No Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls


No Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls are pillowy and sweet, and require no yeast to make them! 


I have to forewarn you that I’m dedicating a fairly large portion of this post to one of the most fantastic things I’ve baked up in a long time, mmkay? But first…

Things are looking up today. WAY up. On Friday the 13th, no less! Got up and cleaned the house, room by room (tidy, dust, vacuum, repeat!) then crushed this monster to-do list in an hour and a half, as every place I had to visit was within a 2 mile radius of each other. Sweet!

Highlights include stocking up on summer-shade (summer!) foundation & powder at Sephora in the mall, then stumbling upon a 2-hour, 40%-off sale at Banana Republic, where I hooked Ben up with oodles of shirts for $90 less than I would have paid for them without the sale – FTW!

Then it got good. I mean, real good. I came home and spent the grey & drizzly afternoon whipping up a recipe from In Jennie’s Kitchen that’s been burning a hole in my back pocket for a few weeks now – dense, gooey, mouth-watering no yeast required cinnamon rolls!


OH.MA.GAH. I am dying over this recipe! See, I’ve baked with yeast several times in the past year, and the recipes have turned out well, more or less, but sometimes I just don’t have the time or patience to deal with it, ya’ know?

Homemade cinnamon rolls without the hassle of making sure the milk’s the right temperature? The yeast is activating? The dough has doubled in size?


They exists, my friends. They exist! And here’s how you make ’em: Start by combining the cinnamon roll filling ingredients: brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt & butter.

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Mix it up.


In a separate, larger bowl, combine flour, more sugar & salt, plus the leavening agents that let us ditch that pesky yeast.

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Baking powder and baking soda. Booyah.


Whisk together more butter with buttermilk, then pour the mixture into the dry ingredients.

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Stir with a stiff spoon or spatula juuuuuust until the dough comes together. If you over-mix, you will have hard cinnamon rolls. Then, to quote Dave & Sarah, everyone will laugh at you. And we can’t have that.


Gently kneed the dough into a ball, then divide into two halves.


Turn each half onto a flat, floured surface, then press on half the filling mixture.

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Roll the dough up like a log, then pinch the top seam shut. This is the part where I noticed the biggest difference between a yeast-required vs. non-yeast-required cinnamon roll dough. This dough is MUCH easier to handle. Not as sticky, and more firm.

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Slice, slice, baby!


Oh yeah!


The recipe says to place the cinnamon rolls into a greased 11×8″ pan. I seemed to have misplaced mine sometime in the last month, so I spit the rolls between 8×8″ and 6×4″ pans. MAKE SURE YOU GREASE THEM FIRST! If you don’t, you’ll be sorry! Now pop those puppies in a piping hot oven.

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In the quick 15 minutes they take to bake, whip up some cream cheese icing.

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Mash together powdered sugar and cream cheese with a fork, then drizzle in buttermilk and whisk until smooth.


Next take those GORGEOUS, bubbly, golden-brown rolls out of the oven, (ahhh!)


and pretend you live in a world where Grandmas still place hot pies on their windowsills to cool. Place yours on a wooden stool in front of the open back-porch door instead…


Then breeeeeathe in the Heavenly, sweet aroma that’s swirling around your kitchen.


Now ice, ice,

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No Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 16 rolls


No Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls are pillowy and sweet, and require no yeast to make them! 


  • For the Cinnamon Filling:
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the Cinnamon Roll Dough:
    • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • For the Icing:
    • 3oz cream cheese, softened
    • 4 Tablespoons buttermilk
    • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl, then mix with a fork until well blended.
  2. In a another, larger bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together buttermilk and 4 Tablespoons melted butter in a separate bowl, then pour into the middle of the dry ingredients. Stir together until dough just comes together (do not overmix.) Kneed slightly with your hands until the dough forms into a ball, then slice it in half.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 12x8" rectangle (think slightly longer than a sheet of paper.) Press half the filling mixture into the center, leaving 1/4" of the dough clear on all 4 sides, then roll like a sausage. Pinch together seam, trim ends and cut into 8 slices. Repeat with the other dough half, then place rolls in a non-stick sprayed 11x8" pan, or an 8x8 and 6x4" pan. Brush cinnamon rolls with remaining Tablespoon of melted butter and bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the icing, mash together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar with a fork until smooth. Whisk in buttermilk, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until creamy. Drizzle onto hot cinnamon rolls and spread evenly.


