Quick Brunch Treat With No Rising Required
We all know the feeling of wanting a particular food but not wanting to go to all the trouble it takes to make it at home, especially when hungry mouths are demanding to eat. A cinnamon roll is one of those crave-worthy foods that, more often than not, either ends up not happening at all or coming out of a can. Making a traditional roll requires an overnight rise and lots of planning ahead – and let's be honest, who has time for that? This alternative recipe is yeast-free, easy to make and on the table in less than an hour.
Total Time: 45 minutes | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 8 to 12
For the rolls:
- Cooking spray or 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (half a stick) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup milk
For the filling:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup (half a stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Heat the oven to 375F. Prepare a 9-inch square baking dish or a 9-inch pie pan by greasing it with butter or spraying with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, stir 2 cups of the flour together with the sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Pour in the milk and stir until the mixture turns into a soft, cohesive dough.
- Sprinkle a large cutting board or clean kitchen counter with the remaining 1/4 cup flour.
- Roll the dough into a rectangle of about 10 inches by 12 inches, with one of the long sides facing you.
- In a small bowl, prepare the filling by combining the sugar, butter, cinnamon and vanilla.
- With a spatula or the curved side of a spoon, spread the filling evenly on top of the dough rectangle, leaving a clear 1/4" edge on the long side farthest away from you.
- Starting with the side closest to you, roll the dough up like a jelly roll. Pinch gently to seal at the edge.
- With a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 to 12 rolls, each about 1 inch thick.
- Place the rolls in the prepared pan, leaving some space between them.
- Bake the rolls at 375F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
- While the rolls are baking, make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar and the milk. Add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, if you want a thinner glaze.
- Pour the glaze over the rolls while the rolls are still warm. Let cool for at least 10 minutes, and then serve.
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Carly Schuna has been freelance writing and editing for more than a decade. In the lifestyle sector, her specialty areas are wellness, food/drink, and entertaining. With hundreds of recipes and nutrition-focused articles in her portfolio, Carly loves helping readers put a healthy spin on classics in the kitchen without sacrificing taste.