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Cinnamon Buns with cream cheese frosting drizzled on top in white serving dish.

How to Make Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon rolls from scratch are one of those fantastic delicacies that not nearly enough people experience for themselves.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 8 buns
Calories 466kcal
Author Joss D


  • Baking sheet
  • Whisk




  • 14 oz. flour (400 g)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. instant dry yeast
  • 3.4 oz. milk (100 ml) heated to warm temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter cubed


  • ½ cup cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. hot water



  • Mix brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together and reserve.
    A teaspoon of cinnamon and brown sugar mixture.


  • Mix the flour, sugar and dry instant yeast together. Add all wet ingredients, except for the butter, and combine. Once you’re at this point, it should look a bit flaky. Add the butter and incorporate with your hands until a dough ball forms.
    Cinnamon bun dough getting mixed.
  • Cover the dough loosely with plastic film and let it rest for 10 minutes.
    Dough ball in bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape on a floured surface, using a rolling pin (try to make it about 12" wide).
    Rolling pin with cinnamon bun pastry on marble counter top.
  • Use a pastry brush to cover the dough with melted butter.
    Pastry brush and cinnamon bun pastry rolled out.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar mix on top and roll up the dough into a log.
    Cinnamon bun dough with brown sugar on it, marble background.
  • Cut the roll into smaller pieces (about 1.5 inches wide). You should get 8 individual pieces. Transfer to a baking pan. Let them sit, covered with a damp towel, until they double in size (about 1 hour).
    Raw cinnamon buns.
  • Bake in a 375ºF preheated oven for about 20 minutes - or until golden brown.
    Cinnamon buns.
  • Drizzle the glaze over and sprinkle with some more cinnamon if desired. Serve and enjoy!
    Cinnamon Buns with cream cheese frosting drizzled on top in white serving dish.


  • Mix all of the glaze ingredients with an electric mixer or whisk until well combined and smooth.
    A bowl with flour mixture and whisk.


Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg