classic cinnamon buns
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Classic Cinnamon Buns

This Classic Cinnamon Buns Recipe is perfect – they come out golden on the outside and soft & fluffy on the inside!
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 413 kcal
Author Erren



  • 1 1⁄4 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
  • 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup 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
  • 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in a 1⁄4 cup of the hot milk and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.
  3. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
  4. Knead dough on 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.
  5. When doubled in size, punch down dough.
  6. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle.
  7. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough.
  8. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 10 - 12 slices.

To make individual buns:

  1. 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.
  2. Let rise until dough is doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).

To Make the Batched version:

  1. Place the buns close together into a 13×9 pan
  2. Let rise until dough is doubled (about 45 minutes to an hour).
  3. Bake on 350f/175c for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, In a mixing bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons of the milk, the melted butter powdered sugar, and 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract.
  5. Add in more milk as needed 1 teaspoon at a time until it is the desired consistency.
  6. For the glazed version: Spread over warm buns.
  7. For the batched iced version, ice the buns once cooled.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Cinnamon Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Potassium 105mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 75g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 49g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 7.2%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.