One Hour Cinnamon Rolls


One Hour Cinnamon Rolls …super soft and absolutely delicious!

One of all my time favorite thing to make around the holidays is cinnamon rolls (and my sweet orange rolls). They are so fun to make with my kids and are such a yummy treats. Let’s be honest though… sometimes they just take way too long though! I’ve finally come up with a recipe that tastes just as yummy and they are done in half the time.

You can make these cinnamon rolls in one hour (okay plus a few minutes). They are perfect for my family of 4. We really don’t need more than 2 cinnamon rolls each …so 8 is the perfect amount! Feel free to double it though if you have a bigger family or just want to indulge. ;)

One hour cinnamon rolls on -super soft, absolutely delicious and only takes half the time!


The frosting is really what makes these cinnamon rolls divine, so make sure to slather it right on top!

One hour cinnamon rolls on -super soft, absolutely delicious and only takes half the time!


These easy and delicious cinnamon rolls are similar to the recipe used in my Orange Sweet Rolls. I adapted it from there and the dough is just as soft and yummy.

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Cinnamon Rolls

Easy and delicious cinnamon roll recipe

Yield: 8 cinnamon rolls

Prep Time: 45-50 minutes

Cook Time: 18-20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon highly active yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups flour (more or less as needed)



  • 5 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon milk


  1. In a small bowl add warm water, yeast and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Stir, and cover with a paper towel. Let sit for about 5 minutes until bubbly.
  2. In a large bowl stir together butter, milk, sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture when ready and stir until combined. Add one cup of flour and stir until smooth. Add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for 1-2 minutes. If the dough is too sticky you can add a little more flour.
  3. Once dough is nice and soft, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Allow dough to rise for about 20 minutes. If it's a cool day warm your oven to 200° with a small pan of water, turn it off and set the bowl in there to rise.
  4. While dough is rising, make the filling. Combine the butter, sugars and cinnmon in a small bowl.
  5. Once your dough has risen, punch it down and roll out on a floured surface. You want to form a rectangle approximately 10x12 inches. It doesn't have to be perfect. Spread filling onto the dough with a brush and then roll the dough up. I did not use all of the filling. Cut the dough into one inch pieces with floss or a large knife. Place dough onto a buttered pie dish with rolls about 1 inch apart. Let rolls rise for about 15 minutes.
  6. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  7. While the rolls are cooking beat together the frosting ingredients in a large bowl and then spread on top of the rolls. You can add more milk or powdered sugar to reach your desired consistency.
  8. Enjoy!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen posted on December 8, 2014 at 9:24 am (#

    These cinnamon rolls look so soft, sweet, and perfect! Wish I had one with my coffee right now. Quicker cinnamon rolls are a necessity during this busy time of year!

  2. Marisela | NomNom Kingdom posted on December 8, 2014 at 10:21 am (#

    YUM! I’ve never made any type of roll before but have always wanted too. This looks like the perfect recipe to start with. Thanks! :)

  3. Michelle posted on December 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm (#

    These look perfect! I will definitely be trying this in the next couple of weeks!!

  4. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:10 am (#

    I’ve been looking for an easy cinnamon roll recipe, and these look absolutely fantastic! I may add a little cream cheese to the frosting, too :) Pinned!

  5. Amy@theidearoom posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm (#

    Love that these only take one hour! Yummy!

  6. jen+@+Tatertots+&+Jello posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm (#

    That’s amazing! I can’t wait to try them!! 


  7. Amanda posted on December 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm (#

    Oh my goodness those look fantastic!!!  I can’t wait to try them

  8. Lydia @ Lydi Out Loud posted on December 13, 2014 at 12:02 am (#

    This is amazing! I love cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning but never want to spend so much time making them. Problem solved! AND I love that you used the word slather for the frosting. Exactly how it should be done!

  9. Jean posted on December 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm (#

    I made these this morning. It was my first attempt at homemade cinnamon rolls and they turned out perfectly! I used all of the filling, only used 1 cup of sugar in the icing and added 1/4 a brick of cream cheese to cut the sweetness a little. They melt in your mouth. Thanks for a great recipe!

  10. heather+@french+press posted on December 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm (#

    the holidays would not be complete without the cinnamon rolls! these look perfect

  11. Carmen posted on December 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm (#

    Tried recipe and the dough was very dense even after adding only 1 1/2 cups of flour….

