1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

This 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls Recipe is quick, simple, and SO good!

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Look out world, I have discovered my new favorite recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls.

And they only take 1 hour to create from start to finish!

I know.  Believe it.  :)

No more kneading, kneading and kneading.  Or waiting for multiple long rises.  Or letting them sit overnight.  These easy cinnamon rolls can literally go from scratch to scrumptious in an hour if you’re moving quickly!  And you are going to love them!!

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Believe it or not, my summer intern Rachel and I actually baked up four batches of cinnamon rolls in the last 24 hours as we were trying to find just the right recipe to share with you.  Maybe we’re picky, but it seemed like we kept striking out!  The rolls either took too long, didn’t rise correctly, poofed up too much, or just generally didn’t seem like the best cinnamon roll recipe we would recommend.

But when I get on a mission, I get on a mission.

And thankfully, this final batch was a winner.  And even better, when I timed it from start to finish, this literally came in right at an hour!  Granted, you have to be doing quite a bit of multitasking to keep the pace with this one to get it done in that amount of time.  But even if you take your time with it, your home will be smelling like sweet cinnamon rolls in no time!

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One of my requirements for a cinnamon roll recipe is that it calls for yeast.  I’ve had the baking powder quick cinnamon rolls, and they just don’t seem the same to me.  But the great thing about this recipe, which calls for instant yeast (note that on your shopping list!), is that it begins working quickly so that you don’t have to wait hours and hours for the dough to rise.  Once you mix and knead the dough initially, you just let them set for 10 minutes, and then do a final rise for 25 minutes once they been shaped into rolls before baking.

Easy peasy!

And let me tell you — my friends all agreed that the dough was wonderful!  It’s fluffy, buttery, and full of great flavor.  Plus they are just the slightest bit chewy, which I love.

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I think the thing my friends raved about the most, though, was the cream cheese icing.  I know that everyone in the world is not a fan of cream cheese icing on their cinnamon rolls, so I’ve also included a recipe for regular icing.  But if you love cream cheese, lookout.  You are going to adore this recipe!!!

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As you can tell, I got a little photo-happy while shooting these.  And after my first round of drizzling, I decided they looked cute so decided to stop and shoot a bunch of photos.  But lest you think I only like a few drizzles on my cinnamon rolls, here is proof of the final pan (I made extras!) that I served to my friends…

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Judge away.  ;)

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Needless to say, these were a hit with all of my friends.  And I’m certain these are going to become a staple in my kitchen for years to come.

So if you’re new to learning how to make cinnamon rolls, or if you’re just looking for a speedier version, I hope that you all will enjoy these as much as I did!  Cheers to easy cinnamon rolls!!!

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

This delicious and easy cinnamon roll recipe can be ready to go in about an hour!

Ingredients:

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 envelope instant or ‘rapid rise’ yeast (approx. 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 egg

Cinnamon-Sugar Filing Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, completely softened

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk (if needed)

(Optional Substitution: Standard Icing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk

Directions:

To Make The Dough & Filling:

Combine milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Continue heating in 20 second intervals, pausing after each to stir, until the butter is melted and the milk is warm to the touch but not hot. If needed, let the milk mixture sit for a few minutes until it is warm but not hot.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups flour (not all of the flour), sugar and salt until combined.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (*see note below for an alternative method of making this by hand*) fitted with the dough hook attachment, add yeast and lukewarm milk mixture and stir by hand to combine. Add the flour mixture and egg, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. If the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough begins to form a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Continue beating for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Remove the dough hook and cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your filling by whisking together sugars and cinnamon in a bowl until combined.

When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured work surface. Then use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 14 x 9 inches in size. (If you want all edges to be even, you can use a pizza slicer to cut the dough into a perfect rectangle.) Use a knife or pastry spatula to spread the softened 1/4 cup of butter out evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Then sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Beginning at the 14-inch edge, tightly roll up the dough. And then give the final seam a little pinch so that it seals. Use a piece of dental floss* to "cut" off the two ends of the roll (an inch on each end - discard that dough) so that they are even. Then cut the remaining dough into 11 or 12 equal pieces. (11 rolls seem to fit in a pie plate, while 12 rolls fit in a rectangular pan.)

(*To cut dough with dental floss, simply break off a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Then very carefully slide the middle of the floss under the dough to the place where you want to "cut". Then pull the ends of the floss up and cross over the top of the dough. Then give a quick tug to literally cut all the way through the dough. This is the best method for not squishing your dough while cutting it -- although the standard knife method still works too.)

