Quick (ish) and Easy Cinnamon Buns with Icing

Sunday mornings are my favourite time for homemade breakfast treats. My go-to baked good is chocolate chip muffins but once in a while I get a craving for something warm and gooey.


Enter: Cinnamon buns.

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

Cinnamon buns are so easy yet so delicious. Warm, moist dough wrapped around cinnamon and sugar. What’s not to love? Top it off with a cream cheese glaze and you’ll have trouble saying no to another.

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

These bad boys aren’t super quick to make, but when it comes to dough, they’re pretty quick. I started mine around 10am and by the time Cole rolled out of bed they were ready. (Now, I won’t give away what time he wakes up at)

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

They are incredible easy and sure to impress any guest. Plus, you can happily say you made them from scratch.

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

Cinnamon Buns

Ingredients – dough:

– 2 ¾ cups flour (nothing fancy, all purpose is perfect)

– 3 Tablespoons sugar

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast

– ½ cup water

– ¼ cup milk (skim is cool)

– 2 ½ Tablespoons butter (unsalted)

– 1 egg


Ingredients – filling:

– 3 Tablespoons butter (unsalted, softened)

– 1 Tablespoon cinnamon (ground)

– ¼ cup sugar

Step One: Mix 2 ¼ cups of flour, plus the sugar, salt, and yeast together in a large bowl.

Step Two: Place your water, milk, and butter in a bowl and microwave until the butter is melted and the liquid is warm. Stir this mixture into the flour mix.

Step Three: Add the egg to your dough. Knead until a soft dough forms (add some of your reserved flour if you need to – I used the entire ½ cup).

Step Four: Knead the dough until soft and somewhat sticky (about 3 minutes). Place it back in the bowl, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Step Five: Roll the dough into a rectangle (About 14×8).

Step Six: Spread the softened butter (from the filing ingredients) all over the dough. Then mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle it over top of your butter covered dough.

Step Seven: Starting on the longest edge, slowly roll the dough up tightly. Mark your pieces evenly and cut. Then place each roll (wide side down) in a lightly greased pan.

Step Eight: Let your rolls rise. TIP: Heat your oven to 200F, then turn it off. Cover the roles with aluminium foil and place them in the oven to rise. Let rise for 1 hour.

Step Nine: Bake for 25-30 minutes at 375F. You can cover them for the last 10-15 minutes if you want to avoid a lot of browning.

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe


– 1 cup icing sugar

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 3 Tablespoons milk

Step One: Whisk the ingredients together until they form a glaze.

Step Two: Drizzle over rolls.

Note: I also love a good cream cheese glaze on my cinnamon rolls. If you do too, try this one out:

– 4 oz cream cheese

– 1 cup icing sugar

– ½ cup butter (unsalted, softened)

– ½ teaspoon vanilla

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

I happily used my new spices from the Silk Road. Cinnamon that has traveled all the way from China and vanilla sugar.

the silk road spice merchant spices

Vanilla sugar tastes almost the same as granulated sugar, but there are tiny pieces of vanilla bean ground up inside. I love to use it when topping my baked goods (sprinkle a little on after baking is finished) but for once I let myself splurge and use more than a teaspoon.

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

gooey homemade cinnamon bun recipe

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2 thoughts on “Quick (ish) and Easy Cinnamon Buns with Icing

  1. These are homemade?! What?! Oh gosh, I haven’t had a good cinnamon roll in so long, they look delicious. I’m not the best in the kitchen, but maybe I should give them a shot. Ohhhh now I have a sweet tooth, lol.

    Z. | J. POTTER

    1. Totally give them a shot! This is the easiest recipe I have found so far, so it’s the perfect one to try! Besides – you can’t go too wrong with warm dough, cinnamon, and sugar. Let me know how it turns out!

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