Bread-in-a-Bag Cinnamon Rolls

Bread-in-a-Bag can be turned into a white or flavored bread loaf, breadsticks, or these sweet cinnamon rolls.



  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 package rapid rise yeast (or 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water (125-130°F)
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (approximate)
  • Nonstick spray


  • 2 Tablespoons margarine (melted)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or 1/4 cup brown and 1/4 cup white sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts (optional)

Icing (optional):

  • 2-3 cups powder sugar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Resealable plastic bag or bowl



  1. Wash hands with warm, soapy water.
  2. Combine whole-wheat flour, yeast, sugar, dry milk powder, and salt in a 1 gallon heavy-duty freezer bag with a zipper lock. Squeeze upper part of bag to force out air. Shake and work bag with fingers to blend ingredients.
  3. Add hot water and oil to the bag and reseal it. Mix by working bag with fingers. 
  4. Gradually add enough all-purpose flour to the bag to make a stiff dough that pulls away from the bag. 
  5. Place dough on a floured surface. Knead 2-4 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  6. Cover dough and let it rest for 10 minutes. 
  7. Roll out dough into a rectangle 12×7-inch.
  8. Spread margarine to cover the dough, avoiding the edges.
  9. Sprinkle on cinnamon-sugar mixture. Add raisins or chopped nuts, if desired.
  10. Roll up dough from the long end and seal edges.
  11. Cut into 1-inch slices to make 12 rolls.
  12. Place in an 9″ x 13-inch baking dish coated with non-stick spray.
  13. Cover and let rise 20-30 minutes.
  14. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from dish. Cover with icing, if desired.


  1. Add 2-3 cups powdered sugar to bag (or bowl). More powdered sugar adds thickness to the icing.
  2. Add vanilla and about 1/8 cup water.
  3. Close the bag and squeeze at the top to reduce air. Massage the bag until no powdered sugar is visible and an icing has formed. (About 2-4 minutes.) If using a bowl, carefully stir ingredients until well blended and thick. Add water a little at a time if mixture is too thick.
  4. After cinnamon rolls are completely cooled, cut a corner of the icing bag. Drizzle icing over cinnamon rolls. If using a bowl, scoop icing with a spoon and spread over rolls.


Makes 12 servings

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