Gluten Free Cinnamon Sticky Rolls Recipe (Oven or Crock Pot)

Gluten Free Cinnamon Sticky Rolls Recipe (Oven or Crock Pot)

My grandma’s Cinnamon Sticky Rolls recipe, made gluten free, with love.

gluten free cinnamon bun

Pull-apart cinnamon buns.

Note: This post is unusually long because it is part of the Home for the Holidays blogger event. To jump straight to the recipe, click: Cinnamon Sticky Rolls.

If you’re searching for a pull-apart gluten free cinnamon bun recipe, click here!

Mindy's Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls in the pan

Mindy’s Cinna-bon style rolls.

If Cinna-bon type Cinnamon Rolls are what you’re craving, click here!


For years (ok, decades) I thought that there was NO way I could ever replicate my Grandma’s cinnamon sticky rolls. No way. And thank goodness I didn’t have to! Christmas came and went every year, and Grandma’s rolls were something we could all count on.

I remember as a young girl lingering in Grandma’s kitchen, but I had already missed the true excitement: the kneading of the dough, the hours of rising and covering and baking. Nothing to see here … move along.

All I distinctly remember from those Christmas mornings was that I and my younger cousins were relegated to being served the “hard” parts of Grandma’s rolls — the crispy outsides. The coveted insides (the yummy soft rolls) were fought over by the older generations, and there were certainly none left for us young-uns! Not that we complained (much), since the outer (crunchy) rolls were still awesome, it’s just that in comparison to the supreme deliciousness of those inner rolls …. (ok, I apologize … I am seriously digressing into family issues/rolls.).

To hear my radio interview with Shirley (GlutenFreeEasily) about gluten-free holiday baking & more on my Grandma’s Cinnamon Sticky Rolls, click here for the podcast!

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Back to the point: to me these rolls were up there with every other Christmas tradition. Of course we would always have Grandma’s rolls! It was unthinkable to contemplate the possibility that Christmas could occur without them! … I know, I understand. This sounds really bad. Christmas isn’t about rolls!!?! What were we thinking!?? Agreed. But you know what? Looking back at my Christmas memories (what Shirley’s “Home for the Holidays, gluten-free style” is all about!), my Grandma’s cinnamon sticky rolls were IT! I was with my extended family (which only happened once or twice a year), and we all congregated Christmas morning to share the ritual pecking order of who got the soft, gooey insides of Grandma’s cinnamon sticky rolls. That was our tradition.

Grandma's Cinnamon Sticky Rolls ... Made Gluten Free! Our Christmas morning tradition, but melt-in-your-mouth delicious any time of year. Bake in the oven OR the crockpot! gfJules.comSo when Shirley asked each of us GF bloggers to think of what recipe meant the holidays to us — of course this recipe was my choice. Christmas couldn’t really be Christmas without Grandma’s rolls. Except that Christmas somehow happened without those rolls when Grandma got sick, and after she passed away. Christmas took on a totally different taste to us all, though. You see, Grandma didn’t exactly leave a recipe for her famous rolls, and no one in the family had a clue how to start over. So we all made due on memories, which frankly, didn’t cut it.

About that same time, I was diagnosed with celiac disease, so I was obviously out of the “how to recreate Grandma’s rolls” loop. It was just another in my long line of emotion-laden foods that I could expect to never enjoy again. It was also another reason for my multi-year food depression which marked my first several years post-CD-diagnosis.

At some point (a story for a different day), I parted the curtain of my despair and determined to recreate the most important of my family’s recipes. Of course, Grandma’s rolls were a major challenge, considering that none of us even had a glutenous recipe starting point–just the vivid memory of the taste of those amazing rolls, as you closed your eyes and slowly savored the unmistakable flavors of Christmas….

This is where my mother stepped in again, as the amazing inspiration she has always been for me. She was also a cinnamon roll addict (weren’t we all?!) and she challenged me to figure out how to replicate Grandma’s rolls, but to do it gluten-free. So we worked and worked (the taste-tests were brutal!) until we achieved sweet success!

Taylor O's gluten free cinnamon sticky rolls

Taylor O: “Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. Even my family members who do not eat gluten free loved these for Christmas breakfast!”

I think it’s because these rolls mean so much to me, sentimentally, that I am so touched whenever readers share their photos of this recipe and their reports of widespread happiness with whomever they share.

Here’s Taylor O’s Christmas morning success. And here’s to wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays.

And now, without further ado, onto my most delicious holiday memory: Cinnamon Sticky Rolls!


Gluten Free Cinnamon Sticky Rolls Recipe (Oven or Crock Pot Method)

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Dough Ingredients:

Crumble Ingredients:

Topping Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbs. melted butter or Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks
  • 1/2 cup dark karo syrup (or pure maple syrup or agave nectar – light rolls pictured with agave)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional)


1- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, except yeast.  Cut the shortening into small pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a dough paddle attachment on an electric mixer or a pastry cutter by hand.

