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Cinnamon Rolls (Easy Recipe: No-Knead, No Machine)

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Hi Bold Bakers! This week, I’m sharing with you my favorite no-knead method for making yeast dough. I think you’ll enjoy this technique because you don’t need a mixer, and the results are incredible. We’ll be making BIG & BOLD Cinnamon Rolls and I hope these become some of your favorites as much as they are mine. So let’s get baking!

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Best-Ever Cinnamon Rolls (Easy Recipe: No-Knead, No Machine)
Serves: 9
  • Dough
  • 3½ cups (1 lb 1oz/ 480g) All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 1 cup (7oz/200g) milk
  • ⅓ cup(3 oz/90g) water
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup (3oz/85g) honey
  • ¼ cup (2oz/60g) melted butter or vegetable oil
  • Note: Add the liquids until the mix comes together in a clean ball, then stop. Flour absorbs liquids in different ways, according to how, when and even where it is milled.
  • For the Filling:
  • ½ cup (4oz/120g) butter
  • 1¼ cups ( 7 ½ oz /210g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (4oz/100g)toasted pecans
  • Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 4 oz (110g ) Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (120g) Powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick/ 2oz)) Butter, room temperature
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla extract
  1. To make the dough, combine all of the dry ingredients in a very large bowl.
  2. In a separate jug add in the milk, water, honey and butter. Heat it in the microwave until it is warm (at blood temperature) and the butter has melted. Whisk in the eggs quickly.
  3. Stir the wet into the dry to make a sticky dough. You can simply mix with a spoon until there are no flour lumps yet. Scrape down the dough from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 2 hours at cool room temperature. It will triple in size
  5. After this, REFRIGERATE THE DOUGH FOR AT LEAST 8 HOURS, preferrably over night. It can be refrigerated for up to 3 days before using.
  6. When you're ready to make your cinnamon rolls, make the filling. Combine the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  7. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle approximately ¼" thick. It will be long so you can always do it in 2 goes.
  8. Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a narrow margin around the edges uncovered.
  9. Starting with a long edge, gently roll the dough into a log. Don't roll it too tightly; if you do, the centers of the buns will pop up as they bake.
  10. Slice the rolls 2” thick and set them with their cinnamon face up
  11. In a deep baking pan lined with parchment space the buns in the pan.
  13. Cover the pan, and allow the rolls to rise until they're have grown into each other and are puffed up, about 30-1 hour. (depending on how hot your kitchen is)
  14. (Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375oF/ 190oC)
  15. Uncover the pan, and bake the buns for 40 to 45 minutes, till they're a deep golden brown. Rotate the tray during baking so they can get golden brown all over.
  16. While they are baking make your glaze: In a large bowl (or you can use a hand mixer) beat the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla together with a whisk until well combined.
  17. Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for 20 minutes. Once cooled remove from the pan and onto a cooling rack .
  18. Spread your cream cheese glaze generously over the cinnamon rolls, and devour immediately,



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  1. .dalia. on May 19, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Hi Gemma !
    Amazing recipe! I tried it and it’s delicious. I love your delicious recipes 💕 I was wondering how the putting the dough in the fridge helps it…. thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on May 20, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Yes putting the dough in the fridge is just fine. It will make it easier to roll too.


  2. Tanit on May 6, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Hello Gemma!
    Thank you for the recipe!
    I followed every step of it and all was good except that after baking the rolls smelled of eggs.
    Is it possible to make this recipe without the eggs? Is there anything I can add instead?
    I’m sensitive to the smell of eggs. When people can’t smell them, I can!
    I felt really bad that I had to give away those cinnamon rolls. My friend loved them but I found the egg smell quite overpowering 🙁

    • Gemma Stafford on May 7, 2018 at 3:53 am

      Hi Tanit,
      It is interesting that people who eat eggs in their diet never object to eggs in their baking. Eggs in this recipe add richness to the dough. I would not ever smell the egg from the baked dough, but I get that you do, and other people do too, it is interesting!
      You can make this dough without egg, but it will be a different thing, a lovely soft milk dough, try it, I think you will like it,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Tanit on May 7, 2018 at 7:45 am

        Thank you very much for the prompt reply!
        Well the thing is I do eat eggs but I always have to disguise their smell by adding other ingredients. I hardly eat hard-boiled eggs because I find their smell to be a lot stronger than that of omelette. The thing I have with eggs is very hard to explain to people. When I cook or eat eggs I often have to add few drops of bleach to the dishwashing detergent in order for the smell to completely go away. There are eggs that don’t smell but they are hard to come by!
        Is it possible to add some vanilla powder to the dough?

        • Gemma Stafford on May 7, 2018 at 10:57 pm

          yes you can add some vanilla powder, that will add nice flavor. maybe just a few teaspoons.


  3. LadyIreland on May 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    WE’VE done it again! With your recipe and my quite vivid imagination there’s another fan favorite added to my list. I followed the recipe until just after I spread the schmear on then cut the dough into 5 inch by 1 inch strips. I twisted them then coiled them like a rope and put them into buttered muffin tins for the final proofing. Into the oven they went and cinnamon perfection came out. Iced half with cream cheese frosting and the other half with chocolate butter cream frosting. I’ve gained weight just telling you about it. hahaha Thank you again for ALL your recipes. Making the no-bake cookies this afternoon to ship off to my son.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Karen, you are a baking genius! I am not sure I would ever have thought of this, well done, it sounds like perfection, I will have to try it.
      I hope your son likes these cookies, send him the recipe too, then he can get baking too, sneaky, but good!
      Haha, you always make me laugh,
      Gemma 🙂

    • VictorBarcelona on May 12, 2018 at 1:16 am

      Apologize first for interrupting in your conversation, but thanks for sharing this tip! I will have to try it as it sounds really good and a way to stretch out the recipe so I don’t eat as much when I bring these to my next party event.