From In Jennie's Kitchen

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a recipe! I just can’t get over how much easier these were than cinnamon rolls made with yeast-required dough. So rich and scrumptious too!


Here are the differences between yeast-required & no yeast-required cinnamon rolls, in my experience/opinion:

  • No yeast dough is much more firm and cooperative than sticky, yeast-required dough – which makes it much easier to handle, roll out and cut.
  • The texture of a baked no yeast roll is more dense than a yeast-required roll. Not better or worse, just different. Allllmost like a heavy pancake?!
  • I saved HOURS in the kitchen by ditching the yeast!


Ok, ok – bakers – please don’t get angry with me. There is definitely something to be said about baking with yeast. It’s very rewarding, and I’m not giving it up for good (I still need to try and make homemade bread!) it’s just that – if you don’t have a machine or anything, it takes time.


So if you get a craving for warm, fresh cinnamon rolls that needs to be squashed NOW, then you need to make these!




Do you prefer to cook or bake (or just eat!)?

I think I get more tickled about baking – as in seeing something look one way when it goes into the oven and seeing it transformed into something completely different when it comes out – but I love the fun of being able to throw this, that and the other into a pan without having to measure, and calling it dinner!

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  1. Tammy 05.13.2011

    Oh My Gosh! I am actually salivating right at this moment. Those rolls look delish!

    • Olivia Z 02.19.2014

      Love your no yeast recipe but your Print is not user friendly – printed out 6 pages of comments! Hope you can adjust that! Thanks!

      • Kristin 02.19.2014

        Hey Olivia! If you click the “Print this recipe!” link, you’ll be taken to a page that will just print out the recipe.

  2. Karinda 05.13.2011

    love and other drugs was actually ALOT better than I expected it to be…haven’t seen the other two yet.

  3. PLSayrah 05.13.2011

    No Strings Attached wasn’t that good, kinda boring and predictable! Love and Other Drugs is hilarious! A must see!!

  4. I prefer baking but I definitely cook more. I would love one of those rolls RIGHT NOW!

  5. Cinnamon rolls would be perfect on a dreary day like today!

    Love and Other Drugs was great – totally not what I expected though. My husband and I rented it because it was advertised at every single metro station in Paris when we visited around Christmas. Great movie.

  6. dmc 05.13.2011

    OMGosh, those look amazing.
    Haven’t seen any of those movies.
    And I still need to see Kings Speech!

  7. Gina 05.13.2011

    agree w/ the pick of love and other drugs!! it was great!!

  8. sarah 05.13.2011

    Those cinnamon rolls look relish! And my vote is for love and other drugs…it was good and the storyline was different from what I thought it would be…

  9. vjs 05.13.2011

    Baking is not for me…but I love to cook and eat!

    Love & Other Drugs is a good movie (not for the modest though!)…and I haven’t seen the others. So my vote goes to Love & Other Drugs!

  10. Lisa 05.13.2011

    Love and other drugs was a great movie! although Green Hornet is supposed to be pretty good to.

  11. Melanie 05.13.2011

    I just had No Strings Attached recommended to me by two reputable sources – my big sis and my hairdresser! :) SO EXCITED to try that recipe – yum! I’m definitely a baker!

  12. I was already randomly craving cinnamon rolls before reading this post. You have solidified that craving!

  13. Those are mouthwatering! I definitely prefer to eat, but love to cook. Baking… I like it but it’s not my first choice in the kitchen.

  14. Kim 05.13.2011

    These look heavenly!

