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My No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls recipe can be made from start to finish in about an hour for fluffy, ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls in no time at all!

Hi Bold Bakers!

I adore making yeasted dough! From the texture to the smell I just love every aspect of it. Saying that, If I could cut down the time from when I make my dough until I am putting it in my mouth, then I’ll just take that option. I’m no fool!

Cinnamon rolls can seem like a process, but with this incredible No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Recipe up your sleeve you can bake up this classic sweet treat in no time with ease! While normal cinnamon rolls can take up to a minimum of 4 hours before you even get them in the oven, this no-yeast version can be made start to finish in under an hour.

They come out fluffy and tender, filled to perfection with cinnamon sugar, and then generously slathered with the quintessential cream cheese glaze. Who could say no to that?

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How To Make A Cinnamon Rolls Recipe Without Yeast

While other cinnamon roll recipes require yeast, this one is super unique as it rises up into a light fluffy roll without the yeast and in way less time. While yeasted dough taste lovely, they can be time consuming. I don’t know about you but when I want cinnamon rolls I don’t think, “Oh I really want to enjoy one 24 hours from now,” I want one a.s.a.p.!

Usually, cinnamon roll dough needs to ferment or proof. This adds air to the dough and is what makes the dough puff up. Most cinnamon rolls actually have to proof 2 times, one before being filled and rolled and once after being filled, before they are baked. While this yields a lovely result it takes a lot of patience and effort.

The secret to my No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Recipe is in the combinations of cold butter, sour cream, and baking powder. The cold butter is cut into the flour like you would do when making a rough puff pastry, and this adds richness and flaky layers to the dough. The sour cream binds everything together and tenderizes the dough, making it elastic and great for rolling up like a traditional cinnamon roll. The baking powder is, of course, the raising agent that takes the place of the yeast, making sure my no-yeast cinnamon rolls are fluffy.

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After the no-yeast cinnamon roll dough is made, the rest of the process is business as usual: I fill my rolls with a mixture of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, because what’s a cinnamon roll without that sweet sticky aromatic filling? At the end, I then top these with a super rich glaze — made not just of powdered sugar and cream cheese, but a bit of butter and vanilla extract too. The finished no-yeast cinnamon rolls are gorgeous, no one will ever know how much time you saved making them!

[ Out of cream cheese? Make your own! Here’s my Homemade Cream Cheese recipe! ]

What If The Dough Is Too “Loose” or Too “Sticky?”

In the video for this recipe (above!), I share a really important trick for getting dough to be the perfect consistency.

When adding the wet ingredients into the dry, I always hold back a bit of the wet until I bring the dough together. This is because you can always add more but you can not take away. I start on the drier side, then I add the sour cream and egg mixture little by little until I am left with a soft elastic dough that isn’t too wet — but also is not crumbly and dry. I do this with all dough, be it bread or pastry.

Can you make these the night before you bake them?

One of the coolest things about my No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Recipe is that it’s way less temperamental than a yeasted dough. If you want to make these ahead and bake them off in the morning, the unbaked cinnamon rolls keep covered in the fridge for up to 2 days. In the morning you can pop them straight into the oven and just chill while your house fills with the incredible smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Can I Make These Without Sour Cream?

If you don’t have sour cream, and that’s why you’re asking, you can always just make some! Here’s my recipe for Homemade Sour Cream.

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No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Recipe - From start to finish in under an hour!
No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

My No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls recipe can be made from start to finish in about an hour for fluffy, ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls in no time at all!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Gemma Stafford
No-Yeast Cinnamon Roll Dough
  • 3 cups (15oz/426g) all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder, leveled
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/170g) butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sour cream
  • 2 large egg yolks*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cinnamon Roll Filling
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz/115g) butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup ( 7 1/2oz/213g) light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (4oz/115g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F (200°C), then butter and line a 10 inch round tin. Set aside. 

Cinnamon Roll Filling
  1. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until evenly combined. Set aside while making the dough.

For the No-Yeast Cinnamon Roll Dough
  1. To make the dough combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Next, add in the cold cubed butter and rub it in using your fingertips until you've reached the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. 

  2. In a separate jug combine the sour cream, egg yolks*, and vanilla.

  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry then gently stir until just combined. (Read paragraph above about wet doughs.)

  4. Once the dough has come together into a smooth ball, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface.

  5. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 16 x 12 inch rectangle. 

  6. Spoon the cinnamon filling onto dough and spread evenly with back of spoon. Spread filling as evenly as possible over the dough to within 1 inch of edges. 

  7. Beginning from the long side, tightly roll the dough into a log. Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the dough into 12 slices each measuring 1-1/2 inches thick. Place slices, cut side down, in prepared pan. There should be 9 rolls on the outside and 3 on the inside (At this point you can refrigerate the rolls and bake them off the following day if you wish).