      • Gemma Stafford on May 12, 2018 at 2:55 am

        I am delighted to get this great help, feel free to row in with tips, things you have found useful etc.
        LadyIreland is a great help, always has brilliant ideas.
        Thanks to both of you,
        Gemma 🙂

  4. Kooker on May 4, 2018 at 6:25 am

    I must have read your recip and watched your film 10 times because of different thi gs said. Anyway i Made the dough two days ago. It didnt rise as much as you said but it did rise. I didn’t smell the yeast like i usually do when cooking with it so i was worried.
    But they came out ok. I saved half for the freezer just to see how it does. A tad too sweet using just sugar and milk topping but good. Thank you, enjoy watching you and trying new things. Couldn’t upload pictures for some reason.

    • Gemma Stafford on May 5, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Hi there,
      Good, I think. I also think your yeast may not be doing what it should. I think you could sponge the yeast before you start. This means activating the yeast, usually in the liquids to be used in the recipe. Normally you would bring the sponging liquids to blood temperature, that is when you put your finger into the liquid it should feel neither hot nor cold. A touch of sugar. Or honey will speed up the activation. This is really ‘proving’ to you that the yeast is good and active. A foam will form on top of the liquids after 5 mins or so, you stir this through before adding to the flour. Add ¾ in one go, then the remainder until the dough comes together in a clean ball.
      Using a mixer: If you are using a mixer with a dough hook, you should have a ‘foot’ form, attaching the dough to the bottom of the bowl, this will ensure a good texture to the dough.
      If it seems over-wet, add more flour.
      This will work well for you. Instant yeasts are not available everywhere, and it is always worth sponging,
      Gemma 🙂

  5. Zoe on April 30, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Hey Gemmma i wanted to know instead of butter in the dough can i use olive oil?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 1, 2018 at 3:04 am

      Hi Zoe,
      Yes – ish! However it is not the same thing and will give a different result. Butter is more than just fat, it enriches too, in a different way to olive oil. coconut oil is a good choice too, if this is something you can get. You need to melt it before using, do not heat, just melt.
      Try it Zoe, this is how you will see what suits your own taste,
      Gemma 🙂

  6. Iris Ling on April 28, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Is there any substitute for honey in this recipe?
    Can I use sugar instead of honey?

    Thank you so much 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on April 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Yes Iris. You can add the same amount ion sugar into the dry ingredients.


  7. Michael on April 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Gemma! I made a batch of 75 cinnamon rolls at work. It has been a while since I made them and everyone loved them. Thanks again for the wonderful recipe. I took the last 3 home with me : )

    • Gemma Stafford on April 26, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear that, Michael. I need to make these more often. One of my favorite recipes.


  8. Yogaticha on April 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Love you videos on FB! I began these on Sunday night. I rolled out the dough on Tuesday night and baked them on Wednesday morning for my Senior Citizen Bible study group. They were gone before you could say, Cinnamon!

    I made them a bit smaller so that I could get at least one for every person at the group. I was barely able to get one for me! This recipe is a keeper and I’m contemplating making another batch…but in the large size!! (no buayno for my hips, buy who cares–I’ll share them with my neighbors!)

    Thank you for your great baking and cooking. Looking forward to trying something else real soon.


    • Gemma Stafford on April 27, 2018 at 5:50 am

      hhaha! thank you for this lovely review of this recipe. Yes, I know about the hips one! and now my neighbors do too! you will be popular for a little while 😉
      Good for you. This bake freezes and reheats really well too for a fresh feel on the day you serve them.
      At home we freeze these in 6’s, so always a few available for cinnamon roll emergencies!
      Thank you for your kind review of this recipe,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Amnah on April 22, 2018 at 1:56 am

    hey !
    i have recently stumbled on your blog and i have to say i am hooked. made your banana bread which was a hit among family and friends!

    so on to the topic, i am making these cinnamon rolls , after i proofed the dough in refrigerator overnight , i took it out, it was beautifully puffy though a little sticky , then i kept it in kitchen at room temperature for a few hours, now when i tok the dough out on a well floured surface, it was so so sticky and not at all taking the shape of a roll, no matter how much flour i added on sides!

    what do i do now??!

    i have put that sticky dough back in the fridge, is there anyway to salvage it or do i make another batch?
    i even have prepared the glaze and filling !! :/

