Cinnamon Rolls

Easy and hassle-free recipe for soft buttery eggless cinnamon rolls right from the scratch without any eggs.

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Cinnamon rolls remind me of Ikea.

You wonder why? What’s the connection between a Swedish furniture store and a buttery sweet roll?

Many years back, when living in the US, my husband and I often visited Ikea on weekends – I love home décor and so Ikea was my happy place (still is!) It was on one such visit, that I happened to try out my very first cinnamon roll at the Ikea café. Sweet, buttery, delicate and so delicious! It became a staple each time we visited and it’s a memory I preserve because I would really look forward to our trip and getting that cinnamon roll pack. Of course I could get them elsewhere too but you know how you come to associate some things and places together? Well Ikea and cinnamon rolls became that to me. 

Years later, I tried to recreate the recipe at home with much trepidation only to realize that it was actually far easier than it looked. While it did involve some proofing time the end results were so worth the effort because the cinnamon rolls turned out

  • soft and fluffy
  • buttery but light
  • not too sweet
  • easy-to-make

with only a few ingredients, namely

  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Yeast
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Yogurt
  • Cinnamon
  • Milk

…nothing that you won’t easily find in your kitchen.

I used the yogurt to replace the eggs in the original recipe that I used as inspiration. Over time now, I’ve made these cinnamon rolls both ways – with yogurt and without and I prefer the one with it because it lends just the slightest tang to the dough while lending such great softness to the rolls. However, if you would rather just skip it, you could simply use a little extra water or milk to knead the dough.

But before we get to the kneading, it’s important to proof the yeast.
  • In a bowl, take lukewarm water (not hot!) and add the sugar to it.
  • Sprinkle the yeast and stir with a spoon.
  • Set this aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • You will notice the water becoming frothy and cloudy. If it doesn’t, throw it and start over with a new pack of yeast.
Watch this fascinating 30-second time-lapse of this process.

You could refer to this detailed guide on working with yeast

The proofed yeast when combined with the correct kneading technique, will result in a soft supple dough, that bounces back when pressed but doesn’t stick to your hands.

Proofing the Dough

Another important step in the recipe is to let the dough rest and rise for the required time. For this it’s important to place your bowl in a warm place away from direct breeze. Depending on your ambient environment, this process could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more.

Proofing Dough.

Rolling and filling

The proofed dough is easier to work with as it doesn’t stretch as much when rolled. You could make cinnamon rolls the size of a standard burger bun or make them smaller if you prefer. Either way, you’ll start by rolling a rectangle, spreading the butter and sprinkling it generously with the cinnamon sugar.

Then you’ll roll this (longer side) into a tight log. I recommend keeping some paper napkins next to you during this process as your fingers may get some of that buttery filling on them during the rolling. Seal the edges well by pinching them together or they’ll open up during the baking process or even when cutting.

Second Proofing

Since the rolls will be proofing again, you should take a pan a little bigger than you think you need for the size of the rolls.

This is when things really start to feel real! Those little rolls that you put in the pan, will rise and double up in size, filling up the pan and sticking to each other.

Since most of the doubling action has happened here, the rolls will not rise much during the baking itself and it shouldn’t take more than 25-25 minutes to get your rolls baked and get all golden.

Glaze

Now it’s really upto you whether you want to glaze these cinnamon rolls or not but then are you crazy to not? Haha!

The glaze is what truly makes these cinnamon rolls irresistible and there are a couple of ways to do this. You could make a simple vanilla sugar glaze like I have in this recipe or even just a slather of sweetened cream cheese will work well. If you’re too lazy even for that, try your tolls with a dollop of honey or maple and some ice-cream on the side!

Yummmmm!

While these cinnamon rolls are best served hot, there’s no reason to not make them ahead if you need to do some planning. They keep well refrigerated for 4-5 days but I should warn you that I’ve never been able to really check that because they never last that long in my house.