  8. Bake rolls for 30-35 minutes or until the rolls have puffed up, the filling is bubbly and top crust is golden brown. 

Cream Cheese Glaze
  1. While the cinnamon rolls are baking make your glaze: In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla. Whisk together until smooth then set aside.

  2. Once the cinnamon rolls are done remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. 

  3. While still warm spoon over the glaze making sure to cover each roll generously in glaze. Enjoy straight away!  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Recipe Notes

Egg substitute: 4 tablespoons of sour cream or yogurt


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  1. Zee on December 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I only have self raising flour. Do i need to add in the the bicarbonate soda?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 3, 2018 at 2:25 am

      Hi Zee,
      There is no bicarb in this recipe, just baking powder. This is already in your self raising flour, you will not need to add it,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Emma on November 21, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Hello im gonna try this today. If you have the time, can I make them as portions buns? What time in the oven then? 🤔

    • Gemma Stafford on November 21, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Hi Emma,
      You can break these up into portions as you wish, but I think you mean as separate buns on a tray. Yes, why not, the baking time will not change too much, and you will need to monitor it for you.
      I hope you enjoy this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Emma on November 21, 2018 at 11:53 am

        Thank you for your fast answer.that exactly what I ment. Im having a cold so my english isnt in its right place 😂
        I tryed it but forgot to make them smaller så some of them went overboard🤣, floating instead of rising. but tastevise they turned out great. But a little bit to sticky inside and to much color around, but that maybe my oven.

        • Gemma Stafford on November 22, 2018 at 2:51 am

          Hi Emma,
          Your English is exactly in the right place, here with us!
          I am delighted you persevered with this recipe. I am a great believer in experiential learning, the best learning of all is by doing. you have learned a lot, well done you,
          Gemma 🙂

  3. Tyra on November 15, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I made these a couple of months ago and they were amazing!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 16, 2018 at 10:37 am

      AW i’m delighted to hear that, next time send us a photo!

  4. Harriet Segal on October 21, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Made cinammon rolls and they were YUMMY!!! So soft and DELICIOUS!!! My only problem was when they were in the oven so much filling or butter was Bubbles up around them. When they cooled down it was fine. Also, I put dough in frig for two days. When I took it out, I could see pieces of butter but some dough was not mixed in and was still in powder form. Do you think I should use dough hook on machine instead of by hand! Love your show and awesome recipes!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 22, 2018 at 3:24 am

      Hi Harriet,
      Thank you for this review.
      I am delighted that you made this recipe. The bubbling of the sugar is perfectly normal, and important to the end result.
      No, do not mix with a dough hook, that will over develop the gluten and give you a tough result. Mix lightly, use a dinner fork to mix/blend in the butter, then add the liquids lightly, until the dough comes together cleanly. Try it, you slightly under mixed I think. Glad all worked out in the end,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Lynn on October 19, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    These look amazing – can’t wait to try them! What happens if you use the whole egg rather than just the yolks?

    Also, I LOVE the fact that you use salt in your desserts!! So many people/restaurants don’t and the baked item just tastes so bland.

    Keep the fantastic recipes coming!


    • Gemma Stafford on October 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that Lynn :). Use the whole egg and just hold back a little of the other liquid. Or freeze your whites and save them for meringue in the future.


  6. Angelica on October 18, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    Could you use Plain Yogurt instead of sour cream?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 19, 2018 at 2:46 am

      Hi Angelica,
      Yes, a perfect substitution,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Lisa Rae Schriver on October 18, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Love these buns. Nice alternative to the yeast roll “process”. Gem, my great-aunt Hulda used to make what she called currant buns when I was a small child. The buns were something she made early in the am while I was still asleep so I never saw what went into making these delicious treats. Sadly, she has passed and I am unable to ask her how they were made. They were more of a hard roll with tiny fruit pieces resembling tiny raisins. She was of German decent. Have you ever made or heard of these? Any info would be appreciated.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for your kind words, and I take your point!
      In Ireland we had a number of this type of recipe, currant buns, really more like a scone than a cake. I am wondering if they were baked with yeast, like my Mum’s Hot Cross buns ( This type of bun, maybe with less spice, is popular in Holland and in Germany.
      The fact that it is hard would suggest no yeast, and perhaps more like an Eccles Cake! more pastry than bun. You can google that one.
      Thank you for being here with us,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Julie Braunreiter on October 17, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    The cinnamon rolls are delicious! My only comment is there was too much frosting for me. Next time I’ll half the frosting recipe. Other than that, the rolls couldn’t have been easier to prepare. Beats yeast rolls any day. Thanks, Gemma!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Hi Julie,
      YEA! I am delighted to get this lovely review.
      I tend on the generous side with frostings! this is true. I am delighted you liked this recipe, thank you for letting us know,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. BeachBunch on October 17, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I loved this recipe! It is actually rather similar to my grandma’s no-rise cinnamon roll recipe, which was an Irish soda bread base, and it used buttermilk instead of sour cream like yours. I will still make hers as it is a family tradition, BUT I never have buttermilk around and have to do the “homemade buttermilk” which makes them taste quite different, but we always have sour cream. I am also allergic to gluten AND eggs and use sour cream as my egg substitute often. I used the GF All Purpose Baking Mix from Costco, and added the extra Tbsps of sour cream for the egg, and it was FABULOUS!!!

