Easy, No Rise Cinnamon Rolls

Easy, No Rise Cinnamon Rolls at The Happy Housewife

Easy, No Rise Cinnamon Rolls

So good you’ll think your grandmother made them! These rolls are delicious and take about 40 minutes from start to finish including baking time. The recipe makes about 10 rolls.


For Dough:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 stick butter (softened)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk

For Filling:

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon

For Icing:

  • 3 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Milk


  1. Mix together the dough dry ingredients.
  2. Then cut in the butter.
  3. Add milk until the dough is a bit sticky.
  4. Put on a floured surface and roll out.
  5. Spread filling on the on the rolled out dough. (Butter first, then sugar, then cinnamon.)
  6. Use as much or as little as you want.
  7. Roll up and slice into rolls.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes, less if you are using white flour.
  9. You can bake them on a cookie sheet, 9×13 casserole pan, or round cake pan. If you are using 100% wheat flour it is better to use a pan with sides as the rolls have a tendency to spread out a little more.
  10. While rolls are baking, mix together butter and cream cheese.
  11. Then add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  12. Add milk until you get a consistency that can be drizzled on the cinnamon rolls.
  13. When the rolls are finished drizzle with frosting.


Editor’s note: These do not taste like Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. They are more biscuit like in taste, but they are delicious!

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  1. I love that this is made with whole wheat flour. I also love that it is no rise! Such a win/win situation!

    • Butrfly_Nirvana says:

      I made these last night and again this morning! Everyone loved them! Definitely easy to do! 🙂 I used white flour and they were done baking in 15 minutes! LOVE THIS RECIPE!

  2. Really? NO rise? Seems too good to be true. I think I’m up for the challenge…maybe even tomorrow! 🙂 (because I’m drooling…)

  3. These look easy and delicious! I can smell them baking already : ). Happy New Year.

  4. I saw this recipe I think during the summer on one of your blogs. I was always afraid to make it thinking it was going to be too complicated.

    NOT ANY MORE!! I just made them and they have been gobbled right up. Everyone said they were great. Much better than the kind you find in the can.

    As far as difficultly….NOT!! Super easy. It took me about 50 minutes to make. Not bad especially considering I am very slow when it comes to making new recipes and I am still pretty green when it comes to cooking.

    This is going right into my recipe binder.
    Thanks : )

  5. Quick AND with whole wheat flour? I can’t wait to make these! Thanks for posting!

  6. These look terrific! I love cinnamon rolls, I am going to give this recipe a try on New Years Day morning. Thanks for sharing!

  7. These look so yummy. I just bookmarked to try in a few days!!

  8. Yum!!! Those sound great. I bet my family would love them!

  9. Yummy! I definitely copied tis one! Looks so tasty!!!

  10. Wow, those look incredible to me and I am not even a huge sweets eater. My best friend loves these though!

    Happy TMTT and Happy New Year!!!!

  11. these look incredible! sounds like a plan for new years morning 🙂

  12. I have always wanted to learn how to make cinnamon rolls from scratch. I make the Pillsbury ones every Saturday, and even though they taste good I always prefer homemade things. These look so delicious. I will definitely be making these sometime soon. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  13. I made them today and they were very easy. The topping was great. I used half wheat and half white flour for the bun and it was a little too wheaty for me but not for my husband. I also cooked them too long so they weren’t gooey enough. I would bake them only 15 minutes next time. Lastly, I would try them in a smaller pan so they are all next to each other so they don’t spread out so much. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. I saw this recipe yesterday and couldn’t wait to make them. My guys LOVED them. It didn’t take long to make and they were great. I hate how much the ones in the can cost and I don’t have the patience to do the yeast kind. Thanks so much!

  15. Thank you for these! No rise makes them realistic for my mornings.

  16. The recipe sound like just what I need. Couple weeks ago got up while roommates were sleeping and made rolls from scratch using yeast they tasted ok just took TOO LONG.

  17. These are soooo goood and soooo easy..

  18. Making these right now – they were SO easy. Pilsbury will be losing my Saturday morning business. 🙂

  19. I can’t wait to try these, thanks for posting! 🙂

  20. Have you tried freezing these? I’m making a month of meals menu and would like to include these if they freeze well.

    Thank you so much! I love no-rise baked goods.

    -Angie D.

  21. I did not have much luck with this recipe. It was very sticky and did not roll very well. I used whole wheat flour. My family ate it but did not seem to care for the texture. Do you use whole wheat pastry flour and not whole wheat flour?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      This recipe has more like a biscuit taste, perhaps you needed to add more flour. I used soft white flour, which I ground from the wheat berries. It does make a difference when you use fresh ground flour.

      • I just thought I might clarify that soft white flour and whole wheat pastry flour are two names for the same thing 🙂

  22. These look great! Can I assemble everything into the roll, say 24hrs in advance? Then cut them when I am ready to bake? I want to make them Saturday morning to bake for guests on Sunday morning, and I do not want to assemble them when the guests are here. Thanks. Just found this site . . . love it. Sometimes I feel like the only stay-at-home mommy in the world! Thank you!

