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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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How to make easy cinnamon rolls at home with just four ingredients. The ooey gooey cinnamon roll recipe comes together in minutes, no yeast required!

Best Easy Cinnamon Rolls

The best cinnamon roll recipe

These magical cinnamon rolls take under an hour to make, from start to finish.

No sitting overnight, and no waiting for the dough to rise.

They turn out just as soft, gooey, and delicious as classic homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch, without all the work! If you love cinnamon rolls but not the time and effort it usually takes to bake them, this is the recipe for you.

Also try this easy Chocolate Mug Cake

Cinnamon Rolls

Simple

4 ingredients

Great for a crowd

Just 30 minutes to make

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!

While the oven is on, make Chocolate Banana Bread

Watch the easy cinnamon roll recipe video, above

Quick Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Easy cinnamon rolls ingredients

So what’s the trick to making cinnamon rolls with just four 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? This same dough can easily be used in place of homemade dough for cinnamon rolls.

You can buy regular or whole wheat pizza dough. It’s often vegan as well, although vegans should always check the ingredients to be sure.

Or you can make your own dough at home – I like this Vegan Pizza Recipe – and freeze it for a rushed morning or 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 gluten free cinnamon rolls using the pizza dough trick.

I haven’t tried the easy cinnamon bun 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?!). However, you can definitely add cinnamon to the batter of these Keto Muffins and ice them with cream cheese frosting for a fantastic and easy low carb cinnamon roll without yeast.

No one should be left out of the cinnamon roll fun!

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon roll icing recipes

You have many options here.

Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat room temperature 8 ounces of cream cheese or vegan cream cheese with 4 ounces of butter, 2 cups of powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Add a little milk of choice as needed.

Basic Cinnamon Roll Glaze: Mix 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar or sugar-free powdered sugar with 2-4 tablespoons milk of choice. Whisk ingredients to form a glaze. Drizzle over the rolls with a spoon.

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls: Instead of icing, top with Homemade Nutella or any chocolate hazelnut or peanut butter spread.

Other Easy Frosting Ideas: Feel free to top the rolls with store bought frosting or melted almond butter or Coconut Butter (my personal favorite). Or you can leave them plain for a healthy breakfast with a similar sweetness to a muffin.

Use leftover frosting on this Apple Bread

4 Ingredient Easy Cinnamon Buns

The quick cinnamon bun secret

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 change makes the entire cinnamon roll baking process so much easier. Plus it’s so much less messy!

How to make easy cinnamon rolls

Start by rolling the dough out on a floured surface. Any flour works here.

If it is too sticky to roll, just add a little more flour of choice, a little at a time. Roll the dough very thinly; just under one fourth of an inch works well. Then spread the remaining ingredients on top.

Cut long strips of dough with a sharp knife. Roll each strip up as tightly as possible, and arrange the unbaked cinnamon buns in a greased baking dish. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake for twenty minutes, then frost the cinnamon rolls using either your favorite icing or one of the homemade cinnamon roll frosting recipes written out above.

Homemade Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls

The recipe was adapted from my Vegan Cinnamon Rolls.

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

How to make an easy cinnamon rolls recipe at home, with just four ingredients.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 9 – 13 cinnamon rolls
5 from 155 votes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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Notes

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  1. JanP says

    Katie,
    I’m trying to understand how you are cutting your slices before putting the topping on? How is this less messy?
    My brain cannot figure this out! If you had photos I think it would help!
    This does sound like an easy and much quicker way to make cinnamon rolls!
    Thanks for all the work you do in creating great recipes!

    • Diane says

      Me too…I’m thinking that you roll the dough out and then spread the butter, cinnamon and sugar, then cut in strips and then roll each strip up so it forms the roll then put in the pan. At least that’s how my brain is interpretting the process…i could be wrong though…but I’m going to go with it.

    • Jason Sanford says

      It works with Wholly Wholesome, which is gluten free and vegan too. There are probably some homemade gluten free pizza dough recipes that would also work here, we just haven’t tried any others with this particular recipe yet.
      Jason (media relations)

  2. Cynthia says

    How do you apply the filling? Do you spread the butter onto the dough and THEN sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar as 2 or 3 separate steps? Or do you mix all three ingredients together first and then spread the MIXTURE onto the dough?

  3. Allison says

    LOL I got it in my email and of course had to go buy pizza dough immediately, because who can look at such decadent pictures of cinnamon rolls and not then be craving cinnamon rolls? They were as easy to make as your post says and just as delicious. These things are dangerously good!

  4. Rachele W says

    This looks amazing and is much simpler. But I use string or dental floss to cut the cinnamon rolls and it doesn’t make any mess whatsoever. Simply roll your cinnamon rolls into the traditional log. Then slide a piece of string or floss underneath in the desired width (2”) and bring the ends together and cross over (like you’re going to tie a knot). Voila. No mess

  5. Melissa says

    So innovative and clever! I’ve never attempted cinnamon rolls before, but have always wanted to and tend to be a bit intimidated by the recipes, but this recipe is one I think I can manage and am excited and willing to try! It’s pretty incredible how easy/straightforward it seems and I can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Margaret says

    I had been craving cinnamon rolls when I saw your recipe. Since I already had gluten free pizza dough in the freezer, I was set! Unfortunately I let the pizza dough defrost a little too long in the fridge and it had risen and deflated apparently and wasn’t as soft as I would have liked . I will definitely be making these again though…I was thinking that you could use the pizza dough to make a Mardi gras Kings cake! How about experimenting with that?

