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!!

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

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.  ;)

1-Hour Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

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
4 Tbsp. 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 1/2 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.

Adapted from [AllRecipes.com|http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ninety-minute-cinnamon-rolls/].

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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Comments

  1. Tobie — July 6, 2014 @ 11:51 am (#)

    These are excellent. The dough is so easy to work with and the frosting is just perfect- not too sweet, not too heavy! Cinnamon roll perfection. Thank you!

  2. selene — July 11, 2014 @ 6:36 pm (#)

    These were awesome. My first time making cinnamon rolls and your recipe was fast and easy to follow. THANK YOU! This will now become a family staple for celebrations :)

  3. Foodlover — July 25, 2014 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    Omg these are amazing. The filling and the icing just melt in our mouth. To be honest, you really don’t need the icing with how good the roll is by itself.

  4. Margaret R — July 30, 2014 @ 9:44 am (#)

    These are delicious! I made a second batch this morning. First batch took forever, due to a misplaced dough hook. They didn’t look as pretty as the ones in these photos, but delectable all the same. I made only half of the cream cheese icing, and it was plenty.

  5. erika — October 11, 2014 @ 3:40 pm (#)

    THIS IS IT!! this is the recipe i have been looking for. got up with the notion to make cinnamon rolls and wanted them to come together quickly. i found this recipe and we started right in on it. PERFECT!! they are light and gooey and squooshy and yummy — the last three adjectives courtesy of my five-year-old son, who helped with the making of these EASY and DELICIOUS rolls. this is my go-to recipe from this point forward. i substituted half the white flour with whole wheat pastry flour and added toasted walnuts to half of them (i like nuts but not my son). i might even put some soaked raisins in next time. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this awesome recipe. PERFECTION!!!!!! and, now, i am STUFFED and must recline! :) 

  6. erika — October 11, 2014 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    o, one more note: i don’t have a stand mixer. i used the dough setting on my food processor to mix the dough. :) 

  7. Susan — October 18, 2014 @ 8:25 am (#)

    I didn’t want to use butter so I subsisted it with nutella. Very delicious.excellent recipe!!

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