Have you tried making these? Tell me what you thought! I’m on Instagram at loveandflourbypooja

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Cinnamon Rolls

Soft, warm and buttery cinnabons with a beautiful glaze.
Makes: 12-15 rolls
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Proving Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Instant Yeast
  • 1/3 cup Caster Sugar
  • cup Butter  softened
  • ½ cup Milk 
  • ½ cup Warm Water
  • ¼ cup Yogurt

For the filling

  • 1 tbsp Butter 
  • ½ cup Castor Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon powder

For the glaze

  • 1 cup Icing Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Butter 
  • ¼ cup Milk 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

For the Dough

  • Proving the yeast: In a small bowl, take lukewarm water and the sugar and yeast to it. Stir once and keep the bowl aside for 10 minutes in a warm place. After 10 minutes your mixture should be frothy and cloudy. If not, throw it out and start over with a new packet of yeast.
  • In another large bowl, mix flour, yogurt, remaining sugar, milk, and the yeasted water and start to knead. After kneading for 3-4 minutes, add the butter and continue to knead for another 8-10 minutes. Please do not avoid this step. Kneading longer is important for gluten formation and the bread to be soft and fluffy. At the end of the kneading, the dough should be smooth and should bounce back when pressed lightly.
  • Transfer the dough to a well-oiled bowl, cover with a moist kitchen towel and set it in a warm place till it doubles in size – 45-60 minutes.
  • Once the dough has doubled, take it out, punch it down to release the air, and roll it out into a rectangle of roughly 15*12 inches. You can use a rolling pin, your hands, or a combination of the two.

For the filling

  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Now spread the melted butter all over the dough, and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar evenly.
  • Now beginning on the longer or wider side – start rolling the dough into a tight log. Pinch the edges together to seal the log well. Cut the log into equal sized pieces (you should get between 12-15)
  • Grease a 13*9 inch pan with butter and arrange the cut pieces, leaving just a little space between each of the rolls to rise some more. Cover the pan again with the kitchen towel and leave aside for the dough to double, 45 mins – 1 hour.
  • After about 30 minutes or more, pre-heat the oven to 180 degree C. oven.
  • Once the rolls have doubled, transfer the pan with the rolls to the pre-heated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown in color.
  • Remove the pan and let the rolls cool slightly before glazing.

For the glaze

  • Mix butter, vanilla and sugar. Slowly pour the milk till you reach a creamy, pouring consistency. Drizzle over slightly cooled rolls with a spoon.
  • The rolls will keep well for 3-4 days. Store covered in the refrigerator and warm slightly before serving.

Notes

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  1. swathibrahma says:

    Love the blog and the pics look yumm!

    1. Hey Pooja,
      I love your recipes. I had a query regarding this recipe. I have a microwave oven and not an OTG. Is it okay if I bake them in the convection mode. If yes, will the temperature and baking time be the same?

      1. Hi Riya, thank you. In convection, bake at the same temperature but for a shorter duration than mentioned.

  2. Hey Pooja.. Can I keep this dough overnight or may be rolls before baking? Would like to make them for breakfast and doubt if I can cover it all in pre-bfast time.

    P.S. : I want that carrot cake recipe please. Have never been able to make a good one. Am sure ur recipe would be flawless 🙂

    1. Hey Unnati. I haven’t tried keeping this dough overnight but I imagine that it will work like most other bread dough. I would suggest keeping the entire dough in a large covered bowl in the fridge and leaving it out at room temperature in the morning, a few hours before you work with it.

    2. Mansi gurwani says:

      Any substitute for castor sugar

      1. Hello, you could use regular granulated sugar.

  3. Hi Pooja,

    I tried this recipe. It turned out fabulous…The rolls, all of them, got over in just 5 minutes.

    Being an amateur baker I was so skeptical initially to attempt breakfast buns but thanks to your blog they turned out super. Waiting for more interesting eggless recipes from your kitchen.

    Much love,
    Chandni

    1. Thank you Chandni. That’s very sweet of you! Since I’m on a specific challenge, it’s difficult to restrict myself to eggless recipes, but I will try and provide substitutes whenever possible. Keep reading and baking 🙂

  4. looks yummy. I want to try this recipe. One query, when to use the 1/3 cup of butter?

    1. Hi Supriti, you add it as soon as the dough comes together, when you start kneading it.

  5. which yeast have u used?? instant dry or activr dry??

    1. Hi Utsavi, both work well in the recipe. I generally use Instant.

  6. Heyy is the butter used salted or unsalted ??

    1. Hi Bhavana, I use salted butter for all my recipes

  7. Can you please tell me the recipe in gms. Its difficult to understand.

    1. Hi Namrata, you can check this page for all conversions in gms and ml – https://loveandflourbypooja.com/tips-tricks-and-hacks/cups-to-grams-and-ml/

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