No Yeast Nutella Cinnamon Rolls with Mascarpone Icing



 Nutella Cinnamon Rolls with Mascarpone Icing

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls


Cinnamon rolls are a true breakfast treat!  I love the smell and taste of all that cinnamon and icing melting together at breakfast time.    The problem is they take too long to make.  I love my family, but it has to be a special occasion for me to invest the time in making those yeasty delights!

I had a hankering for some cinnamon rolls.  But knew I wouldn’t have the time to devote to make any.  I searched online to see if I could find a lazy-man’s recipe for  cinnamon rolls.  Low and behold I found a fantastically easy recipe from Iowa Girl Eats!   This was like the “CliffsNotes” version of cinnamon rolls-which was exactly what I wanted!

I changed the filling from cinnamon to Nutella.  I was sensing that my jar of Nutella was feeling neglected.  Since I’m an equal opportunity baker, I decided it was time to use it up!  I loved how the warm Nutella oozed out of each bite.  There was just a subtle hint of cinnamon hidden beneath the hazelnut flavor.  While I would normally use a traditional cream cheese icing for my cinnamon rolls, I thought I would lighten the icing flavor a bit and use mascarpone cheese instead.  It turned out to be the perfect combination.  The mascarpone doesn’t have that tangy flavor like cream cheese and it didn’t detract flavor  from the Nutella.  It was mild, creamy and delicious.


Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

I have found my new favorite cinnamon roll.  However, the trouble with having a delightful recipe that yields the most satisfyingly sweet rolls in under 45 minutes is that I have no excuse NOT to make then anytime the craving hits!!!


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No Yeast Nutella Cinnamon Rolls with Mascarpone Icing
  • Dough
  • 2 ½ cup flour, plus more for rolling
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • Filling
  • 1 cup Nutella spread
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Icing
  • 3 Tablespoons Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine buttermilk and 4 tablespoons of melted butter in a small bowl, whisking to combine. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and pour in buttermilk mixture. Stir dough just until it starts to combine. Use your hands to knead dough until it forms a ball.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to form a large rectangle. Spread Nutella carefully over dough. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over hazelnut spread. Roll up dough like a jelly roll and pinch the seams together. Trim ends and slice dough into 12 slices. Lay rolls cut side down into a greased baking dish (mine fit into an 8x8 baking dish). Brush rolls with remaining tablespoon of melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. While rolls are baking, combine mascarpone, powdered sugar and buttermilk until thin and smooth. Pour icing over hot rolls.
  5. Rolls are best served warm.
  6. Makes 12
  7. Dough adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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41 Responses

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    These look delish, no one can even tell that they are “lazy.” And with nutella, Oh yeah!

    • As long as no can tell, then even better! Thanks Aimee!

  2. You’re killing me here, Tanya! Freshly baked cinnamon rolls are hard enough to resist. Adding Nutella and mascarpone, though, takes them to an entirely different level. Another great recipe.

    • Thank you John. I kill myself-these were a little too tasty- I ate most of them myself!

  3. Yum, I love your modifications! And I love that you are an equal opportunity baker and don’t discriminate :) That nutella needs love too!

    • My poor, lonely jar of Nutella! Thanks Desi! I like the changes too!

    • I’m not sure which excited me more, the no yeast or the Nutella!

  4. No yeast? Nutella? SIGN ME UP WOMAN! :)

  5. I’ve been able to resist Nutella so far and I’m still not sure if that’s a good or bad thing! You’re making me lean towards ‘bad’ when you post stuff like this!

    • Loretta, you need yourself some Nutella!

  6. MMmm! My kids love Nutella! I am going to pin this so I can make these one weekend very soon! Thanks!

    • Thanks Julia! I just love how simply and quickly these came together!

  7. Oh my! That icing sounds perfect!

    Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  8. I feel you; cinnamon rolls are my ultimate breakfast food! They’re the only treat that might smell even better than they taste, and they taste pretty amazing. This nutella twist makes rolls that much more divine, and that mascarpone icing sounds incredible!

    • I agree, they smell so good!! I loved the icing as much as the rolls!

  9. Whoa! I want to eat breakfast at your house! These look absolutely amazing.

    • Yeah, I pretty much ate these by myself! Thanks Amber.

  10. I love cinnamon rolls and I love Nutella, so these sound like pure heaven! I might have to make these this weekend.

    • I hope you do! Let me know what you think Sam!

  11. chianka storm

    Ok its three in the morning and I just found your site….wow id better go to sleep and het up rarly to make these marvelous yummys…. thanks fot the great recipe..sweet dreams.

    • Well thank you! I hope you got some sleep! Love having you here!

  12. Well these look amazing! I love that they are not a yeast bread recipe, I will actually have time to make these!

    • Jennifer, they were so much easier and quicker than typical rolls!

  13. Are you kidding me?? These are fantastic, I have this THING about cinnamon rolls, yep, we go WAY back!! Pinned and buffered!

  14. Oh wow, Tanya! These look amazing and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that there is no yeast required to make these. 😉

  15. I have a cinnamon roll obsession! I had not seen these until you linked them up for Carrie. Totally love and pinned to try!

    • Paula the Nutella melts nicely in the rolls, its delicious!

  16. Emily

    Thoughts on making these ahead of time, and baking in the morning?

    • I think you can definitely do that. I would be sure to let them come to room temperature in the morning.


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