2- In a smaller bowl, stir together the liquid ingredients until combined.  Slowly add liquid mixture to the dry ingredient bowl and mix with the paddle attachment.  Add in the yeast, mixing on medium-high until smooth.  The dough will be very wet.

Meanwhile, prepare the topping ingredients and distribute in the bottom of an oiled 8 x 8 or 9 inch round pan OR in the bottom of a large crock pot.


If using oven method, preheat oven to 200º F, then turn off.

3- Liberally dust a clean counter or pastry mat and your hands with gfJules™ Flour.  Turn the dough out onto the well-floured surface.

4- Gently pat into a rectangle shape, about 1/4 inch thick.

5- Melt the butter and mix with remaining crumble ingredients. Spread on top of the dough.


6- Cut the dough in half, leaving two approximately equal squares of dough. Slowly roll the dough from one end to the other so that the crumble mixture is spiraled inside itself. Repeat for the other half of the dough, so that you have two long logs of rolled dough. Slice each log with a knife to form approximately 8-12 rolls in total.

7- Lay each roll onto the topping-lined pan, spiral-side down. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper and place inside the warmed oven for 25 minutes to rise.

gluten free cinnamon rolls rising

Cinnamon rolls after rising.


After rising, remove the parchment paper and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Turn oven up to 350º F (static) or 325º F (convection).

When oven has come to temperature, bake for approximately 25 minutes (remove the foil after 15 minutes). The rolls will be light brown and have risen nicely. Turn the oven off and open the oven door to let the rolls cool slowly for about 5 minutes.

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After baking, the rolls will have risen and browned, and a toothpick inserted into a roll will come out without wet dough. Set aside to cool briefly, then invert onto a pan to serve.


8- Remove from the oven to cool for 5 minutes, then turn upside-down on a plate for another 5 minutes. The rolls will drop onto the plate and the pan can be removed. Scrape any toppings out from the pan and onto the rolls if they don’t come out with the rolls.


gluten free cinnamon rolls in pan


7- Lay each roll on top of the toppings in the crock pot, spiral-side down. Cover with the lid and let the rolls rise on the low setting for 30 minutes or cover and set in the fridge overnight, remove to come to room temperature then rise before baking.

After rising, turn to high setting and bake for 2 – 2 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the rolls comes out clean. Crockpots vary significantly — one I used took 2 hours; another took 6! If your crockpot high temperature is in the 212° F range, it will take more like 6 hours to cook through. (Although it’s a long wait, the good news is that it smells amazing and it is hard to overcook them inside the crock pot!)

8- Once cooked, turn crock pot bowl upside-down on a plate; the rolls will drop onto the plate and the bowl can be removed.

(This method is particularly helpful if you make the rolls and let the crock pot do the work for you so that they are ready after church or a last minute holiday shopping trip!)

Serve warm, but be sure to grab a roll for yourself before they’re all gone!

Yields 8-12 rolls, depending on how small you cut them.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Sticky Rolls baked in a crockpot means every roll is melt-in-your-mouth soft.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Sticky Rolls baked in a crockpot means every roll is melt-in-your-mouth soft.

516 thoughts on “Gluten Free Cinnamon Sticky Rolls Recipe (Oven or Crock Pot)

  1. I just tried your cinnamon sticky rolls and they are delicious – I have never tried sticky buns before. They are a great way to start New Year’s. It took over 2 hours, and I placed them in a 9 inch square pan. Truly a feast for the eyes and the taste buds! Thank you!
    If there are any left (I could eat the whole pan today, along with my non-gluten -free husband, but my clothes would not fit tomorrow!), is there a way to freeze or otherwise store them for a couple of days? I would like to share them with a gluten-free friend I will see in 2 days.
    I always seek out your recipes first, and am happy with the results!

    • Thanks so much, Beth! That makes me so happy to hear! If you have any cinnamon sticky buns left, you certainly have more will power than I! You could put them in a small microwaveable or oven-safe pan and cover with foil and freeze for your friend. Then gently reheat. ENJOY!

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  3. Every Good Friday it is a tradition to make cinnamon rolls and coffee cakes. This is a tradition passed down in our family from my Grandmother who was born and raised in Belgium. The intent is to share with friends and family to enjoy on Easter. I make my grandmother’s traditional recipe to make dozens that are sent out the door to everyone I know and love. Before making 6 dozen or more each year, I make your recipe for me. I can’t have gluten. I prefer sticky buns to traditional cinnamon rolls. So this makes me the happiest. These can be in the crock pot and ready for a coffee break while I am sharing the love with everyone else. This year I am trying a pan of your other cinnamon roll recipe to keep here at home so my kids can compare. They are starting to prefer many gluten free items I make over traditional recipes. They are learning how many treats have often better flavors with alternative flour blends. Thank you for this recipe yet again!

