This Week's Recipe--Ultimate Cinnamon Buns

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The Recipe
Ooooohhhh! Cinnamon Rolls! Just thinking about them makes me hungry! In the past, Scott and I have made a delicious recipe that's supposedly a copycat Cinnabon recipe. And man are they good! But it makes about 67 rolls or something, so it's way more than we need and takes forever.

One recent Saturday Scott was watching Cook's Country on PBS, saw these and suggested we try them. Good idea, honey! :-)

Makes 8 Buns.

In step 2, if after mixing for 10 minutes the dough is still wet and sticky, add up to ¼ cup flour (a tablespoon at a time) until the dough releases from the bowl. For smaller cinnamon buns, cut the dough into 12 pieces in step 3.


3/4 cup whole milk , heated to 110 degrees
1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant or rapid-rise yeast
3 large eggs , room temperature
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , cut into 12 pieces and softened
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
4 ounces cream cheese , softened
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


1. For the dough: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, shut off. Line 13- by 9-inch baking pan with foil, allowing excess foil to hang over pan edges. Grease foil and medium bowl.

2. Whisk milk and yeast in liquid measuring cup until yeast dissolves, then whisk in eggs. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook, mix flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt until combined. With mixer on low, add warm milk mixture in steady stream and mix until dough comes together, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and add butter, one piece at a time, until incorporated. Continue to mix until dough is smooth and comes away from sides of bowl, about 10 minutes. Turn dough out onto clean surface and knead to form a smooth, round ball. Transfer dough to prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in warm oven. Let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

3. For the filling: Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in small bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Following photos 1 and 2 in the related step-by-step, roll dough into 18-inch square, spread with butter, and sprinkle evenly with filling. Starting with the edge nearest you, roll dough into tight cylinder, pinch lightly to seal seam, and, following photo 3, cut into 8 pieces. Transfer pieces, cut-side up, to prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

4. For the glaze and to bake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk cream cheese, milk, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar in medium bowl until smooth. Discard plastic wrap and bake buns until deep golden brown and filling is melted, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and top buns with ½ cup glaze; cool 30 minutes. Using foil overhang, lift buns from pan and top with remaining glaze. Serve.

Make Ahead: After transferring pieces to prepared pan in step 3, buns can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for 24 hours. When ready to bake, let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Remove plastic wrap and continue with step 4 as directed.

The Verdict
I made these for teacher appreciation day on May 4, so I had a number of willing testers! Everyone seemed to love them, even though I didn't have quite enough powdered sugar to make the glaze as directed--I only used about 1/2 of what was called for. I cut them a tad smaller to make 12 and I did followed the 'make ahead' directions since I made the dough on Monday afternoon and then baked them Tuesday morning.

Mmmmm...cinnamon rolls! Maybe I should go make some more????


  1. Must be the week- we are having "cheater" cinnamon rolls in the morning. One of those take frozen rolls, sprinkle x,y,z on them and they taste homemade recipes. Wonder how they will turn out...


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