How to make easy cinnamon rolls at home with just 4 ingredients – ooey gooey cinnamon rolls in minutes, no yeast required!
The Easiest Cinnamon Rolls In The World
These magical soft cinnamon rolls take less than an hour to make – from start to finish!
No sitting overnight, no waiting for the dough to rise, and they turn out just as delicious as homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch, without all the work!
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The Best Cinnamon Roll Recipe
Great For A Crowd
Made In 30 Minutes Or Less
You get the best of both worlds with this easy cinnamon roll recipe: the lightening fast method lets you skip the yeast and proofing steps entirely, and the taste and texture will make guests feel like the sticky sweet pastries came straight from the local Cinnabon!
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So what’s the trick to making cinnamon rolls with just 4 ingredients?
It’s actually pizza dough!
You know the pizza dough they sell in the refrigerated section of stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Wegmans? It can totally be used in place of homemade dough for cinnamon rolls.
You can buy whole wheat or regular, and it’s usually vegan too (although vegans should always check the ingredients to be sure).
Or you can make your own dough at home and freeze it for a rainy day.
I even had success when I made the rolls with gluten free pizza dough. (That doesn’t necessarily mean every gluten free pizza dough will work, but it proves it is possible to make them gluten free using the pizza dough trick.)
I haven’t tried the recipe with an almond flour pizza dough and don’t currently have a keto cinnamon roll recipe on the blog (maybe I should make one?!), but you can definitely add cinnamon to the batter of these Keto Muffins and ice them with cream cheese frosting for a fantastic easy peasy low carb version of a cinnamon roll without yeast.
No one should be left out of the cinnamon roll fun!
Cinnamon Roll Icing Recipes
You have many options here!
Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat room temperature 8 oz cream cheese or vegan cream cheese with 4 oz butter spread, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract. Add a little milk of choice as needed.
Basic Cinnamon Roll Glaze: Mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar or sugar-free powdered sugar with 2-4 tbsp milk of choice. Whisk ingredients to form a glaze. Drizzle over rolls with a spoon.
Other Frosting Ideas: Feel free to top the rolls with store-bought frosting, melted almond butter or coconut butter (my personal favorite), or you can even leave them plain for a healthy breakfast that’ll have a similar sweetness to a muffin.
Leftover Frosting? Use It On Chocolate Banana Bread!
The Easy Cinnamon Bun Trick
This is my favorite trick for easy cinnamon rolls:
Cut slices BEFORE rolling.
After spreading the filling on top of the dough, cut it into slices before rolling up so you won’t have to worry about filling oozing out and getting all over the place.
Once you try it this way, you will never go back to the thread or floss method, because this one simple trick makes the entire process so much easier – not to mention so much less messy!
Easy Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted from my Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
Easy Cinnamon Rolls
- 16 oz pizza dough
- 2 tbsp softened butter or coconut oil, or applesauce for low fat
- 3 tbsp sugar, unrefined or sugar sub if desired
- 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
See post notes above for what types of pizza dough will work. To make the cinnamon rolls: Roll out dough on a floured surface (any flour works, even coconut flour). If dough is too sticky to roll, just add more flour of choice a little at a time. Roll very thinly (just under 1/4-inch is perfect). Spread remaining ingredients on top. Cut long strips, then roll each up as tightly as possible. Put in a greased baking pan. Preheat oven to 400 F. Bake 20 minutes. Frosting recipes are listed above. If you try the recipe, be sure to review or rate it below!
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