The best homemade cinnamon buns

Since learning to cook, I have spent many hours in the kitchen trying all kinds of recipes. My favorite thing to do is baking. Whether it’s bread, cookies, muffins, or some random dessert, there is always something delicious to be made. Of these, homemade cinnamon buns are in my top five favorite recipes. These buns are packed with flavor and are fairly simple to make. In fact, the recipe is modified from the best white bread recipe.

If you are looking for a dessert to make for a party, potluck, or just because these homemade cinnamon buns are an excellent choice. You can even add flavoring to the icing to give them an extra pop. Try using orange extract instead of vanilla extract to change up the flavors.


  • 5 teaspoons of dry active yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 -3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3-5 Tbsp cinnamon
  • icing sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cream cheese softened


  1. Place the water, yeast, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir slightly and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. The mixture should turn foamy.
  2. Add in oil/butter and salt. Mix until combined.
  3. Add 3 1/4 cups of flour to the bowl and mix until well combined. I use speed 2 on my Kitchen-Aid mixer with the dough hook for this step. Be sure to stop the mixer midway through and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. If your dough is still fairly sticky, then add an additional 1/4 cup of flour. Continue to use speed 2, or mix by hand, until the dough forms a ball and is slightly elastic.
  4. Remove the dough from the mixer and place it on a lightly floured counter. Cover the dough and let rest for about 5 minutes.
  5. Knead the dough for a few minutes. This ensures the dough comes together nicely and helps to create nice soft cinnamon rolls.
  6. Roll the dough out until it forms a rectangle, approximately 10 x 14 inches.
  7. Lightly brush with a small amount of melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon, ensuring it is evenly distributed.
  8. Begin to roll the dough, making sure it is tight. Once rolled, seal the edge by pinching it. Cut the roll into 12 equal-sized pieces. Using dental floss is the best way to cut the dough without squishing the rolls.
  9. Place the 12 rolls into a greased 9×13 baking pan. Rise for about 20 minutes or until doubled.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  11. Bake for 20-30 minutes. The rolls should be golden brown.
  12. Once cooled, make the icing. Mix cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla extract, and a bit of milk in a bowl. How much of these ingredients you will use depends on how much icing you want and the consistency of the icing. Spread the icing evenly across the tops of the rolls.
  13. Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Give these homemade cinnamon buns a try today!


  1. These look absolutely delicious! And they don’t seem to difficult to make either – I will definitely give it a go! 🙂 x

    1. They are so good! Honestly, they are very easy, as most of the time is spent waiting for them to rise – which always feels like it takes forever. Hope you enjoy them.

    1. I hope you enjoy them!

  2. These look delicious and something I’ve always wanted to try making as my family love them! Thanks for sharing

    1. They are surprisingly easy. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool enough to put on the icing. Hope you give them a try.

  3. Not only do these look delicious, but fairly easy to make. And I like how it’s topped with cream cheese icing. 😋

    Thanks for sharing, I’m gonna pin it and give it a try one weekend.

    1. Cream cheese frosting really makes them. I sometimes mix up a really basic icing sugar and milk frosting if I’m feeling lazy, or don’t have cream cheese, but it really does add a ton of flavor. Hope you enjoy them!

  4. Yum! Love cinnamon buns! I just had bought some yesterday, but making them would be even better. I’ll have to give this a try in the future. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You may never buy them again after making them yourself. Hope you enjoy them.

    1. They are so good. I love using cinnamon as well, so many great recipes out there that have cinnamon in them.

  5. Cinnamon buns are my absolute favourite and this recipe is really close to the one I use. So light and fluffy and covered in icing. Yum!

    1. Cinnamon buns are the best.

  6. Baking is not my forte I have to admit, but these look absolutely delicious and not too technical to make. Definitely got a fancy for cinnamon buns now!

    1. I used to be terrible at baking, or anything in the kitchen for that matter, but with a lot of practice, I got good at it. I hope you are able to give them a try one day.

    1. I hope you give them a try. They are so good!

  7. These cinnamon buns look amazing. I have always loved cinnamon buns and I admit that if anything was going to lure e into a cheat it would probably be trying out these!

    1. I would have a hard time turning down cinnamon buns as well. But now I know how to make you cheat if I ever get down there to visit you.

    1. I don’t know a lot of people who would turn them down. Oh so good!

  8. Oh my! These look SO nice! I love cinnamon buns 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe, I’d love to give these a try sometime, great post Sarah! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. If you love cinnamon buns then be sure to give this recipe a try one day. You will absolutely love them.

  9. I’m a cinnamon bun addict, and happy to admit it!

    I’m currently in the UK, and cinnamon buns are really under appreciated here, there just isn’t the selection and availability like there is in the US.

    So, I’ve been making – or at least attempting to make – my own. I’m a bit of a novice in the kitchen, but I’ve made some decent buns.

    Always on the lookout for different recipes, and this is a little different. So, I will give it a go and check back in to let you know how I get on if you’d like. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing


    1. Nothing wrong with being a cinnamon bun addict. That’s a shame that there isn’t a ton of cinnamon buns in the Uk, but at least you are able to make your own. I hope you enjoy these ones and absolutely let me know what you think of them.

    1. They truly are the best.

  10. Those look delicious. My recipe is a pain to make, so I don’t make them very often. I think I will try this recipe for Sunday Breakfast.

    1. They really are fantastic. I know of a few overly complicated cinnamon bun recipes so Ièm glad I found this one.

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