Mindy’s Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Mindy’s Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Mmmm – gluten free cinnamon rolls. Just the name makes me drool a little — how about you?

gluten free cinnamon rolls with icing


We hear every day from readers who have used my gfJules™ Gluten Free All Purpose Flour in their favorite family recipes, and how overjoyed they are to be able to enjoy these special recipes again with their families.

When Mindy G. wrote in to share these drool-worthy pictures of her gluten free cinnamon roll recipe though, I knew other readers would definitely want to try the recipe too! (What’s the difference between cinnamon rolls and cinnamon buns, by the way? I think these could safely be called either one ….)

What I didn’t know was just how many other readers would be clamoring for the recipe to make these gluten free cinnamon rolls when we shared her yummy pictures!

gluten free cinnamon rolls with berries

Mindy's Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls in the pan

Mindy’s Cinnamon Rolls

Lucky for all of us, Mindy was happy to share her family cinnamon rolls recipe.  Mindy says she used her tried and true recipe “with only your gfJules Flour subbed in :)” 

She also reports, “My gluten free friends I shared them with when I made them are begging for more! I told them to order your flour and they can make their own ;)”

reader gluten free cinnamon rolls

Another reader shared her photo on Instagram (above) and reader Laura O., shared these photos of her before and after cinnamon rolls made from this recipe. She rolled hers even thinner and loved the results!

Laura O's cinnamon rolls

Laura O: “I made the gluten free cinnamon roll recipe with your gfJules Flour for Thanksgiving and they were absolutely delicious!! I will never use another gluten free flour! Thank you for making such a great substitute for those of us who need to eat gluten free!!”


I’ve now made this recipe many, many times myself, and have added my notes and some process photos for your reference.

If you’re put off by the large amount of flour required to make this recipe, or you and your thighs don’t want that many cinnamon rolls sitting around begging to be eaten, simply halve the ingredients — it works great! I’ve added the half recipe amounts I used in (parenthesis) next to each ingredient for your reference….Although, then again, why halve this recipe? You’re just going to wish you’d made more!

gluten free cinnamon rolls with frosting gfJules

Check out the video below to watch me walk you through making these yummy gluten free cinnamon rolls, step-by-step (so there’s no excuses not to make them yourself!)


Here’s another Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls recipe from This Vivacious Life. Looks like it requires some advanced planning, so budget for time, but one can never have too many amazing cinnamon rolls recipes, can one? 🙂

The steps (as you saw in the video are really simple when you’re using my gfJules Flour because it stretches and makes it easy to roll out and up! (Don’t try this recipe with store-bought rice-based blends or bean-based blends or the rolls won’t taste good and it won’t be easy to roll out and roll up)

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Dough 2

Simply roll out the dough and sprinkle on the fillings. Then roll it up on itself ….

gluten free cinnamon roll log

Then you just cut them into the size rolls you prefer ….

gluten free cinnamon rolls before rising

Full recipe of gluten free cinnamon rolls in Emile Henry tart pan. There were also two leftover ends of the cinnamon roll dough that I baked separately … and ate, of course!


Then set them aside to rise ….

gluten free cinnamon rolls after rising

Then bake them ….

gluten free cinnamon rolls after baking

Then ice them!

gluten free cinnamon rolls with icing CU

Then just look at this gorgeous result!

Many thanks to Mindy for sharing her now famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls recipe! I can’t wait to see YOUR gluten free cinnamon rolls! And speaking of sharing, what recipes do you wish you could make again, gluten free? What are you waiting for? With my gfJules Flour, anything is possible!


I recently made some delicious GF Cinnamon Rolls, using gfjules flour (my favorite!). The recipe is a bit unconventional, but the results took me right back to my pre-Celiac days. Yum!! ~Annella M.


Do you have a family favorite that you’ve already converted to gluten free just by using my gfJules™ Flour? I’d love to hear all about it, or better yet, share a picture in the comments below!


Here’s a video showing how to make the icing



Mindy's Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe is an old family favorite, converted to gluten free just by using my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour!

Mindy's Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Mindy's Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes

There's hardly ANYTHING better than a homemade cinnamon roll. And these gluten free cinnamon rolls are no exception! Light, airy, sweet and melt-in-your-mouth delicious ... just like they're supposed to be!


