Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

There's nothing quite like the aroma of fresh cinnamon rolls baking in the oven — surely a must-have on everyone's breakfast treat list. Here's a gluten-free version of cinnamon rolls that's sure to warm your home on Sunday morning.

30 mins
20 to 25 mins
2 hrs 35 mins
8 servings
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls


  1. To make the dough, combine all the dry ingredients in your mixer bowl. Add the soft butter, blending on low speed until you have coarse crumbs.

  2. Add the oil, milk, egg, and vanilla, beating until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes; don't take a shortcut here, beat for the full 3 minutes. Scrape the bowl down again; the dough will be the consistency of very thick cake batter. Cover the dough and let it rise for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until visibly puffy.

  3. While the dough is rising, make the cinnamon filling. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and soft butter to make a paste.

  4. When the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly greased piece of parchment paper or waxed paper and press it gently into an 8" x 16" rectangle. Make sure to grease the parchment or waxed paper; you'll be glad you did once you start rolling the dough into a log.

  5. Brush milk over the surface of the dough; this will help keep the rolls and filling from separating as they bake. Crumble the filling into small pieces and sprinkle it across the dough, leaving a 1/2" to 1" border of filling-free dough around the edges.

  6. With the long edge of the parchment closest to you, roll the dough forward, allowing the paper to do the work for you. The dough should release from the paper as you roll. Cut the log into 8 slices, using a sharp serrated knife or dental floss. To use floss, draw it under the dough and pull each end simultaneously across the top to cut the rolls.

  7. For best results, place each roll into the well of a well-greased muffin pan; they'll rise higher with the support of the pan. Allow the rolls to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until puffy. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  8. Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until they're golden brown.

  9. While the rolls are baking, make the icing. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.

  10. Remove the rolls from the oven. Ice them immediately.

Tips from our Bakers

  • If you like a heavily iced cinnamon bun, this recipe is for you. If you're more partial to a drizzle of sweet icing across the top of your bun, we recommend cutting the ingredient amounts for the icing in half.
  • Want to make a savory version of these rolls? Prepare the dough as directed above, using just 1 tablespoon sugar, and omitting the vanilla and sweet dough flavor. Make the filling from our Butterflake Herb Loaf recipe. Pat out the gluten-free dough as directed above. Melt the butter/herb filling, and spread half of it over the dough (reserve the rest for later). Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese too, if desired. Roll the dough up the long way, and cut into 12 slices. Bake in a muffin tin, according to the instructions above. Remove the baked rolls from the oven, and dip the top of each into the remaining melted butter/herb filling. Serve warm.
  • Please note that the cinnamon linked to from this recipe is packaged in our own facility, which is not certified gluten-free.

  • Want to prepare these rolls ahead of time, freeze or refrigerate them (unbaked), then bake fresh? To freeze, see our blog post, Freeze! Time-savers for the holidays. To prepare the night before, place the shaped buns in the pan, cover the pan, and refrigerate overnight. Next morning, let the buns warm at room temperature for about an hour, covered. Uncover and bake as directed.

  • Neat way to slice a log of dough into buns? Use unflavored dental floss. Tie a loop around the log, then pull it tight directly over the spot where you want to slice. The floss will cut through the dough easily without squashing the log like a knife might. For step-by-step photos see our blog post, A simple trick for cinnamon rolls.