  15. Kate 05.13.2011

    Those look perfect – and that icing!
    I like to cook and bake but baking always yields such delicious, sweet treats and makes the house smell wonderful so I have a slight preference for baking.

  16. Cinnamon rolls are my favorite, the ones you made look delicious! I think I like baking more than cooking, it’s just more fun for me!

  17. ashley 05.13.2011

    No Strings Attached was THE best chick movie I have seen in awhile. My girlfriends and I looooved it.

  18. I love the feeling of accomplishing things off my to-do list!

    I never knew there were recipes for cinnamon rolls without yeast–awesome!

  19. Karis' Kitchen 05.13.2011

    I’ve heard good things about No Strings Attached but haven’t seen it yet. I really liked Love and Other Drugs, as others said it’s not what I was expecting…definitely not a movie you want to watch with your mom…as my 18 year-old sister found out recently :)

  20. Lauren 05.13.2011

    I’m drooling over these cinnamon rolls. The last time I tried to make homemade cinnamon rolls (mama P’s pumpkin cinnamon rolls to be exact) they were a complete a utter mess. Yeast scares the daylights out of me. I still think this would be a bit of a stretch for me, but much more doable.

    PS- I just found Coconut Cream K cups and they rock my world! Hazelnut used to be my favorite until I found these. I think they are a limited edition so if you see them, make sure to grab a few boxes.

  21. eemusings 05.13.2011

    I am SO. EXCITED. to try these. Words cannot express my joy. My two past attempts at cinnamon rolls have not worked out (I intend to try them both again, I think my yeast was old), but this now makes three recipes total!

  22. I love cooking AND baking, but maybe baking is more fun sometimes.. And yeah, eating is the best part :) Looks really good. I’m craving it now!

  23. Mama L 05.13.2011

    No Strings Attached was HILARIOUS!! We loved it! Love & Other Drugs was a neat story, but LOTS of adult content, just be forewarned! ;)

  24. Oh gosh…I saw you tweet about these yesterday and have been excited to see them come to fruition. I may have to make these tomorrow morning…
    I’m definitely more of a baker, but I do enjoy cooking too.
    And we just saw No Strings Attached last night from Redbox and really liked it :)

  25. Erin 05.13.2011

    It would have been great if you could have posted the Green Mountain code TWO DAYS AGO! I just ordered some K-Cups. I got Breakfast Blend and Island Coconut. I’m so excited to try the coconut one!

  26. Those just look divine! I’m not such a great baker because baking requires precise measurements, and I tend to use the eyeball method. This doesn’t usually bode well for baking. Oh well. I still try…things just don’t always turn out like I intend. Cooking is more my style, but I sure do appreciate baked goods….

  27. Machelle 05.13.2011

    boy…i want to reach into the computor screen and help myself to a cinnamon roll!! i like to cook…..and eat! baking would come in last.

  28. Oh my goshhh, I need to make these! Your pictures are making my mouth water, even after I just finished eating ice cream!

  29. Lindsey 05.13.2011

    I am drooling…………

    Question! :) I’m making cinnamon rolls for a wedding shower in a few weeks. We’re having a brunch menu. I was thinking about trying Pioneer Woman’s Maple Glazed Rolls… which I hear TONS of rave reviews on. But, soooo time consuming and more room for error. I know you’ve made those before too. How do they compare? Which would you recommend ??

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.15.2011

      Hmmm… Pioneer woman’s rolls are INCREDIBLE, but my first attempt at them failed. These cinnamon rolls are also soooo so so delicious. Honestly, I think if I were making them for an event, and not just myself/family – I’d go with the non-yeast kind. Less room for error, and just as delish!

  30. Ashley 05.13.2011

    I’m currently watching Love and Other Drugs as we speak and I am loving it! I’m also wishing I had some cinnamon rolls for the morning to eat…thinking about making them for next weekend! I enjoy cooking and eating..but am trying to enjoy baking as well.