  • {Half Recipe amounts noted in parenthesis}


  • 1 cup+ {1/2 cup+ 3 Tbs.} warm water
  • 1 cup {1/2 cup} room temp buttermilk (or non-dairy milk with 1/2 Tbs. lemon juice or white vinegar added)
  • 1/2 cup {1/4 cup} sugar
  • 1/4 cup {2 Tbs} melted butter (or vegan butter like Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 3 Tbs {1 packet - 2 1/4 tsp.} quick rise OR regular yeast like Red Star® or Fleischmann’s® (Jules’ note: do NOT use Red Star® Platinum yeast, as it is not gluten-free)
  • 1/2 Tbs {1 tsp} salt
  • 2 eggs {1 egg OR replacement like 1 Tbs. flaxseed meal steeped in 3 Tbs. warm water}
  • 5 1/2 cups (742 grams) {2 3/4 cup or 371 grams} gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour


  • 4 Tbs butter, melted {2 Tbs} (or vegan butter like Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup {1/4 cup+} brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup {1/4 cup+} sugar
  • 2 Tbs - 3 Tbs. {1 Tbs+} cinnamon


  • 1/4 cup {2 Tbs} butter, softened (or vegan butter like Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 3 cups {1 1/2 cups} sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp {1/2 tsp} pure vanilla extract
  • enough milk to make spreading consistency
  • dried cranberries or raisins (optional)


Mix together water, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter and yeast in a bowl. If using quick rise yeast, allow to sit for 5 minutes; if using regular yeast, allow to sit for 15 minutes. The mixture should be frothy at this point, if not, discard and start over because the yeast is not active.

Add in salt, eggs and gfJules™ flour. (Jules Note: I added extra liquid, as noted in the ingredients, in order to get the dough to be more soft and pliable.)

Mix for ten minutes (we use a Kitchenaid® mixer with the bread paddle attachment). Allow to sit for ten minutes. (Jules Note: I mixed only until ingredients were integrated and the dough was soft. Over-mixing gluten free dough may make it tough. I also did not allow it to sit after mixing, but rolled the dough out immediately.)

While it is resting, prepare your filling by mixing together melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, and cinnamon.

Roll dough out onto a greased countertop into a 12×16 inch square or less, depending. (Jules Note: I rolled the dough onto a surface floured with gfJules Flour). Knowing that the dough will rise, roll the dough thinner if you prefer less bun and more filling, or the other way around! Roll the dough before cutting — it will be close to the size of a rolling pin when rolled.

Spread filling and roll up. Cut into 12 rolls (6 -9 if making a 1/2 recipe).

Place rolls on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or into an oiled baking pan or one lined with parchment. Allow to rise in a warm location for 30 minutes.

Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes. (Jules Note: I baked at 325° F for 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the rolls came out with only some dry crumbs.)

Remove to cool for a few minutes before whisking together frosting and drizzling on warm rolls.

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Mindy's Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe is an old family favorite, converted to gluten free just by using my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour!

Mindy's Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe is an old family favorite, converted to gluten free just by using my gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour!


Mindy's Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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191 thoughts on “Mindy’s Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

  1. Hello,
    I am confused by how much flaxseed meal and water I need to use in your recipe. If 1 Tbs. flaxseed meal steeped in 3 Tbs. warm water replaces one egg, would I need to use 2 TBS of flaxseed meal and 6 TBS of water since the recipe calls for 2 eggs?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Deborah, yes that is correct! This recipe does get a little confusing because I halved it in parentheses to make a smaller batch so it can get a bit hard to keep track of, but you seemed to follow it with no problem!

  2. Hi! I was looking over the recipe and it calls for 3Tbs. That means Tablespoons? I was always taught the (T) was tablespoons and the (t) was teaspoons. I’m assuming it’s supposed to be teaspoons as 3 Tablespoons seems a bit much. I just got my gfJules flour in and wanted to make this recipe for my mom. 😁 I am very excited! Thank you!

    • Hi Jamie, it’s always good to ask, but to clarify, Tbs means Tablespoons, tsp is teaspoons. Mindy’s original recipe calls for 3 Tablespoons yeast; I halved the recipe (in parenthesis) and use only 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast for half if you only want to make half the amount of rolls. I can’t wait to hear how you and your mom love this recipe!!!

  3. HI!

    Can I use the your sourdough starter instead of yeast? How would that work? Would it replace the dairy and the yeast?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Kayleigh, you can certainly use the active gluten free sourdough starter in place of yeast in these rolls. Use it in place of some portion of the water or buttermilk. Since I haven’t done it myself yet in this recipe, I’m only guessing, but perhaps try 1/2 cup or 2/3 cup of starter and give that a go? I’m anxious to see how they turn out so please let me know!

  4. Baking time of 12 minutes at 325 degrees, as you mention in your notes, was nowhere near long enough to bake them all the way through. Otherwise, everything worked out well. I look forward to trying them again and baking for longer and at a higher temperature.

    • Hi Elizabeth, so glad to hear you loved this recipe for gluten free cinnamon rolls as much as I do! And yes, longer bake time is definitely necessary for me too! 🙂
      Happy baking!

  5. Hi Jules,
    I finally made the cinnamon rolls for the first time. They are very tasty but didn’t rise much, any thoughts?
    Thanks you so much for all you do, helps a lot.

