45-minute cinnamon rolls

These rolls take less than an hour to make and are far tastier than cinnamon rolls from a can.  The milk in the dough makes them pillowy soft and the oven-proofing step saves a lot of time over traditional (overnight) cinnamon roll recipes.

Serves: 9



  • 2 and ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package instant yeast (1 packet = 2 and ¼ teaspoons)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg


  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk or coffee
    1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and turn off after 10 minutes or just before placing rolls in oven.
    2. Make dough: In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together until evenly dispersed. Set aside. In a small microwavable bowl or mixing cup, heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted (about 30-45 seconds or until mixture is 120°F – 130°F).  Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and knead with hand or stand mixer for 3-4 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky. Place in a lightly greased bowl and let rest, covered, for about 5 minutes.
    3. Make filling and prep the rolls: Put parchment paper into a 9×13 pan, then lightly grease it.

      After the dough has rested for 5 minutes, lightly flour the rolling pin and surface, then roll it out in a 15×9 inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter on top. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle it all over the dough. Roll up the dough tightly. Using a 12-inch strand of unflavored dental floss, slide the floss under the roll, bring the two ends together and cross them to cut the roll into 9 or 12 evenly sized pieces.  Place the pieces into your pan and lightly cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.

    4. Proof the rolls: Ensure that the oven is turned off and place the cinnamon buns in the oven to rise for 20 minutes.
    5. Make the glaze: Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 Tablespoons milk together until smooth and lump free.
    6. Cook the rolls: Keep the buns in the oven (REMOVE THE FOIL OR PLASTIC) and turn on the oven to 375F. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and drizzle glaze over warm rolls.

Adapted from https://therecipecritic.com/quick-45-minute-cinnamon-rolls/


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