Fast & Easy Cinnamon Rolls {gluten free} + Giveaway!

Fast and Easy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls that don't taste Gluten Free!! Random thoughts about me and my life part II:

1. Remember my first random thoughts list? Well, turns out those cold sores weren’t cold sores at all. No, sir. They were zits. Right by my mouth. AWESOME. Please can someone tell me: WHY must a girl get zits? Insert expletives here.

2. Volcanos on my face really don’t make for a happy mother, wife or all around pleasant person. Just sayin’.

3. Me and my make-up bag are bff’s, incase you were wondering.

4. I think my little guy isn’t so little anymore. His movements are becoming much bigger like he’s getting progressively uncomfortable and screaming “get your #$%^ kidneys out of my way” or “Your stomach is NOT my pillow….stop eating MOM!”

5. My upper right quadrant takes most of the beating which is basically my liver. Who needs a liver anyways?

6. I’ve become a fan of Downton Abby. I started watching the episodes on Netflix and am a little ticked that they only have season 1 on there. Where can I watch season 2? Anyone know?

7. Also, I totally thought it was Downtown Abby for the longest time. I’m embarrassed for myself and all the people I talked to about “Downtown Abby”.

8. Hardwood floors throughout our entire house was a huge selling feature that we loved about our new place. Well…..3 weeks in, I HATE THEM! I have to sweep and clean them CONSTANTLY. What was I thinking?

9. Just this past week, I started finding ANTS around our kitchen table and at the base of our fridge. I totally freaked out and have been paranoid about keeping a clean floor ever since, but it seems no matter what I do, there are always a million crumbs everywhere!!

10. Well, funny story–turns out, my 3 year old LOVES the ants {which she calls critters} and was purposely makes crumbs and placing them strategically around the kitchen so she can say hello to them every morning. –>umm….who’s child are you??

11. I caught her doing this twice yesterday. TWICE!!

12. And thus solves the dirty hardwood floor mystery.

13. I need a nap.

14. I made these cinnamon rolls on Saturday {after cleaning the floor} and they were good. Very good, in fact.

15. I didn’t bother with the different ‘gums’ you can add into gluten free dough to create a similar texture to gluten…because I didn’t feel like it. I just made some biscuit dough with a little yeast {for flavor} and rolled them up like cinnamon rolls. Ready in less than an hour, baby!

16. You cannot tell they are gluten free. Obviously the texture is more like a biscuit, but besides THAT, they taste mighty fine. I really like the gluten free flour blend I used.

17. If you want the real deal and aren’t on the gluten free train, I would highly recommend my Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. They are life changing.  For everyone else, give these a whirl! Here’s how you make them:

cinnamon rolls 1 Start by stirring some quick rise yeast into about a cup of warm milk with a pinch of sugar. Set this aside to proof.

cinnamon rolls 2 In a large bowl, measure out all your dry ingredients and stir to combine.

gf flour By the way, I used this gluten free flour blend….available online, at whole foods or any other grocery store that has a health section. The Pamela’s Products brand seems to be pretty popular in Portland…meaning I can find it at just about any store. If you have a different brand where you’re at, use what you can find. I’ve heard good things about several gluten-free brands.

**Recipe update: Due to feedback from you readers, I can say that this recipe will work with ONLY Pamela’s GF Flour Blend. The ratios of ingredients in those mixes of GF Flour blends is too different, unfortunately when compared to Pamela’s. If you plan on making this recipe, please use Pamela’s. 

cinnamon rolls 3 Ok, so now you need to cube up some butter and cut that into your dry ingredients.

cinnamon rolls 4 Like so! You still want smaller butter chunks in your dough…..kind of like we’re making pastry, but not.

cinnamon rolls 5 Once the butter chunks are all dispersed, pour in the warm milk and yeast mixture and stir until dough comes together. Transfer this dough to a floured work surface.

cinnamon rolls 6 Then comes the cinnamon roll part. Roll dough into a rectangle, cover with butter, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll, cut, put into pan. Then, cover and place on the warm oven that’s preheating to get that yeast growing. We’re not going to let these rise for a full hour or two, but you do want to give them a bit of a head start. Once the oven is hot, pop these in and get them baking.