    • Hi Michelle – what a wonderful tradition of sharing at Easter. I am so happy to know that my flour and recipe are a part of it, and glad you are not left behind! I can’t wait to hear what they think of the new cinnamon roll recipe too – which everyone likes better!
      Thank you for sharing your story with me. Have a blessed Easter with your family!

  4. This recipe is SO wonderful! I made them on Christmas Eve in the afternoon, let them rise as the directions say, and then covered them with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and put them in the fridge. I let them sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before baking as directed. The baking time (to make sure the dough was cooked and no longer sticky) took a little bit longer – up to 20 minutes – but the result was pure deliciousness… a new Christmas favorite in my family, even among the gluten eaters!

    • Oh Bambi, that is so wonderful to hear! And thanks for adding the information about making the day before – I’m sure that will be super helpful for others. So happy to hear you have a new Christmas Day tradition for ALL in your family!!!!

  5. Each year for Christmas, I used to make sticky buns for Christmas morning. I took a basic cinnamon roll bread recipe and made what we called sticky buns in an angel food cake pan. We rolled the dough into balls, dipped them in melted butter, cinnamon/brown sugar/walnut mix and then dropped into the pan. We let it rise and then baked it. My question is, do you think your cinnamon roll recipe would work well to make my sticky buns gluten free? I would love to have them again this year as I have abstained for many years.

    • I braved it and made my pull apart sticky buns using this recipe. They turned out wonderful. I did make a few changes to accommodate using a bunt pan. I added an additional 1/4 cup of flour to make the dough less sticky as I wanted to roll one in balls. I floured my hands to roll the balls. I combined the crumb ingredients and the topping together. I spread part of the topping mixture in the bottom of the pan, added a layer of rolled dough balls, then another layer of topping continuing to layer and finishing with the topping. Since I wanted these fresh for Christmas morning, I let it rise in a warm oven and then placed it in the fridge overnight. Early the next morning, I placed the pan in a warm oven to rise again for an hour and then baked for 35 minutes. My family raved about them and I finally got to have sticky buns again.

      • WOW Sheri – your version sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for taking the time to describe how you made them in a bundt pan – they sound so yummy that way, too! I can’t wait to try your way next time! Congratulations on having sticky buns in your life again – it’s a sweet thing!!!

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  8. Question, is the milk powder in the recipe the instant milk powder (Carnation) or the milk powder I buy at the health food store??  thanks.  

    • Hi Linda, the milk powder I use is non-dairy, potato based called Vance’s Dari-Free. You could use Carnation or soy milk powder – the results will vary slightly with different varieties, just make sure you don’t reconstitute it before adding!

  9. Thank you so much for giving me back my Christmas Morning Cinnamon Roll! I tried your recipe, and couldn’t believe how fabulous they were. Even the family ate them and loved them. I hadn’t had these for 6 years. I can’t thank you enough. I already used your flour, and now I will try any of your recipes for my old favorites.
    Again, thank you Jules!

    • Oh Melissa, that is so totally wonderful to hear! I felt the same way about having these back in my special Christmas morning routine — I’m thrilled that you tried them and that you and your family will never have to miss out on this tradition again!!!

  10. I made these for the first time last week. I had never made sticky buns …Ever! I did them in the crock pot, Yum. I want to try them oven method next time. I was wondering why you didn’t say the dimensions of the dough? I know you say how thick to roll them out but I think I might have made them to thin, because I made 16 rolls. The sugar on the outside edge got kind of hard like candy. Being thinner I should have cooked them in less time. Thanks

    • So glad you dove in and tried them, Susan! Even having never made them before! This recipe seems like it’s complicated and has a lot of steps, but once you’re in it, it’s fairly easy to make yummy rolls! Sounds like you did have the dough a bit thin, but now you have a better sense for what you should end up with. Next time I make them, I’ll try measuring the dough dimensions and adding them to the recipe – thanks for the idea!

    • Hi Jenn, I’m not in love with Ener-G egg replacer in yeasted recipes. You could try 3 Tbs. mayonnaise per egg or 1 Tbs. oil + 2 Tbs. water + 2 tsp. baking powder per egg.

  11. Hi Jules-
    I made these rolls in the crock-pot for a Xmas eve brunch and they were heavenly!
    My family devoured them and did not think they tasted GF- yum!! This is a new tradition for us :)

  12. Made these last night and my non gf hubby was begging for more!! So two nights in a row I’m making these :) your flour keeps on amazing me!! Every recipe is amazing!! I made homemade icing instead of the toppings soo good!!

    • Sara – I don’t blame you one bit. Those cinnamon rolls are so amazing!!!! I’m so happy for you that you can now make delicious treats that even your non-GF hubbie loves!! Yay!

