Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

Francine Lizotte


These sweet treats are sinfully delicious! These buns taste just like the ones from Cinnabon but they are even better because they are homemade!


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12 buns
45 Min
23 Min



  • 1 c
    warm milk (between 105-110ºf)
  • 2 tsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1/4 c
    granulated sugar (substitute honey)
  • 4 1/2 c
    bread flour
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 large
    free-run eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 c
    butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract

  • 1 c
    brown sugar such as demerara, packed
  • 1/3 c
    butter, softened, plus more to grease the baking dish
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 c
    walnuts, roughly chopped

  • 1/4 c
    unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 pkg
    (4 oz.) light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp
    kosher salt

How to Make Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine milk, yeast and granulated sugar; let stand for 10 minutes to proof until mixture is foamy and bubbly. Turn the oven on at 350ºF for 1 minute to warm up; turn it off.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, beat eggs. Add melted butter and vanilla; stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Add egg mixture and then flour mixture to the yeast. Insert the dough hook and on speed 3, process until it forms a ball around the attachment, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Transfer dough on a lightly flour work surface and form a ball with hands. Transfer the ball dough into a large bowl and cover with a damp towel. Transfer to the oven for 1 hour (with the heat off). Grease a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray (butter preferably); set aside
  5. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface (if the mat is not bigger than 15 x 23-inch, drizzle lightly some flour on the kitchen counter. Roll dough into a 15 x 23-inch rectangle.
  6. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon; stir until well-blended. Add walnuts and stir to combine. Spread dough with the brown sygar mixture, leaving about 1-inch at far side of the dough. Roll dough tightly and remove the ends to make it even. Cut 12 pieces and place them in the prepared baking dish. Cover with a towel for 30 minutes. Remove the top rack and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  7. Transfer cinnamon buns into the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes (22 minutes). Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all the frosting ingredients; stir until well mixed and set aside.
  8. Remove cinnamon buns from heat and invert the baking dish on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. Spread half of the frosting mixture on buns. Let it sit for 10 minutes before spreading the remaining frosting. Makes 12 cinnamon buns.
  9. Note: Cooked and frosted cinnamon buns freeze well. Place them separately in the freezer and when frozen, place them in a container.
  10. To view this recipe on YouTube, click on this link >>>> youtube.com/watch?v=nyXJhSlbyBs

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