Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze
Do you ever feel like making cinnamon rolls but you don’t need 8 HUGE rolls?

A small batch of cinnamon rolls is perfect for Ryan and I.

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze
With this recipe you could either make 8 cinnamon rolls, just smaller ones, or you could make 4 regular sized rolls.

I chose to make 8 smaller rolls.

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze
I love infusing the flavor of coffee into baked goods, so we made an espresso glaze.

It’s amazing and really simple to make. All you need is brewed espresso and powdered sugar.

And something to dunk into your espresso glaze :)

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze
Mmmm, I’m dreaming about adding this glaze to banana bread.

Or on pancakes.

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 smaller cinnamon rolls


  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • Dough
  • 1 & 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp milk (I used skim)
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted (goes in the dough)
  • 2 tbsp butter, soft (on top of the dough before filling goes on)
  • Espresso Glaze
  • 2 tsp brewed espresso
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • A little butter is needed to grease the pan


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom of a small cake pan with butter, set aside.
  2. For the filling, combine the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the vanilla and cut in the butter. Set aside.
  3. For the dough, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt. Add in the buttermilk, milk, and 1 tbsp melted butter and mix.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and knead until just combined. You may need extra flour to keep your hands from becoming sticky.
  5. On a floured surface, shape the dough into a rectangle (your desired size). Spread the 2 tbsp of softened butter over the dough.
  6. Add the filling, spreading evenly on the dough. Lightly press the filling into the dough.
  7. Roll the dough into a long log, rolling the long side around itself. Press the edges and ends down.
  8. Cut the dough into your desired amount of rolls.
  9. Place the rolls into the cake pan and bake for 12-18 minutes.
  10. Take the rolls out of the oven and prepare the espresso glaze.
  11. Mix the powdered sugar with the espresso. You can add more or less powdered sugar depending on your desired consistency.
  12. Drizzle the glaze over the rolls and enjoy.

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze
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41 Responses to “Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Espresso Glaze”

  1. Southern Angel — March 26, 2014 at 7:34 am

    oh those look amazing.. nom nom nom…

    • Maya — June 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Followed the recipe to a T. The dough was a sticky paste.
      What of the liquids could I cut down next time?

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Maya! I am sorry that happened! You could try cutting back on the buttermilk or the milk. Or, I find that refrigerating sticky dough can help too.

  2. Southern Angel — March 26, 2014 at 7:38 am

    OK I have tried several times to share this on FB using the icons at top of the post, but it refuses. Says there is nothing found with that title to link to, even though I am ON the page itself of that title.. hmmmmm

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 26, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Oh no! You’re right.. it’s doing the same thing for me. I’ll contact their support, thanks for letting me know!

  3. Amy | Club Narwhal — March 26, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Beth, this is just perfect! We always crave cinnamon rolls but don’t want to have the leftovers hanging around to tempt us :) And banana bread + this glaze sounds like the best idea ever.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      That is exactly what happens in our house!

  4. Ericka — March 26, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Looks promising! No yeast, though? I have a recipe passed down to us (yeast based, so it has to rise twice plus a quick rise time after being cut into rolls). It makes at least 5 pans of regular sized rolls….not complaining though! I might want to try yours for a quicker and smaller batch, thank you!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 26, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Yep! No yeast needed!

    • Ericka — March 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      They’re in the oven, can’t wait to whip up that glaze and try it! A few issues I ran into: I didn’t have buttermilk, so I made my own using milk and vinegar. The dough was extra sticky so I ended up adding about 3 extra tbsp of flour while mixing it up. It mixed together really quick, though, I liked that. But in your directions it says 2 tbsp melted butter for the dough and 1 tbsp softened butter for spreading before the filling but I only had 1 tbsp of softened butter. Are the butter quantities mixed up? Was there only supposed to be 1 tbsp of melted butter in the batter, is that why my dough was extra sticky and needed more flour? Otherwise, a quick way to get your roll fix!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Ericka! I went back and edited that section of the recipe. It should be more clear now. Thanks for letting me know! Hope they are tasty!

  5. Ronda Waters — March 26, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Oh my! These look amazing, Beth! Thanks for sharing on the Whatever Goes Wednesday link up!

  6. Cindy Eikenberg — March 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Beth, these look absolutely fantastic and you totally had me at espresso glaze! :) LOVE! Thanks for sharing and pinning!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 26, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      I know, that glaze gets me too!

  7. Looks easy and delicious :) I will give it a try this weekend. By the way, the espresso glaze is a very good idea ;)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

      It’s a must for us coffee lovers!

  8. Erlene — March 27, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Love that there isn’t any yeast and can be whipped up pretty quick. The espresso glaze is a plus too :-)

  9. Ok, discovering your blog today has me drooling! I’ve always wanted to try whipping up my own cinnamon rolls. They are a favorite of the hubs! Gorgeous photography! ~ Erika @

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Hi Erika! I am going to head over and check out your site!

  10. G’day! On the list Beth!
    Thanks for sharing it at the Foodie Friends Friday #Foods That Make You Smile Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  11. Bre Eggert — March 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

    YUM! These look amazing. I might try to make them for my husband’s birthday this week. Have a great day! – Bre @ Average But Inspired

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      I wish it was my birthday next week! I hope he enjoys them!

  12. Sherri — March 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Oh my! I am going to surprise my family with this yumminess! Thanks for sharing at The Mommy Club Link Party!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I wish I could be there!

  13. Paula - bell'alimento — April 1, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Because I have zero food willpower small batch is definitely what I need! Lovely.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 1, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Haha, right there with you sister!

  14. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — April 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

    These are simply gorgeous!

  15. monicapruett — April 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Pinned. Love this idea for an Easter Brunch! Featuring at Family Fun Friday!


  16. mrsthreeinthree — April 8, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Hi Beth!

    I featured your delicious-looking cinnamon rolls for this week’s Tasty Tuesdays!
    I can’t wait to see what you’ve been making this week!


    • Beth @ The First Year — April 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Thanks girl!

  17. Whitney M — April 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    These were just what I needed when I didn’t wanna spend 3 hours making yeast cinnamon rolls. I didn’t try the espresso glaze but instead mixed a little butter, cream cheese, and maple syrup. I’m sure they are delicious either way though!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 12, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Haha, yeah who has 3 hours to make cinnamon rolls!? Glad you enjoyed them!

  18. Marly — April 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

    These look fantastic!!

  19. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — April 15, 2014 at 7:55 am

    These look absolutely perfect!! YUM :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 15, 2014 at 7:57 am

      I wish I had some to share, thank you Becca!

  20. wickednoodle — April 15, 2014 at 8:16 am

    WOW, they make me wish I had more than this yogurt for breakfast. I’d eat the whole pan for sure!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      And it’s okay to eat the whole pan because it’s only a small batch :-)

  21. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — April 15, 2014 at 8:16 am

    OMG that glaze. These rolls are calling my name, do you hear it? PINNED.

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Haha, they are calling mine name too!

  22. mostlyhomemademom — April 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    These look like they’d be perfect for Easter morning, yum!

  23. Trish - Mom On Timeout — May 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    These rolls are just beautiful! And that glaze…FABULOUS! Pinned!

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