Homemade Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

September 6, 2021

These gluten-free cinnamon roll cake are the best cinnamon rolls you’ll ever try! They are soft, sticky, sweet, and almost impossible to tell apart from the wheat-based variety!

Looking for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe that is also gluten-free? We’ve got you covered. This recipe will show you how to make easy peasy cinnamon rolls that are gooey, fluffy, and super delicious!

And while you’re going to need some harder to find ingredients to make these gluten-free cinnamon rolls from scratch, we assure you they are worth it.

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Taste Score: %87
Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 70 mins
Cooking 25 mins
Total 95 mins

Tips

  • To make this best cinnamon rolls recipe dairy-free in addition to gluten-free, substitute instant vanilla pudding powder, milk, butter, and heavy cream with almond flour, soy milk, vegan butter, and dairy-free milk, respectively.
  • You can make these cinnamon rolls without yeast by substituting the rapid-rise yeast with an equal amount of baking powder, but keep in mind that they won't rise as much.
  • Use a dark-colored thread instead of a knife to cut the soft cinnamon rolls, as light colors are likely to get lost in the dough, and using a knife will squish the dough too much.
  • When cutting the homemade cinnamon rolls dough with thread, place your thread underneath the dough, cross at the top, and pull through.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. The first step to making gluten-free cinnamon rolls is the topping. Add butter, ½ cup of brown sugar, and corn or maple syrup to a small saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Then add whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt, stirring until well incorporated before removing from heat and pouring into a 9×13 high-sided greased pan.
  3. Set the topping aside and combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to make a filling resembling wet sand in texture.
  4. Mix the dry dough ingredients in a stand mixer until combined, and microwave water and butter in a glass measuring cup. Add milk and the remaining wet ingredients to the melted butter and whisk until combined.
  5. Run the stand mixer with the paddle attachment and pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients, mixing on medium speed for about 3 minutes to form a dough.
  6. Spread a somewhat larger than 8″ x 16″ piece of plastic wrap over a slightly damp counter top and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar on top. Scrape the dough onto this sugar-covered plastic wrap.
  7. Lay another plastic wrap piece on top of the dough and pat it down into a rectangular shape, repositioning as required.
  8. Roll the dough till approximately 8″ x 16″ before removing the wrap and spreading the filling evenly across the dough surface, leaving 1 1/2″ along one long end unfilled.
  9. Start along the filled long end and use the bottom sheet of plastic to lift up the dough edge and roll it up into a long cylinder. Cut this cylinder into eight 1 1/2″ wide pieces with a long piece of dark-colored thread.
  10. Transfer the pieces to a prepared pan with the cut side up and cover with plastic wrap before flattening till about 1 inch high. Place the pan in a warm, draft-free place to rise for 30 to 40 minutes until rolls double in size.
  11. Once the cinnamon rolls are done rising, bake them at 350°F in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, so the tops turn golden brown.
  12. Let these homemade cinnamon rolls cool for approximately 5 minutes before inverting on a serving tray and pouring syrup on top. Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories497.26
% Daily Value*
Protein 5.26 g10.5%
Total Fat 21.06 g27%
Cholesterol 66.93 mg22.3%
Sodium 338.23 mg14.7%
Sodium 338.23 mg14.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Are Cinnamon Rolls?

The best cinnamon rolls are made by sprinkling a cinnamon-sugar mixture over a sheet of yeast-leavened dough, rolling, and baking. They are extremely popular in North America and Northern Europe and likely originated in Sweden sometime after the mid-1700s.

Is Cinnamon Rolls Vegan?

While cinnamon rolls aren't normally vegan, you can use this recipe to make vegan gluten-free cinnamon rolls by substituting instant vanilla pudding powder, milk, butter, and heavy cream with almond flour, soy milk, vegan butter, and dairy-free milk, respectively.

How to Make Best Cinnamon Rolls Icing?

To make the best cinnamon rolls icing, beat 2 ounces of softened cream cheese and 7 tablespoons of softened butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add in ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons milk before gradually mixing in 1 ½ cups sifted confectioners' sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt until the mixture is fluffy and smooth.

What to Serve with Cinnamon Rolls?

Serve these gluten-free cinnamon rolls with coffee, orange juice, fruit, cream cheese, jam, bacon, and scrambled eggs for a hearty breakfast. You can also top with powdered sugar, nuts, berries, streusel, frosting, melted chocolate, and ice cream for a decadent dessert.

How to Store Cinnamon Rolls?

Homemade cinnamon rolls can be stored for a couple of days in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. To keep them for longer, freeze them wrapped in foil or saran wrap or in a heavy-duty freezer plastic bag. Then, reheat in the oven or microwave before use.

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