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Classic Cinnamon Buns

What could be better than a soft buttery cinnamon bun? Not much I assure you, this recipe is just perfect.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, Cinnamon, rolls
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 413kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen



  • cups hot milk about 110F/ 43C
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 4 tablespoons melted butter plus more for pan
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • 3-5 tablespoons milk less if making the thicker icing for the batched version
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 - 5 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in a 1⁄4 cup of the hot milk and set aside.
  • In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.
  • Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
  • Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 2 - 3 hours.
  • When doubled in size, punch down dough.
  • Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle.
  • Spread melted butter all over the dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough.
  • Beginning at the 15-inch side, roll up the dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 10 - 12 slices.

To make individual buns:

  • Coat the bottom of two baking sheets with butter. Place half the cinnamon buns on each sheet at least 3 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  • Let rise until dough is doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).

To Make the Batched version:

  • Place the buns close together into a 13×9 pan
  • Let rise until dough is doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).
  • Bake on 350f/175c for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, In a mixing bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of the milk, the melted butter powdered sugar, and 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Add in more milk as needed 1 teaspoon at a time until it is the desired consistency.
  • For the glazed version: Spread over warm buns.
  • For the batched iced version, ice the buns once cooled.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.8mg