    • Gemma Stafford on April 22, 2018 at 2:53 am

      Hi there,
      Flour in different places behaves in different ways, depending on how, where, when, and even the type of wheat being milled. It absorbs liquids differently too, depending on humidity, temperature etc. It is much easier to add more than to take some out! So, next time stop when the dough comes together into a clean ball. This is what you want. Add 3/4 of the liquids in one go, then the remainder more slowly, until the dough comes together. That is the secret! I hope this makes sense to you. Do not give up!
      To rescue a dough put it out on to a well floured surface, the dough will pick up the flour really quickly, then you can proceed. Take a look back at the video too, this will show you how the dough should look. I hope this is of help to you,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Amnah on April 22, 2018 at 3:07 am

        my dough is too sticky that no matter how much flour i added it just absorbed it all, i put it back in the fridge and now i saw it and it is rising again, should i proceed with it for cinnamon rolls or make another batch of dough??

        yeah i figured out the wet ingredients mistake, so from now on, should i skip the water in the ingredients and if needed i will add it later?? or do i mix all wet ingredients including water like in recipe and leave a one-fourth??

        also can you please be kind enough and mention eggs in your recipes in grams or ounces too? i always bake in grams or ounces because i feel that gives the most accurate results

        • Gemma Stafford on April 22, 2018 at 3:54 am

          hi Amnah,
          I am happy you figured this out, it is so difficult to be specific about the liquids, as flours in different places behave so differently.
          Mix the liquid ingredients, add 3/4 in one go, then the remainder more slowly. It takes very little to go from just right to too much.
          eggs vary from place to place, though not by much.
          A large egg here in the US will be close enough to 40ml in weight. I generally rely on this. Weigh your eggs in the shell, they should be somewhere around 65 – 73g in weight, this will give you 40ml shelled egg.
          I hope this is of help to you,
          Gemma 🙂

          • Amnah on April 23, 2018 at 6:28 am

            so i made another batch of this dough , and i added wet ingredients very very carefully, it was perfect until i put in fridge for proofing, it rose only 1/2 way up, not at all thrice like with the previous batch, i baked it anyways and like expected, the rolls were stiff and dense !!
            i am very disappointed in the recipe and me as well !! i did every measurement and step right upto the nook ! :/

          • Gemma Stafford on April 23, 2018 at 11:39 am

            Amnah, I am not sure what is going on here, but there is something I do not know!
            did you proof this dough for at least eight hours? did you form it into the rolls, then proof it at room temperature?
            Do take a look back at the instructions, something not right!
            Gemma 🙂

  10. Elizabeth Divya Jose on April 16, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Dear Gemma,

    I tried your recipe today and they were absolutely delicious. In fact, I miss the desserts from Cinnabon and do not get those here in Australia, so i tried out your recipe in the hopes of recreating those flavors. I must say that they were absolutely delicious! Everyone enjoyed them and I had four in one go! Thank you so much Gemma for posting this lovely and fun recipe for us to enjoy. Looking forward to many more mouthwatering items from you.

    • Gemma Stafford on April 16, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Hi Elizabeth,
      YES! I love this recipe too, it is a favorite in my home too. I am so happy that you got on so well with this recipe, thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  11. Truc Nguyen on March 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    I really like your recipe and will try it out soon. I have some questions about this recipe.

    1. Can I replace plain flour with whole wheat?
    2. When making the filling and the glaze, is there any different in texture if I reduce the amount of sugar (trying to cut down on sugar here but still hunger for these lovely buns ^^)
    3. I would want to freeze half of the dough. At what point should I free it? Before or after adding the filling and let it rise before going to the oven?

    Thank you Gemma 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on March 29, 2018 at 2:43 am

      Hi there,
      Whole wheat flour will not be great for this recipe. Breads are many and varied, and dough can be as plain as a simple white flour with few additions, or enriches as in Brioche, croissants, soft rolls etc. Brown flour/spelt flour will work well with yeast, especially if they have been formulated to do so. The Gluten in these flours is less available than in white flour, so they often have vital wheat added for best results. Adding extra sugar also helps with these flours.
      Making a 1/2 and 1/2 mix will help too, and a long proofing time should help.
      If you wish to reduce the sugar I suggest you reduce the whole cinnamon mix, it is generous, so you can easily cut it in 1/2.
      For this type of bake you can freeze in two ways:
      1. bake and freeze in usable batches.
      2. make, proof, roll, fill, cut and lay into a baking dish, then cover really well and freeze. When you take from the freezer uncover as soon as possible, the lightly cover, defrost, proof and bake.
      I hope this is of help to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. Kate on March 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Gemma!
    I was just wondering if you think it would be possible to fill, roll, cut, and place the cinnamon rolls in a pan the night before, and rise them overnight, then bake in the morning? Thank you so much for sharing your amazing recipes!!

    • Gemma Stafford on March 29, 2018 at 2:53 am

      Hi Kate,
      Yes! If you live in a very warm place it would be best to do this in the fridge. Remember to cover loosely, to keep the air away from the buns, and to allow them to grow. This is a bit more difficult when they are in a tray. A large plastic bag, raised above the bake will do it.
      good luck with this,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. praisehm on March 26, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I love to bake and make every thing from scratch except for bread and pie crust. I am afraid of failing this recipe is so simple and taste so good it turned out perfect. I was so excited to make them and love love watching your videos you made me feel like I could do it and I did it:) Thank you again and please keep making videos for us. Have a great day!! Pam

    • Gemma Stafford on March 29, 2018 at 4:16 am

      Thank you, that is so kind!
      I am really happy that this recipe worked well for you, it is all about trying really, experiental learning is the best learning of all!
      Gemma 🙂

