Cinnamon Rolls

In our house a tradition has been to have freshly made Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning. This is the recipe I have used for the past few years. I will post it as is with notes as to what I did to make it gluten free. They turned out wonderful and taste great the next day if you have any left overs.

What you need:

  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour (substitute a gluten free flour- Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose flour mix works great)


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup margarine, softened


  • 8 tbsp margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)


  1. For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
  2. Add sugar, margarine, salt, eggs and mix well. Slowly add the flour and mix till well blended
  3. knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.
  4. Put in a bowl, cover, and let rise about 1 hr or until the dough has doubled in size (if using a Gluten Free flour only let sit while you make the filling)
  5. To make filling combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl
  6. Preheat oven to 400
  7. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide (it should be about 1/4 in thick)
  8. Spread softened margarine over the surface of the dough and sprinkle the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly over the surface
  9. Working carefully from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge
  10. Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices and place in a lightly greased baking pan
  11. Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown
  12. while rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients and beat well with mixer until fluffy
  13. When rolls are done spread generously with icing

I found this recipe on and it has become one of my favorites. I was really glad that I was able to use a gluten free flour with it and not have it lose any flavor or texture.


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3 thoughts on “Cinnamon Rolls

  1. Char W.

    I remember when I was smaller my grandma would make these. It’s nice to have a gluten free recipe now that the kids can enjoy.

    1. Kandi Post author

      I would get up early every Christmas morning and make a batch. It hasn’t been the same since going gluten free but I try really hard to keep that tradition of Cinnamon Rolls and Egg Nog for Christmas morning.


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