Cinnamon Rolls (Cinnamon Buns) Recipe

Cinnamon buns (Cinnamon swirls)

  • A little effort

Sticky and sweet, cinnamon buns are a Scandinavian and North American favourite, served for breakfast or as a satisfying snack. Also known as cinnamon swirls or cinnamon rolls, our step-by-step guide will help you make perfect treats for friends and family.


Make these cinnamon swirls then check out our easy cinnamon bunsvegan cinnamon buns and croissant cinnamon buns.



  • whole milk 175ml
  • dried active yeast 2 tsp
  • golden caster sugar 35g, plus a little demerara sugar for dusting
  • flour 350g, plus extra for dusting
  • egg 1, beaten
  • unsalted butter 50g, and extra for the tin

cinnamon butter

  • unsalted butter 100g, very soft
  • golden caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • ground cinnamon 3 tsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the milk to just below boiling point then cool until warm. Whisk in the dried yeast and 1 tsp of the caster sugar and leave in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until a thick foam has formed on top of the milk.

    Tip the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in 1/2 tsp salt and the rest of the caster sugar. Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the yeasty milk mixture, beaten egg and softened butter.

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  • Step 2

    Stir until the mixture is combined and comes together into a rough dough.

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  • Step 3

    Tip onto a lightly-floured worksurface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Form into a ball, put in a bowl and cover with clingfilm. leave in a warm place for about 11/2 hours. to make the cinnamon butter, beat together the butter, sugar and cinnamon.

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  • Step 4

    Turn the dough onto a lightly-floured work surface and knead gently for 30 seconds. Roll into a rectangle, measuring about 30cm x 50cm.

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  • Step 5

    Turn it so the longest side is nearest to you, then spread the cinnamon butter over the dough, leaving a border of about 1cm around the edges.

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  • Step 6

    Roll the dough up, starting with the long side closest to you and keeping the roll even.

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  • Step 7

    Cut into 7 slices of even thickness and put in a buttered non-stick 23cm springform tin.

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  • Step 8

    Cover the buns loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 40 minutes to prove. Heat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4.

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  • Step 9

    Brush the buns with beaten egg and sprinkle with demerara sugar and flour. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 35-40 minutes until brown and cooked through.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 410
  • Fat 20g
  • Carbs 47.6g
  • Fibre 1.2g
  • Protein 8.6g
  • Salt 0.4g