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Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Without Yeast

Preheat your oven for a fast and family favorite recipe for Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Without Yeast, which are topped with a tangy cream cheese frosting.
4.85 from 124 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 9 servings


For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing baking dish

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

For the frosting:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temp
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted


Make the dough and filling:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a small saucepan set over low heat, combine the milk and butter. Cook just until the butter is melted. (Alternately, microwave the milk and butter together. See Kelly's Notes.)
  • Add the milk mixture to the flour, and using a spatula, mix just until combined.
  • Flour your work surface then turn out the dough and knead it for 1 minute until it comes together in a smooth ball. If the dough feels overly sticky, add more flour as needed, but do not over-knead the dough.
  • Cover the dough loosely with a damp towel and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8- or 9-inch baking dish with butter.
  • Lightly flour your work surface then roll the dough into a 10x14-inch rectangle. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Brush the dough all over with the melted butter then sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top.
  • Beginning at the long end, tightly roll the dough up into a log. Trim off the edges then slice the log into 9 rolls.
  • Arrange the rolls in the greased baking dish.
  • Bake the rolls for 25 to 30 minutes until they are pale golden and baked through. While the rolls are baking, make the frosting.

Make the frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Using a handheld mixer, beat the ingredients until smooth then add the vanilla and beat just until combined.
  • Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat just until combined.
  • Remove the rolls from the oven and let them cool completely before frosting and serving.

Kelly's Notes:

  • The milk and butter must be melted together. Using cold milk causes the melted better to resolidify, which leads to an uneven dough.
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