Instant cinnamon rolls

July 26th, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »

cinnamon rolls I’ve made “simple” (non-yeast) cinnamon rolls, but it was still a lot of work. As an experiment today, Carter and I rolled out Trader Joe’s whole-wheat pizza dough, brushed with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, rolled up, sliced into 12 pieces, and baked for 15 minutes at 425F. Pretty close to instant. Here are the sticky details.

Instant Cinnamon Rolls

Flour, for rolling out the dough
1 package pizza dough
3 tablespoons butter, not quite melted
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425F. Generously butter round baking pan.

To prevent dough from sticking, sprinkle flour on a large sheet of wax paper, and flour hands and rolling pin. Roll out dough into thin layer in the shape of rectangle. Brush top generously with melted butter. Combine cinnamon and sugar in the jar with a sprinkle top. Generously sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over butter. Roll up dough from a long side. Using serrated knife, slice through layers to make 12 pieces and evenly space in baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until dough is browned and firm to touch. Let cool and sprinkle with leftover cinnamon-sugar mixture.

painting butter

When I asked Carter his favorite part of making cinnamon rolls, I expected him to say the rolling or the sprinking, which he did with gusto. His answer was painting the butter, so I have to mention yet another Oxo gadget I love the  silicone pastry brush. (I promise I’m not a company shill.)

Later: Unprompted snack request: “More cinnamon rolls, please.”



  1. Mary says:

    So I tried this recipe. Mine came out very doughy still. They sit on my stomach. I love the concept but wonder where I went wrong. Maybe I’ll try again.

  2. admin says:

    I’m sorry these didn’t work for you! They are definitely on the doughy side, so they might just not be to your taste. If you used whole-wheat dough, you could try white. Also, leaving the dough to rest for 20–30 minutes and come to room temperature might give you a somewhat lighter texture. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Mary says:

    I did leave it to rest and come to room temperature. Plus I like whole-wheat so I think maybe these aren’t for me. The concept was fun even tho I couldn’t interest my daughter into making them with me

  4. admin says:

    Sorry that these aren’t for you. I have a recipe for non-yeast cinnamon rolls that’s more involved, but not as involved as most cinnamon roll recipes. I will try to post that soon. It might work better for you. Thanks.

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