  31. Lindsey 05.13.2011

    I love baking and cooking but I usually bake for others so cooking might win since I get to enjoy it more often.
    And cinnamons buns – my biggest weakness!
    I love the Keurig and all the flavors of coffee – I have one at work (Tassimo at home – which isn’t near as good!) and just ordered Pecan Praline, Cinnamon Pastry and German Chocolate Cake.

  32. […] Cinnamon rolls have also long been on my radar, and now I have a new (yeastless) recipe to play with thanks to Iowa Girl Eats. […]

  33. Amber 05.14.2011

    I just finished a box of that kind too, and I have to agree! I am partial to anything hazelnut though…
    No Strings Attached was so funny! Loved it!

  34. Totally bookmarking these!!!

  35. Em 05.14.2011

    Ohmygoooooodness! Those cinnamon rolls look delicious!

    I’ve had more experience cooking, but I enjoy both :)

  36. Ebby 05.14.2011

    I’ve never made rolls without yeast…these look awesome! I love to cook and bake equally, depending on my mood. Today is rainy and cold, definitely a baking day!

  37. Ms.S 05.14.2011

    I’m going to have to try those – they look fabulous! In this household, I’m the baker and my husband is the cook (with the exception of bread which he LOVES baking). Speaking of, I have some brownies to whip up to celebrate his birthday. :)

  38. Kaylyn 05.14.2011

    After reading your blog yesterday, I HAD to try these! I made them last night and I used whole wheat flour instead of white and added in some unsalted sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and walnuts – just to change things up! The recipe was super easy, thanks, and your amazingly delicious step by step pictures got my taste buds roaring!

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  40. Jennie 05.14.2011

    So glad you liked the recipe. I love yeast based doughs too, but this is one case where I don’t feel there’s any sacrificing flavor for time. Thanks for the link and such a lovely write up!


  41. Fuegita 05.15.2011

    I just made these and am eating one now! Delicious! I love this recipe. I had told my fiancée that for Valentine’s Day I was going to make him cinnamon rolls but the never did cause all the recipes took forever. So I was finally able to make them!

  42. Hope 05.16.2011

    Those cinnamon rolls look absolutely amazing! I love that this recipe doesn’t seem too complicated to try. I am definitely going to have to make them sometime :)

  43. Kristin from MN 05.16.2011

    I found a new k-cup variety at Shopko (I think). It’s my new favorite! It’s called Island Coconut and it’s a limited edition.
    P.S. Those rolls look divine! I will have to try that recipe!

  44. Julie S. 05.16.2011

    Green Hornet & No Strings Attached were both GREAT movies! I haven’t seen Love & Other Drugs yet, but it’s definitely on my list.

  45. Amanda 07.31.2011

    i just made these cinnamon rolls. they are literally the most delicious thing i have ever tasted in my entire life. i ate seven in 20 minutes. THANK YOUUUU!

  46. […] My favorite blogger, Iowa Girl Eats, has this AMAZING cinnamon roll recipe that I am going to make this week. Stay […]

  47. Delia 09.07.2011

    Kristen I made these last night for a co-worker’s birthday surprise, even stuck 30 candles in the entire baking sheet! So delicious! They were a huge hit at the office, thanks!

  48. Shan Shan 10.09.2011

    Thanks for the recipe. Love baking. Cooking’s ok, but doesn’t feel as rewarding.

  49. […] These cinnamon rolls are great for mornings you wake up craving cinnamon rolls – note the pregnant belly in the last picture.  Most cinnamon rolls require yeast and rising for an hour or overnight.  So, if you want cinnamon rolls right now, these are for you!  This recipe comes from Iowa Girl Eats. […]

  50. Doty 11.07.2011

    I just cooked these for some friends and myself as a late night snack and I think they are amazing. They turned out perfect for me, but I wasn’t shy with the flour when kneading or rolling; I used just enough to prevent sticking. I also didn’t have a problem with the sweetness but I suppose you could take out the extra sugar added to the dry ingredients of the dough, but I’m no professional baker so you would have to double check on that. I also added a little bit of lemon extract to the icing recipe and we all really enjoyed that as well. Thanks for the recipe!

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