Cinnamon Buns from Scratch

Yields: 8 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 1 Hr 25 Mins Cook Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 45 Mins

Anyone who gives you cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven is a friend for life. – Daniel Handler

This is what the cinnamon bun log will look like pre-roll!

Back in the day when I enjoyed Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Buns filled with plenty of dairy, life was easy. My family would stock up on the cylinders and we would treat ourselves on Sunday mornings after slumber parties with a whole pan of the rolls. However, I haven’t been able to enjoy a cinnamon bun for the past 5 years or so, thanks to this dairy allergy. (The same thing rang true with donuts until I visited Savannah, GA.)

Anyways, I finally discovered that I could make dairy free cinnamon buns! They taste much more fresh than anything you could find at Cinnabon or other chain, and I was happy to know they were preservative free. IF you swapped out the flour for gluten free flour, the buns would be both dairy and gluten free friendly!

A few months ago, I tested this recipe on a group of friends. Most of them explained that cinnamon buns were too artificial tasting, but mine were a hit. We devoured the whole pan! They’re not too sweet, nor too cinnamon-y, and made for a delicious breakfast or dessert. I could not recommend cinnamon buns from scratch more – why not give these a try for Mother’s Day tomorrow? Breakfast in bed is always a good idea…I promise.

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Let me know what you think of these cinnamon buns, too. Are they better than the pre-made Pillsbury rolls? Or do you think these are overly complicated? Let me know! The more feedback, the better recipes I can create for y’all!

ALSO: The dough needs about an hour to rise, so time your cooking accordingly. You don’t want your guests to wait until lunch to eat breakfast!



0/14 Ingredients
Adjust Servings
  • Glaze


0/9 Instructions
  • Toss flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a bowl.
  • Heat the milk, water, and butter in the microwave for 30 seconds on high power. Then, stir into the dry mixture from the previous step.
  • Add the egg and mix well. Knead the dough for a few minutes, ensuring everything is evenly dispersed and the dough is sticky. (If it sticks too much to your fingers, add a little flour.
  • Let the dough chill out for a few minutes on the counter. (Just take a break from kneading it.) Meanwhile, mix together the cinnamon and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a separate bowl.
  • Flour your countertop a bit and roll out the dough into a long rectangle. It should be a little over a foot long and around 6-8 inches wide.
  • Spread the softened butter all over the dough, then evenly sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar. Roll up the dough hot-dog style (kinda like you're making sushi!)
  • Slice the log into 10-12 rolls and place in a greased round pan. Now, let the dough rise for about an hour. Partly cover the pan in aluminum foil, but make sure some air can get in.
  • 1 hour later...
  • Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 375F. While it heats up, make the glaze! (Just mix the 3 ingredients listed above).
  • Cook your buns for about 20 - 25 minutes. I like mine gooey in the middle so I removed mine at 20, but to each their own. Pour the glaze on top, and there you go!

So like... what do you think?