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Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

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Soft, Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls are the easiest way to enjoy your favorite breakfast dish. These cinnamon rolls are light and fluffy with a gooey cinnamon sugar middle topped by a luscious cream cheese frosting.

And as an added bonus– there is no rise time, no punching down dough, and no failed gooey globs that didn’t turn out. This recipe has never failed me.

We enjoy this mouthwatering cinnamon roll recipe for holidays, birthdays, and any other reason we can come up with.

A metal tin of 7 gooey cinnamon rolls with an angled spatula placing frosting over the top of them.

I’ve been using this recipe for the several years. It was adapted from a recipe found on the “Gluten Free on a Shoestring” website here.

I tweaked the ingredients and substituted in dairy free products and added in an amazing cream cheese frosting.

Then I added a dairy free cream cheese frosting to the top– and now I’ve tasted the perfect Yeast Free Cinnamon Roll. Each bite just melts in your mouth.

This recipe has become a family tradition for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve even added it to the menu to celebrate the last day of school or birthdays.

Since you’re not waiting hours for the dough to rise, a batch of warm cinnamon rolls can be whipped up quickly.

Or if you’d prefer to sleep in longer, bake these the night before, reheat in the morning and ice with cream cheese frosting just before serving.

A round pan of 7 soft, gooey cinnamon rolls and topped with a decadent creamy dairy free cream cheese frosting next to serving plates and a glass of orange juice.

soft cinnamon roll recipe ingredients + tips

  • gluten free all-purpose flour— Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour available to purchase here is our go-to. And it already contains the xanthan gum in the blend. I purchase this flour from Amazon in bulk and save so much money. We use the scoop and level method for measuring flour.
  • xanthan gum— omit if your GF flour blend contains this or guar gum
  • baking powder— always make sure yours is fresh, once opened this looses it’s potency after 6 months
  • kosher salt
  • granulated sugar
  • dairy free butter— room temperature and we use Earth Balance Buttery Soy Free Sticks
  • eggs— room temperature
  • dairy free milk— our favorite is this refrigerated unsweetened almond milk
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • kosher salt
  • dairy free cream cheese— our favorite is Kite Hill Plain Cream Cheese
  • confectioners’ sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • gluten free flour note— gluten free flours contain varying ingredients. We enjoy using the recipe with the Bob’s Red Mill GF 1 to 1 Baking Flour. And we’ve noticed over the years this flour tends to soak up the liquids in recipes. So we add in more dairy free milk to this recipe as needed for moist, playable dough. If you find your dough is dry or crumbly add in more dairy free milk 1 tbsp at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • bonus frosting option— if you’d rather ice your Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls with an easier 2 ingredient frosting use 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 tbsp dairy free milk. In a small bowl combine these and mix until it becomes a thick paste. Add in additional dairy free milk as needed (1/4 tsp at a time). Then drizzle across the cinnamon rolls and serve.
  • this recipe serves 7 cinnamon rolls in an 8-inch pie plate
Rectangle shaped dough rolled out next to a rolling pin.

recipe instructions

Preheat your oven and spray an 8 inch pie plate with nonstick spray; set aside. In a large bowl mix flour, xanthan gum if needed, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add in butter, eggs, and milk until dough is smooth.

Use a spoon initially and as the mixture begins to come together, finish kneading the dough with your hands in the bowl.

Then transfer the dough to a very lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a 12 inch by 15 inch rectangle with a rolling pin, frequently sprinkling small amounts of flour underneath the dough and on top to keep from sticking.

Use a knife to trim edges for nice straight lines.

In a medium size bowl prepare the filling. Combine all filling ingredients and mix with a handheld mixer.

With your hand or an angled spatula, gently spread the filling over the cinnamon roll dough, leaving a 1/4 inch clean space around the edges.

Roll the long side of dough away from yourself into a tight log roll.

Lastly, slice the roll into 7 equal slices with a sharp knife. Place each roll into the pie plate and transfer to the oven.

Rectangle shaped dough rolled out next to a rolling pin. It has a brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter mixture on top.
A pie plate filled with soft, gooey cinnamon rolls and topped with a decadent creamy dairy free cream cheese frosting next to serving plates and  glass of orange juice. An angled spatula is spreading around the cream chees frosting.

While the cinnamon rolls bake in the oven, prepare and refrigerate the cream cheese frosting. After removing the rolls from the oven, allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before using an angled spatula to frost and serve.

