Cinnamon Rolls

Print Friendly and PDF I’ve been meaning to make cinnamon rolls for quite some time now. I had a recipe before this, but that one wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. These ones, however, are sweet, yeasty, and light.

Yeast Ingredients:

1 cup warm water

2 tablespoons honey

1 ½ tablespoons yeast


Put the water, honey, and yeast in a small bowl, then beat with a fork until blended. Put the bowl in a warm area. I usually just turn the oven to WARM and put the bowl in there. Allow the yeast to proof.

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups rice flour

¾ cup cornstarch or tapioca starch

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon


In a medium sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients and beat until well blended.

Wet Ingredients:

¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 tablespoons honey (melted with butter)

2 eggs


Combine the wet ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

By now the yeast should be fully proofed (how to proof yeast). Pour the yeast ingredients  in with the wet ingredients and blend until combined.

Still blending, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Blend for about 2 minutes, then allow to set for around 2 minutes. Blend for another two minutes.

Lay a sheet of wax paper on your work surface and sprinkle the wax paper with cornstarch or tapioca starch. You’re going to use quite a lot of it during the rest of the process, so leave the cornstarch/tapioca starch out.

In a small bowl, mix together ¼ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Set aside.

Grate 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup). You could also chop it up into small pieces, but I prefer to grate it. Set grated/chopped butter aside on a plate next to the wax paper.

Cover your hands with tapioca starch or cornstarch and remove the dough from the bowl. I prefer to use all of it at once, but if you’d like you could do it in two rounds.

Put the dough on the cornstarch/tapioca starch covered wax paper. Sprinkle the top of the dough with cornstarch/tapioca starch.

Using your hands, gently press the dough down, forming it into a rectangle, then roll it out to about 1 inch thick.

Lightly sprinkle the dough with grated butter, then fold in half. Sprinkle the folded dough with butter and fold in half again. One more time, sprinkle the dough with butter and fold in half. This will result in nice buttery layers within the cinnamon rolls. All the time, be very gentle with the dough—I like to mess with it as little as possible.

Heavily sprinkle your work surface with cornstarch/tapioca starch. Just make sure there’s enough starch that the dough won’t stick to the wax paper. Also sprinkle the top of your dough with cornstarch/tapioca starch.

Form the dough into a rectangle, then gently roll it out into a longer, flatter rectangle. Roll it until it is just a little bit less than ¼ inch thick.

Now the fun part. Sprinkle the dough with the cinnamon/sugar mixture, along with more butter. You may have to grate another half a stick or so. Cinnamon rolls should be nice and buttery.

Once you’re done coating the dough in sugary buttery goodness, start at one end and roll towards the center. If you’re working with all of the dough at once and you made your rectangle as long as mine instead of more square-ish, you’d want to stop about halfway down the dough. The roll should be between 2 and 3 inches thick.

Roll in from the other end until the two rolls are right next to each other.

They’re friends.

Cut between them so that they aren’t connected, then cut each long roll into several 2 inch pieces.

Butter a 9 by 13 inch pan well, then put the cinnamon rolls in the pan about 1 inch apart. Stick them in the oven on WARM for about 45 minutes to rise.

Note: If your oven doesn’t have a WARM setting, Heat the oven at the lowest setting you have and turn it off about five or ten minutes before you put the cinnamon rolls in.

Once the rolls are fully risen, turn the oven to 350 degrees F and cook for around 45 minutes, until they are golden brown, firm, and smelling delicious. Cover with glaze.

To make a regular glaze, just stir together 3 tablespoons of milk, a pinch of vanilla extract, and about 1 cup of sugar. Pretty simple.

Anyway, eat these things warm. Don’t wait.


  1. R J Crawford says

    Having read the Aug/Sept magazine Farm and Ranch, I have found you site. You are a wonderful person to share all your recipes. It has been hard to go gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free. You have encouraged me Thank you.

  2. Chris says

    Have you tried any of your receipes egg free? Just wondering if you can substitute the eggs out and if the receipe still works?

    • Linnaea says

      Unfortunately I haven’t experimented much with egg substitutes. I have heard that in some cases you can replace eggs with bananas, and I’ve also heard of using about a tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water to replace 1 egg.
      If you do end up trying some egg substitutes in my recipes I’d definitely be interested to hear the results!

  3. Angel says

    I have mine in the oven now…can’t wait to try them!!! There are several recipes on here I will be trying. Thanks south for sharing with others!!!

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