  13. was wondering about what flours and what amounts to use i do not have your all purpose or any other all purpose at the moment i have a component flours but not sure what to use

  14. Hi Jules…I noticed slight different measures in your “Free for all Cooking” and this recipe…do you recommend using these measures for better results?

    • Hi Rosie, some of the recipes from Free for All Cooking are also on my blog, and sometimes the proportions have been changed a bit, which you have noticed here. The blog is able to be updated much more quickly than a printed book, so always go with the blog version if it is truly the same recipe. Other times, however, there really are two different recipes that might have a similar name or some similar ingredients but they are different recipes. Hope that helps!

  15. These cinnamon rolls were so good! I was really skeptical about making them, all the others I’ve tried before didn’t turn out. Even my non-GF hubby liked them. I used maple syrup in place of the Karo, and they were perfect. We don’t really like how Karo tends to get hard when baked, so the maple suggestion was nice. Thanks for the great recipe. Looking forward to trying other recipes too.

  16. What better way to wait for Hurricane Sandy to hit than baking??? Just made those. I didn’t use that topping though, as my kids are very partial to a cream cheese icing on their rolls.
    I have no words to express how delicious these are…. Speechless!
    Thank you!

  17. Voted most favorite out of several non-glutenfree brunch dishes this morning! I found these fairly easy to make. I was out of Jules so used Bob’s Red Mill GF and no milk powder so just added a bit of milk. I cooked them a bit longer since they looked so soft, and fortunately they came out great! Definitely adding to regular rotation at our house, not just for the holidays. :) Thank you!

    • That’s great, Jessica! Next time definitely make them with my flour and I bet they’ll be even better! Some folks aren’t keen on that bean flour aftertaste in Bob’s, which may have been covered up by all the yummy sugar, but …! :) So glad they were loved and you’ve got a new favorite recipe!

    • Jeanette – when I use Earth Balance, I often don’t add salt because Earth Balance uses salt as a natural preservative. Personal preference, I suppose! Enjoy those rolls!!!

  18. I had the same issue as Elaine. They were impossible to roll & I also added twice as much flour. I scooped them up & dropped them in the crock pot like dumplings. They were finished in an hour and a half after the half hour raise. The flavor was good but the texture was very coarse and dry. I loved the idea of making them in the crock pot!

    • Wonder what went wrong, Donna? How do you measure your flour for recipes? Make sure to read my Baking Tips on baking Gluten-Free Bread – lots of those are applicable here, as well, including measuring flour. If the dough was impossible to roll, that could be the problem, or that you were using a different gluten-free flour with other proportions of starch or without xanthan gum. Check out the post and check against how you made the recipe to see if you can find what went wrong!

  19. Thanks, Jules. Maybe I do think like a baker. I will have to give the breadsticks a try as well as some of the other thoughts I’ve had with the basic dough concepts in both recipes. If I uncover anything that works great as a variation, I will share! Thanks for the encouragement.

  20. Have you considered modifying this dough recipe/method to make garlic knots and other breads? I think the yogurt (I used greek style) made such a fantastic difference in the texture that it might translate well into other breads. I’m just not skilled enough as a baker to really understand how I might successfully do a modification.

    I’d appreciate your thoughts.

  21. I followed the recipe, except I used an almond milk based peach yogurt since my hubby is sensitive to cow’s milk, vanilla and cane sugar. The rolls turned out great, very happy to finally have a yummy, tasty treat. Cooking them in the crockpot was a great idea, made the whole house smell like wonderful goodness for hours.

      • Just thought I’d check in and let you know about modifications I had to make to the recipe now that a new almond allergy has shown up in addition to the cane sugar and dairy intolerances. For the yogurt, I used vegan sour cream and for the almond meal I used coconut flour. The cinnamon rolls were great; we didn’t notice any significant difference.

  22. I tried these for Christmas morning. I have never seen such a gooey mess in my life. Roll the dough? Are you kidding? I added twice as much flour and still couldn’t get it to resemble anything like a cinnamon roll dough. Just plopped it all in the crockpot and hoped for the best. It was not edible.

    • Elaine, I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with this recipe. Were you using my gfJules flour? If you ever have any problems with one of my recipes or my flour, please email – we pride ourselves on great customer support and will help you through any troubles so you can get your recipes right! Please email support so that we can figure out how to make it work for you next time!

  23. I made these for Thanksgiving meal;
    They turned out great; I baked them in the oven; for my husband who hasn’t had sticky buns since being gluten free for 5 years! Even the others ate them thought they were great!

