No Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided

Filling

  • ½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

1. Make the Dough

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and 4 tablespoons of the melted butter.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not overmix).

2. Prepare the Filling

  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

3. Assemble the Rolls

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently a few times until it forms a smooth ball.
  • Roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 12×18 inches.
  • Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the butter.
  • Starting from the long side, tightly roll the dough into a log.
  • Cut the log into 12 even rolls.

4. Bake

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Place the rolls, cut sides down, into the prepared baking dish.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with the remaining tablespoon of melted butter.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

5. Make the Icing

  • While the rolls bake, beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  • Gradually add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until your desired consistency is reached.

6. Finish and Serve

  • Allow the rolls to cool slightly in the pan for 5-10 minutes.
  • Generously spread the cream cheese icing over the warm rolls.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tips

Flour: For a fluffier dough, start with the recipe amount of flour and only add more if the dough seems overly sticky.

Rolling Tip: If the dough resists rolling, let it rest for 5-10 minutes; this allows the gluten to relax, making it easier to roll.

Storing: Store leftover cinnamon rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen.

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