  14. Judy king on March 22, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Hi Gemma,
    I have one question…in your video, you had 12 rolls in the pan to bake and in the recipe it says it makes 9. Which one is right. Also what would be the approximate size you would roll your dough out to.
    Many thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on March 23, 2018 at 5:47 am

      Hi Judy,
      Yes, and you are right too, it depends on how thinly you roll the dough. I generally get to about 1/4 inch thick, but it can be as much as 1/2 an inc at times and that is ok too, but it will yield fewer rolls.
      The ratio of filling to roll is affected too, so thinner gives a better distribution. I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Yen on March 16, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Thank you for this recipe! It’s my second time attempting to work with yeast, and my dough is proofing in my kitchen now. So excited to see how it turns out 🙂 I do have a few questions:

    My dough was really sticky upon taking out, and a little watery especially at the bottom and in between. I left it for almost 24 hours in the fridge. When I cut my rolls, the inside of the dough was a little liquidy and thus the roll could not hold its structure. Do you know what could perhaps be the case?
    I should also note that I accidentally left my dough to proof for 3 hours instead of 2 for the first time.
    I also noticed that the dough deflated in the fridge after a few hours. It rose to a good amount, then deflated when it was in the fridge, and further reduced in size.

    Also, do we need to knead the dough upon taking it out from the fridge?

    Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on March 16, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Yen,
      First of all when you are adding the liquids to the flour you stop when the dough comes together in a clean ball. I think you over wet it.
      I am not sure why the dough was deflating in the fridge. If you have a big bowl, sufficient for the dough to rise, then you cover the bowl, do not touch the dough, then the dough should not deflate. A large plastic bag works well for this.
      When you take the dough from the fridge it is time to form it, roll it, fill it, cut it, place in the pan for baking and proof it for about 1 hour.
      Good to have oyu baking with us, it is a learning curve,
      Gemma 🙂

  16. Denisef on March 16, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I know I’m late to the post, but I’m wondering if you or any of your readers have ever used this recipe and did a par-bake, cool & freeze for baking later? I often bake biscuits and muffins for our Church hospitality table and would love to do cinnamon rolls some times. Of course, I could do it through the refrigerated rise and just get up earlier to roll and rise them on Sunday mornings, but it would be easier to pull them from the freezer on Saturday night to thaw and bake the next morning. Just wondering.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 16, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Hi Denise,
      I have done this myself, and it works really well.
      You can have your frosting ready to go, and just finish/refresh the rolls in a hot oven.
      Par bake to the point where they are almost done, this will set them up, raising done, ready just to freshen.
      Do try this, it will work for you,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Denisef on March 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm

        Great Gemma, i’ll mix up a batch this week to use for Easter Sunday.

  17. Jules K on March 11, 2018 at 1:59 am

    Hi Gemma. Thank you for this amazing receipt. After years of being terrified of yeast I finally plucked up the courage to make your Cinnamon Rolls & in the words of my husband. ‘They are the best bake you have ever made’. I made the dough while cooking dinner last night, it was that easy to do. Even rolling and filling the rolls this morning was simple. It became a family event waiting for them to cook while the smell filled the house. I made half the topping recommended as I knew we wouldn’t need much and it was plenty. It made sitting down to Mothers Day breakfast amazing, my daughter even turned her lap top off! Having your videos to watch makes all the difference, thank you so much again.

    We are making your crazy muffins again next for the school ‘Bake Off’ on Thursday. My daughter loved them so much we are aiming for a class win with double chocolate chip.

    • Gemma Stafford on March 11, 2018 at 5:10 am

      Haha! Jules, you are a writer!
      I was almost there with you, well done, and I am happy that the family loved these
      Next year on Mothering Sunday you can sit down and put your feet up! you are giving your family a skill for life,
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Zainab on March 2, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Hey gemma do you know of a substitute for this glaze ? I cannot find cream cheese anywhere it’s usually available pretty easy I even decided to make my own by your recipe but I have uht treated milk which won’t work

    • Gemma Stafford on March 5, 2018 at 6:50 am

      Hi Zainab,
      Yes! you can use a simple glaze, using milk and powdered sugar.
      You will need to try this. About 4oz/120g of powdered sugar. a little milk. You mix the two until you have a thickish glaze, but thin enough to spread. You need to add the milk really slowly. You can pop it back into the hot oven to set it too, for a few minutes if you wish.
      Gemma 🙂

  19. Pooja Taneja on March 2, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Hi gemma…I am a big big big biggest fan of yours…. love your recipes.I love your cinnamon rolls..but I had few queries,please help
    1.After they are baked and frosted how long will they last in the fridge?
    2. How can I reheat them? there a possibility that I don’t frost them…bake them and store in the refrigerator .Reheat & frost them when someone needs one. long will they last when not frosted in the refrigerator?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 5, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you for your kind comments.
      All baked goods are best eaten fresh! The fridge really helps to keep things fresh for a day or so, but they will need to be refreshed in a hot oven for a few minutes to be at their best. The freezer is even better for long term storage. The frosting can be stored in the fridge and applied as needed, so lots of options.
      I hope this helps,
      Gemma 🙂

  20. Zainab on March 2, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Hi can I use your homemade cream cheese recipe for the glaze for these cinnamon rolls ?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 2, 2018 at 6:12 am

      Yes, sure you can Zainab, you can add a little milk if it needs softening up,
      Gemmma 🙂