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm (#

      Hi Carmen! Everyone measures flour differently but the dough turned out soft for me after 2 cups. Maybe next time just add a little bit at a time until it gets a soft consistency. :) I’m sorry that you had trouble with the dough!

  12. brenda posted on December 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm (#

    Just made the cinnamon rolls. Everyone loved them

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm (#

      I’m so glad everyone loved them! Thanks for coming back to let us know! :)

  13. Meggan posted on January 26, 2015 at 10:09 am (#

    I made these last night and they were delicious! Thanks! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm (#

      I’m so glad they turned out well for you! :)

  14. Debrah Alsobrook posted on January 30, 2015 at 8:26 am (#

    Why are there no eggs in this recipe?

    • Jamielyn posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:34 pm (#

      Hi Debrah! I don’t use eggs in several of my quick bread recipes. They turn out great! :)

  15. Lila Alvarado posted on January 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm (#

    Holy cow! These are the best cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted! Such an easy recipe and they are delicious even without the frosting. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm (#

      I’m so happy you loved them Lila! Thanks for your comment! :)

  16. Hanna posted on January 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm (#

    I would love to make these just don’t usually have enought time in the morning when making big breakfasts could i make them the night before?

    • Jamielyn posted on February 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm (#

      You could definitely make them the night before. I would suggest heating them up for a few seconds in the microwave to get that right out of the oven taste! :)

  17. Angelica posted on February 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm (#

    Hi, I made this recipe because I just needed a small banch of these rolls and they look so yummy, at the beginning, It’s seems to me 1 TBSP yeast was a lot for the amount of flour, but I followed the recipe and the dough come out a little dense with just 1 1/2 cups of flour and with a strong smell to yeast. They rised a little bit..but when they where cooked, they were supersoft and rised very well and I felt like a professional bakery…..But I still wonder about the yeast, is it the right measure 1 TBSP? I read your orange rolls recipe and it calls for 2 TSP  for 4 cups of flour…

    Thank you for the recipe, We really enjoyed these rolls.

  18. Rebecca Davis posted on February 10, 2015 at 10:56 am (#

    I was wondering what you mean by highly active yeast? I have rapid rise and read machine yeast that says it is good for rapid rise recipes.  Would either of these work? 

    • Jamielyn posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm (#

      Yes, I believe rapid rise yeast is the same as highly active yeast! :)

  19. Liz posted on February 18, 2015 at 4:12 am (#

    My whole family loved these cinnamon rolls. In fact my mom said that this was the best thing that I’d ever baked.(I’ve been baking for the past 16 years). They were wonderful even without the frosting. The only problem was converting all the measurement to grams.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm (#

      I’m so glad your family loved these! I love how easy and delicious they are! :)

  20. Shelby. B. Harrell posted on March 22, 2015 at 9:54 am (#

    I saw things I really like.  How do I get the recipes?

  21. Missismeyer posted on October 11, 2015 at 8:20 pm (#

    I have used this recipe several times and the cinnamon rolls always come out great!  

  22. Claudia posted on January 2, 2016 at 10:16 am (#

    Thank you Jamielyn for sharing this super quick and easy recipe! yesterday I made it in to a giant cinnamon roll cake, my family loved it! Happy 2016!

  23. Avishna posted on March 10, 2016 at 11:30 am (#

    These turned out great! Great recipe 😃

  24. Susie posted on May 1, 2016 at 11:27 am (#

    I have made these twice, and both times the dough did not rise .  The yeast was fresh and bubbled up nicely , but after mixing other ingredients, it did not rise. Has anyone else had this problem ? I was hoping these would be an easy quick roll, but not having very good luck with these.  They look amazing . 
    Any ideas thanks , Susie

    • I Heart Naptime posted on May 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm (#

      If the yeast bubbled, I wonder if maybe your kitchen is a bit cooler than mine is?

  25. annonomus posted on November 26, 2016 at 8:16 am (#

    Each time ive made them its turned out to be awesome.

  26. Alicia posted on December 10, 2016 at 8:19 am (#

    I am going to try theses, but was wondering can you double the recripe? Or do I have to make 2 batches?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 10, 2016 at 9:32 am (#

      I would make two batches the first time – only because doubling a recipe with yeast can be too much in a bowl if you don’t know what a single batch looks like. :)

  27. Jim posted on December 18, 2016 at 8:26 am (#

    So I’m a man that never bakes but these looked amazing. First try and they were perfect, and yes my wife loved them as well…off to look for more recipes to bake :)

  28. Angie posted on December 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm (#

    Al purpose or self riseing flower 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 19, 2016 at 7:13 am (#

      All purpose. :)

  29. Gayatri mantra posted on December 19, 2016 at 5:36 am (#

    Made these a few nights ago, my family LOVED them!

