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I already knew this, but while re-organizing my pin boards, it has been confirmed that I am obsessed with breakfast foods.  Which is kind of funny, because we don’t have elaborate breakfasts most mornings.  Usually it is only toast, cereal or a smoothie.  On the weekends, that is different, and we tend to sometimes go a little crazy, but for the most part, breakfasts are the easiest meal of the day.

But there is something about breakfast foods that I just can’t get enough of.  (Which is why we actually end up having breakfast for dinner quite often.)  Eggs, any way, pancakes, waffles, cinnamon rolls – I love them all.

But one strange morning, I woke up, craving to get into the kitchen right away to cook.  And when the mood strikes, what can you do but succomb?  I was really craving cinnamon rolls, but hadn’t planned ahead.  I didn’t want to have breakfast around lunch time!  So cinnamon biscuits it was.

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Honestly, I had no idea how these were going to turn out.  In fact, I didn’t even plan on blogging them – they were just a spur of the moment recipe, but I could tell when they came out of the oven that they were going to be good. And I was so right.

I honestly think that if I wouldn’t have told my husband that these are biscuits and not cinnamon rolls, he wouldn’t have known.  They really do have a texture similar to cinnamon rolls, but no yeast, no raising, no wait.   And before he tried his first biscuit, my husband asked if there was a frosting or anything that went on top.  I told him no, that it didn’t need one, and he almost didn’t believe me.  And then he proceeded to eat 3 of these.  Yeah, we liked them that much!

And if you read the recipe, you might find it weird to pour milk over the finished biscuits.  I had read about this method awhile back, and had wanted to try it.  I think that might be the secret to the success of these biscuits.  Seriously – so good!!

Next time you are craving cinnamon rolls but don’t have the time to make them, this recipe will surprise you and satisfy you!
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Cinnamon Biscuits
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In the mood for cinnamon rolls but don't have the time? These cinnamon biscuits will become your new go-to - especially since they only take 35 minutes!
Serves: 9 biscuits
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • ½ cup milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a 9-inch round baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the vegetable oil. Add in the buttermilk and stir just until combined.
  3. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead the dough until it is smooth. Roll it into a 15x8 inch rectangle. Spread the butter over the dough.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Sprinkle over the butter. Roll up the dough like a jelly roll and pinch the seams to seal. Cut into 9 equal slices and arrange in the prepared pan, cut side up.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour the milk evenly over the top. Serve warm.


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37 Responses to Cinnamon Biscuits

  1. Rosa says:

    Those looks amazing! A perfect alternative to the yeasted version.



  2. I love that these are no yeast and can be whipped up in no time! That’s my kind of bread recipe. These look so delicious and comforting. I’ll have to remember them for a relaxing weekend morning. 🙂

  3. Katrina says:

    Mmm I love a good biscuit! These must be insanely yummy warm.

  4. These look WAY better than my oatmeal. Wish I had a couple to go with my coffee 🙂

  5. Abby says:

    I’d much rather have breakfast for supper than any other meal of the day! These look great and much tastier than my English muffin with peanut butter.

  6. Bev Weidner says:


    I love this!

  7. Jane says:

    This looks really good and convenient! I would love to make this! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. excellent idea! I do crave them a lot but hate the wait.

  9. What a great idea, Deborah! I love the idea of presented my family with cinnamon rolls without the hassle of dealing with a yeast dough. As for breakfast foods, I am obsessed too!

  10. What a fun idea! I’ll have to try this when I don’t want to take the time to make cinnamon rolls.

  11. Joan says:

    I was curious about the recipe since their is no yeast. This is on my to make list!

  12. I love how quick these come together! Great idea.

  13. Cassie says:

    I am always in the mood for cinnamon rolls. I am tucking this recipe away for a rainy day. I love it, and they look absolutely divine!

  14. Kristy says:

    Yeast and rising time are the two biggest reasons I never make cinnamon rolls. Looks like I don’t have any excuses anymore! 😉

  15. Asiya says:

    Yummy!!! Love how there is no waiting. There are so many bread recipes I want to try but I have to time everything around my youngest son’s schedule so I usually don’t end up having time for all the rising time. Once he is up from his nap there is no more time for anything but him 🙂

    Pinning this and will give it a try soon! Thx for sharing!

  16. Chels R. says:

    I’m so going to try this!! I’m intimidated by Cinnamon Rolls, so this might be a great way to get my feet wet 🙂

  17. I have a love affair with cinnamon rolls! These look great!

  18. Kelly says:

    Looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try them!

  19. I am the same way. I love breakfast foods but always just have something basic like cereal for breakfast. But I would totally change thigns up for these biscuits!

  20. Anu says:

    Sounds great and yum.

  21. Danguole says:

    LOVE the idea of not having to do the whole yeast thing. It’s a labor of love and delicious, but the wait is just not an option sometimes!

    I also love breakfast, but on weekdays it’s just coffee for me. Not ideal, but it makes weekend breakfast REALLY special!

  22. Joanne says:

    It’s really funny…I love breakfast foods also but almost NEVER change up my usual breakfast routine..I just eat breakfast for dinner! These cinnamon rolls? They would be dessert. Love.

  23. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    These are fabulous! I love those spur of the moment recipes too! And for these to have no yeast and no wait, I’m all for that! There is nothing like a hot cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee to start the morning! Great recipe! Definitely giving these a try something this week! 🙂

  24. beti says:

    this is a proper cinnamon biscuit, it looks delicious and perfectly rolled

  25. I love this! I recently pinned a cinnamon roll biscuit recipe from Joy the Baker’s site–I love how you get the taste of cinnamon rolls without all of the work 🙂

  26. OK… I HAVE to try these! I have made homemade cinnamon rolls before and did not have much luck. This looks like the recipe I have been looking for!

  27. grace says:

    fantastic. i love that you pictured a fork–i’d so dig in with my hands and not think twice about it. 🙂

  28. Mercedes says:

    Wow, these sound so easy, yet delicious!

  29. Ahana says:

    Can you tell me how to make buttermilk at home?

  30. Lyn says:

    I just made these this morning. So good I am just going to make this my go-to recipe! I have made yeast dough cinnamon rolls many times before, but they have never come out this tender or delicious. Like you said in your post, it IS very hard for people to even guess that the dough for this is for biscuits. I would just call this a hybrid dough myself, but regardless of what catagory it is…its amazing.

    Thinking about adding diced raisens and dried cherries to the filling next time : )

  31. BC says:

    I made these for breakfast, and everyone loved them. These are quick and easy to make, and taste delicious! I didn’t have cardamom to add to mine. I did make a icing to drizzle over the top. The kids and hubby loved them!

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