cinnamon rolls 7 While the rolls are doing their thing, whip up some cream cheese frosting. I used the frosting recipe from my cinnabons because I heart cream cheese frosting, but use whichever recipe you’d like.

gf cinnamon rolls Once the rolls are all baked and piping hot, spread the frosting overtop and watch everything ooze. I love a warm cinnamon roll!

gluten free cinnamon rolls 1 Yummy sweet and cinnaminy layers of goodness that are all slathered with frosting. These were super yummy and didn’t taste like they were gluten free AT ALL! I was amazed. The texture was different because I made these more like a biscuit than a traditional roll {like I mentioned above}, but overall, you gf eaters should enjoy these. PLUS you can’t beat the ‘ready under an hour’ deal! #soawesomeIwanttodie #jkaboutdying Here’s the printable:

Fast & Easy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Similar to a soft biscuit texture, but as tasty as a cinnamon roll!

Yield: 8 rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


for the dough-
1 cup warm milk
1 1/2 teaspoons quick-rise yeast
2 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour blend {or regular all purpose flour}
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

for the filling-
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2/3 cup packed brown sugar

for the frosting-
1 oz. cream cheese
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


For the dough--stir yeast into warm milk with a pinch of sugar and set aside to proof. In a large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together until combined. Cut cold butter into dry ingredients until butter pieces are very small {the size of small peas}. Pour in warm milk mixture and stir until dough comes together. Pour dough out onto floured work surface. Roll dough out to be a 16 x 20 inch rectangle {approximately}. Spread melted butter overtop dough and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up gently but tightly. Cut off uneven ends. Cut roll into 2, then 4, then 8. Each roll should be about 1/2-2 inches long. Place into greased baking sheet and cover with clean kitchen towel. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place pan of rolls on top of warm oven to rise slightly. Once oven in preheated, remove towel and bake 15-20 minutes until rolls have grown and the tops have browned.

For the frosting- place all ingredients into a large bowl and whip until smooth.

Spread frosting over warm rolls and serve.

**Recipe update: Due to feedback from you readers, I can say that this recipe will work with ONLY Pamela's GF Flour Blend. The ratios of ingredients in those mixes of GF Flour blends is too different, unfortunately when compared to Pamela's. If you plan on making this recipe, please use Pamela's.

Now for the *GIVEAWAY*:

Pamela’s Products wants you to try out their gluten free mixes. I got a few in the mail and have been trying them out on my family. So far, this all purpose flour blend is my favorite. So simple to substitute into regular recipes and doesn’t taste different or have the gritty texture like a lot of gluten free products have. Perfect for cakes, biscuits, muffins or things that you want to be light, tender and airy.

Included in this prize pack is the following:

Pamela’s Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Pamela’s Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix

Pamela’s Gluten Free Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend

-and Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix

To Enter: simply leave a comment below stating which Gluten Free product of Pamela’s you’d like to try. That’s it!

RULES: Contest will open Sunday, January 20th and will close Friday, January 25th at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winner will be drawn at random and contacted via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chose randomly. Contest only open to US Residents.

Good luck!

*Disclaimer–I received the same prize pack to review. All thoughts and opinions expressed on my blog are my own, as usual :) 

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370 Responses to “Fast & Easy Cinnamon Rolls {gluten free} + Giveaway!”

  1. #
    Abby — January 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I’d love to try the flour! I’ve never bought a pre-made gluten free blend before (since I don’t usually eat gluten free) but am fascinated.


    • sarahd — December 24th, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

      CAREFUL! we used the Pamela’s flour for this recipe and ended up with SOUPY MUSH. what a waste of expensive ingredients.


  2. #
    Amanda — January 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    These look gorgeous Lauren!!! So pillowy and soft :)

    1. I totally feel your pain. $#%&!
    6. LOVE Downton Abbey! I totally read it as Downtown the first few times as well, and I can never remember if it’s Abby or Abbey :p
    8. I KNOW RIGHT??!

    See you soon! :) xoxox


  3. #
    Lauren C. — January 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Pamela’s mixes are by far the best GF blends I’ve tried! I haven’t tried the Artisan mix, so I would love to try that one!