  30. Carley posted on December 20, 2016 at 10:52 am (#

    Can’t say enough good things about these cinnamon rolls! I’m an avid baker and love making cinnamon rolls, but they are very time consuming and make a ton for my little family of four. I admit I was slightly hesitant yesterday trying these, how could they possibly be as good as rolls that take hours? They turned out beautifully and tasted amazing!! Thank you so much for a great recipe. I have my sister making them today!! 

  31. Kelly posted on December 23, 2016 at 2:41 pm (#

    If I make these today, can I refrigerate them until Xmas day, so roughly 40ish hours from now? And then bake them on xmas day?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm (#

      That sound work! :)

  32. Ed posted on February 23, 2017 at 5:27 pm (#

    Can you tel me when to add raisins during this process? Our family really likes them in our cinnamon rolls. Thank you!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 24, 2017 at 7:45 am (#

      I would add them with the cinnamon filling. :)

  33. Ss posted on February 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm (#

    I never tried cinnamon rolls, I was a bit reluctant to try the recipe. I have gone through the reviews. I thought I should give it a try. Honestly! it was super yummy and melt in mouth thing :). I have been baking since my childhood but it is my first try to make cinnamon rolls and also my first comment to any blog (ever). Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I made bit amendment of sugar in frosting. it works wonderful.

    Profound regards;

  34. Tracy Brookman posted on March 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm (#

    What kind of flour do I use? Self rising or all purpose?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on March 3, 2017 at 7:11 am (#

      All purpose flour :)

  35. Jennifer posted on March 4, 2017 at 11:02 am (#

    I loveee your recipe!!! So grateful to have bumped into an easy and quick one that tastes as great as the ones that take so long to be ready!!! ❤️❤️❤️ I baked them twice this week and me and my family loved them. 👍👍

  36. Felicia posted on March 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm (#

    Very grateful to the person who shared this on Facebook and to the owner of this recipe. So so so easy to make (from someone who makes stone solid scones) and it turns out peeeerrrrffeeeccttttt!!!! So soft and delicious. I only added cream cheese for the frosting. It did take me more than an hour. I think it has something to do with my yeast / room temperature as it took much longer to rise. That’s ok, it’s a lazy Sunday 😁  

    Thanks again for the recipe!

  37. Jasmine posted on March 25, 2017 at 9:37 pm (#

    Swapped out the milk and butter for vegan butter and almond milk. One word, perfection. I love that this only makes 8 because I can’t eat my mom’s recipe that makes 20+. Also cheated by using some canned  vanilla frosting because I’m lazy. Will make again

  38. Liz posted on April 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm (#

    This recipe looks amazing, I am super excited to try it!
    I have a few packets of Fleischmann’s Traditional yeast packets…when you call for “highly active” yeast in the recipe, do you mean fast-acting or rapid rise yeast?
    The back of the traditional yeast packets say they aren’t recommended for exiles that call for rapid rise or fast acting yeast. Please help!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 23, 2017 at 11:17 am (#

      Hi Liz, correct! This recipe calls for fast-acting or rapid rise yeast, not traditional yeast, which is what you have on hand.

  39. Liz posted on April 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm (#

    Thank you so much for replying!
    I’ll be sure to use rapid rise / fast-acting yeast. 😃👍🏻

  40. Renee T. posted on May 1, 2017 at 10:43 am (#

    The flavor of these rolls was very good. For me, it took just under 2 hours to get them on the table…but mine required 30 minutes of baking time in a 350 degree oven for the rolls to begin to brown. I also found that I should have plated them after no more than 5 minutes out of the oven, to allow to cool and frost. I let them cool for a full 10 minutes in the pan, and the filling had already begun to set up, making the task of getting them out of the pan harder than it needed to be. I was concerned my dough did not rise much during either of the rising periods, but it ended up just fine…the rolls puffed up nicely during the baking period. I will make these again! Thanks for the recipe!

  41. Traci posted on October 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm (#

    Do you have a glutten free recipe or can you recommend the flour replacement