Place each of the cut cinnamon rolls into a greased pie plate or 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Then cover again with a damp towel, and leave the dish in a warm place to rise for 25 minutes.

While the dough is rising, make the icing (instructions below).

When the rolls have risen, uncover the dish. Then place on the center rack of the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden and cooked through. Remove and let cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes. Drizzle with your desired icing and serve.

To Make The Cream Cheese Icing:

Either in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, or a mixing bowl, whisk softened butter and cream cheese together until combined. Then whisk in powdered sugar until combined. If the icing is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk to thin.

To Make The Standard Icing:

Whisk together butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until combined. If the icing is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk to thin. If the icing is too thin, add a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar to thicken.

**If you do not have an electric stand mixer with a dough attachment, you can simply stir the ingredients together, and then knead by hand for 5-7 minutes.

 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

(Ok, I had a little too much fun photographing these.  Thanks for indulging my zillion pictures!)  :)

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  1. Jodi Wells — April 17, 2015 @ 2:59 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for your experimentation. These are the best and easiest cinnamon rolls I have ever made and eaten…. and I have baked my share of many different cinnamon roll recipes.  Everyone LOVES them..especially me.

    • Ali — April 18th, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

      Thanks so much Jodi, what a nice compliment! So happy you love them!

  2. Ariana Starling — May 12, 2015 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    I made these tonight with cake wheat flour (for some reason that is all they sell at South African grocery stores), otherwise exactly the same. They are AMAZING, I’m so happy with how they turned out. Thanks so much for the recipe! The only thing is the standard icing is very buttery, doesn’t bother me but heads up if you’re not into that! 

    :)

    • Ali — May 12th, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

      Thanks Ariana, so happy you liked these!

  3. Crystal — May 28, 2015 @ 12:23 am (#)

    Made these this evening for my family and they were a huge hit! My 6 year old son said they are the best thing in the world! Thanks so much for the recipe!  I’m sure I will be making them frequently. 

    • Ali — May 28th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

      So glad to hear that, Crystal! That’s awesome! : )

  4. Macey — June 26, 2015 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    Made these in an hour and 10 minutes – perfect! I also didn’t let them rise for the right amount of time (mixed up the directions) and they still came out really good. They are fool proof. 

    I also added some orange zest into the filling and then orange juice in the icing to make an orange cinnamon bun version. Amazing. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 7:18 pm

      Awesome, Macey! We’re happy you enjoyed them, and excellent call on the additions of the orange zest and juice — yum! : D

  5. Sam — July 14, 2015 @ 10:24 am (#)

    I made these and while they were tasty, they just didn’t have that decadent buttery rich flavor I was looking for in a cinnamon roll. The dough was easy to work with and the filling was just right, but it was more pizza dough in texture than sweet roll. I am more of a bread baker than cookie or bun baker, and I have to say the icing gave me trouble too. Maybe it just wasn’t my day, but all I had was almond milk and the icing separated on me. I tried chilling it, then tried warming it, but no luck in getting it to emulsify. I like that these buns were easy and quick, but I will have to keep looking for something more decadent.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 14th, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

      Hey Sam, we’re sorry these didn’t quite turn out right for you. We’re not sure why the icing separated either, that’s really odd.:( We appreciate you giving the recipe a try!

  6. Peg — July 19, 2015 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    fabulous! perfect texture and flavor all in a hour! I would call this a copycat receipe for Cinnibons! will be my go to receipe for cinnamon rolls.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 19th, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

      Thank you Peg, we’re so happy you liked these! :)

  7. Mabry — July 22, 2015 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    They were so much fun to make. You have a God given talent!!!! I love the quick and easy recipe. my kitchen smells like cinnamon rolls!!!!!!!!! ;)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 23rd, 2015 @ 11:00 am

      Thank you Mabry, that’s so sweet of you, and we’re so happy you liked these!

  8. Brianna — September 27, 2015 @ 10:36 am (#)

    I have made tons of cinnamon roll recipes & this one is the absolute best! I make it all the time. My husband & son basically eat them all in a day or two :) thank you so much for creating this delicious recipe. I will make it years to come!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 28th, 2015 @ 9:41 am

      Thanks Brianna, we’re so glad you and your husband love these! :)

  9. Kelly — October 4, 2015 @ 10:28 am (#)

    I’m about to make this recipe for the 7th time because every batch turns out amazing, thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 4th, 2015 @ 9:56 pm

      Thanks Kelly, we’re so happy to hear that! :D

  10. Mariana — October 5, 2015 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    I spent the last week looking and reading reviews of Cinnamon Rolls all over the web, I decided to go with this one mainly because it looked fairly easy, and also, it has raving reviews. At first I was a bit scared because I’ve never made this rolls before, but they are one of my favorite dishes so I had to give them a try.

