From zero to hot cinnamon rolls in one hour flat! These one hour cinnamon rolls do not skimp on flavor even though they are so easy. The dough is soft and tender, the brown sugar filling is just right. It doesn’t get any better than cinnamon rolls for breakfast!

IMG_1031This one’s for you, Saturday morning. One hour cinnamon rolls. Seriously, I timed myself. I was stuffing my face with cinnamony goodness almost exactly one hour after I started. Sometimes I crave cinnamon rolls but then I’m like hm, can I wait 3 hours? No, I guess this spoonful of nutella will have to make do. (Sometimes it kinda scares me how much my body craves sugar. Good thing no one ever offered me heroin as a youngster, otherwise I’d be in the back of an alley somewhere. I’m joking. Kinda.)



My mother-in-law Kris makes these cinnamon rolls whenever all of us come to visit for the holidays. She is one of those on-top-of-it kind of people who is up and dressed by 6 every morning. She is always busy rolling out delightful pastries while the rest of us are barely rolling out of bed. I feel guilty when I finally stumble bleary-eyed down the stairs and she is fully dressed, smiling perkily, breakfast all ready for us. When I tell her thank you, (huge bite of third roll) these are amazing (chug chug chug milk) she always says “It’s no big deal. It’s not hard.”

IMG_0995Kris actually says that a lot, and I’ve taken it to heart. Sometimes I start to complain about things in my head, usually about everyday things, like dishes (shudder), or wiping Charlotte up after she eats, or making the bed. And then I hear Kris, “It’s not hard! It’s easy!!” She’s like my own personal Richard Simmons for house work. And then I don’t feel so grumpy about the laundry I’m folding. Thanks Kris! Next time maybe you could dance around like Richard Simmons though, it might make me even more motivated.



One Hour Cinnamon Rolls

4.75 from 12 votes
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls
From zero to hot cinnamon rolls in one hour flat! These one hour cinnamon rolls do not skimp on flavor even though they are so easy. The dough is soft and tender, the brown sugar filling is just right. It doesn't get any better than cinnamon rolls for breakfast!


For the dough

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 & 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 5 & 1/4 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (1/2 stick)
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated OR brown sugar, I like brown

For the glaze

  • 1/4 cup hot water or milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • In a large bowl, mix 1/3 cup sugar, yeast, and oil with warm water until dissolved. Cover and let stand in warm place for 15 minutes. I turned my oven on to warm (170˚), turned it off, then put the bowl inside and set the timer. Sift your flour while you wait.
  • Blend eggs into yeast mixture. Add salt to sifted flour, then gradually add to yeast mixture to make a very soft dough. Resist the urge to add more flour.
  • Knead dough for 5 minutes on lightly floured surface, or switch to the dough hook on your mixer and let a machine do the work. Roll dough into rectangular shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Brush dough with melted butter. Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over dough.
  • Roll up dough and slice into 12. Place in a greased 9x13 pan. Let rest 10 minutes.
  • Bake at 425˚ for 12-17 minutes. You want them to be nice and brown on top--it's easy to under bake this recipe.
  • You can see how brown mine were when I took them out, and I probably should have let them go another minute or two.
  • To make glaze, combine the hot water (or milk) and butter with a whisk. Add the powdered sugar gradually, whisking as you go. If you're butter isn't getting incorporated, just stick it in the microwave for a few seconds. Drizzle over the hot rolls and serve immediately! And everyone will love you!


Source: Marilyn Chapple, Jean McCray, and Sharon Hansen


Serving: 1g | Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 474
Keyword: Cinnamon, cinnamon rolls, One Hour
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made these DOZENS of times and they always turn out perfectly. I don’t have 3 hours to make cinnamon rolls! These are soft and have the perfect amount of filling. A huge family favorite and we especially love to make them in a Dutch oven when they’re camping. My dad has requested them for his birthday many times. An absolutely 5 star winner. 

  2. I followed the recipe but when it came to knead the dough I could not. It was fall too sticky, it stuck to my counter top, i had no choice but to add more flour. I then knead it by hand but when the rolls where done the texture was way too flaky. What went wrong?

