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Simple Cinnamon Rolls
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Simple Cinnamon Rolls

These delicious, Simple Cinnamon Rolls have 8 ingredients or less and are an easy recipe to approach making cinnamon rolls if you’ve never made them before. They are aromatic and also have vegan ingredient options too!
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls, simple cinnamon rolls
Servings: 10 cinnamon rolls
Calories: 265kcal
Author: SaraM


  • 1 packet of live active yeast can be rapid rise
  • 1 cup whole milk *can substitute equal amount of other kinds of milk half and half or do coconut or almond milk for a vegan option
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil divided *can substitute equal amount unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour preferably unbleached
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • Optional: 1 recipe Vanilla Coconut Icing this recipe has instructions to make it a regular powdered sugar icing


  •  Heat milk and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (or substitute butter) in a microwave safe container until 110°F.  I use an infrared kitchen thermometer to measure the correct temperature. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the yeast over the milk-coconut oil mixture and allow to set for 10 minutes to activate.  After 10 minutes, add the 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar and the kosher salt and then stir.
  • Add 1/2 cup of flour and stir in after each addition.  Expect to have a sticky dough.  When it gets too thick to stir with a spoon, use your hand and in the bowl, knead to form a loose ball until all the flour is absorbed.  In a clean large mixing bowl, greased with coconut oil (or butter), put the ball in and cover, allow to sit for 1 hour or as needed to rise (should be doubled in size).
  • While the dough is rising, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon together and butter an 8x8 inch square or similar baking dish.  You can also prepare the Vanilla Coconut Icing, if you wish to serve them topped with an icing.
  • Prepare a lightly floured surface, when dough has doubled in size, roll out into a thin rectangle.  Brush 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the dough.  Roll the dough tightly and cut into 10 even pieces (they should be 1.5-2 inch sections).  Arrange in the 8x8 inch square baking dish, brush remaining coconut oil on top of the rolls and set on top of your stove.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Allow the cinnamon rolls to sit there for at least 20 minutes to rise again before baking while the oven is preheating.  Bake 25-30 minutes, until light golden brown.  Optional: Serve warm topped with Vanilla Coconut Icing. Enjoy!


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.7mg