1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls

There’s nothing better than a warm, gooey cinnamon roll covered in a sweet layer of vanilla icing… especially when they require only 60 minutes to make! These 1 hour cinnamon rolls are not only quick and easy, but they taste just as amazing, if not better, than any other cinnamon roll!

1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls

About a month or two ago when I made these lemon poppy seed sweet rolls, I learned a quick-rise technique for sweet rolls. It’s one I’ve used before with dinner rolls, but never considered it for cinnamon rolls. Genius, I thought! So I played around with the recipe (since they turned out so well) and came up with these 1 hour cinnamon rolls. If you’re anything like me and LOVE cinnamon rolls but HATE waiting around for them, this recipe is for you! Fluffy, sweet swirls of goodness will be in your mouth in no time…

1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls

So let’s get started, shall we?! You have two options when it comes to making these rolls. #1 by hand or #2 with a stand mixer. Since I own a KitchenAid, I used that… but either method works. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast and salt. Mix the ingredients until they are dispersed evenly. Then, in a small microwave safe bowl (or glass measuring cup), combine the sugar, butter, water and milk. I like using a combination of milk and water, because I think the extra fat from the milk is what makes sweet rolls taste so good. Heat in the microwave until the mixture is hot and the butter is almost melted (it took about 1 minute 30 seconds on HIGH in my microwave). Heating the mixture will help activate the yeast and keep the dough warm enough to begin to rise while it rests. Gradually add the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and mix until a soft and sticky dough forms. You may need to add a teaspoon more of flour if your dough is too tacky or is not pulling away from the sides. Now stop what you’re doing and turn turn on your oven to 200 degrees. We’re going to let the rolls rise in the warm oven.

Back to the dough… if your using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook and set on the lowest mixing setting for 4 minutes or until the dough becomes elastic or knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for 3-4 minutes. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest on the counter for 5 minutes. The plastic wrap should get fogged, that’s exactly what you want. Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it measures a 16×9 inch rectangle. It doesn’t have to be perfect, mine was slightly rounded. Prepare the filling by combining all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl except for the butter. Spread the butter over the top of the rolled dough, then cover with the filling. Tightly roll the dough and cut into 12 portions. I like to use dental floss for this… I also cut it in half, then fourths etc. That way my pieces are all uniform in size (you may have a few smaller pieces from the ends, just arrange them around the larger rolls). See the picture above.

1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls

Place the rolls into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish (I did mine in two 8×8 pans because I was taking them two places) and gently press a piece of aluminum foil over top. Turn OFF your oven (DO NOT FORGET THIS STEP!) and place the covered rolls inside to rise for 25 minutes. They should doubled in size. Remove the rolls from the oven and turn ON your oven to 375 degrees. Once heated, bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the centers are lightly golden brown in color. By now your rolls should smell heavenly and look pretty darn good too! Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes before frosting. While rolls are cooling, prepare the glaze or frosting by combining all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and beating by hand or with a hand mixer until smooth. Spread over the tops of the rolls (or drizzle, if you prefer).

1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls

These 1 hour cinnamon rolls are best served warm. I heat mine for 30-40 seconds in the microwave the following day so that they’re tender and hot in the centers. I like to take these babies layer by layer until I get to the tightest roll in the middle. It’s always bursting with cinnamon flavor and super soft and gooey! Or if you’re impatient just dive right in and enjoy! You’ve got to give this easy, yummy recipe a try- you’ll thank me later :)

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1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls
 
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You won't believe how light and fluffy these 1 hour cinnamon rolls are! They're quick, easy and incredibly delicious!
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Yield: 12-15
Ingredients
  • 2¾ c. all-purpose flour
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package instant (quick rise) yeast (or 2¼ tsp.)
  • ½ c. water
  • ¼ c. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. salt

  • Filling:
  • ⅔ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. (½ stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract

  • Vanilla glaze:
  • 1½ c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. (½ stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
Directions
  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast and salt.
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl (or glass measuring cup), combine the sugar, butter, water and milk. Heat in the microwave until the mixture is hot and the butter is almost melted (it took about 1 minute 30 seconds on HIGH in my microwave). Gradually add the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and mix until a soft and sticky dough forms.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  4. If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook and set on the lowest mixing setting for 4 minutes or until the dough becomes elastic or knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for 3-4 minutes. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest on the counter for 5 minutes.
  5. Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it measures a 16x9 inch rectangle. Prepare the filling by combining all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl except for the butter. Spread the butter over the top of the rolled dough, then cover with the filling. Tightly roll the dough and cut into 12 portions. I like to use dental floss for this... I also cut it in half, then fourths etc. That way my pieces are all uniform in size (you may have a few smaller pieces from the ends, just arrange them around the larger rolls).
  6. Place the rolls into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish and gently press a piece of aluminum foil over top. Turn OFF your oven and place the covered rolls inside to rise for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove the rolls from the oven and turn ON your oven to 375 degrees. Once heated, remove the foil and bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the centers are lightly golden brown in color.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before frosting. While rolls are cooling, prepare the frosting by combining all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and beating by hand or with a hand mixer until smooth. Spread over the tops of the rolls.
Notes
-I always add a "hint" of almond extract to the filling... it's just how my mom always made her filling. Feel free to use only vanilla extract, or only almond extract.
-If you live in a dry place or have trouble with baked goods drying out quickly, you may want to fill a separate 9x13 inch baking dish with boiling water and put in on the lowest rack in your oven right before you proof the rolls (place them in the warm oven to rise). This will ensure that the rolls stay moist and elastic. You will keep the water in the oven until they are baked.

Recipe source: adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction, Lemon Sweet Rolls