One Hour Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

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One Hour Cinnamon Rolls . . . it’s true, you can have light and fluffy homemade cinnamon rolls in just an hour! If you love cinnamon rolls, this recipe is a game changer.

We love cinnamon rolls at our house. I’ve made basic (but awesome) Cinnamon Rolls, Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls, and even Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls. These are so speedy they are sure to climb to the top of the list!

one hour cinnamon roll recipe title pageONE HOUR CINNAMON ROLL RECIPE

We are big fans of cinnamon rolls at my house, and my kids tell me that I don’t make them nearly often enough. Well, I think that with this new one hour cinnamon roll method, they will be making an appearance on our table more often!

sheet of ooey gooey one hour cinnamon rolls with frosting

I’d seen recipes for one hour rolls online, but I was hesitant to try them because I thought they would either have the texture of hockey pucks, or have a yeasty taste.

Then I went to a class at Pinner’s Conference and watched my friend Leigh Anne make cinnamon rolls in an hour. I got to sample them. They blew my mind! I knew I had to make them at home.

one hour cinnamon roll on a plate with a pan of cinnamon rolls on the side

Guys, these cinnamon rolls really are amazing. So soft and fluffy, and just downright delicious. My family was in heaven, and they couldn’t believe they only took an hour to make.

Well technically, they took an hour and eight minutes. But that’s because I had to stop in the middle and hang up a permanent press load in the dryer. And I couldn’t find my cinnamon because someone had put it away in the wrong place.

So yes, you can actually have warm cinnamon rolls in your mouth in an hour. Sixty minutes people!

close up of cinnamon roll on a plate with cinnamon sticks

I tweaked the recipe a bit from Leigh Anne’s version. She used bread flour, but I don’t keep that on hand. So I added gluten to the dough. That adds the extra protein that is in bread flour. I also added more butter and cinnamon to the filling, because I like my cinnamon rolls plenty cinnamony.

Give them a try. I know you’ll love them!

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One Hour Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 1 dozen

One Hour Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

One Hour Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
Soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls with frosting made in just an hour.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, warmed in the microwave
  • 3 Tbsp instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used canola)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup wheat gluten
  • 5-6 cups all purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp cinnamon (I used 3 tablespoons)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk as needed


Combine warm water, warm buttermilk, yeast, sugar, and oil in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit till mixture bubbles, about 3-5 minutes. Add the salt, eggs, gluten, and about 2 cups of the flour. Beat with the dough hook till smooth. Add enough flour to make a soft dough that is easy to work with. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Roll dough out on a counter sprayed with non-stick spray into a rectangle about 12'x16". Spread the melted butter over the entire surface. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the butter.

Roll the dough up lengthwise, and pinch to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place each roll on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover with waxed paper that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.

Turn on the oven to 375°. Let the rolls rise for 15 minutes while the oven is preheating. Remove waxed paper and bake for 18-20 minutes.

While rolls are baking, prepare your frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese till smooth. Add the salt, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Beat till creamy, adding milk as needed. Frost rolls while they are still warm.


If you have bread flour, use it in place of the all purpose flour. Just omit the gluten.


And for all you fellow bread lovers out there, did you know that today is Homemade Bread Day. Oh yes! That means all the Celebrating Food Bloggers are sharing brand new bread recipes with you (and me). Let’s all enjoy together!!

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Braided Sweet Bread from The Baker Upstairs
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Potato Rolls from Like Mother, Like Daughter
100% Whole Wheat Rolls from 365 of Slow Cooking
Copycat Kings Hawaiian Rolls from Ashlee Marie
Overnight Refrigerator Rolls from Real Mom Kitchen
Dutch Apple Bread from Butter with a Side of Bread
Small Batch 30 Minute Rolls from Yummy, Healthy, Easy
Pumpkin Crescent Rolls from Life Made Simple

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  1. I love this recipe! Thanks for coming up with it. I make them all the time. My husband even got me a new mixer that mixes dough for Christmas so I can make then even more!!!!

  2. Vital Wheat Gluten is the key to making these rolls light and fluffy. Bread flour already has more gluten in it than regular all-purpose. Another thing: Anytime anyone makes dough with whole wheat flour, even a partial mix in with white flour, add gluten for an amazing soft texture.

    As for glaze, and this is just my preference, I usually either use a plain glaze or leave them unglazed. Not fond of cream cheese glazes. Most times, quick breads and sweet cinnamon rolls have enough sweetness and they don’t dry out around here. They never last that long!

    • I love using wheat gluten in my wheat bread, it does make the bread soft and yummy! Cinnamon rolls don’t last long enough at my house to dry out either. Haha.

  3. Just made them and they were so soft and fluffy. For the filling I used half brown sugar and half white sugar and only 1 1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon because we use top of the line cinnamon and I know from previous experience that 3 Tbsp is a bit much. For the icing I used 6 oz of cream cheese and 2 cups of powdered sugar and no butter

  4. Sandra Blank says

    I followed your recipe last evening and these rolls turned out better than any I have purchased. They were perfect! It took me a little longer to prepare them, but it was the first time. After I rolled out the dough, I cut the strips , then pushed the strips back together and applied the filling, rolled the dough into pinwheels, pinched to hold them together and placed them close together on the baking sheet. I basted them in melted butter then folded some aluminum foil about an inch and a half in height, wrapping it around the outside of the amassed rolls. 20 minutes in the oven. Thank you so much for this excellent recipe!

  5. I tried these today excellent for first time ever!!! Taste great!!! Will suggest with convection oven make sure to reduce time by at least 3-5 min. Little too done at 18 min.

  6. Tausha Markell says

    Can I use whole wheat pastry flour?

    • I’ve never tried whole wheat pastry flour, but I’ve substituted whole wheat flour in some of my other roll recipes. I like to start with replacing half the flour with whole wheat, but you could definitely try all. You will probably not need as much flour because whole wheat absorbs more moisture.

  7. Molly Royster says

    Can regular milk be used or does it have to be buttermilk?

    • You can make your own buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar to a cup of milk and letting it sit for five minutes.

  8. Can this recipe be doubled? Or should I just make two batches if I need more? They look amazing!

    • You can definitely double it! It just takes a little longer than an hour because of the extra time rolling and cutting. You need to divide the dough in half and roll out each section. 🙂

  9. My kids are always begging me to make homemade cinnamon rolls, I’ve never tried, but this looks like a winner. I will definitely try this recipe. I enjoy your site!

  10. How long do you warm the milk in the microwave?

  11. What if you don’t keep bread flour or gluten on hand? Are one of those needed for them to turn out right? Can I use somethibg else? They look amazing! I may need to run to the store in this snow if I need those!

    • You can make them with regular all-purpose flour, and they will still be great. The texture won’t be as fabulous, but they will still taste amazing!

  12. I just made these on a Monday night just because (do you really need a reason to bake cinnamon rolls??) and my husband and I approve! I decided to do a 50/50 mix of white sugar and brown sugar for the filling because I love that molasses flavor. So yummy! We love them!

  13. The cinnamon rolls looks delightful. My daughter is addicted to cinnamon rolls and she would love this recipe, especially about how simple they are too make. Thank you for sharing.

  14. These cinnamon rolls look so light and soft and really only one hour to make?! I’m in love! I need to make these this weekend! My boys love cinnamon rolls! Pinned!

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