  24. I made the cinnamon buns for Christmas. They were so amazing! Instead of using the topping in the recipe, I made a cream cheese frosting. I made them the day before and put them in the refrigerator after letting them rise. I have not had a cinnamon bun on Christmas morning in 4 years. I will be making these more often for breakfast. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Oh yum! A cream cheese frosting on these would be divine! Glad to know that they turned out for you after rising and refrigerating! :)

  25. I made these Christmas morning in the crock pot and that were fabulous! Will defintely add this recipe to my gluten free favorites. Thank you!

  26. Jules – I use your recipes frequently, but this one is special. I appreciate your sharing your Grandma’s recipe, but the STORY you shared has me in mini-tears. Your beloved Grandma, coupled with the “parting your curtain of despair” – these are the textures of life. Now – buck up! and back to the kitchen I go. Thanks for the sentimental moment.

    • Nadine – I’m so glad you enjoyed my story. I feel the loss of my grandmothers so much, particularly at the holidays. I’m so glad that happy memories like this one with them survive!!!

  27. Thanks Jules!! I found the recipe online from your cookbook and I have the ingredients so I’m good!! LOL I’ll admit though, that it is much easier to just buy the mix and keep it on hand.

  28. Oh yummy these sticky buns sound soooo good!! Darn I don’t have any Jules flour right now… big oversite huh!! I’ll have to go find some next!! I want to try these for Christmas…like someone else pointed out with Christmas being on Sunday morning, having these cooking in the crockpot while we are at church sounds like a heavenly idea!! Can you make up the rolls and refrigerate them overnight before putting them in the crockpot the next morning? If so do you rise them first then refrigerate? Or refrigerate them right after cutting them? Has anyone tried this?

    • Steph B. – I would refrigerate then rise the next morning before baking. Happy holiday baking (hope you find some of my flour soon!) ;)

  29. I shared this on Facebook and have plans to try this for Christmas morning. We have yet to be able to duplicate the soft chewy quality of true sticky buns in GF, and as that was part of OUR Christmas mornings, too, this recipe is most welcome!! Thanks, Jules!

  30. So excited to try the cinnamon rolls! My nephew will come to visit in a couple of weeks….cinnamon rolls were always his favorite as a child (even if they made him sick)…I can’t wait to try the gluten-free version for him.

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  31. cinnamon rolls and orange rolls mean christmas. I’m going to try your recipe, sounds like a cross between my cinnamon rolls and monkey bread/pull aparts that I have been getting requests for.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  32. Cinnamon rolls is my favorite, too. I am so excited to do G-F rolls in the crock pot this year. How exciting!! thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  33. I shared this on facebook, and here’s my comment :-)

    My grandmother was German and one of my favorite memories of her is when she made Springerlies for Christmas.

    To make these you roll out the lemony dough, use a special cookie board to press pictures into the dough, cut into squares, dry, then bake. It’s a lemony anise flavored cookie that gets harder by the day, perfect for dipping in coffee. Grandma once said it was like German biscotti.

    I haven’t tried it since being gluten free. But I now have a bag of your flour, so this may be the year. :-)

    • Annbyarn – that sounds amazing! What a great story, too! I’d love to find a cookie board with pictures like you describe – any idea where to find that? Keep us posted on your GF experiments! Hope you have have fun!

    • I know what you are talking about!! I have my great grandmother’s press from Germany. :-) It has the Springerle recipe taped to the back. My only concern is the years (decades) of flour imbedded into the carvings. I bet we have the same recipe! Lemon and anise! yum. I will probably try to make it this year too but just cut out squares. One trick I learned from my mom was to store the cookies with a slice of an apple to keep them from getting too hard. It also added a nice additional flavor to the cookie.

  34. I captured my husband’s heart 29 years ago with my sticky cinnamon rolls. Can’t wait to try again with your GF version. Thank you.

  35. These look amazing! I’m a huge fan of slow cooker cooking, so I will definitely give these a try.

    To me, the essence of the holidays is captured through cut-out ginger cookies. I was so happy to use the Jules Ginger Cookie mix last year – the closest thing I’ve found to the gluten-version I remember as a child.

  36. Have you ever tried make the dough the night before and put it in the refrigerator to rise? I wonder if that would work. I’d love to make these for Christmas morning, but would rather be sitting with my family opening presents instead of cooking in the kitchen! :)I’d love to know if you have tried to do this.

  37. YUMMY! These look lovely. Actually cinnamon rolls are our family tradition, too! Luckily I have a recipe, however, it is not GF. I can’t wait to try these!

  38. I just liked your blog. I SO miss cinnamon rolls! I can barely stand walking by Ann Sathers (local restaurant that are known for their big, gooey cinnamon rolls).

  39. I can’t tell you how much something like cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning means to me. Now that 3 of 4 in my family are gf, it’s not only a tradition but a mission to have good gf rolls dripping with gooey icing. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)

  40. I always associate warm cinnamon rolls with Christmas morning. I’m so happy that I can make a gluten free version for my kids.

