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20 Minute Cinnamon Roll Biscuits



I married a man who loves cinnamon rolls as much as I do.  We both like cinnamon buns ALOT! Unfortunately, cinnamon buns are not conducive to making spur of the moment, and they are quite labor intensive. Most recipes that I have found involve scalding milk, letting the dough rise twice or overnight etc. Most of us don’t have that much time to devote to cinnamon rolls, no matter how delicious they are!

I found this recipe years ago, while perusing my aunt’s recipe collection. I don’t remember where the recipe came from originally, but it was similar to this one. I adapted the recipe over the years to fit my nutrition standards and taste buds. They are called biscuits because they are denser and drier than cinnamon rolls, but they are just as delicious! And way healthier than the store bought cinnamon rolls that come in a can!

20 Minute Cinnamon Roll Biscuits

Makes about 10-12 biscuits depending on how thick you make them!

Ingredients for the biscuit dough:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (or substitute 3/4 cup low fat milk mixed with 2 tsp vinegar- let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Ingredients for the biscuit filling:

Combine the following in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until the butter is melted and stir well.

  • 1 TB Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 TB butter or butter spread (such as Brummel and Brown)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or raisins (optional)


Step 1: Combine all dry ingredients for dough in a medium mixing bowl.

Step 2: Stir vegetable oil and buttermilk one at a time into dry ingredients.

Step 3: Knead dough gently with floured hands, and roll into a 15 x 8 rectangle on a well floured surface.

Step 4: Sprinkle topping onto rolled out dough. Spread evenly with a butter knife if needed.

Step 5: Roll dough into a log. Pinch ends together and cut log horizontally into 1-2 inch rounds.

Step 6: Arrange cinnamon rolls into a greased 9 inch cake pan.

Step 7: Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.

Serve warm with a heart healthy butter spread and fresh coffee!


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