Cinnamon buns

A decadently delicious sweet treat with a cup of good espresso…



  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • pinch of salt


  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened


  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Put bread ingredients in bread machine, select dough cycle and press start. If you don’t have a bread machine, don’t despair, simply mix and knead bread ingredients together until it forms a stiff ball that’s not too sticky and let rest, covered with a tea towel in a warm part of your kitchen.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface after it has roughly doubled in size. Rest for a further 10 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Roll your dough into a large rectange (16×21 inch) and spread the dough with the 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Roll the dough into a long cylinder and cut into 12 rolls.
  6. Place each roll in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan, cover and rise for another half an hour or so.
  7. Bake in a 200C oven for about 15 minutes.
  8. Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter and confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and salt, spread this frosting over the warm rolls before serving.

I’ve had Cinnabons once back in South Africa a long time ago – when the chain first opened in Clearwater Mall. It was incredibly delicious…but just as incredibly expensive. I didn’t have Cinnabons again.

I did however find someone in some blog or another ¬†mention that they love waking up with the smells of Christmas – one of those being cinnamon and I thought “How wonderfully decadent won’t a sweet cinnamon roll be on Christmas morning for breakfast?” and so, I made them this year – turned out an incredible success. This is definitely going to be a new Christmas morning tradition for our family.

Amazing cinnamony fragrance from the oven

Amazing cinnamony fragrance from the oven



Gooey decadence

Gooey decadence

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