  4. #
    Nicole Mendez — January 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I would like to try the Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend and Baking and Pancake Mix….I love to bake and my kiddos love Pancakes! I’m interested in trying Gluten Free products, I suspect I may need to lay off the gluten. And I LOVE Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Sherlock…all awesome PBS shows!
    Thanks for the giveaway:)


    • Brook — January 22nd, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

      The Baking and Pancake mix is wonderful! I make pancakes and crepes with it for my non-gluten-free family all the time and they really like it. Also, on the Pamela’s Products website there are extra recipes using their mixes. Happy gluten-free cooking!


  5. #
    Dorothea — January 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I’m craving oatmeal cookies so I’d love to try her Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookie Mix. Great giveaway – thanks!


  6. #
    sandy — January 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    I would like to try the baking mix first. It would be a big time saver in the kitchen.


  7. #
    Molly B. — January 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Would love to try the flour! Just recently had to go gluten free. Can’t wait to try the cinnamon rolls!! Thanks for all the new gf recipes this month!


  8. #
    Lissa — January 21, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I thought it was DownTOWN Abbey until YESTERDAY when I read Ashley’s Weekend Things post on never homemaker! Oh…and I’d try the pancake mix :)


  9. #
    Jill — January 21, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I would love to try Pamela’s Gluten Free Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend especially so I could use it to try these scrumptious Cinnamon Rolls. I’m drooling over here! :-)


  10. #
    Shiwani — January 21, 2013 at 1:19 am

    I dont want to make these with gluten free flour. If I make them with regular all purpose flour…then do the measurements change?


    • Lauren — January 21st, 2013 @ 7:30 am

      No, the measurements stay the same.


  11. #
    MaryBeth — January 21, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I’d love to try the sugar cookie mix. Great giveaway!


  12. #
    Eligonma — January 21, 2013 at 3:17 am

    I’d love to try the Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix. Thank you!


  13. #
    Craig — January 21, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I would want to try Pamela’s Gluten Free Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend first because it provides the greatest number of options for baking.


  14. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — January 21, 2013 at 3:35 am

    These look delicious! your daughter sounds so cute!!


  15. #
    Vanessa — January 21, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I myself just became a fan of Downton Abbey. Like you I watched the first series on Netflix and was greatly disappointed the second season wasn’t streaming also. I did notice that they had the DVDs available but I didn’t want to wait. My latest great find is Amazon Prime which I just recently signed up for. They have a 30-day free trial and the second series. Caught up the entire second season this past weekend and I am now ready to watch season 3 which I have been recording. Check out the Amazon Prime.


  16. #
    Tonya — January 21, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I would LOVE the artesian all purpose flour prize pack…Lauren, hope you can get those “pet ants” to move out! lol


  17. #
    Maria — January 21, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I am a huge fan of your Cinnabon Cinnamon rolls, so I would love to try the all purpose flour you mentioned and used in this recipe. Your daughter is a hoot, I love 3 year olds!


  18. #
    Karen D — January 21, 2013 at 4:10 am

    The all purpose flour blend sounds great to me, but I’m interested in trying them all!


  19. #
    barbara n — January 21, 2013 at 4:27 am

    I would like to try the Oatmeal Cookie Mix


  20. #
    Lora — January 21, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Pamela’s Gluten Free Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend


  21. #
    Diane — January 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Oatmeal cookie mix sounds yummy!


  22. #
    melissa@IWasBornToCook — January 21, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I’d love to try the pancake mix!


  23. #
    Christopher Sorel — January 21, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Great looking rolls and need a better GF free flour. Love to try Pamela’s Gluten Free Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend


  24. #
    Laura — January 21, 2013 at 5:25 am

    These sound great. My girlfriend has made the switch to GF, but has been dying for some cinnamon rolls. Passing this one along to her!


  25. #
    Amanda — January 21, 2013 at 5:27 am

    The cinnamon rolls look amazing! We would like to try Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix. Thanks!


  26. #
    Jennifer L — January 21, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Thanks for another great giveaway! Any of these would be wonderful, and after reading this I am really getting hungry:) I think I would like to try the all-purpose flour as these rolls look amazing.


  27. #
    Shaina — January 21, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Mmmm those cinnamon rolls look so yummy. I want to try the oatmeal cookie mix!


