Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

  • Makes : about 12 rolls

Mmmm... Just like Cinnabon. These cinnamon rolls will really take you back to the mall. When I was in high school, Cinnabon was my daily bread. These taste remarkably similar- if not identical. They are moderately labor intensive (pretty easy if you're used to making yeast breads). But, man are they ever worth it!



  • 1 cup warm non-dairy milk
  • 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance margarine
  • 4 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan sugar


  • 1 cup organic brown sugar, or turbinado works well too
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance margarine


  • 1 tub of Better than Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance, softened
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp water


Step 1

Proof Yeast in warm soymilk until frothy, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

In mixer or by hand, thoroughly mix in 1/3 cup Earth Balance, 1/2 cup sugar, and salt. Gradually add flour, and knead for 8 minutes (if you have a dough hook, use it!).

Step 3

Make dough into ball and place in warm area. Let rise for 1 hour.

Step 4

Take dough and roll out onto lightly floured surface. Try and get as close as you can to a 16" x 20" rectangle. The bigger the rectangle, the more layers to your cinnamon roll.

Step 5

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.

Step 6

Make filling. Mix Earth Balance, brown sugar and cinnamon until fluffy. Spread to cover entire surface of the top of the dough rectangle you have created. It will be grainy, but try and get as even as possible. Roll up dough so that you are beginning the roll with the longer side, so that it is still 20 inches long. Roll tightly.

Step 7

Cut into approximately 12 pieces. Place snugly into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Cover loosely and let rise for about 30 minutes.

Step 8

Bake approximately 15-20 minutes. Ovens vary, and mine needed closer to 19 minutes.

Step 9

While rolls are baking, make icing. Combine cream cheese, Earth balance, powdered sugar, vanilla and water with mixer on medium to high speed. Consistency should be like thick molasses: pourable, but not watery.

Step 10

Once Rolls are out of oven, immediately flip over into a different pan. This allows the gooey cinnamon sugar mixture on the bottom to re-coat the rolls. Let cool about 10 minutes.

Step 11

Add icing to tops.

Serve warm or cool.

Reprinted with permission from Allyson Kramer of Allyson Kramer: eat good food.
Photograph © Allyson Kramer.

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