    I also have to admit that, while I am never against a good calorie splurge, I decided to try these again and cut some butter and sugar. Altogether, I cut almost 2 cups of sugar and 3/4c of butter between the dough, the filling, and the topping. Again, your recipe is lovely, but my husband is a health nut and won’t eat “splurge foods” unless I promise him I have made them more “healthy”. This is the first cinnamon roll recipe I have been able to successfully do that with, and he said they are the best cinnamon rolls he has ever eaten!!! WIN!!! So thank you very much. You have made a Bold Baker-following family with this recipe. 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Hi there,
      Haha! you made me smile!
      How lovely our Bold Bakers are, so generous with the input here, a great help to people who have all sorts of food intolerance.
      I am delighted with this too. Thank you for the tips re cutting back on the sugar too, and of course the egg.
      I was not too clear on the egg sub here, but you are right, sour cream will be perfect.
      Lots more to come here on BBB, stay tuned!
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Claude on October 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Probably my first taste of a yeast free cinnamon bun. Made this recipe today and while they’re good, they’re not the same as yeast buns and I think I prefer the latter. I will have to face my fear of working with yeast and tackle your other cinnamon bun recipes! But for a quick cinnamon fix, this was an easy recipe to make! Thanks G!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 17, 2018 at 3:24 am

      Hi there,
      Yes, you really do need to tackle your fear of yeast! I know it is a live thing, but it should not be scary!
      I have a suggestion for you, try the No Knead type of dough, a fermented dough, this will give you the confidence to go on. ( make the dough the night before you have a free morning, you will be delighted you tried this one!
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Sherry Moore on October 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Is there any other way to use something else other than eggs and sour cream or yoghurt in this recipe I got dairy allergy

    • Gemma Stafford on October 17, 2018 at 3:43 am

      Hi Sherry,
      Poor you, that is too bad. There are a number of yogurt types out there, soy yogurt is available widely now, also almond milk/yogurt. Do check your store.
      You can also make your own nut milks ( and culture this to make your own yogurt. I have a recipe here which you could also use (
      The egg substitute chart here will also help you. For this recipe you can proceed without the eggs if you have yogurt, you can use that as an egg sub.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Redhead on October 15, 2018 at 8:00 am

    These were a hit in my home! Even my 2 year old loved them and he is a picky eater. Made them the night before and popped them in the oven the next morning. My sour cream/egg mixture was a bit thicker and the brown sugar/butter mixture was quite thinner than yours but it worked out wonderfully and they were delicious! Thank you for sharing this amazing and super simple recipe!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Hi there,
      Love your name ‘redhead’ you must have a little Irish in there somewhere!
      I am delighted you liked this recipe, it is a goodie. Good to have your little one seeing you baking, and enjoying the results, that is how they start!
      Thank you for telling me this. Reducing the butter may make the caramel/cinnamon filling thicker for you, just a bit though!
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Annie on October 13, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Can we use whole wheat pastry flour or sprouted white wheat flour? What about coconut sugar in place of regular sugar and brown sugar? Thanks!!! Love all your recipes and I can’t wait to try this one as cinnamon rolls Aden my daughter’s favorite!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 14, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Hi Annie,
      I have no experience of using sprouted wheat flour! I really must check it out.
      I believe you can replace it, like for like, in any recipe, in place of plain/all purpose white flour. I think it will work well in this recipe.
      Whole wheat flour is a different thing! Therte is a good reason you do not find it in fine baking, it is a bit heavy. However I tihnk you could use in in the ratio of 1:3. that is one measure of whole wheat to three of plain ap or sprouted wheat flour.
      The coconut sugar would be lovely, no issues at all for you there.
      I hope Aden enjoys this recipe, sounds like you are doing a great job!
      Gemma 🙂

  14. ShamimaS on October 13, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Hi Gemma!

    Please suggest how to make sour cream.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

      You can find my sour cream recipe here!

      • ShamimaS on October 24, 2018 at 12:47 am

        Thank you so much Gemma….

