Dear Joy

I may as well warn you now…this is going to be one of those posts that will make you drool.  A lot.


I am having a full blown love affair with joy the baker right now.


It’s unstoppable.

Don’t even try.


I’m enchanted by everything from her recipes to her writing voice to her photos. 


But I’m especially enamored with her biscuit dough.


Home-made cinnamon rolls are one of my bucket list things.  I have a million and one recipes for them starred and bookmarked, but I’ve been too intimidated to take the plunge.


Then this recipe came along.  No yeast.  No kneading.  No rise.  It seemed too good to be true.


But it wasn’t.  And that’s why I love her.


Perfect biscuit dough exterior.  Buttery.  Flaky.  Dense.


Sublime cinnamon roll center.  Soft.  Gooey.  Sugary. 


I’m blaming her for the new wardrobe I will inevitably need next month.  Because all I want to eat – breakfast, lunch, dinner, whenever – are biscuits!

Is that really so wrong?

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Recipe here.


The instructions are so straight forward you can’t mess it up.  And the possibilities for the dough are endless.

My dairy free alterations:

  • I used Earth Balance instead of butter, and coconut oil instead of vegetable shortening (it was solid from being stored in a cool pantry)
  • I used almond milk + apple cider vinegar instead of buttermilk
  • I used coconut sugar for the filling instead of brown sugar


I dare you not to eat the entire batch in under a week. 

I had my last one yesterday morning.  Sitting in the sun [still in PJs] with a pastry. 


Does life get better than this?

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Comments (29)

  1. Sarah

    Nooooooooooooooooo! I’m going to have to make these, and eat them. Now. Oh dear. I’ll join you in buying a bigger wardrobe for next month. xxx

  2. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Ah I used to love cinnamon rolls when I was younger! My great aunt Avis used to make her gooey rolls every Christmas, a I made them for everyone this year in her honor!

  3. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    A perfectly flaky warm cinnamon roll in the sun is my picture of paradise. Add an ocean view and a mimosa and I will think I’ve died and gone to Heaven…a very delicious Heaven!

    I’m the same way! I must have DOZENS of cinnamon roll recipes pinned, bookmarked, and torn from magazines but I’ve always been a little intimidated/lazy to get in the kitchen and do the prep work! I can’t believe how fluffy these things are without any yeast! I’m definitely trying these very very soon!

  4. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    I can’t even concentrate after seeing these pictures!!! I know exactly what I’m making for my roadtrip snack this weekend. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Emily

    Wow these look so great. Yum 🙂

  6. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Dang, these look tooooo good! Bookmarked.

  7. Caroline

    Those look so delicious. I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls for ages now.

  8. Lisa

    oh. my. goodness. these look great. Off to check the recipe!

  9. janetha

    holy crap. i love joy. and you.

  10. sarah

    I love Joy the Baker too. She’s SO cute. And those look amazing.

    Have you listened to the Joy the Baker Podcast? It’s adorable, and provides me some much needed comic relief.

  11. Rachel

    omg these have me drooling at work. countdown til the weekend when i can try this recipe out! btw i totally bought some palm/coconut sugar the other day. very excited to make all things sugary with it, and cinammon rolls may be my first thing! 🙂

  12. Coco

    These look fantastic!!! Nothing like the smell of cinnamon rolls baking 🙂

  13. Julie

    I need to make these. Cinnamon rolls are my fave, but they’re such a task!

  14. Elise (Post author)

    these are way more simple than you think. there’s no yeast, so there’s none of that kneading, rising, wondering if you’ve done everything right, crap. mix the dough, roll it up with cinnamon and sugar, and minutes later you’re drooling over breakfast. or lunch or dinner.

  15. Elise (Post author)

    ps are you ever coming back to ca??

  16. Elise (Post author)

    i keep meaning to download it. thanks for the reminder, will do.

  17. Rachel

    to visit, yes! no live…don’t know! we just made the definitive decision to stay in NYC for at least a few more years (and then we’ll re-assess)…what can i say, i looooove living here and i love my job so we’re staying! 🙂 But I miss you! are you planning on an east coast visit any time soon?! xxxx

  18. Karen

    I made these tonight.

    Oh. My. God.

    They’re technically for a potluck tomorrow, but I don’t know if they’re going to make it…

    (good thing I have all the ingredients for another batch!)

  19. Elise (Post author)

    i know right!?!? gah. must make more asap.

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  23. Meghan

    What did you substitute for the egg? Would a flax egg be best here or an egg replacement?

  24. Elise (Post author)

    i used an egg. not sure how to make it vegan. i just made it dairy free as per the listed changes above.

  25. marie

    I tried the recipe and they turned out great!!! but!, how many carbs are they? Thank you for your blog!!!

  26. Karen

    I feel like if you have to ask that question, you don’t want to know…

    Same goes for calories.

  27. Elise (Post author)

    exactly karen! also, i have no idea about counting carbs so i cant help you out there. just enjoy them in moderation and go for a walk later. 🙂

  28. Sadie

    So I realize I’m commenting on this over a year since it was published, but I came across your recipe on pinterest. What is the ratio of almond milk to apple cider vinegar? I’m trying to make these for a friend of mine who is dairy free and I’m kind of a baking novice. Thanks!

  29. Elise (Post author)

    3/4 cup almond milk w 1 tbsp acv…just stir and wait until the milk curdles a bit. it replicates buttermilk quite nicely 🙂

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