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Quick cinnamon rolls

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Happy Valentine’s day everybody! I hope you’re having a great time if you’re celebrating. Today’s recipe is not very romantic – no chocolate, heart-shaped or red velvet stuff for you. Hope I’m not disappointing you. I’m sure many of you (just like me) like cinnamon rolls. How can you say no to that fluffy goodness? As much as I like the yeasted rolls, these here are different. A little experiment on my part that ended well.

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The dough I’m using here is made with baking powder. It’s adapted from one of my mom’s recipes. I first tried it a few days ago for something else. I really liked it and wanted to use it again. While I was in the shower (most inspiring place ever), I got the idea for the cinnamon rolls and here they are.

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I’m pretty happy with the results. They are not like the ones with yeast obviously, but they are still really good on their own. If you want to try something different (and much quicker), you should give them a chance.

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  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup melted and cooled unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + more if needed


  • 6-7 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 180C degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Stir the baking powder into the yogurt and pour in a bowl. Add the butter, oil and sugar and mix them together. Start adding flour and mixing until the dough forms (I’m using a spoon, no need for a mixer). Knead it a few times and add more flour if needed. The dough should be soft and not sticky.

Sprinkle your work surface with some flour. Roll the dough into a rectangle (about 4-5mm thick). Spread the melted butter leaving a border on the one of the longer edges uncoated (so it will stick and the rolls won’t open). Sprinkle the two types of sugar and cinnamon evenly. Starting from the opposite longer end, roll the dough tightly into a cylinder. Cut into same-sized pieces and place in the baking pan.

Bake them for about 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.



The rolls are not very sweet. You can use more sugar for the filling if you want to or you can add some sort of topping.


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