  41. My mom always makes peppermint bark using the finest ingredients. It is so good and always gets our family in the Holiday spirit. I’m also the family pie baker, so apple pie always makes me think of Christmas too!

  42. My mom’s amazing peanut butter fudge is what captures the holiday for me. Whenever I go home, she has plenty on hand for me.

  43. For me, Swedish Pancakes (now totally GF and DF) are a must-have for post-presents feast on Xmas morning. I’ve been eating them since I was old enough for solid food!

  44. Christmas morning I usually make a crustless quice or cinnamon buns for everyone. Not quite sure what I will be making this year but after reading this post I’m thinking the cinnamon buns look pretty amazing!

  45. Absolutely hands down, my mom’s fudge makes me think of Christmas!!! I have re-created it to be dairy free, so now my four-year-old son and I can enjoy.

  46. One thing that says Christmas to me is my Mom’s Jello Sugar Cookies. I’m working on making the recipe gluten free this year. I’m also soooo looking forward to trying this cinnamon roll recipe this weekend to prepare for Christmas morning. I love that it can be done in the Crock-Pot.

  47. holidays to me are now my gluten free chocolate latkes….a brand new family tradition. We are on batch 3 and Hanukkah has not even started, OY

  48. Pomegranates say holiday to me…. from my earliest memories – opening up pom’s with my dad and enjoying their little juicy tidbits. Your cinnamon rolls look delish!

  49. For as long as I can remember we have been having the wife saver breakfast on Christmas morning. When I was diagnosed as a celiac my fam started making me a GF version.

  50. I’m also sharing this recipe on facebook. Can’t wait to try the crock pot method…I’m fascinated by the concept. haha

  51. Our family’s quintessential holiday recipe is snowball cookies (aka Pfeffernusse, Russian wedding cookies, etc.). This is our first GF Christmas and I will be trying a gluten-free version of our favorite cookies this weekend.

    And I have to add…cinnamon sticky buns in a crock pot?? Genius!

  52. Christmas for me means corn casserole! It is can corn, can cream corn and Jiffy cornbread mix. I will have to work on a Gluten Free version this year!

  53. Oh My Gosh!!! These look like the real thing!!! (Unklike the ones I have attempted to make!!) Gonna be trying these soon. Hmmmm, Christmas morning!!

  54. Hi! These look amazing! I do have a question. Is there something I can use instead of yogurt? There is not a yogurt out there that I can use so all 4 of my children can eat this. Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, Almond, Coconut, soy, etc. are all not options at our house. Thank you!

    • It will change the taste a bit, but will be a fairly equal exchange for the yogurt to use unsweetened applesauce or other fruit puree like pumpkin or banana. Hope you get to enjoy these with your family!

  55. Being that this is the first really strict allergen-free holiday season we’ve had, I’m looking for a new dish that encompasses the essence of the holidays. (It used to be my grandma’s famous homemade dinner rolls.)

  56. Can’t wait for the turkey, gravy, and all the delicious dishes to go along with it.

    Those cinnamon buns look awesome by the way!

    Merry Christmas.

  57. Thank youfor this amazing looking recipe. We love frosting cookie cutouts every year. Looking forward to trying it gluten free this year.

  58. favorite holiday foods: Hubby’s smoked turkey, garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes, shirley’s crustless pumpkin pie, mexican chicken corn chowder, and Now these rolls!

  59. Yummy these look super delicious. I will have to try these, I used to make cinnamon rolls for breakfast every Christmas morning, now I can make them GF!

  60. Looks like gf food porn to me…I love cinnamon bunsany time of the year…
    thanks for sharing your family recipe….I’m sure it will be a hit with my gang too….

  61. This is a little bit different question but I have had several people ask for your rum cake recipe. How can they change it to use regular flour instead of the gluten free flour? Will it still taste the same. They do not know it is gluten free until I tell them and then someone always takes some home (if there is any left).

  62. For me the essence of the holidays is captured in making/baking/decorating/and EATING Sugar Cookie Cutouts. I am SO excited that I was able to modify my recipe for our FIRST Gluten-Free Christmas. I can’t wait to try these Cinnamon Sticky Rolls in the crockpot!

  63. My great grandpa was from Germany and came to America by himself at the age of 14. With his uncle’s help, he opened a bakery in Chicago. Every year, he’d come to our house and ‘bake away.’ His cream-filled coffee cakes were my fave :)

  64. I have been searching for a promising gluten cinnamon roll recipe. Yours looks wonderful! As for a recipe that captures the essence of the holidays, it would have to be roasted almonds!

  65. I am so excited to see this recipe. I was disappointed thinking we couldn’t have our traditional christmas morning “monkey bread”! I will be making this for sure!

  66. Having the whole family together says holiday to me to celebrate Christ’s birth. Then having the homemade party mix is always a tradition.

