Easy Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 11 rolls
  • 2-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 .25-ounce package baking yeast (such as Red Star® Platinum Superior Baking Yeast - see note below)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup dairy-free milk alternative
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons dairy-free non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 large egg (can sub ¼ cup applesauce or 1 Ener-G egg replacer equivalent for egg-free)
  • 3 Tablespoons dairy-free non-hydrogenated margarine, softened to room temperature
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free milk alternative or coconut milk creamer
Make the Dough:
  1. Set aside ½ cup of flour. In a large bowl, toss 2-1/4 cups flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast together until evenly dispersed.
  2. Heat the water, milk alternative, and margarine together in the microwave until the mixture is very warm, but not too hot to touch, about 125-130°F.
  3. Stir the margarine mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and only enough of the reserved flour to make a soft dough. Dough will be ready when it gently pulls away from the side of the bowl and has an elastic consistency.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 5 minutes. Place it in a lightly greased bowl and let rest for 10 minutes.
Assemble with the Filling:
  1. After 10 minutes, roll the dough out in a 14x8 inch rectangle.
  2. Spread the softened margarine on top. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle it over the margarine.
  3. Roll up the dough tightly and cut into 11 even pieces and place in a lightly greased 9-inch round pan or pie dish.
Rise and Bake:
  1. Loosely cover the rolls with aluminum foil and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 60 and 90 minutes.
  2. After the rolls have doubled in size, preheat your oven to 375°F.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cover the rolls with aluminum foil after 15 minutes to avoid heavy browning, if you prefer.
Make the Glaze:
  1. Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Top the cinnamon rolls with glaze right before serving.
Any active yeast will make a good cinnamon roll, but the Red Star Platinum has dough conditioners to offer a lighter, fluffier result. I know that some dough conditioners are dairy-based, but Platinum is dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, and certified kosher parve. It does contain soy flour, though.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/easy-dairy-free-cinnamon-rolls