How to Make Easy Cinnamon Rolls in 20 Minutes

Cinnamon rolls

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Start to Finish: 45 minutes Servings: 8 rolls Difficulty Level: Beginner

No need to wake up at the crack of dawn to have piping hot, homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast. They'll be ready in a snap when you make a yeast-free dough, thus eliminating the time necessary for proofing the yeast. Yogurt makes for a tender dough that's so close to the real thing -- you may not notice that you used a shortcut. In just 20 minutes, or less if you're quick, you prep the dough, roll it out and pop these treats in the oven.



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the Filling and the Icing

To make the filling, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, butter and salt in a small bowl.

To make the icing, stir together the cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar to make a thick creamy coating of spreadable consistency. If it's too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.

Set both aside.

Make the Dough and Assemble the Rolls

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray, or grease with melted butter.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Use a wooden spoon to blend in the yogurt and melted butter. Once the ingredients are lightly incorporated and the dough looks a little ragged, use your hands to knead the dough into a light and soft ball -- about 2 minutes. If it feels too sticky, add a little bit more flour.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Shape the dough into a thick rectangle and use a rolling pin to expand it to about 9 inches by 13 inches. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Spread a light, even layer of filling across the entire rectangle, leaving about 1/4 inch from each edge clear.

Start at the longest side of the dough and use your hands to start to roll it up tightly into a cylinder. Work gently; a thin spatula can help coax up any dough that sticks to the work surface. Seal the edges by pinching the dough with your fingers.

Use a sharp knife or a pastry cutter to cut the dough into 8 equal segments. Arrange these in the greased cake pan; it's OK if they touch.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly brown and cooked through. Cool in the pan for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Use an offset spatula to spread icing over each cinnamon roll. Pull apart to serve.


The edges of these cinnamon rolls may appear more unfinished than yeast-based rolls, but this doesn't affect the taste. For smooth-edged rolls, use a long strand of unflavored, unwaxed dental floss to cut the raw dough cylinder into 8 sections.