No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls from scratch

No yeast in a recipe is a good thing. As soon as I hear no yeast anything, I visualize a flat baked bread or pastry. Before, I thought if I didn’t put yeast in my cooking it just won’t work outright. After trying a few recipes without yeast, I found that it actually works well and the bread turns out soft. These no-yeast cinnamon rolls are great for an after-school snack or to pack to-go. If you never tried baking without yeast, this recipe can help you rethink using yeast. These cinnamon rolls turn out fluffy with a sweet drizzle of glaze.

no yeast cinnamon rolls

Why is yeast bad for you? 

Yeast is a fungus, and not all come in the same shape or form. Different types of yeast are used in bread and to brew beer. One can live inside the body, while another can outside. There are many kinds of yeasts.

If your immune system is weak, it could be much easier for you to develop a yeast infection. It can become a serious health issue, such as candidiasis, while some don’t even know they might have it. A small amount of yeast in the body is actually not a bad thing, but too much can cause health problems and infections.

How to Make Easy No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls (from scratch)

First, you would need to gather the dough ingredients: 

Flour: Unbleached, preferably.

Baking powder: The double-acting no aluminum!

Butter: Unsalted only.

Buttermilk: It is low in fat and contains most of the proteins that are originally in the milk.

For the filling for the no-yeast cinnamon rolls, you will need just three ingredients: 

Butter: unsalted only, softened butter.

Brown sugar: Light brown or just regular brown works best.

Cinnamon: No brainer! A must for cinnamon buns. 

For the vanilla cream glaze, you will also need just 3 ingredients:

Powdered sugar: 

Vanilla: This is great for flavoring.

Milk: I like to use whole, organic milk.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Filling

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk

Directions

Before you begin, you should preheat the oven to 425F. 

Step 1. Make and knead the dough:  Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Then add unsalted butter to the dry ingredients and stir in buttermilk, combining well. On a clean, flat surface, dust a small handful of flour and place the dough onto the flour.

no yeast cinnamon rolls

Step 2. Make and knead the dough:  Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Then add unsalted butter to the dry ingredients and stir in buttermilk, combining well. On a clean, flat surface, dust a small handful of flour and place the dough onto the flour.

no yeast cinnamon rolls

Step 3. Shape the cinnamon rolls: Gently roll out the dough until it is 1/2 inch thick and a rectangular shape. Melt the butter and brush it over the dough. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together, then sprinkle the mix over the butter all the way to the edges. Tightly roll up the dough and cut 10 equal slices, each of the 1 inch wide.

no yeast cinnamon rolls

no yeast cinnamon rolls

no yeast cinnamon rolls

Step 4. Arrange: Place the slices onto a baking sheet

no yeast cinnamon rolls

Step 5. Bake: Bake for 15 minutes or until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown. 

Step 6. Pouring the glaze: Make the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Drizzle the glaze over the hot cinnamon rolls. 

no yeast cinnamon rolls

no yeast cinnamon rolls

Other Sweet Recipes You May like: 

Easy Cherry and Cream Cheese Danish

Glazed Vanilla Cookies

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Measuring cups

No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

Course bread, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dough:

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

Glaze:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Combine 2 cups of flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp baking soda together in a medium bowl.
  • Cut 4 tsp of butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk, mix well.
    no yeast cinnamon rolls
  • On a clean surface, dust a small handful of flour and roll out the dough until it is 1/2 inch thick and a rectangular shape.
    no yeast cinnamon rolls
  • Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter, brush it over the dough.
    no yeast cinnamon rolls
  • Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon together and sprinkle it over the butter all the way to the edges.
    no yeast cinnamon rolls
  • Roll dough in, long way.
    no yeast cinnamon rolls
  • Cut into 1 inch equal slices.
  • Arrange on a cookie sheet or any oven safe dish. (Don’t grease it.)
    no yeast cinnamon rolls
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until bottom is golden brown.
    no yeast cinnamon rolls
  • Make the glaze by whisking 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons of milk; drizzle glaze over the hot cinnamon rolls.
    no yeast cinnamon rolls

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 177IU4%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword bread, buns, cinnamon, dessert, from scratch, no yeast, rolls, snack, sweet
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3 Comments

  1. How would these compare to the yeast ones?

  2. I greatly appreciate your quick response. I will give these a try, they look very appetizing!

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