  67. I love cinnamon rolls, it was a family tradition when I was a kid and I have yet been able to recreate. I would love to find a recipe that would allow me to carry on that tradition. I will be sure to try this one soon. Thanks.

  68. Wow – those look so amazing. Cinnamon rolls were the thing in our house. Every Christmas morning. But I think I could do sticky ooey gooey caramel rolls. :)

  69. Food really seems to bring people together… the big family meal is the best! Love being together sharing memories, reconnecting, eating turkey and grandmas dressing.

  70. For me it’s pecan pie, but cinnamon rolls are a close second. I have a pretty decent one but yours looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to try!!!

  71. My mom always made the most delicious coffee cake for Christmas. It took two days to make and we only had it on Christmas morning, never any other time. It was delicious and special.

  72. These sound wonderful! My children have been asking for some gf cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast; these might just work!! Thank you….

  73. I would never have imagined using my crock pot to make sticky rolls. Thanks for the great idea. Home for the holidays for me always involves sweet potato casserole.

  74. As usual, Jules, you knocked it out of the park with this one! I’m sure your grandomother would be very proud indeed. Never one to be satisfied with just one recipe … one way, you give us sooo many options, and that crockpot version? Genius! :-) Thanks so much for participating in our Home for the Holidays … Gluten-Free Style event! Oh, and for sponsoring the lovely giveaway of your products … winners will be announced Thursday morning.


  75. Thank you so much! I have felt so left out on some of the really good stuff like cinnamon rolls. Christmas cookies, Spritz cookies and Russian Tea Cakes are the ones we have every year at my mom’s. This year she wants everyone else to do cookies and we better make sure to cover these!

  76. There are so many favorites when it comes to Christmas .. but one in particular was my moms French Onion Soup. I will be making her recipe this year in her memory.

    I have made Cinnamon Rolls every year, I am so excited to see your recipe, we will definitely be eating them with Christmas breakfast.

  77. Shortbread signals the holidays for me; however, these cinnamon buns would be great on Christmas morning with a cup of tea – mmmm, the ooeeyer & gooeeyer, the better…yummy!

  78. I love crockpots but can only ever find Midwestern casserole recipes or stuff loaded with gluten and dairy. I am thrilled for this recipe, and my family will be too! thank you

  79. Christmas isn’t Christmas without hot cocoa and these delicious brioche-type rolls oozing with butter and cheese. Or at least, it used to be like that. Now that I’m trying to be dairy- and gluten-free, I’m trying to find healthier alternatives to that.

  80. Shared on my Facebook- I didn’t even know that it was possible to make a bread dish in the crock pot. How interesting! I think I will make this on Christmas and impress my family on how it was made and that is gluten free. Thanks for all you do Jules!

  81. Hmmm…. Not sure I can pick just one favorite Christmas recipe! We always have Blueberry Coffeecake for breakfast on Christmas morning (although the tradition might change to cinnamon rolls!). We also make LOTS of different cookies & pumpkin bread.

    Shared your recipe on FB!

  82. My favorite Christmas cookie is my husband’s chocolate/oatmeal no-bake cookie. He makes several dozen cookies each Christmas and shares them with family and friends. When I see him lining the counters with waxed paper, I know Christmas is a comin’ and, since we don’t have a goose, I’ll be gettin’ fat!

  83. This looks absolutely amazing. I am almost drooling. Perhaps my new favorite holiday food is crock-pot stick buns…or, something with winter squash and pecans :)

  84. My Mom’s vinatarta (Icelandic cake) is what means Christmas to me. She does actually have a recipe and one day soon I will create a GF version! I am super excited to share these sticky rolls with my family GF and not!

  85. Thank-you so much for these. I have been looking for a great recipe to replace our regular one since we are gluten free this year.

  86. This is my first holiday GF and these cinnamon rolls look so wonderful. I am getting so many great ideas and finding so many great blogs…it’s like getting an early Christmas present!

  87. This reminds me of our yearly Christmas fondue dinner – yummy! And making monkey bread before I went gluten free. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  88. Cinnamon rolls like this are also a Christmas morning tradition for my family. I haven’t seen anything like this recipe that is gluten free, much less made in a crockpot. I can’t wait to try these! And possibly dairy free too?!?!? Tears in my eyes. Happy ones!

  89. shared this recipe on facebook. and by the way I also love prime rib for Christmas dinner. Especially with a fresh herb rub of thyme, rosemary, sage & garlic.

  90. Jules, I love your flour blend! I’ll be trying these cinnamon rolls for Christmas. I haven’t been able to get my old recipe to work and this sounds fabulous!

  91. My favorite dish for the holidays are my mom’s homemade doughnuts and her coffee cake. I can’t smell coffee cake without thinking about her.

