There are many cinnamon roll recipes out there. Most require yeast and hours of rising time, but this one, provided by my blogging buddy, Deb of Just Short of Crazy, does away with all that. Her recipe is quick and easy and uses just a bowl and some ingredients you likely have on hand, and in 30 minutes you’re rewarded with some delicious cinnamon and sour cream rolls that will make any morning better.

Simple Sour Cream Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Deb’s recipe is so simple you won’t need any special equipment – not even a mixer! Just whip up the ingredients in a bowl, knead the dough just a bit to get it into a ball shape (unlike yeast dough, kneading here is just to prepare it for rolling, not to help the yeast process). She uses a simple cinnamon and sugar filling, but you can add raisins, craisins, nuts, or any other tidbits to add a crunchy or sweet surprise if you like.

Additional Cinnamon Roll Recipes to Try

I’ll admit, I haven’t tried Deb’s recipe yet, I still do mine with yeast. Here’s my version: Easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese FrostingWant something even more unusual? Try Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from More Peas, Thank You.  She adds pumpkin to add more nutritional value to this traditional breakfast pastry.

No matter which cinnamon roll recipe you try, have fun. Let the kids get involved in the rolling and even the cutting! I use unwaxed and unflavored dental floss to cut mine! Just wrap it around the dough, cross it over, and pull and it’ll slice right through the dough cleanly and without squishing it down like knives can do.

Keys to Great Tasting Cinnamon Rolls

Like any recipe, for the best results use FRESH ingredients, especially the leavening ingredients,  and use quality spices. Using a good cinnamon makes all the difference – Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are popular because of their Makara Cinnamon – it’s the one ingredient that put them all over the US.  

A little trivia tidbit – did you know that the Cinnabon flagship store was opened just an hour south of Seattle in Federal Way, WA at the SeaTac Mall  in 1985?  I had no idea they were a local company or that that mall had been renamed to The Commons. I happened to be there just yesterday and noticed a lot as changed in the last few years. I also didn’t know it, but you can buy Cinnabon products on Amazon.

Try a great cinnamon next time you bake – you’ll notice the difference. I use  Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon – it’s an organic Vietnamese cinnamon that has a 4% oil content so the flavor is sweet and really intense. It’s certified organic and Kosher and the brand, Frontier Co-op, puts 1% of its sales into supporting organic farming.

Sour Cream Cinnamon Rolls
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbls baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ c vegetable oil
  • ¾ c sour cream
  • 1 Tbls milk
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1 Tbls cinnamon
  • 5 Tbls butter, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Prepare an 8" by 8" pan by greasing it with shortening or using non-stick baking spray
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and soda with a spoon. Mix well
  4. Add oil, sour cream, and milk - stir until blended.
  5. Turn the dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Kneed just until a smooth ball of dough forms. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 8"x 15" rectangle.
  6. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl; set aside.
  7. Spread the softened butter over dough then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar blend.
  8. Tightly roll the dough starting from the long side. Pinch the seam to seal.
  9. Cut the roll of dough into 8 uniform rolls. Place cut side up in prepared pan.
  10. Bake 15 minutes or until the rolls are a light brown color.

How do you make your cinnamon rolls? Got a great recipe?