Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

I’m finally doing it, kids. It’s browned butter week on JAB!

Yep, JAB is my super-cool acronym for Just About Baked. Feel free to use it with all of your friends. Make it a thing.

After posting last week’s browned butter sandwich cookies, I kind of got into the flavor so much that I decided to create a whole week around the stuff. Why not? Remember, never answer that question. Just go with it. And first up today are these incredible, rich (Kenny’s word because all desserts are rich to him, the weirdo), yeast-free rolls.

Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

Rules are meant to be broken, after all. Cinnamon rolls don’t need yeast. Anna doesn’t need the kiss of true love to save her from being frozen to death. And I definitely don’t need a few days off…nope, wait. I reallyreally do.

Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

March is such a stupid month. There are no holidays that get us out of work and school (yes, I know I’ve gone on about this before), the temperatures are completely bipolar, and it’s work all the time. All work and no play makes me reach even more for cinnamon rolls. And look at pictures of beaches online.

Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

But since I can’t have a day off, much less a beach vacation, these are the next best thing. Let me get warmed up here, because this dessert is so. Dang. Exciting.

Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

The dough itself has browned butter in it. The filling has browned butter in it. And I’ve drizzled brown butter over the top before baking. Finally (drum roll, please), that’s browned butter glaze on top. And there are toffee bits in there! This is a view of the bottom, with all those toffee bits:

Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

I tried to eat one bite. I really tried. I failed. Because as always, even though my rule is to taste my desserts but not eat them all, rules are meant to be broken. How could I stop at just a bite? These things areย deadly.

Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)

So, for all you yeast-fearers out there, give these a stab. You won’t regret it, unless you’re trying not to eat too much these days. Then I can’t help you. But browned butter week lives on, so if you can’t beat ’em here on JAB (yes, I just did it again, sue me), join ’em!


Browned Butter Toffee Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast!)


2 and 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons browned butter (process explained below)
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons browned butter (see note above)
3/4 cup toffee bits
2 tablespoons browned butter
1 and 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, coat with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook all 10 tablespoons of butter, swirling the pan often, until the butter becomes fragrant and golden in color. This process usually takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Keep a close eye on the butter. When it reaches the right color, turn off the heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the dry dough ingredients. Pour the buttermilk and 4 tablespoons of the melted butter into the dry ingredients, and mix until a dough starts to form.
  4. When the dough has come together, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead for another minute. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about the size of the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  5. Combine the filling ingredients except the toffee bits, being sure that the ingredients are well-mixed. Spread the filling onto the dough rectangle evenly. Sprinkle on the toffee bits.
  6. Roll the dough up lengthwise (like a jellyroll), pinching the ends. Cut into even pieces.
  7. Place the pieces in the pan and drizzle on one tablespoon of the browned butter, leaving the remaining two for the glaze.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes. The rolls will not be too browned. Do not overbake.
  9. While the rolls are cooling, mix the remaining browned butter with the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add the milk gradually until the glaze becomes thick but spreadable.
  10. Spread the glaze over the cooled cinnamon rolls. Serve immediately, or you can microwave them later if you like your rolls warm and gooey.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Mir – March is such a difficult month for teachers. Luckily, April break is right around the corner! Hopefully, you also get this Friday off. I’m looking forward to April break not only because my best friend is visiting me from Florida but also because we’ll be doing some day-cations to Boston and NYC. These cinnamon rolls are brilliant. I have some toffee bits laying around just calling out to be apart of these cinnamon rolls. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Kind of a long story, but my spring break is not a break because of Passover, which is a high-octane holiday. But I’m thrilled you’re getting ab break, Erin! Get some rest!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Browned butter week is such a great idea, Mir! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. And these rolls look amazing! I’m all about breads that are no yeast, so this looks perfect. And that toffee flavor is incredible!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! I browned a LOT of butter over the past 72 hours. It’s been smelling really good at my house!

  3. Katherines Corner

    Yeast is a migraine trigger for me, so I am definitely trying this yumminess! Pinned and I think I drooled a little. Hugs
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    1. Mir

      Then I’m so glad you can eat this version! I hope it works out for you, Katie!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Browned butter week?!!! YES!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ No holidays this month? do you get Friday off? I just found out my kids have a 4 day weekend this week! no school Friday (Good Friday) or Monday (snow make-up day) so they are excited to say the least. hooray for browned butter toffee cinnamon rolls!!!!
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    1. Mir

      So I do Passover, which is not exactly a break. It’s sort of the opposite. A lot of intensive holiday prep! But you know, I’ll have summer off. That’s something! I hope you survive having your kids out of school, Alice!