  7. Ashley says

    Am I reading the cream cheese frosting recipe correct, that you also add 4oz butter to the cream cheese? Could I use brown sugar instead of white for the actual filling?

  8. Wendy says

    Do you apply the icing once cooled? I applied mine right out of the oven and it melted and runny. Thanks.

    • Jason Sanford says

      I personally love my icing melted, but if you want it hard/firm so it doesn’t melt into the rolls, then yes you can definitely wait until cool!
      Jason

  9. Claudia says

    I spread almond butter on the dough for a healthier roll but if you want the buttery taste and smell then go with butter. Love how quick this recipe is and nobody will know it’s pizza dough!

  10. Becky says

    I made these this morning. They were so delicious and the kitchen smelled great, too. Love the idea of using the pizza dough.

  11. Erin says

    Made for my daughters birthday this morning. What would help is to know how wide to cut the strips. I ended up with too big of rolls and had to cook for longer. But overall turned out well.

  12. Mary says

    What dimensions does one roll the dough to?
    I get the just-under-1/4″ thickness, but what size rectangle?
    And should the strips be, say, 1″ wide?

  13. Jen says

    I loved this recipe. I found a can of thin crust pizza dough, and so it was already thin and didn’t require any rolling. I made the cinnamon rolls on a piece of parchment paper so I had no sticking or need for flour. I used 3 T of melted butter and brushed it on the crust. Then I used the mixture of 3T brown sugar and 3tsp cinnamon and sliced before rolling as suggested. Definitely easier! I’ve made this recipe with crescent roll sheets too, but the pizza crust has the best texture and bite. I’ll definitely make this again. I’ve done the powdered sugar icing, and I’ve also used cream cheese frosting from a can from the store. Whatever I have on hand. The brown sugar creates some caramelized edges. And it’s so buttery and tasty.

  14. Sue says

    I love the flavor of these rolls! However mine came out like little volcanos. I will definately try again.

  15. Emily says

    I made the rolls and when I took them out of the oven they were still raw. I made 2 batches of the filling and that worked perfectly .

  16. Megan says

    This will be my first attempt at making cinnamon rolls. Can anyone tell me what size pan I should use? How tight should I pack the rolls in the pan? Thanks!

    • MominTX says

      Place the finished rolls barely touching and I make sure the seams are touching my pan edge. Leave a little “growth” room so they bake well…if packed too tightly together, they’ll be raw. 😉

  17. Jen says

    Great recipe. Turned out great. Mine were a little too done on the bottom but I think it’s because I used a dark pan — my fault. I would’ve liked a little more explicit direction for a novice baker (spread softened butter with a knife all over… cut into 9-13 strips… roll with cinnamon on the inside…place all buns together in the pan…). But very good.

  18. Debbie says

    I tried making these with a can of Pillsbury Pizza Crust and it didn’t work out very well. We still ate them of course drizzled with icing. There was very little expansion of the dough in the cooking process so they were small and a little crispy. I read another person’s comment that sounded like she used the same type of dough and it worked well…but she didn’t roll her dough and I still did. Maybe I’ll try it that way again. The only way I can seem to find a ball of dough is in the freezer section and then I still have to wait for it to thaw. Love the idea of these being quick.

  19. Kristen says

    I love how simple this recipe is and am anxious to try it this weekend. I think my local pizza store will sell me pizza dough.

  20. Jamie Salyer says

    Mine turned out chewey 😭 I used the pizza dough from a can. Is that where I went wrong? Could rolling it out too much cause this?

  21. Marianna Massad Alter says

    Can I prepare cinnamon rolls and refrigerate overnight until ready to pop in the oven? If so, should the dough be room temperature before I bake it? Thanks!

  22. Lowrie Beacham says

    Just had a try at these. Made my own pizza dough, not favoring a grocery run on an icy Sunday afternoon. The only problem I encountered was that in the oven, the buns rose up in the middle, looking like a medieval artist’s depiction of the Tower of Babel. Result was that the tower was overbaked by the time the rest was done. Next time (Oh yes, there *will* be a next time) I will add more sugar to the filling; and I may add some raisins, my own favorite. But cutting in strips, though my wife was sceptical, for me was a winner.
    Next has got to be banana chocolate cookie bars. Alas, one grandson is allergic to peanuts, so I’ll hide the product–always assuming I don’t need to hide it, anyway!

  23. Virginia says

    These were very tasty. I would have liked to have known what length and width to cut the pizza dough. My rolls ended up small and skinny and also rose up in the middle like ancient Thai monuments.

  24. Mandy says

    These cinnamon rolls are so good!!!!! I have never worked with yeast before so wanted to make a recipe without yeast to make sure they’d turn out good. And they did! Perfect for breakfast or dessert 🙂

  25. Lindsay says

    Very easy. I’m a fan of this shortcut. Mine were a little chewy. Maybe not the best cinnamon rolls ever (could have been my dough) but they were tasty enough!

  26. haze says

    5 stars
    this was amazing! i used margarine instead of butter (as i’m vegan), then sprinkled across the sugar, then the cinnamon! i baked these for 17 minutes with a fan-forced over. thanks for the winning recipe, katie!

  27. Diane says

    I’m looking forward to trying this but my experience with pizza dough has been when you roll it out, it springs right back. Is there a trick to this?

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