Not-So-Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Adapted from

Note: To re-veganize in order to serve these after a kosher meat meal, simply go back to the link I share for the original recipes. Or just sub out my butter and milk for soy varieties. This recipe does not work well with coconut milk because the yeast needs a certain amount of sugar to do its thing.


My version of this recipe is free of eggs and soy and low in nickel. Let’s get baking!

Ingredients for the dough:

4 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup lukewarm water (Not too hot, or you’ll kill your yeast.)

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 cup sugar

2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour


For the filling, for brushing:

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons applesauce


For the streusel part of the filling:

3/4 cups brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 pinch salt



Step 1

Melt the butter most of the way melted.


Step 2

Whisk together milk, butter, lukewarm water, and active dry yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for just a minute or two, just to make sure that your yeast gets ever so slightly foamy.


Step 3

Add vanilla, salt, cornstarch, and sugar to your wet ingredients and whisk together.


Step 4

Kneed flour and wet ingredients together for a few minutes until a sticky dough forms..


Depending on your flour brand, you may need to add a teaspoon of water or flour, just to make sure your dough is slightly moist/sticky and not too dry.


Step 5

Place dough in a clean bowl, covered with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, and put in a warm dry place to rise for an hour.


Step 6

Meanwhile, you can start putting your filling together. Melt your butter in a microwave, then mix it with your applesauce in a small bowl or cup. In a separate small bowl, mix together your brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.


Step 7

Roll dough out on to a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle.


Step 8

Brush the rectangle with your butter/applesauce mixture–making sure all the edges and corners get coverage as well. Now, sprinkle your brown sugar/cinnamon mixture over the rectangle evenly.
Step 9

Roll the rectangle up lengthwise and slice it into rolls. It’s getting real, guys, you’ve made cinnamon rolls now! Put them in a baking dish, glass or metal is fine.


Step 10

Place that baking dish in a warm dry place, and let your rolls rise for about 30 to 45 minutes. (Think about preheating your oven somewhere in here…)


Step 11

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake your cinnamon rolls for about 30-35 minutes–or just until the tops are golden brown, and a fork comes out clean.

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