    1. Hi Bonnie, this is indeed a sticky dough! You only want to add a little bit of flour and some patience as you are rolling :)

  3. Fellow sacramentan here! Made these for FD today – they look and smell amazing (currently cooling). I followed your recipe exactly, although I cut them a little thicker so I wound up with 9. #worthit!!! Thanks for teaching me how to cook over this last 16 months.

  4. I think I will try these as they look yummy.  I have bread flour, can that be used in place of AP?  Would I use the same amount?

    1. Hi Martha! Bread flour has more protein and will make your cinnamon rolls more chewy. They will not be as light and fluffy. But it would still work in a pinch! Enjoy!

  5. Hi Hun!

    The first time I made these they were perfect! And then today the middle just wouldn’t cook? Not sure why. They took ages. Love you’re recipes over here in Australia! 😍

    1. Hey Beti! Thanks so much for trying out my recipes! So sorry the centers didn’t cook. That is so strange. I would cover with foil to help them cook faster next time without browning too much. Enjoy!

  6. Hi Karen, I’m planning to bake the one hour cinnamon rolls. Is instant dried yeast ( dried powdered granules) the same as active dry yeast?
    If I bake it the day before, will it still be as moist?

    Hi Karen,Please post a recipe for ciabatta bread.

    Also I want to bake the one hour cinnamon rolls. If I bake it a day before, will it be as moist?
    Is active dry yeast the same as instant yeast ( powered dry yeast)?
    Does one keep to  the same measurement for instant yeast?


    1. Hi Rekha! Instant yeast and active dry yeast are not exactly the same, but you can use them interchangeably in this recipe. If you make them a day ahead they will not be as moist but will still be tasty. Enjoy the cinnamon rolls!

  7. I have been trying to make great cinnamon rolls for over 40 years. I finally did it with this recipe. Followed exactly and they’re great. I got 1 1/2 dozen from recipe. Thanks

    1. 40 years and never giving up! I’m so happy to hear it Becky!! Now you have a go to recipe, that’s always my favorite :) Thanks so much for commenting!

  8. I made these yesterday and I already need to make more! Easy to make and so very good! This will be my keeper recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Once you discover one hour cinnamon rolls, you just can’t stop, right?? :) I’m so glad you liked the recipe Cherylene, thanks for commenting!

  9. I’ve made these often and we love them but i struggle with rolling them out and rolling up tightly they are so sticky. What am i missing? The result is slightly mishapen yet heavenly in taste!

  10. Please tell us what type of yeast
    you use..there is getting to be more and
    More on the grocery shelves. It’s not “rude” is it, if I say your “buns” look

    1. Baha!! Why thank you Colleen!! I use regular active dry yeast for this recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

  11. Update: I’m making a double batch of these today, and this is definitely like the eighth time I’ve made them. My Dad, who is a cinnamon roll connoisseur, requested these for his birthday after I made them when my family visited. He has never before deviated in all my life from a yellow cake with chocolate frosting, so you know these are something special. I’ve tried other recipes, but I’m always sorry I did, because these are just the best. Also I like revisiting this post so I can once again imagine Kris dancing like Richard Simmons. :-)

    1. Oh my gosh I love your dad Sarah. I’m so glad you guys love these! They are a classic around here. And yes, Kris dancing like Richard Simmons is the best!

  12. I’m never making regular cinnamon rolls again! SO impressed at how fast these came out. They look gorgeous too. I bartered them for a back massage.

  13. I am so going to try this…have everything except the brown sugar. Thanks for the recipe, I could seriously gain 10 lbs just eating these things-I love cinammon rolls.

  14. Wow, Karen! Thanks for all the nice comments! I only make stuff for you guys so you will love me – just as the end of your post says! I have an ulterior motive.
    By the way, will there be any of these available by the time we see you in a couple days? Just wondering . . . .

    1. Hi! I loved this simpler recipe for one of my favourite things. The only question I have is what kind of yeast to use? The dry powdered dry yeast? Also the brown sugar can be granulated or has to be powdered?

      1. Hi Shivani! I use active dry yeast. And the brown sugar here in the US is pretty finely granulated but I’m sure any kind will do, as long as it’s sugar :) Good luck! I hope you enjoy!

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