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No-Yeast Sticky Cinnamon Buns

Updated on January 23, 2015

My Own Easy Recipe for the Most Delicious No-Yeast Sticky Cinnamon Buns

The easiest Cinnamon Buns from scratch? Recipe right here! Soft, gooey, sweet, delicious... and no yeast is needed to make these cinnamon rolls. This is my best recipe for a sweet treat when unexpected guests drop in.

No yeast in the pantry?

No problem!

With this recipe, you can quickly bake up a batch of soft, sticky, incredibly tasty cinnamon buns. Perfect hot out of the oven with a cup of tea or coffee, these "rolls" of brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon are just the right degree of rich sweetness that you won't even need icing.

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How to Make Sticky Cinnamon Buns

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Combine dry ingredients.Cut in shortening.Gradually stir in water.Roll out in large rectangle.Spread with melted butter.Sprinkle with cinnamon.Sprinkle on brown sugar.Roll into log.Slice.Place in prepared baking pan.
Combine dry ingredients.
Combine dry ingredients.
Cut in shortening.
Cut in shortening.
Gradually stir in water.
Gradually stir in water.
Roll out in large rectangle.
Roll out in large rectangle.
Spread with melted butter.
Spread with melted butter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Sprinkle on brown sugar.
Sprinkle on brown sugar.
Roll into log.
Roll into log.
Place in prepared baking pan.
Place in prepared baking pan.
No-Yeast Sticky Cinnamon Buns going into the baking pan
No-Yeast Sticky Cinnamon Buns going into the baking pan


  • Dough:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup skim milk powder (optional)
  • 8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 (scant) cups cold water
  • Filling:
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon or more to taste
  • 1 cup brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease one large (approx. 11x13) rectangular pan or two 8" or 9" square pans with 1-2 Tbsp melted butter, and sprinkle each square pan with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. (Increase the amounts proportionally if you're using a large rectangle pan.)
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Cut in shortening with a pastry cutter (or two knives) to the consistency of fine crumbs.
  5. Gradually add the cold water, mixing as you do so. (Whether you'll need the full 2 cups depends on the brand of flour you use and the humidity of your kitchen. The dough should be very soft but not too sticky to handle.)
  6. Knead gently a few times on a lightly floured surface and roll out to a large rectangle - approximately 12x18 inches in size.
  7. Spread the melted butter evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with the cinnamon and brown sugar.
  8. Starting at a long edge, roll up the cinnamon bun dough into a log.
  9. Cut into 3/4" or 1 inch slices, and arrange the slices in your prepared pans.
  10. Bake 30 minutes at 350°F.
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Icing for Cinnamon Buns


If your family has a real 'sweet tooth' you may want to drizzle a little icing over the top of your Cinnamon Buns, the way the bakeries and chain coffeeshops often do. Here's the most simple, easy recipe for making Cinnamon Bun Icing:

8 piece dessert decorating set with reusable bag and 6 tips
8 piece dessert decorating set with reusable bag and 6 tips | Source

Two-Ingredient Recipe for Cinnamon Bun Icing

1 cup powdered sugar

+ 1 Tbsp milk

Combine and mix until smooth. That's it!

If you want more icing, increase the amounts of icing sugar (a.k.a. confectioner's sugar or icing sugar) and milk in the same proportions as given. To double the amount of icing, for example, you'd use 2 Tbsp milk to moisten 2 cups of icing sugar.

If your icing turns out to be too runny, mix in a bit more icing sugar - just a very little bit at a time. If the icing is too stiff to drizzle properly over the buns, add just one drop of milk at a time, stirring well after each drop. A little liquid goes a long way!

Put the icing into a pastry bag (or, if you don't have one yet, put it into a ziplock plastic bag and cut a small opening at one corner) and pipe it in swirls or zig-zag patterns over your slightly cooled Cinnamon Buns.

Icing or No Icing?

Do you prefer your Cinnamon Buns with icing, or are they yummy enough without it?

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The Finished Product! - Yummy Homemade Sticky Cinnamon Buns

No-Yeast Sticky Cinnamon Buns
No-Yeast Sticky Cinnamon Buns

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    • Aster56 profile image

      Aster56 5 years ago

      Love the cinnamon buns. Yummy.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I can smell the cinnamon now; wow! :

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      petelovestoread 5 years ago

      great lens. Can't wait to try them!

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      It looks really delicious!

    • Camden1 profile image

      Camden1 5 years ago

      These look delicious - and easy!

    • LornsA178 profile image

      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Really looks delicious! I'll try this recipe sometime. Thanks!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping back in the sprinkle some cinnamon flavored SquidAngel dust in here! :)

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      These certainly do look good, and I think I'll try your recipe next time I'm wanting cinnamon rolls!

    • KateHonebrink profile image

      KateHonebrink 6 years ago

      Oh, man, you are so bad - tempting, tempting...see you later - I'm off to make these rolls. It's a good think I don't have to wait for them to rise!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Now I'm glad I skipped breakfast this morning - think I'll whip a batch of these up for a Sunday brunch. I can almost smell them baking now....just have enough time to sprinkle some special cinnamon flavored angel dust and then straight to the kitchen!

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      myEZrecipes 6 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Thanks for the reply. Maybe my knife wasn't sharp enough.

    • Beadsnresin profile image

      Beadsnresin 6 years ago

      Yum, Cinnamon, these look yum and easy, thanks!

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      esvoytko lm 6 years ago

      Oh my goodness I am hungry now.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious to me - now I'm craving cinnamon buns!!!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      These sound delicious. I don't think anything beats the smell of cinnamon buns right out of the oven.

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      flycatcherrr 6 years ago

      @myEZrecipes: A very sharp knife! :) And if they squish, just push them back into shape. Cinnamon buns are very forgiving.

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      myEZrecipes 6 years ago

      How do you cut your dough log into slices? I always seem to mangle mine at this step.