  6. Hi Would love try these but was wondering I do not have a KA Mixer can I put in bread machine on dough cycle
    Also the flour says 5 1/2 cups then also mentions 2 3/4 cups in brackets not sure what that means is it 5 1/2 or 2 3/4
    I live in Edmonton Canada and have tried several methods and none work

    • Hi Kathy, the brackets for the ingredients (not just flour ingredients) are if you want to make HALF the recipe. It’s a long post introduction but I mention it above the recipe card, since not everyone wants to bake that many cinnamon rolls! 🙂
      Are you using my gfJules Flour? I know you mentioned you’re in Canada, but we do sell on Amazon.ca now — finally! So happy to be able to offer my gfJules Flour to our Canadian friends finally, after all these years! Anyway, since you mentioned you had tried several methods and nothing had worked, I was unsure if you meant gluten free cinnamon rolls recipes, this recipe, or making this dough in general or whether it was a gluten free flour issue?
      Back to your dough making question: you may use your bread machine on dough setting, for sure. You can also simply mix by hand using a wooden spoon and bowl. It’s all about your muscles at that point, but it’s not THAT thick of a dough. You just need to make sure that the yeast gets mixed in well.
      I hope that answers your questions! Let me know, if not. Happy baking, Kathy!

      • Hi
        Yes I am using your flour I purchase it on Amazon and thanks for the information on half of recipe
        The other methods was with other gluten free flour and other peoples recipes. I have not tried this one as of yet
        Will give it a try and let you know how they turn out.

  7. I made these today!! People, give these a try! They are WONDERFUL!! They are light, fluffy, very flavorful. The dough acted just like regular yeast dough . I actually got a dozen in one pan and 9 in another! They did not brown, but everything else was just like using wheat flour. When iced, you cannot tell they’re not brown. I cannot believe these do not hurt my tummy!! Jules, THANK YOU!!!!!

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  10. Finally got around to making these! i will definitely be making them again, with a little tweaking on the rolling & filling process.

    • Wonderful to hear, Marisa! You definitely need to make them again soon so you can get the process down for yourself and take good notes before you forget! At least, that’s what I always seem to need to do with recipes I don’t make often enough. I’m glad you see the potential for how great they can be with a minor tweak here and there with the process, and hopefully the gluten free cinnamon roll video helps, too! Happy baking!

  11. My dough was impossibly sticky and soft, impossible to roll, a huge mess, and the “rolls” turned into sticky unmanageable blobs covered in flour just so I could touch the dough… traumatizing… what did i do wrong?

    • Oh dear, Abby! So sorry – can you tell me if you made any recipe ingredient substitutions? Do you weigh or measure your flour using a measuring cup? Did you end up baking the dough?

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    • Hi Jean, you can absolutely cut back or eliminate the salt in this recipe (or use a salt sub). They’re so worth making! I hope you both enjoy!

  13. made these today for the first time. so super easy to make and BY FAR the best cinnamon rolls that I have had in the 6 years that I have been gluten free. Have tried 3 others by people who sell gluten free for a living and they were all terrible. the first one I tried was 1 bite and done it was that bad. I would change some things the next time. no white sugar in the filling and more cinnamon, but those are personal choices. Light fluffy, again super easy to make and people who eat gluten thought they were good! thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • SO happy you loved the recipe, Sheila! I’m so glad you didn’t give up on great gluten free cinnamon rolls and kept at it. And I’m glad the recipe was easy to make, as well. Life’s too short to have to work TOO hard for a great recipe. Here’s to great gluten free baking from here on out!

  14. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. 8 years gf and recently dairy sensitive. I was a baker at one time years ago but had to quit my job due to a back injury. I can’t tell you how happy I was to discover your flour and wonderful recipes. I tried to mix my own flours to save money with several different recipes but nothing seemed to work. My first loaf of bread was like a brick. Just ordered 6 bags of your flour and worth every penny. Since restaurants aren’t my friend, I do all my own cooking and baking from scratch.

    • That means so much, coming from a baker! I can imagine a back injury would sideline you in that profession, for sure! I’m so happy that you’re back to baking now and no more frustrating brick-like results! Thanks for letting me know. Happy baking, Sue!

    • Hi Craig, sorry the recipe didn’t turn out for you. Are you using my gfJules Flour? Are you weighing your flour or are you scooping it into measuring cups? If the latter, be sure to spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off, not scoop with the measuring cup itself. Also, are you sure your yeast was active? Unless the dough was too tight and needed a bit more liquid, you shouldn’t have had any issues with the light and airy-ness of these rolls. Anyway, those are my thoughts. Let me know what you used and did and I’ll see if I can help you get it right for next time!