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Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

Brit Wolfe - Panthers & Peonies
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Bread
Servings 12


Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 1/4 tsp. dry active yeast
  • 1/2 cup nondairy milk plus more if dough is very dry
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter divided
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sourdough starter discard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 Tbsp. vegan butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Heat the milk and 3 Tbsp. of the butter until warm (about 110ºF).
  • Sprinkle in the yeast and let rest 10 minutes.
  • Add the yeast to the bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with a dough hook), along with 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar, salt, and 1 cup flour.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the remaining flour, then the sourdough starter. Increase the mixer speed to medium and let knead 5 minutes until the dough comes together. Keep an eye on the moisture of the dough. Once kneaded, the dough should form a solid ball and be sturdy but soft when you poke it. If the dough is wet or sticky, add a Tbsp. of flour.
  • Place dough in a lightly-oiled bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  • Dump dough onto a floured surface, then roll into a large rectangle. Melt remaining butter and brush most of it over the dough (save a small amount of melted butter to brush over rolls right before baking), then sprinkle with cinnamon and 1/4 cup granulated sugar.
  • Roll tightly, making sure to pinch the seam tightly. Cut rolls to desired size, then place either in a baking pan or into individual muffin tins.
  • Cover with a clean dish towel and place in a warm place to rise. Let rise 30-45 minutes, until the rolls are big and puffy, but not quite doubled in size.
  • When the rolls are almost done rising, preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Brush rolls with remaining melted butter, then bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  • To make the cream cheese frosting, combine all frosting ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.