  21. kathleen wharton on March 1, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Hi Gemma
    Is there anything I could use instead of yeast to make it gluten free
    Thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on March 1, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Hi Kathleen,
      Really it is not the yeast that matters but the flour.
      Yeast works on gluten.
      Gluten free flours can be designed for bread baking, using yeast. They will have a gum added, which mimics gluten.
      Check out the supplies in your store. If the flour is suitable for yeast baking it will say so.
      There are some really great blogs on this subject too, do a little googling.
      I may have misunderstood this, I think I am missing something,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Brenda Wilson on February 23, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Good morning ,
    I did not have all purpose flour all I had was cake flour. My dough did not rise would this have made a difference. I also used a Teflon pot because I did not have a bowl large enough.
    Any advice for the future

    • Gemma Stafford on February 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Brenda,
      The problem is that cake flour has very little gluten, and it is also milled more finely than general all purpose/plain flour. This does depend on where you live, the type of wheat milled, the season etc, it is complex.
      cake flour has about 7- 8% gluten. All purpose will be about 11%, and strong flour 13.5% or so.
      This makes a great difference, it is simply a different thing.
      Using a no knead method would give it its’ best chance, but it would be a struggle for this flour to work in this recipe, I am sorry.
      I do not know what the pot is, but I think it is a non stick pot which should be perfect, I do not think this is the issue.
      I hope this helps Brenda,
      Gemma 😉

      • Brenda Wilson on February 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm

        Thank you so much for this information.
        The rolls still tasted good. I ate three of them. I just needed someone to share them with.

  23. Sarah on February 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

    I had a question, mine are still in the oven, but I have noticed the dough really did not rise well, they look very dense. I am thinking it is one of two issues. I am high altitude dry climate, is there something I need to do to adjust for this? Second, I did use active dry yeast and think based on some other comments I needed to use warm water to get the yeast to activate? I rated midpoint not because I don’t like the recipie, but because it should have a note of what to do for high altitude cooking and what to do if you are using active dry yeast. They smell delicious so I hope they turn out decent anyway.

    • Gemma Stafford on February 13, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Hi Sarah,
      Good point, particularly about the high altitude baking. I started a baking apprenticeship in Lake Tahoe, which is at about 6,000 ft! It took a while for me to figure out what was going on, this is not a problem where I come from!
      1. Reduce baking powder: for each teaspoon, decrease 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon.
      2. Reduce sugar: for each cup, decrease 0 to 2 tablespoons.
      3. Increase liquid: for each cup, add 2 to 4 tablespoons.
      4. Increase oven temperature by 25 degrees F.
      The most important thing to recognize is how the oven behaves. This changes depending on the altitude, so the rules change too. Local knowledge is very useful, and this was what helped me. Ask where you live, that will help.
      About the yeast, here is my little lecture on the subject!
      Dry Yeast: It is the most convenient of the two types. It is granulated and comes in little 1/4-ounce packets, 9 g. (approximately 2-1/4 teaspoons) or loose in a jar. Once exposed to the air, it should be stored in the refrigerator.
      Types of Dry Yeast: There are two types of Dry Yeast, regular, active and the other is Instant,rapid or fast acting. Instant/fast acting yeast can be added directly to the flour, but it can also be sponged before using.
      Baking with Yeast: Yeast is basically used in bread making. Breads are many and varied, and dough can be as plain as a simple white flour with few additions, or enriches as in Brioche, croissants, soft rolls etc. Brown flour/spelt flour will work well with yeast, especially if they have been formulated to do so. The Gluten in these flours is less available than in white flour, so they often have vital wheat added for best results. Adding extra sugar also helps with these flours.
      Gluten Free flour will not work, unless it is formulated to do so.
      Sponging: This means activating the yeast, usually in the liquids to be used in the recipe. Normally you would bring the sponging liquids to blood temperature, that is when you put your finger into the liquid it should feel neither hot nor cold. A touch of sugar. Or honey will speed up the activation. This is really ‘proving’ to you that the yeast is good and active. A foam will form on top of the liquids after 5 mins or so, you stir this through before adding to the flour. Add ¾ in one go, then the remainder until the dough comes together in a clean ball.
      Using a mixer: If you are using a mixer with a dough hook, you should have a ‘foot’ form, attaching the dough to the bottom of the bowl, this will ensure a good texture to the dough. If it seems over-wet, add more flour.
      Flour in different places behaves in different ways, depending on how, where, when and the type of wheat grain being milled. It takes very little extra liquid to make a dough too wet to handle. Learn how to add it so that it is just right.

  24. Neha Gambhir on February 10, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Thanks for the lovely recipe. I tried these quite a few times and final rolls come out great. My only stumbling block with the part where dough need to be refrigerated overnight. I am using active dry yeast and proof it in warm water rather than adding directly to flour. My dough rises beautifully first time around and almost triples but it falls flat and becomes crumbly during refrigeration. I always have to knead it again for gluten to develop which kind of defeats the entire purpose.

