Instant Gratification Cinnamon Buns

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Instant Gratification Cinnamon Buns

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Published prior to 2008

When you hear the words "cinnamon buns," does your mind immediately think of yeast rolls, kneading, several rises, many hours... It doesn't have to be like that. Who said cinnamon buns could ONLY be made with yeast? The following buns are made with easy biscuit dough, and they're just as soft, cinnamon-y and yummy as yeast-based buns-and a LOT faster to make. Thus their moniker: you can take these buns from "Hey, let's have cinnamon buns," to iced and warm on the table, in less than 45 minutes.

2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Bakewell Cream + 1 teaspoon baking soda (or substitute 2 teaspoons baking powder for the Bakewell Cream and baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) butter
1/8 teaspoon Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor (optional)
1 large egg + enough milk to total 1/2 cup

4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, melted
2/3 cup (5 ounces) brown sugar
5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon Signature Secrets culinary thickener (optional)**

1 cup (4 ounces) confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) butter, melted
pinch of salt
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons (3/4 to 1 ounce) milk or cream, enough to make a spreadable frosting

*Or substitute 1/2 cup (2 3/4 ounces) Baker's Cinnamon Filling Mix + 3 tablespoons water, enough to make it spreadable, for the filling above.

**If you don't use Baker's Cinnamon Filling Mix, the addition of Signature Secrets to your own filling helps keep it from leaking out into the bottom of the pan. Leaked-out filling can make the buns a bit tricky to get out of the pan.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 9" round cake pan. If desired, melt 2 tablespoons butter, and drizzle it into the bottom of the prepared pan. This adds to the buns' buttery flavor.

To make the dough: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, leavener(s), salt, and sugar. Cut the butter into pieces, and work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is unevenly crumbly.

Break an egg into a measuring cup, and add milk to the 1/2-cup line. Whisk them together, and add to the dry ingredients, stirring to make a soft dough. Transfer the dough to a heavily floured work surface, and roll it into a rope about 14" long. Flatten it gently, then use a rolling pin to gently roll it into a 16" x 6" rectangle. Use a dough scraper or giant spatula to lift the dough as you roll, adding more flour underneath if it begins to stick to the work surface.

To prepare the filling: Combine all of the filling ingredients, mixing until smooth and spreadable. Spread the filling on the rolled-out dough, leaving a 1" margin free along one long edge. Starting with the long edge that DOES have filling on it, roll the log up. Turn it so the seam is on the bottom, and gently shape it till it's about 16" long.

To form and bake the buns: Cut the log into 16 slices, and place them in the prepared pan. Cover the pan, and refrigerate overnight, if desired. Or you can bake the buns immediately. Whether they've been refrigerated or not, bake the buns for 20 to 25 minutes (the longer amount of time if they've been chilled), until they're just beginning to turn a light golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and place them on a rack to cool, as you prepare the frosting.

To prepare the frosting: Stir together the sugar, vanilla, butter, and salt. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons milk or cream, and beat until smooth and creamy, adding additional liquid if the frosting seems too thick to spread easily. Spread the frosting on the warm buns. Serve warm, or at room temperature. Buns will stay soft for several days, so long as you keep them covered. Yield: 16 buns.


  • star rating 11/04/2012
  • kmescall from KAF Community
  • These were so good! I had to add more milk than what the recipe listed, but they were tender and sweet - they hit the spot!
  • star rating 09/30/2011
  • AmericanGirlinQuebec from KAF Community
  • I'd give this a 5, but I haven't made the full recipe and feel like that wouldn't be fair. I adapted this recipe to make butternut squash sweet rolls (1 cup butternut squash puree, and about 1/3 cup milk in place of the buttermilk), and despite my fears it turned out fantastic. I didn't use the topping or filling recipes yet, but I'm looking forward to trying them in the future. Great basic no-yeast sweet roll recipe!
  • star rating 07/27/2010
  • Karen from Orland Park,IL
  • Delish, I made this yesterday for my youngest daughter, she did not want to be left out, because I made the berry torte recipe for company and my oldest daughter. Quick easy and tender. Not like a yeast dough but it sure hit the spot for my 11 year old. Everyone was happy.
  • star rating 10/18/2009
  • Judy from Minnesota
  • These were very easy to make and came out quite well. They may not be as light as a yeast-based cinnamon roll but they are something you can make anytime without any planning ahead! The dough reminds me of a light scone dough, so don't work it too much and it will stay tender. I made the filling with 2 tbs of Lyle's golden syrup and I skipped the frosting since it is sweet enough without it. I will make these again, I am sure, since I love cinnamon rolls but not all the prep that usually goes with them.
  • star rating 01/14/2009
  • Food Expert from Middletown, CT
  • These delicious, easy-to-make little wonders grant your tastebuds one million wishes!