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Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls
Soft, tender gluten-free dough swirled with cinnamon and topped with a sweet glaze.
Yield: 12 rolls
For the rolls:
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp, ¼oz, 7g) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • 6 Tbsp warm water (110-115°F)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 Tbsp shortening (or butter)
  • ⅓ cup, plus ½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 cups Gluten Free Flour Mix (see below)
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
For the Gluten Free Flour Mix:
  • 1 cup (165 grams) white rice flour
  • ¾ cup (120 grams) sorghum flour (can also sub brown rice flour)
  • ¾ cup (120 grams) sticky rice flour (also called mochi flour)
  • ¾ cup (120 grams) tapioca starch
  • ¾ cup (160 grams) potato starch
For the filling:
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
For the glaze (optional):
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Water or milk for thinning
  1. Dissolve yeast and ½ teaspoon sugar in warm water. Let stand for 5-10 minutes or until foamy.

  2. Add milk, shortening, ⅓ cup sugar and salt to a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until very hot and sugar and salt are dissolved and shortening has melted. Let cool to 140°F.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, lightly beat the eggs. With the mixer running on low, add the hot milk mixture in a slow stream.

  4. Measure 3 cups of the gluten free flour mix into a bowl. Add the xanthan gum and whisk to combine. Add all at once to the mixer and turn on low. Turn off the mixer and add the yeast. Turn mixer back on to low speed. Add the remaining gluten free flour mix a little at a time until the dough is still a little sticky, but not stiff. (You should only need 3¾ to 4 cups total. Reserve the remaining for rolling out the dough.)

  5. Beat the dough on medium speed for 4-5 minutes. Turn off the motor, remove the paddle attachment and let dough stand for a few minutes. The dough will firm up a bit as it stands, so don't skip this step.

  6. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter. Set aside.

  7. Lay a large rectangle of parchment paper out on a clean, flat surface. Sift a few tablespoons of the remaining flour in an even layer over the parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto the parchment paper and sift a little more flour mix over the top. Use your hands to flatten the dough into a large rectangle, about 16x20-inches and ½-inch thick. Trim and patch the edges as needed so they are as straight as possible.

  8. Carefully spread the softened butter over the entire surface of the dough. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together and sprinkle evenly over the butter.

  9. Start on the long edge and use the parchment paper to help you roll the dough over itself. When you get to the edge, dab a little water along the length of the dough to help seal it. Press the dough, if needed, so the roll is even through the middle.

  10. Using a sharp serrated knife, carefully cut the roll into quarters and then cut each quarter into thirds. Transfer each roll to the buttered baking dish. Press down gently on each roll so it touches the one next to it. Brush the tops of the rolls with the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Cover baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm to rise for 30-45 minutes depending on the temperature of the room. The rolls will raise up, but not double in size.

  11. While rolls are rising, preheat oven to 425°F. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.

  12. Optional: Top rolls with vanilla glaze.

  13. Recipe created by Café Johnsonia.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls | Soft, tender gluten-free dough swirled with cinnamon and topped with a sweet glaze. Find recipe at redstaryeast.com.

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  1. I want to make these for Christmas morning. Could these be frozen before baking and finished in the morning?

  2. Hello,
    Could I use this recipe to make sweet bread rolls, using all of the ingredients given excluding the brown sugar and cinnamon?

    • Hi Matt,
      You can try to make a bread using this recipe, but keep in mind that because it is a gluten-free dough the bread may be more dense. It was developed to rise smaller rolls, so may not have the strength to hold the gas in a larger loaf. You may also like to try one of our other gluten free bread recipes.

      Happy baking!

  3. I just made these and unfortunately the dough was way too sticky. It stuck to the parchment paper so the rolls completely fell apart. I followed the instructions exactly. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Tammie,
      Did you dust the parchment paper with flour before adding the dough? This will help prevent the dough from sticking to the paper.

      Flour moisture levels can vary, so it’s always important to check your dough during mixing/kneading. If the dough is too sticky, try adding in a little more flour while mixing the dough. You want it a little sticky (like cookie batter) but not too wet. If the dough feels too dry, add in water (liquid)a little at a time until you get the desired consistency.

      I hope you find this information helpful. Let us know if you try the recipe again!
      Happy baking!

  4. How can this be done without a mixer?


    • Hi Maya,
      You can try using a dough whisk or gently knead it by hand. Just be sure not to add too much additional flour. The dough should be sticky, similar to a cookie dough batter.

      Happy baking!

  5. I’m having trouble finding sticky rice flour. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Jennie,
      I found a few online resources for sticky rice flour (Bob’s Red Mill brand has a great variety of GF flours, including this one). You can experiment with other flours, just keep in mind that each flour has it’s own characteristics and you may need to try a few different flours until you find one that works for you.
      Happy baking!

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