Simple Cinnamon Rolls


I love home-cooked breakfast on Sundays. I woke this morning thinking about the other half of a double batch of pizza dough I whipped up yesterday. The dough was what my Nana would describe as “happy”– full of air, fluffy and nearly bursting through the wrap, eager to get into whatever creative plan I would soon hatch.

So inspired, I came up with this delicious treat. The scent of warm cinnamon and buttery brown sugar wafting through the house is irresistible.


1 batch pizza dough (homemade or store-bought, my whole wheat version shown here)

1/4 cup flour for rolling

1/4 cup dairy-free buttery spread (such as Earth Balance), softened, plus extra for pan

1 big tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup finely chopped nuts

Note: Ingredients amounts are flexible. If you like more cinnamon, by all means, pile it on. That goes for sugar, nuts, raisins, chocolate–whatever you like. You can’t mess this up. It’s your creation!


Grease a 9 inch cake pan with buttery spread until well-coated.


Lightly flour a clean surface and roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick, checking underneath periodically, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.

Spread the margarine to cover the dough to the edges. Sprinkle sugar, cinnamon and nuts evenly and pat down to adhere to dough.


Roll the long side tightly to form a log shape. With a very sharp knife, cut into 1 to 1/2 inch thick slices and place side by side in the cake pan. Brush with additional margarine if desired.


Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until sugar is bubbly and rolls are lightly browned.


Serve with vanilla glaze if desired:

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Blend together well and drizzle over rolls

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20 thoughts on “Simple Cinnamon Rolls

    • They are addictively delicious. I had to give some away. I just don’t trust myself around them 🙂

      • I think that would be my reaction too – looking at them is a mixture of envy and pure fear!

  1. Hi. I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.

  2. They look scrumptious, and you make it look almost effortless to whip them up. I’m keen to try them 🙂

    • Yes, super easy, as long as you have the dough made ahead. And so versatile. You can stuff the dough with most anything, sweet or savory 🙂 Be creative!

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  4. Hi there! I have nominated your blog for the ‘Super Sweet Blog Award’! Because I love your sweet posts and recipes! Check out the link here with rules on how to participate if you’d like 🙂

  5. I made these beauties a while ago & loved them so much! Really wonderful. 😀

  6. Oh my goodness, Melanie. My brain just exploded with delight. Will make these for breakfast this weekend. The kids will love me!


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