Cinnamon Buns

This is a fast cinnamon bun recipe, including cooking and cooling, it should take under an hour start to finish.


for the buns:

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon PLUS 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups flour (and extra for dusting work surface)

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

for the glaze:

2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons buttermilk

1 cup confectioner’s sugar


For the buns:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush 9 inch round pan with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Combine brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar, cinnamon, cloves and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon melted butter and combine with a fork until it resembles wet sand. Set aside. Whisk together four, remaining sugar, baking powder, baking soda and remaining salt in a large bowl. In a measuring cup combine buttermilk and 2 tablespoons butter. Add liquid to flour mixture and stir until liquid is absorbed, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a lightly floured work surface and and knead until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pat dough into a 9×12 inch rectangle. Brush dough with 2 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon mixture, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Loosen the dough from the work surface and roll to form a tight log. Pinch the seam to seal. Cut into 8 pieces. Flatten slightly and place in pan with one in the center and the other 7 circling it. Brush with remaining butter. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to plate and cool for about 5 minutes before glazing.

For the glaze:

Whisk together cream cheese and buttermilk until thick and smooth. Add confectioners sugar slowly until a smooth glaze forms, about 30 seconds. Spoon over buns, serve immediately.

One Comment

  1. Love your blog!
    I came across it looking for quick cinnamon buns and found this recipe. Best ones I've made. I don't like all the time and steps involved in yeast recipes and some of the quick ones have been pretty good but too cakey or biscuity. These are a little more pastry and closer to the real thing than any other quick recipe I found.

    My friend, who loves regular cinnamon buns really loved these! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I'll definately be making these again. Cheers!