I definitely was skeptical about trying this recipe. Come on, cinnamon rolls with NO yeast?! It did intrigue me though, so I just had to try it. I was very pleasantly surprised! Now don’t get me wrong, they don’t have the same texture as yeast cinnamon rolls, but they were absolutely delicious. They kind of reminded me of what the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls taste like. For being so fast, they were to die for. They were tender and satisfied my Sunday morning cinnamon roll craving. I will definitely make these again – especially when I’m craving cinnamon rolls, but don’t want to wait all day.
For the Dough
For the Filling
½ stick butter
2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Glaze
Combine the ricotta cheese, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter, and vanilla in food processor and process until smooth, about 10 seconds (I did this in my kitchen aid.) Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and pulse in short bursts just until the dough clumps together (don’t overprocess). The dough will be soft and moist.
Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it with floured hands 4 or 5 times until smooth (it really only takes 4-5 times). With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12×15-inch rectangle. I discovered that 12×15 is exactly the size of my flexible plastic cutting board, so that’s a quick and easy way to size it.
Brush the dough with the melted butter, leaving a 1/2-inch border unbuttered around the edges. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture over the buttered area of the dough and press gently into the surface.
Bake until golden brown and firm to the touch, 20 to 28 minutes. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Run a spatula around the inside edge of the pan to loosen the rolls, and transfer them to a serving plate.
In a small bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla to make a smooth glaze. Add milk as needed to achieve desired consistency. I chose for it to be a little thinner and whipped. It was delicious with the buttermilk, so I definitely suggest using that. Spread or drizzle onto warm rolls. Let stand 10 minutes and serve.