  5. Lisa @ Wine & Glue

    You are totally right! March is S.T.U.P.I.D!!!!! March in Wisconsin? Completely ridiculous. Every March I kind of think that March Madness is actually referring to my mental state. I love that you are doing a browned butter week! I have a browned butter recipe that needs a little tweaking, but suddenly I want to get it perfect and posted!
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    1. Mir

      Wisconsin in cold weather is just no fun, Lisa. I’ve been there! I can’t wait to see what you do with browned butter!

  6. mira

    I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls forever! Love the combination of flavors in these! So glad March is over, definitely not my favorite month! Have fun in preparation for Passover!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! It’s totally stressing me out right now, but I’ll see the light soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Yay for no yeast! These look amazing and browned butter, toffee, and cinnamon?! Yes ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! They were totally addictive. I had to freeze them!

  8. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    You totally had me at browned butter that’s for sure! Wowza!
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    1. Mir

      It always gets me too, Jocelyn. I love browned butter. And it’s an easy step!

  9. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I am so excited for brown butter week! It’s my new obsession! And I can’t even..oh my god..cinnamon, brown butter, toffee? Gahhh!!
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    1. Mir

      Ha! I feel the same way, Manali! I cannot stop with it. I had to make batches and batches last weekend, and maybe that’s assuaged the cravings for now!

  10. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    i get so happy when i know you can bake without yeast because i always forget to get some at the store but thats when im in the mood to make rolls…especially cinnamon buns. saving this recipe
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    1. Mir

      I have the same problem, Kelsey! It’s amazing what you can do without yeast. Like soda bread! No yeast, still delicious.

  11. Anna @ Sunny Side Ups

    Mmmm…YES, PLEASE!! All the browned butter in these amazing rolls is making me go weak in the knees! ๐Ÿ™‚ A whole week of browned butter recipes?? Love it even more!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to try out your yummy rolls!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Anna! I had to give it at least a week. I mean, browned butter is just fun and delicious. It had to happen!

  12. Danielle

    Browned butter week sounds like a great week to me! I love how you incorporated it in so many ways in these cinnamon rolls. These sound amazing!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Danielle! I put the butter everywhere I could. It’s kind of obscene, but too delicious not to eat!

  13. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    Browned butter week?!! That’s awesome! Now I totally want to do one of those – such a great idea! I already put brown butter in as many things as I possibly can anyways! These rolls look completely insane, I can’t believe you even tried to take just one bite! They look amazing.
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    1. Mir

      You should totally do it too, Stacey! If you brown butter as a rule anyway, it’s a win-win! I want to see what you come up with!

  14. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    Browned butter week sounds great! I can’t wait to see what’s next because these rolls are amazing. I mean, they don’t require yeast and you added toffee plus the browned butter! I’m hungry for one of these right now.
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jen! They are pretty deadly, in a good way. I was so happy with the outcome!

  15. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    What a perfect cinnamon roll! I never stop with just one bite! To judge a treat, you must have the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s just my opinion!
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    1. Mir

      I like the way you think, Megan! I try to eat bites of everything (I’m very much a taster), but of course, I wind up eating more than just a bite. It’s the way to do it!

  16. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Browned butter week? OMG what a brilliant concept! These cinnamon rolls are way over the top! JAB? Love it. I’ll tell all my friends! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Rachelle! We can make it a thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Acronyms are cool, right?

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  18. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    These easy no yeast rolls are my jam!!! Love the brown butter goodness going on in every part of these!!! No way would I be able to stop munching on those bad boys!
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    1. Mir

      They’re happily hanging out in my freezer, Jocelyn. I want them WAY too much!

  19. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    WOW. What a great idea to brown the butter. OMG!! And the no-yeast. I was just thinking this morning I need a no-yeast cinnamon roll because I didn’t want to wait, ha!
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    1. Mir

      Then you definitely need these, Dorothy! They don’t make you wait, and they’re totally addictive.

  20. Mary Frances

    I dig the JAB. It’s definitely going to be a thing. And holy cow, I’m drooling over these cinnamon rolls! Browned butter + toffee is legit.
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    1. Mir

      I’m trying to start the whole JAB thing, ya know? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much! Very legit. Very.

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