I have never made our cinnamon rolls with yeast and I've never really had a recipe for them either. I have always just made biscuits, added some sugar and tossed in butter, cinnamon & sugar on top before rolling them up. The last time I made them I measured the ingredients out so I could get the recipe down on paper...so here it is!
2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup milk or light cream
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture is the texture of coarse cornmeal. Make a well in the center of the ingredients and add liquid all at once. Stir batter vigorously until it comes freely from the sides of the bowl. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly for a few seconds. Roll out dough into a rectangle approximately 1/2 inch thick.
Mix together 1/2 cup soft butter, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon. Spread this mixture over the rolled dough. Roll up the entire dough into a log. Slice roll at 1/2 intervals. Bake cinnamon rolls on a parchment lined baking pan for approx 10 minutes at 350.