Quick Cinnamon Rolls

If you have yeast on hand….you have to try out these cinnamon rolls. The recipe is based off of my friend Somer’s recipe (though hers were vegan) and I swapped in a lower sugar frosting. The frosting isn’t sweet, unlike a traditional powdered sugar cream cheese frosting, but is so very delicious. Leftovers the next day? The frosting gets better!

Quick Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 cups bread flour (360 grams weighed)
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon


Add water, sugar and yeast to a stand mixer bowl. Let rest for a couple of minutes.

Add in oil, salt and flour.

Put on bread hook, turn on to low to mix flour in, then turn up speed to knead a bit. Add in a bit more flour as needed for a dough to start shaping. Knead for 2 more minutes.

Lightly flour work surface, scrape out dough. Knead for 7 minutes, sprinkling on flour as needed so dough isn’t sticky.

Cover dough with a piece of plastic wrap, let rest for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle a bit of flour, roll dough out to a 12×16″ rectangle.

Spread the butter over the dough, then sprinkle on brown sugar. Sprinkle cinnamon on liberally.

Using a bench scraper, roll dough into a log. Pinch ends. Cut in half, then into quarters. Line up and cut each quarter into 3 rounds.

Spray a 9×13″ pan, place rolls into it. Cover pan with the plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm area to rise for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350° while rising.

Remove plastic wrap and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly golden brown on top.

Let cool on a rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 10 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch


Place sour cream and butter in a stand mixer bowl, let come to room temperature while the rolls cool.

Beat until smooth, then add in salt and honey, beating in till smooth.

Add in 1 Tablespoon milk, beat in.

Add in 2 Tablespoons cornstarch, beat well.

If frosting seems too thick, add in a bit more milk.

Spread on cooled rolls thickly.

Store frosted rolls in refrigerator, covered, if any are left over.

Makes 12 rolls.