  28. #
    Leticia Navarro — January 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I’d like to try the sugar cookie mix.


  29. #
    jill — January 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

    I’d love to try one of the cookie mixes!


  30. #
    jan — January 21, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Lauren , I watched DA 1st and 2nd seasons on Netflix BUT I got the DVDs sent to my house NOT streamed to my TV about 6 months ago. You are the 3rd person that has said they couldnt get 2nd season on Netflix . Hope you get to see it soon .


  31. #
    Pat Vasil — January 21, 2013 at 5:57 am

    There are two products I would like to try – the sugar cookie mix for my husband (he has tummy problems) and the all purpose flour.


  32. #
    April V — January 21, 2013 at 5:57 am

    I would love to try the oatmeal cookie mix!!


  33. #
    Olivia @ Liv Lives Life — January 21, 2013 at 6:05 am

    I’d like to try the all-purpose blend. Thanks for the giveaway!


  34. #
    Krysten — January 21, 2013 at 6:13 am

    I am ALL about some Sugar Cookies!


  35. #
    Kate — January 21, 2013 at 6:15 am

    I’d like to try the flour blend. Thanks for the giveaway!


  36. #
    Lisa — January 21, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I would love to try the Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend…the rolls look so delicious! thanks


  37. #
    Jenn B — January 21, 2013 at 6:52 am

    The answer is *always* oatmeal cookies.


  38. #
    Nette — January 21, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Oh yum!! The cinnamon rolls look sooo tasty!!!

    But as for Downton Abbey…..I ended up signing up for Hulu Plus in order to stream the 2nd season! I just HAD to catch up so I could continue on with season 3 now – LOL!


  39. #
    Lauren — January 21, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I LOVE Pamela’s bread mix but I haven’t tried their other products yet. Definitely would love to give them a go!


  40. #
    grace — January 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

    We like to make biscuit so I would love to try the “Biscuit & Scone Mix” .. thank you for sharing the recipe for this cinnamon rolls, my son love cinnamon rolls and those store brought has added colors. So I have to try this home-made recipe soon :-)


  41. #
    MgMama — January 21, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I would love to try the Baking & Pancake mix! I’ve heard a lot about these products and we have only been gluten-free for about 2 months, so we haven’t had the chance to try many of the products out there.


  42. #
    Sara — January 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I would love to try the Artisan All Purpose Flour. I love to bake and recently went GF, so this would be wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity :-)


  43. #
    chelonc5 — January 21, 2013 at 7:28 am

    this is probably a dumb question, but I am unfamiliar with gluten free flour. Can I use regular flour with this recipe and have it turn out? Looks so super tasty!


  44. #
    Lyn — January 21, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I would like to try the flour blend, I love to bake and would like to experiment GF.


  45. #
    Christine A. — January 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Would love to try them all as we bake & create many items in our own kitchen for our GF family & friends. These cinnamon rolls look FANTASTIC!!!


  46. #
    Callie B. — January 21, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I would LOVE to try the chocolate brownie mix! Yummy!


  47. #
    Shelly P — January 21, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I would love to try the Oatmeal cookie mix!!


  48. #
    Madeline — January 21, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Hi Lauren!
    I feel your pain about the hardwood floors!! Unfortunately the only true solution is rugs – which are not the same as looking at the beautiful floors.
    As for Downtown Abbey – I found Season 2 DVD set at my local library. Hope you can find it – it was very good.
    The ant story is very funny. Gotta love what kids find interesting!
    If chosen I would love to try the flour blend. Having been recently told to eat gluten free I am wandering through this jungle of learning what is and is not in foods. In the end I have decided it is much easier to just cook from scratch – that way I know what I am eating LOL!!!
    Thanks for your blog – it is awesome!


  49. #
    Melissa — January 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I would love to try the flour so I can make these cinnamon rolls. My husband is forever sending me links to recipes for cinnamon rolls since we left Chicago and Ann Sather’s became a distant memory.


  50. #
    Kim R. — January 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I have not tried any gluten free products yet, but would love to! From what it sounds, some of these are the best. I would definitely want to try the Artisan All Purpose Flour Blend! :)


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