Cinnamon Roll Bread is an easy no yeast 10 minute bread recipe that captures everything you love about cinnamon rolls in an effortless bread! It makes an amazing breakfast, brunch, dessert and gift!

The original Cinnamon Roll Bread recipe! I developed this bread years ago as a fun twist on my always popular Cinnamon Bread that goes viral each year. It’s the ultimate, effortless mix of every thing you love about cinnamon rolls drenched with luxuriously creamy Cinnamon Roll Icing!

With over 35 easy bread recipes and years of bread making, I have the best tips to make this easy foolproof bread the absolute best! This easy recipe has earned 4.99 stars from over 235 reviews! With over 10,000 Facebook shares, see what the fuss is all about this tried and true recipe!

“Absolutely delicious. Made it for breakfast the next day after the recipe appeared on Facebook! There were four adults and 2 children. There was none left after breakfast! This is a winner!” Thanks for posting the recipe.”

Ann
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Cinnamon Roll Bread

Cinnamon Roll Bread is made with staple ingredients – chances are, you have everything you need on hand to bake up a delicious loaf! It’s so versatile – you can bake it in a 1.5 pound loaf pan or make miniature loaves to share or freeze.

It’s so delicious you may just devour half and never look back. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish to mix up this beautiful bread. No special skills or bread maker required! Our girls love to make it, too!

Ingredients and Substitutions

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  • Sugar – White granulated sugar sweetens this bread to perfection and adds a crunchy layer on top! You can substitute brown sugar for rich flavor.
  • Flour – All purpose flour is best, but readers have noted success using gluten free one for one flour. Spoon flour into measuring cups for accuracy.
  • Baking Powder – Baking powder is the leavening agent that gives this no yeast quick bread an incredible rise.
  • Salt – A hint of salt brings out all the other flavors and balances the sweet flavor.
  • Eggs – Large eggs bind ingredients together and add moisture.
  • Milk – Use whatever you have on hand. Any milk, fat free, skim, 1%, 2%, whole milk and vitamin D milk all work well. You can use buttermilk to balance the sweetness and add a slight tang. Substitute with Almond Milk to make it dairy free.
  • Vegetable Oil – Makes the bread incredibly moist. Substitute with canola oil, melted butter or melted coconut oil.
  • CinnamonCinnamon sugar is blended together to swirl into the bread and add a delicious crunch on top! Substitute cinnamon and brown sugar if you prefer. I love it both ways!
A loaf of cinnamon roll bread drizzled with icing

Cinnamon Roll Icing

  • Butter – Salted or unsalted butter, your preference!
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as confectioner’s sugar, it sweetens the icing while maintaining a silky smooth consistency. You can make powdered sugar with white granulated sugar if needed.
  • Vanilla – Pure Vanilla Extract adds a hint of flavor. To avoid altering the color, you can use homemade vanilla extract or clear vanilla.
  • Milk – Use whatever you have on hand. You can add as little or much as you want to achieve the consistency you desire.

Alternatively, you can top with Cream Cheese Glaze. They’re both absolutely divine!

Variations

Fold in up to ½ cup of mix-ins.

  • Nuts
  • Toffee
  • Raisins
  • Chopped Apples like my amazing Apple Bread drizzled with icing
A cinnamon roll loaf in a gold loaf pan, before baking

Tools I Use

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Bread

Print in the recipe card below, toggle on cook mode while using your mobile phone or tablet or bake with me, following my video! For easy reference, this is a step-by-step overview with photos to make Cinnamon Roll Bread.

  1. Prep – Preheat oven and grease loaf pan.
  2. Mix – In a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine dry ingredients. Set aside.A mixture of flour in a white bowl with a large metal whiskIn a large mixing bowl, combine wet ingredients. A batter coming together in a clear glass bowl of a stand mixerGradually fold in dry mixture to wet until just moist. Do not over mix.
  3. Make Cinnamon Sugar Topping – In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar. A cinnamon sugar mixture in a white bowl, gold spoon stirring it
  4. Swirl – Pour half the batter into a prepared loaf pan. Spoon cinnamon sugar mixture onto the top, evenly covering the surface.A cinnamon roll loaf in a gold loaf pan, before bakingUsing a knife or spoon, carefully drag to create swirls in the mixture. Continue to do this until you get the desired swirl you would like. Don’t over-swirl or the cinnamon sugar mixture will begin to settle into the batter. A cinnamon roll loaf in a gold loaf pan, before baking Top with remaining batter and repeat.
  5. Bake – Bake and allow to cool before removing from loaf pan or icing.Cinnamon roll bread baked in a gold loaf pan on a marble surface
  6. Make Icing – In a large mixing bowl, beat to combine icing ingredients.
Icing ingredients being mixed in a mixing bowl

Warm in a carafe, large measuring cup or jar in the microwave and stir.

Cinnamon roll icing in a Pyrex measuring bowl, in the drawer of a microwave

Pour over loaf and allow to set before serving.

Creamy icing pouring over a loaf of cinnamon roll bread
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Tips from My Test Kitchen

Do Not Overfill Loaf Pan – Fill ⅔ full to compensate for rise.

Watch Bake Time – Using the toothpick test is the best way to ensure proper bake time for your oven and baking vessel. Insert a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, the bread is done.

Serve Warm – To capture the gooey goodness of cinnamon rolls, serve slightly warm.

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The Secret of the Swirl

I don’t blend cinnamon into the batter. I swirl it in, creating a super-moist bread with pockets of deep cinnamon-infused bites.