    The final rolls are still good enough, any suggestions of what I have been doing wrong ?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 10, 2018 at 4:49 am

      Hi there Neha,
      I think your room temperature is very warm!
      This will cause the dough to overdevelop in the first proofing. Do not allow this to happen. When the dough has almost doubled, then refrigerate to slow it down and allow it to ferment. Anything else is too much. Then it will sit for a couple of days if you need it to. I am delighted you are using this recipe, and sponging the yeast is exactly right for that type of yeast. Well done you, it is a learning curve, but you are doing great!
      Gemma 🙂

  25. Thales Machado on February 7, 2018 at 4:50 am

    Hi, I’m from Brazil and in the first time I’ve made this, they didn’t turn out looking good as I expected. I think that the measurements in cups don’t work for my cups here in Brazil. The dough turn out really watery and hard to work with, but it tasted great. I’m actually trying to make it today and I making sure that evertything is going to be scaled in ounces. The dough is looking so much better than the past time and I can’t wait to try them. Thank’s for sharing the recipe, Gemma!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 7, 2018 at 5:43 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you for letting me know.
      When making bread, add the liquids until the dough comes together in a clean ball, then stop!
      This resolves the problem too. I am happy you are getting a better result this time, now I hope you enjoy them,
      Gemma 🙂

  26. Tiffini on February 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I just have one question. I’m planning on making these but I usually have left overs in my house. With that icing on it I am not sure of the best way to store these to keep the best result?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 5, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Tiffini,

      Even though they have the frosting feel free to store them at room temp.


    • Barb Doll on February 6, 2018 at 6:30 am

      I actually leave the rolls without frosting after baking and people frost their own after they come warm out if the oven. I then keep them stored on the counter wrapped up or covered and the frosting in the fridge. Whenever someone wants one the warm their roll and add frosting that sits out while the roll is warming in the oven.

      • Gemma Stafford on February 6, 2018 at 8:28 am

        Hi Barb,
        Thank you for this input, and a great idea it is too. The frosting lasts really well in the fridge, so it can indeed be used as needed.
        Good job!
        Gemma 🙂

  27. Tabitha on February 5, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Hi Gemma,

    I am so discouraged, I have made this nearly a dozen times now. The first two times it worked perfectly. Since then, every time I take the dough out to roll and proof, they collapse. I’ve tried different AP flours, different yeasts, wet mix is at warm temperature when I add it to the dry mixture, sometimes the first proof rises a lot and sometimes just a little, I don’t understand where it’s going wrong. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 6, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Hi tabitha,
      I am sorry to hear this. Let us pull it apart.
      Types of Dry Yeast: There are two types of Dry Yeast, regular, active, which is best sponged, and the other is Instant,rapid or fast acting. Instant/fast acting yeast can be added directly to the flour, but it can also be sponged before using.
      Sponging: This means activating the yeast, usually in the liquids to be used in the recipe. Normally you would bring the sponging liquids to blood temperature, that is when you put your finger into the liquid it should feel neither hot nor cold. A touch of sugar. Or honey will speed up the activation. This is really ‘proving’ to you that the yeast is good and active. A foam will form on top of the liquids after 5 mins or so, you stir this through before adding to the flour. Add ¾ in one go, then the remainder until the dough comes together in a clean ball.
      When the dough has had it’s first proofing, and fermenting, then it is knocked back, so it will collapse. Then it is rolled, and filled, and shaped for baking. Then comes the second proofing. This is where the rolls/breads come to where you want them for baking, usually about double in size, but can be more.
      Then you bake, without disturbing the dough. If you handle the dough at this stage it will fall back again, and need proofing again.
      HAVE THE OVEN READY! This is really important for most breads.
      Did you hear anything new here, it may be a misstep in the proofing, I hope I have explained it well for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  28. Kyne on January 29, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Just got one question. Would there be a difference with the taste if I take off the honey on the recipe? What would be the substitute if i don’t have honey ?

    Thank you in advance for answering. Btw, I tried your best ever brownie recipe and it turned out really really good! love the taste. my kids loved it too!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Hi Kyle,

      Really glad you liked the brownies!!

      So if you don’t have honey you can use maple syrup. That will work well too.


      • Kyne on January 29, 2018 at 8:52 pm

        Can I leave it out instead?

        • Gemma Stafford on January 30, 2018 at 4:55 am

          Hi Kyne,
          Yes, you can leave it out, but it can be replaces with sugar of some sort, agave liquid would be good, but granulated sugar/caster sugar will work too. Use the same measurement, all will be well.
          I am happy that the brownies worked well for you,
          Gemma 🙂

    • Shelly on February 2, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Hi Gemma,
      I have a question not related to this post. Actually I want to ask that, what is “cream of tartar” I have seen your One or two recipes where you have used it.And can use anything else other than that in those recipes??? This thing is not available where I live.. And by the way I Love all your recipes ❤

      • Gemma Stafford on February 4, 2018 at 3:49 pm


        This is a great question. So I use it rarely but it is an important ingredient. If you don’t have it replace it with double the amount of lemon juice or white vinegar.


  29. Priscy on January 29, 2018 at 6:33 am

    SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY WRONG WITH THIS RECIPE. I tried twice doughis too too wet. I tried adding more flour won’t do it. Too sticky and becomes a glued mess.
    I followed exactly as described. First time I even waited 3 days. Dough is too dam sticky. Extremely disappointed!!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 29, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Hi there,
      thank you for being in touch.
      When you are adding liquids to a flour you stop when the dough comes together. It takes very little extra liquid to be too much, very little to be too little!
      The flour in different places absorbs liquids in different ways, depending on type of wheat, time of year, and even how it is milled. This does not sound probable, but people all over the world have successfully made this recipe, and some not! It really is as easy as that. I think I will go back to the recipe again and make a note to say this. This is a great recipe, I hope you do not give up.
      Gemma 🙂

  30. Guðrið on January 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Ups, wrong button…. 😀

  31. Guðrið on January 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Gemma 🙂

    It is always a pleasure too see what you dish up with on youtube.