    They turned out AMAZING, seriously, I’m never going to buy cinnamon rolls ever again. They were moist, and gooey and everything a cinnamon roll has to be. I added Nutella to a section of the dough before rolling it up and they were amazing. The only thing I’m going to try different next time I bake them is the icing, since I prefer the one that doesn’t have butter or cream cheese, just the regular one with powdered sugar and milk. If you’re an amateur baker and want to impress some people, go for this recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 6th, 2015 @ 8:46 am

      Mariana, you are so sweet! We’re thrilled that you loved these so much! And good call on that Nutella – awesome idea!

  11. Shaikhah — October 6, 2015 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    Hi I was wondering if I could make these and leave them in the fridge overnight then baking them the next day??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 21st, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

      Hi Shaikhah, we think that would be fine! More proofing time is always a good thing. :)

  12. Becky — October 25, 2015 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    This was an awesome recipe. I tend to stay away from yeast recipes b/c they don’t turn out for me. This turned out and was delish. It took me about 2 hours from start to finish and I will make these again.

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 5:21 pm

      Awesome, I’m so glad you loved them!! :)

  13. Melissa — November 6, 2015 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    I made these and forgot the egg!! While mine turned out slightly lore dense, they were good. Next time I won’t forget the egg hahaha. Great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 6th, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

      Oh no! We’re happy to hear they were still good though! :D

  14. Christina — November 15, 2015 @ 9:38 am (#)

    Love this recipe! Absolute favorite! THANK YOU!
    I was wondering if I can substitute regular flour with whole wheat flour? Any thoughts or advice?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 16th, 2015 @ 8:27 am

      Thanks Christina, we’re so glad you like it! We honestly aren’t sure about whole wheat flour in this though, as we haven’t tried it. However, we wouldn’t advise using all whole wheat flour, as it will make these super dense and not as light and soft. We would suggest trying a combination of the two flours, and we would probably do 3/4 cup of whole wheat and 2 3/4 cups all-purpose, OR 1/2 cup whole wheat and 3 cups all-purpose. We hope this helps, let us know how they turn out if you give them a try! :)

  15. Zia K. — November 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    These cinnamon rolls were delicious! So good. Everyone raved over them. Tried another recipe for cinnamon rolls later, cause I couldn’t find this one… and these were significantly better. Thank you for a great, and deliciously easy recipe! Also, that cream cheese frosting is LIFE. :D

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 23rd, 2015 @ 9:05 am

      Thanks for sharing Zia, we’re happy they were a hit! And we totally agree with your sentiment on cream cheese. :)

  16. Rachel — December 5, 2015 @ 8:48 am (#)

    Hi Ali – Just wanted to leave you a comment and say I LOVE this recipe and use it all the time! I’m back on this page again this morning because some friends have requested I make these cinnamon rolls. They are a huge hit! Thank you so much for posting such a brilliant recipe – it’s easy to follow and works like a charm for me every time

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2015 @ 8:39 am

      Thank you Rachel, we’re so happy you love these! :D

  17. Emilia — December 7, 2015 @ 7:38 pm (#)

    This was my first time making cinnamon rolls from scratch and they turned out amazing.  Easy to follow recipe packed with flavour. I will definitely be making these again. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 8th, 2015 @ 10:57 am

      Awesome Emilia, we’re so happy these turned out well for you! Thanks for giving this recipe a try! :)

  18. PMC — December 15, 2015 @ 7:52 pm (#)

    What do you mean “discard the ends”
    They are the first thing eaten.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 16th, 2015 @ 10:12 am

      Haha then no worries, this need not apply to you! ;) We hope you enjoy!