  92. The dish that encompasses the holidays for me is cinnamon rolls. My mom made them every Christmas morning and I loved every gooey, sweet sticky morsel.

  93. Cinnamon buns with icing and Russian sweet bread and spread are a big thing with my family Christmas. But I’m always partial to pie and flan.

  94. These rolls look DEVINE!! I cannot wait to try these in the crockpot!! Thank you for sharing!!

    Dessert has always been a special staple for my family at Christmas time. My mom’s sweet potato pie, Christmas cut-out cookies, and baked goods in general (I make homemade baked goods for friends and family every year). It really puts me in the holiday spirit. :)

  95. My favorite Christmas recipe is my Mom’s Cranberry Coffee Cake – traditionally shared with family and friends during the holidays – and, of course, modified to be gluten free as I just couldn’t live without it! :)

    • Sarah – did you see my Overnight French Toast Casserole with vegan nog? There’s also a contest going on until Friday night with that post too! Win free Coconut or Soy Nog or organic drinking chocolate!!! :)

  96. This is so great that it’s crockpot friendly! I love that and am going to try it for my family.
    My mom’s hot cider and cookies (all varieties) are what I typically associate with the holidays, but now that my diet has changed so much, I like to think of different types of cakes to make every year for Jesus’ birthday.

  97. Christmas Eve dinner with the family consisting of our traditional dinner of baccala and spaghetti w/ tuna fish sauce means the holidays to me :)

  98. Eggnog captures the holidays this time of year. Glad to be able to get So Delicious Coconut Eggnog this year as I was never fond of the soy version’s aftertaste.

    • Christine B – did you enter our contest to win free So Delicious Coconut Eggnog? It’s in my Overnight French Toast Casserole recipe!

  99. Christmas morning for as long as I can remember my mom makes popovers with orange and strawberry sauce. The kids now look forward to it, and I still haven’t told them it’s mostly eggs…both don’t like eggs.

  100. Thanks for the awesome recipe! The essence of my holidays happens to be my mom’s sour orange meringue pie. We live in the Sonoran Desert where sour oranges grow wild and plentiful.

  101. Oh my goodness, those look good!! I can’t wait to make them!

    My favorite holiday recipe- for its tastiness and the nostalgia factor, is Steamed Cranberry Pudding with Golden Sauce. My grandma, who was of British heritage, made this steamed pudding every year for our family gathering. She would hide a couple of coins in some of the dishes for lucky people to find. We looked forward to this delicious, warm, comforting, love-filled treat every year! I would like to create a gluten free version to keep the tradition alive in my family! :)

  102. The Christmas recipe I was the most worried about trying to replicate was the sweet buns for Christmas morning!!! You just majorly made my day!

  103. This literally brought me to tears. It has been 6 Christmases since I had a cinnamon roll. I really thought the chance would never come again. Thank you!

  104. We always had cinnamon rolls with bacon and eggs after checking our stockings. But these look divine and I love the crock-pot method.

  105. My favorite dish for the holidays is potato latkes. I look forward to them all year. But your cinnamon rolls look really good too, I may have to try them!

  106. I would also like to add my kids’ favorite food tradition (thank you mother in love and husband for helping me be a fun, awesome mom at least once a year…)
    here’s the deal- they can eat whatever they want, as much as they want, on Christmas eve- all day. My daughter learned early on that all candy may leave you feeling not so good and it challenges me to be creative- get the veggies and the type of dip they like; cut up the fruits they love and have it ready; pizza always goes over well; smoothies, favorite fruit juices & flavored milk can even be ‘healthy drinks’ (if I keep cold/ice water in easy reach, it gets drunk too); cheese, sausage/pepperoni and crackers is a hit. All this and pancakes with chocolate syrup and peanut butter, chips and candy… and ice cream and… but it is only one day a year. =) and believe me, my kids tell everyone and their brother, plus some, about this tradition.
    We all love it!

  107. My Christmas ‘food memory’ is also my mom’s pecan caramel rolls. Thank you so much for this adaptation! I’m almost teary thinking about that taste again.

    PS- using unflavored waxed dental floss to cut your rolls helps avoid that crushing/squishing out that can happen when cutting with a knife. just get a nice long piece of waxed dental floss (one could use thread too, but that can stick a wee bit), hold it flat against the work surface, with a thumb on each side, and slide it under the log of dough. When you’re ready to ‘cut’ the dough, bring the ends of the floss up and pull each strand to the opposite side (with the threads meeting as they criss-cross). You get a really nice, clean cut this way.

  108. Oh My, how good those sticky buns look! The smell of French Toast Casssarole baking in the oven Chritmas morning is a tradition a our home.

  109. We have to have fresh kielbasa for Christmas breakfast. Also, all of our Christmas cookies mean it’s that time of year. Thanks, Dee