    But I have one question. I can not buy all purpose flour here where I live. What can I use instead?

    Looking forward

    • Gemma Stafford on January 17, 2018 at 2:46 am

      Hi there,
      Different names for the same flour. All purpose flour is known as plain flour. In some places there will be one called cream flour, and these are really the same thing. All of these are white,wheat flour. I think you will find this one,
      Gemma 🙂

  32. Vidya on January 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Your recipe looks delicious (as always 😋) Which of the egg subsitutes would work best in this recipe ? Thanks.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 8, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Vidya,

      Really glad you like this recipe. So replacing eggs is a tough one for a yeasted dough. I have no experience doing it myself so I would be worried about giving you the wrong in. I do know some people just leave them out and that has worked for them.


  33. Janet on January 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    The recipe in YouTube (, you use 1/2 tablespoon salt and 3/4 tablespoons dried yeast .
    But the recipe in this page, you use 2 teaspoons salt and 3 teaspoons dried yeast.
    Is any different between these two recipes? Thanks~

    • Gemma Stafford on January 7, 2018 at 3:27 am

      Hi Janet,
      Follow the written recipe here. Actually you can reduce the yeast in this dough if you wish, it is a fermented dough, and it begins to form its’ own yeast as it gets the time.
      You cannot really know from the video what the ingredients are, we edit the videos to make them more watchable, cut out the detail, and use the website as a valuable resource for you, with all sorts of extras.
      I hope you like this recipe, add the liquids carefully until the dough comes together in a clean ball, a little more or less liquid can make the dough too wet, or too dry, that is the secret.
      Gemma 🙂

  34. Bevland on January 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Excellent recipe! My husband and grandchildren are already begging for more!! Thank you for great recipes!

    • Kevin Kurtz on January 2, 2018 at 10:05 pm

      Thrilled to hear that 🙂

  35. Jerseygirl8756 on January 1, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I can never eat cinnamon rolls from a can again. Thank goodness this is an easy recipe. It takes time, but soooo worth it.

    • Gemma Stafford on January 2, 2018 at 5:17 am

      Hi there,
      Good! That is the idea, it does take a bit of time, but you can be sleeping!
      Thank you for your kind review,
      Gemma 🙂

  36. Valerie sultan on December 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I try this recipe and for time first got it, love it jajaj I didn’t even get to try they ran fast😁

    I try giving all the stars because I think it deserves it but can’t seem to get it marked

    • Gemma Stafford on December 29, 2017 at 4:08 am

      Thank you Valerie,
      This is a great recipe, and I am happy that you like it,
      Gemma 😉

  37. Aparna Jain on December 28, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe inspiration. I made vegan cinnamon rolls using your technique. I used soy milk, vegan butter, and flax eggs to replace the animal products and the results were phenomenal! The tip to stop pouring liquid once a ball is formed was essential in making the perfect dough. I’m glad I read the tip and followed it, the final dough was easy to spread and roll.

    Thank you again,

    • Gemma Stafford on December 29, 2017 at 4:09 am

      Hi there,
      Thank you,so good that you managed this dough so well, especially using substitutes.
      Thank you for letting us know, it will help our vegan followers,
      Gemma 🙂

  38. Barb Doll on December 23, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Absolutely love this recipe. What I really like is how fast it goes together and that I can make it in advance of needing it which decreases the work I need to do on that day of baking. These come out so gooey yummy hot – it’s hard for anybody to resist! By the way made these at Thanksgiving and already have the dough chilling for Christmas morning now.
    Thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Hi Barb,

      Delighted you like them. They seem to be a favorite around the holidays 🙂


  39. Venla Shank on December 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I plan to make the dough tonight for Christmas morning. If I roll them out Christmas Eve, would I let them rise again before refrigerating them overnight to bake Christmas morning. And then would I need to have them rise again before placing them in the oven? Can’t wait to try these!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm


      So hers what you do : Roll them, fill them, cut them and then place them on a buttered tray.
      Wrap well in cling wrap and pop straight into the fridge.
      Take out of the fridge at least 2 1/2 hours before you plan to bake them off. They will proof at this time and rise up.
      Then BAKE!

      hope this helps,

      • Barb Doll on December 23, 2017 at 10:51 pm

        Could I leave them out overnight in the house to bake off in the morning?

        • Gemma Stafford on December 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

          Hi Barb,

          Yes you can. Then just pop them in the oven the next morning.