  19. Beatriz — December 23, 2015 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    They sound perfect for New Years Day morning :) I wonder if I could make them in advance and freeze them?  (before baking)
    Thank you for so many wonderful recipes!! 
    Merry Christmas!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 26th, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

      Hi Beatriz, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We haven’t tried freezing these rolls before baking, and we’d be a little weary about that, but we think you could probably par-bake them – we’d suggest following these steps here: We hope you enjoy these! :)

  20. Brenna — December 24, 2015 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Quick question!

    Could I pre-make the dough today and bake them in the morning? Or does it need to be baked right away?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 28th, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

      Hi Brenna! If you want to make these in advance, we’d recommend refrigerating the (unbaked) rolls overnight – they’ll proof more in the fridge. Then you can just bake them in the morning. We hope you enjoy! :)

  21. Kathy — December 25, 2015 @ 12:37 pm (#)

    Got up and made these Christmas morning to go with a breakfast casserole. They were quick and easy and had such a nice texture. My entire bunch thought they were delicious!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 26th, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

      Awesome Kathy, we’re so happy they were a hit! :)

  22. Kaye — December 26, 2015 @ 7:34 am (#)

    I have made lots of cinnamon rolls before and have a go to recipe but it takes letting them rise twice and I was in a hurry. This recipe will now be the only one I ever use. They were gone in 5 minutes with them begging for more!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 26th, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

      Aww we’re so happy you loved the recipe Kaye, thanks for sharing! :D

  23. mysti — January 1, 2016 @ 6:01 pm (#)

    I have been using recipes from your page for a couple months now and was looking for something to make on New Year’s for breakfast that my son could help with. He really enjoyed making these and they are melt in your mouth amazing!! Thank you so much for a quick homemade cinnamon roll recipe. I believe we may have a New year’s tradition now. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 1st, 2016 @ 9:06 pm

      Hi Mysti! Aww we’re so happy you and your son could make these together and that you enjoyed them! :) Happy new year!

  24. Eva — February 2, 2016 @ 1:00 pm (#)

    Quick question, did you add the yeast to the warm milk/butter after you took out of the micro and let stand?  If so does it need to become foamy (that’s what I’ve read in other recipes)??  

    Thanks so much !!  Can’t wait to try them out :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 2nd, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

      Hi Eva, this is where you add the yeast (the third paragraph): In the bowl of a stand mixer (*see note below for an alternative method of making this by hand*) fitted with the dough hook attachment, add yeast and lukewarm milk mixture and stir by hand to combine.

      Just make sure your milk and butter mixture is warm, not hot. Since this recipe is expedited, you don’t need to wait and let the yeast get foamy.

      We hope you enjoy these! :)

  25. Coral — February 7, 2016 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    Love, love, love these!!  My family is so happy I found this recipe. My husband thinks I should open a bakery. Thank you for the recipe. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

      Thanks Coral! We’re so happy you and your family loved these! :)

  26. Michelle — March 6, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (#)

    Can I use regular active yeast, not rapid rise, and let the dough rise a bit?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8th, 2016 @ 8:47 am

      We think that would be fine Michelle, especially if you have the time. We hope you enjoy! :)

  27. Celeste — March 12, 2016 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    Hello gorgeous! Instant yeast is my new BFF. These really weren’t that hard to make and they rose beautifully without any issues. I’ve wanted to try homemade cinnamon rolls for a while but intimidated by the looong process. 
    These came out soft and pillowy. Just as good as those expensive ones I buy at the county fair every year. 

    I found some pecans in my freezer and rolled those up with the filling-yum! Wish I’d added more. Had some leftover buttercream from a cake and thinned it out and used that (although I still like traditional cream cheese icing). Divine!

    Now, how do you keep from eating the whole pan?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 12th, 2016 @ 7:28 pm

      Hi Celeste! We’re so glad these worked out well for you! And we know what you mean, ugh, cinnamon rolls are such a total weakness of ours! :D

  28. Hallie Peacock — March 16, 2016 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    I made these for my boy today. It’s his birthday and he loves cinnamon rolls. These were easy enough my three year old could “help” with out hindering too much.. And they tasted GREAT!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 6:13 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that Hallie — thanks for sharing! :D

  29. Courtney — March 31, 2016 @ 1:21 pm (#)

    This recipe looks amazing! Do you think they would still turn out fine if I baked them in a cast iron skillet? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 31st, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

      Thank you Courtney, we hope you enjoy these! And yes, they should be fine in a cast iron skillet (just make sure it’s large enough, as they will need room to proof and expand in size when they’re baking. We’d also just make sure that you liberally coat the bottom of the pan with butter or cooking spray.

  30. RB — April 15, 2016 @ 2:14 pm (#)

    I cannot believe these came out of my kitchen.  Just made them. Ate two and truly struggling to save the rest for planned company.  I will be making these quite often!!! . . . oh recipe, where have you been all my life???

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 17th, 2016 @ 9:24 am

      Yay! We’re thrilled that you loved them! :)

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