Quick Cinnamon Rolls

Although I am very fond of yeast cinnamon rolls, there are times when I need something quick and easy. This biscuit style roll is quick and fits the bill for easy. The reason I like them so much is that they fulfill my desire for instant gratification. I remember making these in Home Economics in the ninth grade- probably one of the few things I did not burn- I had a ditsy partner. I have seen a few recipes for this type of cinnamon roll and kind of mushed them all into the one below. These come together quickly and bake up in about 18 minutes. You can make a simple icing of milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract (remember quick) or go as far as making a thick and satisfying cream cheese icing. Either way this roll is tops. I filled mine with the usual brown sugar cinnamon mixture as well as cinnamon chips and some caramel bits which were fun and chewy and definitely kept the kids guessing. I imagine you could even put chocolate in there if you wanted.

You may want to double and triple the recipe to keep some on hand in the freezer for a quick heat up and continued instant gratification.

Quick Cinnamon Rolls
4 cups unbleached AP flour
4 T. white sugar
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. Kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients then cut in butter and mix until the dough is crumbly. Add buttermilk and mix until a nice dough forms. Place dough on a floured surface, knead a little, and roll into a big, big rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.

1/2 cup butter very soft
2 cups brown sugar- yes!
2 T. cinnamon- I just sprinkle
1 cup cinnamon chips, optional
1 cup caramel chips, optional
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Spread the dough with the butter and then sprinkle with the remaining topper ingredients. Roll the dough length-wise away from you and slice into 14 evenly sized buns. Place 7 buns each in two greased 8 inch cake pans. Bake for 16-18 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Top with icing of your choice such as a simple powdered sugar icing or Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon to make them look even prettier. The middle bun may still be a little under done but someone has to take one for the team. Me me me!

I have made these a few times now and they were at hit for our “Breakfast for Dinner” the other night. Made without the “optionals” this time. My kids rave over these and my oldest, Dryden can somehow just about eat two. Thud.


  1. EAT!
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 7:16 AM | Permalink

    Thank you thank you thank you! A no yeast cinnamon roll. I must say you are a genius.

  2. sarah
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

    These look wonderful! Making cinnamon rolls intimidates me b/c of the yeast (haven’t really mastered bread making yet), but I would love to try these. Yum! Now I’ve just gotta find some cinnamon chips…

  3. Donna and Greg
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 10:02 AM | Permalink

    These are in our future! The recipe looks so yummy! I will be at Sabrina’s the end of May!

  4. Kate
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    Non-yeasted, biscuit style cinnamon rolls, plus a refrigerator style whipped cheese pie with strawberry glaze, are the first things I remember making in Home Economics with Mrs. Effenberger, 9th Grade, Mira Loma High School. My partner was what we called a Burn-Out — a stoner chick who had black dirt under her nails and smelled like smoke and sighed in misery alot. Ahhh, memories!

  5. Karen
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    Instant gratification. Now you’re talking to me! They look really good.

  6. Mari at Once Upon a Plate
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    Yikes! These look DANGEROUSLY delicious. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing the recipe Robin Sue!

    They will be on the table at our house before long, I’m sure. xo~m.

  7. Esi
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    Wow! I am seriously salivating.

  8. Debbie
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 2:49 PM | Permalink

    I must agree….genius!
    they look wonderful…it’s snowing here today…these look like the perfect comfort food. and I can make them quick.

  9. Melissa
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:36 PM | Permalink

    These do sound easier and they look soooo good!

  10. tamilyn
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

    Holy macaroni-those look awesome! I’m one of those who cheat and use frozen sweet bread dough to make mine, but sometimes I don’t even want to wait for the dough to thaw-this would be an awesome alternative.

  11. noble pig
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 6:57 PM | Permalink

    I am so trying these…yes I am!

  12. Juliana
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 7:58 PM | Permalink

    These rolls look great!I really need to try it!

  13. GFE--gluten free easily
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 9:48 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful. Okay, I’ve probably been living in a cave, but I didn’t even know cinnamon chips existed!


  14. That Girl
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 12:34 AM | Permalink

    I made super quick cinnamon rolls last night and they were NOWHERE near as good as these look.

  15. Elyse
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 2:46 AM | Permalink

    Oh, Robin Sue, these look incredible. I love your addition of caramel and cinnamon chips! How delicious! I may have to make these tomorrow morning. And they’re pretty, to boot!

  16. Lucy
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

    Wonderful…. a quickie!! Just loving it!!!

  17. Rindy R
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

    These look ridiculously good! When did you say we were getting together for breakfast?

  18. Kevin
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 2:10 PM | Permalink

    Those look so amazingly good! I really like the caramel and cinnamon chips in them.

  19. Sara
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    These look amazing! I love how you made them even more decadent with the caramel and cinnamon chips. I’ve actually never made cinnamon rolls before, but when I do, this is the recipe I’m trying.

  20. Grace
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    yowza! i’m sure i don’t need to tell you that the quicker i can get a cinnamon roll into my mouth, the happier i’ll be. i love that you’ve inserted baking chips into these–it’s goodness upon goodness. 🙂

  21. Karen
    Posted April 26, 2009 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    Love the addition of the caramel drops. I never would have thought of adding them.

  22. Maria
    Posted April 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM | Permalink

    I love my dad’s cinn. rolls, but they are a process. I can’t wait to try these!

  23. Sabrina
    Posted April 26, 2009 at 5:42 PM | Permalink

    those look amazing. I can’t wait to try them.

  24. jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted April 26, 2009 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    What a great thing to make your family!!

    Where do you buy those cinnamon chips? I’ve been trying for a while now to find them.


  25. Robin Sue
    Posted April 26, 2009 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

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