These one hour cinnamon rolls are super soft, delicious and slathered with an amazing melt-in-your-mouth frosting. Just as yummy as the classic cinnamon roll recipe, but done in half the time!
Quick Cinnamon Rolls from Scratch
One of my all-time favorite things to make around the holidays is overnight cinnamon rolls (and my sweet orange rolls). They are so fun to make with my kids and are such a yummy treat. Let’s be honest though…sometimes they just take way too long. I’ve finally come up with a quick cinnamon roll recipe that tastes just as yummy and is done in HALF the time!
This is one of my favorite breakfasts to make for Christmas morning. You can make these cinnamon rolls in one hour (okay plus a few minutes) and they turn out amazing. They’re soft, fluffy and have the best cinnamon sugar flavor. They are perfect for my family of 6. We really don’t need more than 1 cinnamon roll each…so 8 is the perfect amount for us! Feel free to double the recipe though if you have a bigger family or want leftovers.
How to Make 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls
- Proof the yeast: Add warm water (bath temperature), yeast and 1 Tablespoon of sugar to a small bowl (I like to use a large measuring cup) and stir. Cover with paper towel and let sit until bubbly (about 5 minutes).
- Make the dough: Stir together the butter, milk, sugar and salt in a separate bowl. When the yeast mixture has bubbled, add to the bowl with the butter mixture and stir. Add one cup of flour and mix until smooth. Then add remaining flour in 1/2 cup increments.
- Knead: Knead for a few minutes. Add more flour if dough is still sticky. You want the dough to be slightly sticky, but not to the point where it covers your hands in dough. When the dough is soft, cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in warm spot. Let dough rise for about 20 minutes.
Rising tip: If you don’t have a warm spot in your house, turn on the oven to 200°F and then turn it off. Then place the dough inside to allow to rise.
- Making filling: Combine the melted butter, sugars and cinnamon to a bowl and mix.
- Roll and cut: When dough has risen, punch it down and roll the dough on a floured surface into a large rectangle that’s about 10×12 inches. Using a pastry brush, spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture onto the dough (I didn’t end up using all of the filling). Then roll the dough up and cut into 1″ pieces with a large knife or dental floss
- Bake in oven: Add dough pieces to a buttered pie dish (about 1″ apart) and let rise for 20 minutes. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 350°F. You want them to be golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
The creamy and rich cinnamon roll frosting is what takes these rolls over the top. I prefer a thicker frosting, but you could also make a thinner cream cheese glaze if you want a more subtle taste and texture. A tangy sour cream frosting is also a good alternative if you don’t have any cream cheese on hand.
You’ll need highly active yeast (or rapid rise yeast). That’s what makes this recipe so quick. The rolls won’t rise as fast if you use traditional yeast.
Just add a little more flour. I would add in small increments (a Tablespoon at a time) until it is slightly sticky and smooth.
They should be a little bigger than palm size. If yours weren’t this size, let them rise a little longer next time around.
You can make these up to 12 hours ahead of time. Simply roll them out and place on a baking sheet. Let sit for 30 minutes to rise and then cover tightly with foil that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Refrigerate overnight. Then in the morning, remove from the fridge and let rise about 1-2 hours before baking. Then bake as directed.
- Freezing unbaked rolls: Place the unbaked cinnamon rolls in a pie dish and cover tightly with foil. Store in freezer for up to 2 months. Remove from freezer when ready to bake and let them thaw and rise on the counter for 4 to 5 hours. I like to let them rise in the oven during the last hour. Then bake according to directions.
- Freezing them baked: Let cool completely, then place in a freezer container. When ready to enjoy, set out to thaw overnight.
5 star review
“NEW FAVE RECIPE! These were super easy to make and came out perfect. Soft and delicious. Highly recommend.”– Monique
More Cinnamon Roll Inspired Recipes:
- Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
- Soft Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
- Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Smoothie
- Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
1 Hour Cinnamon Roll Recipe
- 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.
- In a large bowl, stir together butter, milk, sugar and salt. Add yeast mixture 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.
- 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. I like to warm the oven to 200°F with a small pan of water, turn it off and set the bowl in there to rise.
- While dough is rising, combine the sugars and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Once your dough has risen, punch it down and roll out on a floured surface. You want to form a rectangle, approximately 10×12 inches. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Spread softened butter onto the dough with a brush and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top. Gently press the sugar down into the butter. 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.
- Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- 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.