are so good when they’re hot and fresh!

Reheating from room temperature or refrigerated: If you want to warm leftovers, reheat them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. They will soften and the icing will begin to melt, making it nice and gooey.

Reheating from the frozen: To reheat frozen cinnamon rolls, you can warm them in the microwave with a low or medium power setting on your microwave to avoid overheating or drying out the rolls. Start with 20-30 seconds on low power.

Two no-rise 1-hour cinnamon rolls in a silver baking pan

Easy No Yeast 40-Minute Cinnamon Rolls

Tiffany
This is a no-yeast cinnamon rolls recipe that is easy to prepare. They're no-rise cinnamon rolls topped with gooey cream cheese icing, and done in 40 minutes!
4.48 from 76 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Rolls
Calories 510 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • cup Butter softened
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 ¼ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Canola or Vegetable Oil

Filling

  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Butter very soft but not melted

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • ¼ cup Butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • teaspoon Salt

Instructions
 

Cinnamon Rolls

  • In an electric mixer with a dough hook or a large bowl with a wooden spoon, add butter, oil, sugar, eggs, and milk. Mix the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Slowly add in dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until well mixed and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and a soft dough forms. Do not over-knead the dough because it will cause it to become dense and hard while it bakes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 13″ x 9″ pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • On the lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it measures an 18-inch x 12-inch rectangle and is about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Brush dough with 1/3 cup softened butter. It will seem like a lot of butter, but the brown sugar and cinnamon will provide a delicious filling.
  • In a small bowl, blend brown sugar and cinnamon with a fork to break up any lumps. Sprinkle cinnamon filling on top of the buttered dough.
  • Starting on the long edge, roll the dough into a log. Trim the edges of the log. Begin cutting the dough into 1 1/2" thick slices to get approximately 10-12 pieces. I found it easiest to cut the log in half, and then each of those halves in half again. Then cut those into thirds.
  • Arrange cinnamon rolls in the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until they are golden brown.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • While the rolls bake, prepare the icing by mixing all frosting ingredients in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or in a bowl with a hand mixer.
  • When the rolls are done baking, allow to partially cool before frosting. Spread cream cheese frosting over top of warm rolls.

Nutrition

Calories: 510kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 463mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 2gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 639IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 3mg

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6 Comments

  1. So I have a question about butter. Is it salted butter or unsalted. Also when mixing in the dough do you add the butter and all first and start mixing it when you add the flour or mix it before hand?

    1. Hi Lauren,
      I typically bake with unsalted butter.
      The butter is added with the oil, sugar, eggs, and milk to a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients until just combined.
      Then in a separate bowl (or if you have a sifter) whisk the dry ingredients to break up any lumps and blend it together. You’ll then add the dry ingredients to the oil/butter/egg/sugar/milk bowl.
      I hope that clears up the instructions. Please let me know if you need any more help.
      Tiffany

  2. 5 stars
    They were delicious. Put 1tsp extra of baking soda be accident and forgot the salt. Also should of made a lot more filling to use. Trial and error. Next time will be perfect.

  3. I don’t make things like these rolls. been afraid of trying. they look so yummy!! tomorrow will try this. thanks for the posting.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made several no-yeast recipes, and a few yeast recipes. This recipe is hands down THE BEST ONE!!!!! I am in heaven. Incredible!!!! Saving to use as THE go-to recipe for my family. Thank you so much!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I wanted to make a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls for my family today to welcome the first day of spring!☺ The only thing was that I never made them before! I searched and came upon your recipe…you showed step by step and I would say they came out wonderful! Thanks!

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