Refrigerate any leftovers.

more breakfast recipes you’ll love

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  • French toast sticks— you want this recipe and secret tip for foolproof French toast sticks every.single.time.
  • lemon poppy seed bread— every slice of this sweet and slightly tart loaf is spectacular. Bake a loaf now.

bonus hearty dinner recipes

  • lasagna skillet— full of lasagna flavor without the hustle and bustle of a traditional recipe. You simply break the noodles over the skillet and let the marinara sauce do all the work. 
  • cowboy hamburger soup— this recipe warms you up from the inside out with tender pieces of Yukon Gold potatoes, flavorful mixed veggies, and tongue waking fire-roasted tomatoes in a tasty ground beef broth mixture that’s out of this world
  • classic manicotti— Italian comfort food at its best with this stuffed Manicotti filled with soft spinach and creamy ricotta filling in a pan of perfectly seasoned ground beef and marinara sauce. 

lastly

You will want to hang onto this recipe for life. These indulgent and cozy Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting melt in your mouth.

They are soft, fluffy, and so gooey.

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Jill

A pie plate filled with soft, gooey cinnamon rolls and topped with a decadent creamy dairy free cream cheese frosting next to serving plates and glass of orange juice.
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5 from 1 vote

Soft Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls

Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Servings: 7 rolls
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • c gluten free all purpose flour, more for rolling out dough suggestions in post
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum omit if your GF flour blend has this
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • 7 tbsp dairy free butter, room temperature suggestion in post
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1+ c dairy free milk, room temperature add more milk if the mixture is dry

Filling

  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp dairy free butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • tsp salt

Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz dairy free cream cheese, room temperature suggestion in post
  • ¼ c dairy free butter, ½ stick room temperature
  • c confectioners' sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract or maple extract
  • optional: ¼ tsp corn syrup for a shiny frosting; this can be omitted and the taste will not change

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 inch pie plate with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl whisk flour, xanthan gum if needed, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Add butter, eggs, and milk until the mix comes together. You can use a spoon or your hands to mix until you have a nice smooth dough ball. If the dough is too sticky, add in a tablespoon of flour.
  • Place the dough onto a very lightly floured countertop or parchment paper.
  • Roll the dough out into a 12 inch by 15 inch rectangle with a rolling pin, adding sprinkles of flour underneath the dough and on top as you roll to prevent sticking.
  • Take a knife and trim the dough edge so you have a nice rectangle shape.
  • In a medium size bowl place all filling ingredients and mix.
  • With your hand or an angled spatula spread the filling evenly over the rectangle, leaving ¼ inch clean space around the edge.
  • Now starting on the long side roll the dough away from you into a tight log roll. At times the dough might start to crack in areas. Gently pull the dough back together and keep rolling.
  • With a sharp knife slice the roll into 7 equal pieces.
  • Place each piece into the pie plate and transfer to the oven for about 35 minutes. All ovens bake differently.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • While the cinnamon rolls are baking, mix all the frosting ingredients together in a large bowl with a handheld mixer.
  • Place into the refrigerator to set.
  • Once the cinnamons rolls have baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before frosting.
  • Frost and serve, refrigerating any leftovers.

Notes

Cinnamon rolls may be prepared and baked the night before and frosted in the morning. Once cooled wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. In the morning reheat in the microwave, frost, and serve.

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6 Comments

  • Kaye April 30, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Is there an option that would work to replace the eggs?

    Reply
    • Jill July 2, 2021 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks for reaching out, Kaye. Unfortunately we haven’t tested this recipe with an egg replacement yet. If you do try this recipe egg free let us know how it turns out. Jill

      Reply
  • Megan December 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Made this yesterday and they turned out AMAZING! The only thing I’d change next time is another 1/4c of almond milk in the dough, it was a bit too crackly and dry. Otherwise, definitely the best GF DF cinnamon rolls I’ve made (and I’ve tried a bunch!)

    Reply
    • Jill December 15, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Megan. I’m thrilled you found them amazing. Jill

      Reply
  • Sara Brown December 6, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    These we so delicious and easy to make! I’ve been gf/df for 10 years now and haven’t had a cinnamon roll this good!

    Reply
    • Jill December 16, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks for the 5 star review, Sara. I’m thrilled you enjoyed them. Jill

      Reply

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