Homemade Cinnamon Buns

Homemade Cinnamon BunsOne of my favorite indulgences on a sleepy Sunday morning is a cup of coffee with a cinnamon roll. The only thing better than a soft and gooey cinnamon bun is a soft and gooey cinnamon bun that’s been topped with cream cheese icing! The recipe below is a little time consuming, but well worth the wait. Since the dough is made from scratch, it just takes a bit of time to allow the dough to rise while the yeast does its job.

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The orange zest in this recipe is optional, it’s a delightful change from the traditional roll. If you prefer to leave the orange out of the recipe, you can simply omit it and keep the other ingredients the same.

Cinnamon Buns

Method: In a small saucepan, scald the milk and ¼ c. of butter. Set aside.

Fix mixer with dough hook. Mix yeast, water, sugar in the bowl of the mixer. Allow to stand 10 minutes until very foamy.

Combine the warm milk mixture, eggs, ¾ c. of sugar, 1 Tb. Salt, vanilla, ½ tsp of cinnamon, ¼ tsp. of nutmeg and orange zest.

Add egg mixture to yeast mixture in the mixing bowl and mix to combine. Add the flour and mix on low- speed , then on medium speed for 8 minutes.

Remove the hook and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 2 hours at room temperature.

While the dough is done rising, combine softened butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, 3 Tb. Cinnamon, kosher salt.

Stir this softened mixture together and set aside.

Push the air out of the dough and dump out onto a floured surface. Divide dough into 2 portions. Roll one piece of dough into a ½ inch thick rectangle and spread with ½ of the butter mixture.Gently roll into a tight log , wrap in plastic and chill for 15 – 20 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough and butter mixture.

Remove plastic and slice dough into 2” pieces. Place the sliced pieces together in a greased pan (can be a cake pan or a casserole pan). Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size (about an additional 30 minutes) in a warm, draft-free place. Remove the plastic wrap.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. While the rolls are in the oven, make the icing. When the rolls come out of the oven, top with icing when still warm.

Cream Cheese Icing


Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Adjust the flavors to suit your tastes. Spread on the cinnamon rolls when they are still warm.

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