          Happy Christmas,

  40. Sue Cooper on December 20, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Hello Gemma,

    Can I use Whole Wheat Flour instead of All Purpose?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 21, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Hi Sue,
      Whole wheat flour is really a different ingredient, it is heavy, and the gluten is high, but not so available as in white flour.
      If you wish to sue this I think you should use 1/2 and 1/2 for best results.
      I think it is worth a shot, and you should get reasonable results, but it may need a little extra time to proof,
      Gemma 🙂

  41. Yoshi Miko on December 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I tried this recipe twice and I love it. The first one was too salty for me with 2 teaspoons of salt and a salted butter… and, my second attempt is a success.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 15, 2017 at 5:03 am

      Good yo hear Yoshi, it is all about learning from the experience of doing, well done you,
      Gemma 🙂

  42. Adelia on December 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Gemma, I was thinking of making these cinnamon rolls but would like to use my machine instead of waiting for the gluten to develop. How long would I need to knead the dough for to achieve the same results? Or should I use another recipe that requires a machine? Thank you!


    • Gemma Stafford on December 9, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Adelia,

      You would knead if for around 7-10 minutes how this dough is so super soft that it wouldn’t be possible to knead it.

      Hope this makes sense.

  43. Ruby Southward on December 7, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Can I just leave out the honey, and if not what can I substitute for it.

    • Gemma Stafford on December 8, 2017 at 4:09 am

      Hi Ruby,
      Yes, a little brown sugar, Will do it for you,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Ruby on December 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm

        Thank you so much for the info, and your dog is adorable!!

        • Gemma Stafford on December 11, 2017 at 2:26 am

          Thank you Ruby, you know how to get to me! My dog is adorable, and he knows it, lol,
          Gemma 🙂

  44. Rachel on December 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I absolutely love this recipe! It is such comfort food for me, and definitely is getting me through finals week in college! I have never found an easier, more flavorful recipe.

    I have also been experimenting with using fresh ground whole wheat, and it is just as delicious, but a bit less light and airy. I think doing half white and half wheat might help with that though.

    Thank you so much for making a bread-making process so easy and accessible!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 6, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Hi Rachel,
      Yes, you are right, 1/2 and 1/2 will work better, but it is great that you have discovered this yourself.
      The reason for this is simple really. The gluten in the wholewheat flour is not as available as it is in the finely milled flours. Some manufacturers add vital wheat to the whole wheat flour to give a strong flour. A method called ‘sponging’ works nicely for whole wheat, look that up, and you will really have mastered a new/old method. Google it. It involves adding 1/2 of the flour to all of the yeast and water mix, and allowing it to sponge before adding the remainder of the flour, proofing, and baking. It is a bit of a process, but I think you would like it!
      Gemma 🙂

  45. VictorBarcelona on November 24, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Greetings Emma!

    Unexpectedly, discovered you on YouTube channel thanks to their recommendation and boy I am glad I took their advice and signed up to your incredible website. Your husband Kevin and yourself really display a love of baking with this enriched/abundance of recipes to share with the world.

    You are my new “Shero” seriously, this cinnamon roll recipe is one for the ages and I made it the first time and brought it to a Thanksgiving Day party and people devoured it. Kudos to you and your team! I think you need to take a bow on this one!

    I wasn’t expecting to make this for Thanksgiving, but I saw your video and it rocked and motivated me to give it a try. I had all the ingredients except the no rolling pin, but I took your tip on how to use a wine bottle to roll the dough and it worked to perfection.

    Lots of improvising for me on the first time I did this, I will spare you the details, but suffice to say all was well with time and adding more flour to the dough. (Confession, I added more liquid than I needed, my error for not reading your instructions carefully, my bad!) I was very enthusiastic to make this. It still came out perfect and I learned a lot in the process.

    I modified the cinnamon to be a homemade Apple spice consisting of:

    3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    3 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    2 teaspoons allspice

    I did use pecans, but I crushed them in my old converted coffee grinder. Think of it as pecan dust.

    I also added 2 small Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced into 16 (1/2-inch) slices and then I diced them up from there.

    I made the glaze correctly, but I only used half of it and froze the other portion to be used on my cinnamon rolls I make for the next party I attend.

    Unforced Errors by me/Mistakes:

    Again I did not read the instructions properly, I roll it up from the WRONG edge (short) instead of the LONG EDGE.

    I added too much liquid, I learned when to stop, all flour is not created equally.
    Again, thank you for sharing your passion for baking and helping me learn (expand) new techniques to my culinary skills. I don’t bake as much as the ordinary person except cooking fish in parchment paper in the oven and an occasional pie or reheating.

    I look forward to reading and trying more of your wonderful recipes, tips and techniques…I am not sure I am a bold baker, but I will give it a try…

    Keep that passion alive and here’s to your family’s good health and happiness!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 25, 2017 at 3:40 am

      Hi there,
      Wow! What a lovely comment to find here today, I am really happy that you are using the recipes, and learning too. You have cheered me up!
      I am just back from Ireland, so on Irish time, a little jet lagged, so happy now!
      Carry on baking, we have lots more to come,
      Gemma 🙂

      • VictorBarcelona on November 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

        Greetings Gemma!

        I apologize for my misspelling of your first name in my initial note.

        Welcome back to your other home on the North American continent and thanks for the encouragement to continue to experiment with all the delightful stuff on your site!

        Now, I will carry on to making some holiday ice cream, thanks to your introduction. Ice cream is my kryptonite and no eggs involved sucked me in like a strong gravitational pull…Thanks Gemma for sharing all this goodness! I am here for the long haul!

        Best to ya!

        • Gemma Stafford on November 26, 2017 at 3:05 am

          Thank you victor, you have a lovely style or writing too, good for you,
          Gemma 🙂

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