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.  ;)

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!


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


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!)  :)

Leave a Comment:


  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!!

  8. doug — November 20, 2014 @ 10:40 am (#)

    Recipe this morning 172 and pressed with the floss cutting maybe some sort of wire would work better so mine are not very pretty. Using pre-made cream cheese frosting instead of making my own probably add a sprinkle of chocolate chips to top it off

  9. Wayne Maloney — November 22, 2014 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    Great recipe…..I glazed them with icing sugar with lemon juice and tasted like Canadian Beaver Tails….recipe of flat dough sprinkled with cinnamon and lemon juice….look up Pastry beaver tails Canada..

  10. Ange — December 7, 2014 @ 10:41 pm (#)

    I had this urge the other day to make cinnamon rolls, and I wasn’t sure what recipe to use. I lookex around on the Internet hoping there would be one that caught my eye, when I stumbled upon this recipe, I gave it a quick read and LOVED the fact that they only took 1 hour! I made them up and boy were they delicious! They barely lasted two days! I’ve made them again today, can’t wait to munch into them! Thanks so much!

  11. Bethintheburg — December 21, 2014 @ 7:51 am (#)

    I love it when a recipe works exactly as advertised. Thank you!

  12. Alexandra — December 28, 2014 @ 11:29 am (#)

    Oh my God, the first batch I made from these where gone in less than 2 hours, they where só good. The only problem I had with my first batch was that they browned too soon on the top, I could’ve prevented that with some aluminium foil in the last five minutes of baking, but I didn’t know that back then. For my second try at cinnamon rolls I tried another recipe, but it failed miserably, so I’m sticking with this one! So today I made my third batch ever of cinnamon rolls, aigain this one, and it failed! I was so dissapointed in myself! Because I know this recipe actually works and I’ve done it before! I think I blew it with the flour. Maybe I didn’t add too much before the first rise, but with the rolling out of the dough, I think the dough took too much of the ‘rolling flour’, and took the gooeyness right out of it. Could I avoid this problem with rolling out the dough on a surface smeared with coconut oil? I also didn’t put enough butter ànd filling on the dough, so the filling came out quite dry, and very dissapointing. Third problem I think was the second rising. It had to be in a warm place, but I couldn’t preheat my oven at 90 degrees Celsius and then turn it off again (would create a nice warm place), it would take too long. So I put it next to my heating, what obviously didn’t work. Later on I thought of my microwave, which is a draft-free and warm place for dough to rise. Unfortunatly I came up with that idea once the buns were already in the oven. I hope my fourth batch will be as much as a succes as my first! 

  13. Alicia — January 2, 2015 @ 1:54 pm (#)

    Hi there. I tried this recipe today and loved it! We’re only eating them tomorrow so I’ll just heat them slightly before. I made the dough by hand and it came out fluffy and tasty. 

  14. Karri-ann — January 19, 2015 @ 9:38 am (#)

    Oh my goodness! Best cinnamon buns ever. I made them yesterday morning and I am making them again today because my family devoured them.  I thought delicious cinnamon buns required an investment of 3 hours to come out perfect,  but these prove that wrong.  Thank you for the awesome recipe :)

  15. Stacey — February 8, 2015 @ 9:26 am (#)

    Probably the best and easiest cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made. I was in a real hurry the morning I made them and completely missed the 25 minute rise time after cutting the rolls. Made no difference! They were amazing even missing that step. So, not only is it a yummy and easy recipe – it’s somewhat forgiving of mistakes.

  16. Mairi — February 8, 2015 @ 12:26 pm (#)

    I had been very nervous about making cinnamon rolls due to the length of time that you seemed to have to dedicate to it, and one hour recipes seemed to good to be true! I took the plunge this morning and realised I had everything in to give your recipe a shot. I’ve never had much success with yeast dough in the past and was shocked at how easily this recipe came together and absolutely astounded at how incredible these buns were!!

    I’ve earned excellent Mum, Wife, Auntie and Sister-in-law points just from one batch!

    Thank you for your excellent recipe!! I’m sure it’ll now be one of my staples! 

  17. Cindy S. — February 14, 2015 @ 1:01 pm (#)

    Just wanted to say thank you. My daughter would live on these buns, if she could. Right now, I am incredible mom to her and I figure that that thought has a short time limit, so I’m enjoying her praise until the buns are gone. :) you, on the other hand, are the baking genius. Thank again.

  18. Rachel — February 20, 2015 @ 3:31 am (#)

    Hi Ali! I have used this recipe about a dozen times since I first saw it – I’m back on the site again today to look it up and make these cinnamon rolls for friends and just had to leave you a comment and say THANK YOU for this genius recipe! I can’t tell you how often people ask me to make these rolls. You have a gift! 

  19. Kia — March 14, 2015 @ 11:00 pm (#)

    OMG! These cinnamon rolls are perfect! Thank you for the easy but sooooo good recipe! Can’t believe how easy they are. I’m posting a picture on twitter. Check it out. Hmmmm!

    • Ali — March 18, 2015 @ 1:15 pm (#)

      Thanks for the sweet words Kia, and thanks for tweeting! : )

  20. Kim — March 17, 2015 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    Hi! I was making these today and was confused on the filling. Recipe says 1/4 cup butter. Instructions say 1/2 cup. Can you please clarify which is correct?

    • Ali — March 21, 2015 @ 12:30 pm (#)

      Eek, thanks for catching that. It should be 1/4 cup butter.

  21. Elle — March 22, 2015 @ 5:23 am (#)

    Found these on pinterest and baked them last night  (after some US to UK ingredient conversions!) they are lovely and my housemates say they are great! really light dough and super easy to do. Next time i’m going to add more cinnamon and some chopped nuts to try a variation but definitely a keeper, even without a machine it was easy and didn’t take an age.

    • Ali — March 22, 2015 @ 8:15 am (#)

      Thanks Elle, I’m glad they were a hit! : )

  22. Lizie — March 29, 2015 @ 10:36 am (#)

    Good recipe, but I found the rolls to cinnamon if you use all the filling- would recommend cutting the cinnamon in half! Also, half the cream cheese icing is PLENTY (if you’re not big icing people, you probably could get by with 1/4), and I cut the butter quantity in half, substituting the rest with cream cheese, and that worked fine as well.  

  23. Mell — March 29, 2015 @ 11:43 pm (#)

    Just want to say, these are now my go to recipe. After 7 -8 various recipes failing, these turned out amazing! My husband said they may be the best ones he’s had. I did a half and half combo of the icing, which turned out well. Thanks so much!

    • Ali — March 30, 2015 @ 11:51 am (#)

      Thanks Mell, I’m so glad to hear that! Happy it was a hit with your husband as well. : )

  24. 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 18, 2015 @ 12:08 pm (#)

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

  25. 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 12, 2015 @ 10:25 pm (#)

      Thanks Ariana, so happy you liked these!

  26. 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 28, 2015 @ 9:36 am (#)

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

  27. 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 28, 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

  28. 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 14, 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!

  29. 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 19, 2015 @ 8:14 pm (#)

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

  30. 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 23, 2015 @ 11:00 am (#)

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


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