A cinnamon roll loaf in a gold loaf pan, before baking

A loaf of cinnamon roll bread drizzled with icing

Baking Alternatives to Adapt or Scale

  • Miniature Loaves – Bake in mini loaf pans to gift or freeze for a quick loaf. This recipe yields 6 miniature loaves. Reduce bake time to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. 
  • Make Cinnamon Roll Muffins – Grease miniature muffin tins and fill each well ⅔ full. Bake 12 minutes or until just set.
  • Make it Ornate – Bake it in an ornate loaf pan, allowing room to compensate for rise and watching bake time closely.

You can learn more about Loaf Pan Sizes and refer to this printable Measurement Conversion Chart to scale this recipe.

A loaf of cinnamon roll bread, covered in icing and sliced on a marble surface

Tips to Gift

I have been gifting this bread for over 15 years! It’s one of my favorite homemade gifts for the holidays. Perfect for parties, a beautiful hostess gift, co-worker, neighbor, friends, family and more! It’s quick and easy to bake an abundance of mini loaves.

  • Bake in small, disposable or inexpensive ceramic miniature loaf pans available online and in craft stores.
  • Let icing set before wrapping. Allow them to sit at room temperature 1 hour or transfer to the refrigerator to set faster.
  • Wrap for maximum freshness or place in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon for pretty presentation. Wrap with parchment or ribbon and an optional sprig to garnish.

More Ways to Enjoy Cinnamon Roll Bread

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How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container or cover in plastic wrap to maintain freshness at room temperature up to 5 days.
  • Refrigerate – Store glazed or unglazed bread in an airtight container or covered tightly in double plastic wrap up to 1 week refrigerated.
  • Freeze – You can freeze this bread before icing. Wrap loaf or loaves tightly with plastic wrap or foil and place in double freezer bags or an airtight container to maximize fresh flavor. Freeze up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature to serve or warm and glaze to serve.
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Cinnamon Roll Bread

This incredible Cinnamon Roll Bread recipe is made from staple ingredients. Make ahead and freeze for a snack or serve it warm for the ultimate breakfast or brunch!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

Batter

Swirl In

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • cup white granulated sugar or brown sugar

Glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract substitute homemade or clear vanilla for a true white glaze
  • 3 tablespoons milk or a tablespoon at a time until you achieve the desired consistency

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 1½ pound loaf pan. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl with a spatula or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine on low speed.
    1 cup white granulated sugar, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
  • On low speed, beat in egg, milk and oil until just moist.
    1 large egg, 1 cup milk, ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
    2 teaspoons cinnamon, ⅓ cup white granulated sugar
  • Pour half of batter into prepared loaf pan. Using a spoon, top with half of the cinnamon sugar mixture to evenly coat the top of the batter. Using your spoon, a knife or spatula, gently swirl in cinnamon sugar.
  • Pour remaining batter over the top (pan should only be ⅔ full). Spoon to top with remaining cinnamon sugar and gently swirl.
  • Place loaf pan in the center of preheated oven. Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean, watching bake time carefully to prevent over-baking.
    Allow loaf cool 10 minutes before releasing from loaf pan.

Glaze

  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth. Warm if needed and pour to drizzle over bread.
    Allow to set a few minutes before slicing.
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons milk

Julie’s Tips

Do not over-mix batter or over-swirl to maintain a beautiful rise.
Fill ⅔ full to compensate for rise.
Carefully watch bake time. Ovens, vessel size, shape and color vary. Altitude and humidity can also impact bake time. Watch bake time, inserting a toothpick in the center of the loaf. When it comes out clean, bread is baked through.

To capture the gooey deliciousness of cinnamon rolls, serve warm.

Substitutions

Sugar – Substitute white granulated sugar with light or dark brown sugar in batter and cinnamon sugar mixture.
Flour – Make it gluten-free substituting 1 for 1 flourr.
Milk – Fat free, skim, 1%, 2%, whole milk and vitamin D milk, buttermilk and almond milk all work well with this recipe.
Oil – Vegetable oil can be substituted with canola oil, melted butter or melted coconut oil.
Butter – Salted or unsalted butter can be used. It’s your preference.

Variations

Fold up to 1/2 cup nuts, toffee bits, raisins or chopped apples into batter.
Top with cream cheese glaze instead of powdered sugar glaze.

Storage Tips

Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. Store at room temperature up to 5 days, refrigerated up to 1 week. 
Freeze un-iced loaves wrapped tightly in plastic in double freezer bags up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature or warm and glaze to serve.
Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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214 Comments

  1. This is in the oven now but spilling out all over the sides of the pan and not near done at 50 minutes…..any ideas what went wrong?

  2. Can the bread be frozen before putting the icing on? I would love to make this for Christmas morning but with young kids I would have to wake up WAY too early.

    1. You can always freeze bread, but I highly recommend just making it a day or two in advance, covering it with saran wrap and then icing it the morning of. Personally, I always think fresh is best. It keeps well though!

    2. There is only two of us and I always make my breads like these in small loaf pans for just us. I do it with the cinnamon bread… banana bread and once it is defrosted, always tastes like you just made it.

  3. you just reawakened my sweet tooth!!! and am supposed to be on a diet!!! You know what who cares about diet, right.

    1. 5 stars
      I made this earlier tonight with your cream cheese glaze and it’s taking everything in me to not sit down with the whole loaf with a fork. It’s so good , I’ve already had 2 “samples” and I’m usually really good about samples lol. I had to use buttermilk instead of regular milk and it came out perfect. Thanks for the Recipe!

      1. Hi Shannon,
        I’m so glad to hear how much you’re enjoying this one! Now I’m craving a slice!
        Have a wonderful week,
        Julie

    1. I’d love for you to come back and tell me what you think! Chris devoured half a loaf on his own. We can’t get enough!