  23. My family gobbled these right up with chili; my husband didn’t even complain about the wheat flour (I used half and half with APF).

  24. These look great Toni. Freezing is a great idea perfect for those quick mornings. Love that this has whole wheat flour.

  25. Mine are in the oven as I type! Thanks for the inspiration this morning–I’m thinking my crew will LOVE them.

  26. Thanks! Trying these this morning. Always use whole wheat!

  27. Loved the Easy Cinnamon Rolls! I doubled the recipe for my large family and added a half cup sugar and sprinkled cinnamon to the dough. Thanks!

  28. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! My husband ALWAYS wants me to make cinnamon rolls but they are so time consuming… an all day project!
    This is great! Now I can make them anytime… easy peasy!!

  29. You said they freeze well – would you freeze before or after baking? I’ve tried freezing my yeast recipe before and they didn’t do well at all.

  30. Can you make the dough in a bread machine for a large batch?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I’m not sure, I’ve never tried it in the bread machine. I’m not sure how they could turn out because this is a no rise recipe and most bread machines have a rise setting.

  31. Wow, these sound sooooo good!!

  32. What did I do wrong?! I made these for my husband’s birthday this morning. We each took only a bite and couldn’t finish. They tasted like sand. They were so bad we both felt nauseous. Even w/ lots of the yummy icing my kids said they didn’t like them. I’m afraid to try again and waste the money on ingredients.

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I have no idea. We’ve made these probably 30 times with great success. Did you use whole wheat flour that was rancid? Did you switch the baking powder and baking soda measurements?
      Perhaps your family just doesn’t like this recipe. Although I suspect if you felt nauseous one of your ingredients might have been bad.


  33. I’ve made this recipe twice now and my family loves it! I didn’t change anything about it and it was fabulous. Thanks so much!

  34. Is the recipe for No-Bake Cinnamon Rolls still available on your site? Every time I search for it and then click on the link, it just sends me to this comment page, but doesn’t show the recipe. I’m a bit of a newcomer to your site, but love looking through past posts. I’d love to try this recipe. Thanks!!

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Hi Susan,
      I don’t have a no bake cinnamon roll recipe on my site (wish I did) I only have the no rise cinnamon rolls.


  35. Shannon W. says:

    Is this recipe printable? I can’t seem to find a printing link anywhere. Looks great and can’t wait to try this recipe out on my fam!

  36. Toni, If i were to substitute white flour, is it still 2 cups? and I did see I need to bake 15m.

    Have an awesome & Blessed Christmas!

    Mom 2 Many Tracys.

  37. I’m going to make these tonight with WHITE whole wheat flour – don’t you love all of these flour variations? I’ll watch closely on baking, as it is different than regular whole wheat. I hope we like them and if we do, I will make again on Saturday and put in the fridge for Christmas morning! Merry Christmas and God bless you and your beautiful family. I enjoy your blog very much! (Looking forward to the return of “your” story :-))

  38. Sound Fabulous, can’t wait to make them.

  39. Made these this morning as is, with the exception to the icing…I used leftover (frozen) buttercream frosting, thinned out. Tasted wonderful!! Thanks for posting this delightful little treat!

  40. Kiddos just made these this morning for hubby – and he LOVED them! Thanks for a great, easy recipe that even a 7 and 4 year old can make!

  41. Elizabeth says:

    I made theses the other day. My family LOVED them! 🙂
    I wonder if the dough wuold be a good recipe for a back up pizza dough? I’ll have too try it I suppose 🙂

  42. Do I have use cream cheese in the icing?

  43. Thanks for you wonderful easy recipe.

    I tried this one this morning, Super easy and good looking.
    I following the recipe (2 cups of whole wheat flour)
    they tasted like hay.

    I will try white flour tomorow.

  44. Jennifer H says:

    My mom used to make cinnamon rolls likes these with Bisquick, mostly when we had “Breakfast for Dinner”, and instead of icing, we could just put a dab of extra butter on top. They ARE delicious.

  45. Hmm, I’ve been looking for an easy cinnamon roll recipe. I will have to try this. Thanks!

  46. They are in the oven now! So far, so good, very easy to make. I’ve not made them before, so I really had no clue how much butter/sugar/cin to use.

    Not bad! They just came outta the oven and they are biscuit-y like you said. They’re good. I only had white flour, so I used that and about 2 tbls butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and about 1 tbls of cinn. I would probably use more butter, less sugar, and more cinn next time.
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  47. I made these with a gluten free flour mix and adapted the recipe a bit – they came out delicious!

    1 1/2 cups GF flour mix (one that includes xantham gum)
    1/8 cup brown sugar (optional)
    3 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 stick butter (softened)
    3/4 to 1 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla extract

    Baked ’em for 17 min

  48. I made this on Christmas morning, out of the blue!! They were so easy to make and absolutely delicious!!!!


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