  15. James Langston Jr on October 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    I just wanted to say that I am so excited about learning how to make some many wonderful dishes. The bold baking journey has just started for me. Thank you for making it easy to follow.


    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      So happy to hear it, James. Thank you for being part of the Bold Baking Community!

  16. Katherine on October 12, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Can you substitute yogurt for the sour cream? I can’t eat sour cream, but would love to make these cinnamon rolls. Thanks, I love your recipes!!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Yes, you can Katherine. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

  17. Mila on October 12, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Omg Gemma, i’m gonna end up with diabetes!! kidding or maybe not 🙂
    Do you have a recipe for vanilla slice?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 9:21 pm

      I don’t Mila but I’ll add it to my list 🙂


  18. Bushra on October 12, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I live in the UK. Would this be plain flour that I would use?
    Can’t wait to make these! Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Yes, plain flour will work just fine. I hope you enjoy!

  19. Jeannine Johnson on October 12, 2018 at 12:38 am

    Why can’t we print this?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Jeannine, What seems to be the issue? What happened when you pressed the print button the recipe? And can you tell me what device you’re trying to print it from? Let me know and I’ll see how I can help. 🙂

  20. Elaine Madon on October 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Great cinnamon buns and less time.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Happy to hear it, Elaine. Well done to you! I’d love to see photos you may have. You can submit them right on this page. #BoldBaker

  21. Anita Hatch on October 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Hello Gemma!
    I could watch you cook all day long! You have a Lovely voice and delivery when you are telling us about your receipts! My son lives in Ca. and I live in Ma. so I don’t see him on a regular basis, but he is cooking some of your receipts via his Mom! Thank you so much for all of your tips!

    Anita from Cape Cod Ma.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Anita, Thank you for your lovely note. I’m delighted to hear you and your son are staying in touch via my recipes. I’d love to make it out to Cape Cod sometime myself. Thanks a million for being part of the Bold Baking Community! 🙂

    • Anita Hatch on October 14, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Gemma!

      After reading your reply to my comment, I noticed that I spelt Recipe incorrectly! I wrote Receipt! Not what I intended! I just wanted to clarify this! LOL!

      I also wanted to say that I love your recipes exactly the way they are! I know a lot of people have different health problems, and I am not making light of that, as I too suffer from slight “hypertension.” So, what I’m trying to say is this, there are so many sites online that will show substitution for many of the ingredients you use, so if people want to make what you put here online, but can’t because of health reasons, maybe they could use substitutions for ingredients and post their success in modifying your recipe! Just a suggestion! I personally think that you don’t need to modify a thing, because if I want to cook it I can, and if I can’t for health reasons I won’t!

      Love your Website and all of your videos, please continue to be as candid and lovely as you are when making them! Cook On Gemma!

      Thank you,
      Anita Hatch

      • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 6:36 am

        Hi Anita,
        Thank you, I appreciate your kind support.
        I hear you about the substitutions, and I think that is a super suggestion! I do try to encourage the Bold Bakers to share their experiences here, I do not mind what they share, suggestions/substitutions/successes/failures, though I do not believe in failure, just see it as an opportunity to learn. Experience is the very best teacher in my book, I have had some pretty spectacular ‘learning curves’ in my time as a baker, I can testify to things going wrong!
        So, I hope lots of others will take your advice, let us all know how they manage a recipe, for good or evil! Then we will learnt together, a good BBB community effort.
        Thank you for this input, I appreciate your efforts,
        Gemma 🙂

  22. Donna Burdick on October 11, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Can these be made with gluten-free flour

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      yes, Donnna. An all purpose gluten free flour should work fine. Just remember my tip about holding back some of the liquid.

  23. Rose Swedenburg on October 11, 2018 at 10:47 am

    can u sub the cinnamon with nutmeg?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 15, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Hi Rose,
      Yes! however it is not traditional, and I would worry about the quantity! The flavor is a lot different.
      Try it, but do not be too heavy handed!
      Gemma 🙂

  24. Offthewheatentrack on October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Can you substitute the all purpose flour for gluten free flour?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Yes, you can! I hope you enjoy.

  25. Anita on October 11, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Can I substitute non dairy yogurt for the sour cream?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Yes, you can Anita! 🙂

  26. MarthaJohnson on October 11, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Was wondering… instead of baking in a large pan, could I use a 5” pan, bake half of the recipe, then freeze freeze the half?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Yes, you can Martha. Make sure to freeze the finished rolls then defrost and bake them when you’re ready. Please do let me know how you get on. 🙂

  27. Stephanie link on October 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Thank you for these beautiful recipes !

    • Gemma Stafford on October 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you for being part of the Bold Baking Community, Stephanie! 🙂

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