I have to admit, out of all the baked goods my favorite have to be cinnamon buns. The soft flaky bread, the rich cinnamon flavor and the sweetness of the sugar.
As great as cinnamon buns are, I think the thing that holds people back from making them from home is the use of yeast and rising bread. This is definitely a two step process as you need to make the bread, wait 45 minutes, and then complete the process. Better though than when I was a kid and you needed to wait a few hours for it to rise 🙂
Most of the time recipes call for brown sugar but this cinnamon bon recipe actually calls for icing (confectioners) sugar and white sugar instead.
Ingredients for Best Ever Cinnamon Buns
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F)
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk
Directions for Best Ever Cinnamon Buns
1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, and let stand for 3 minutes. Add cake mix, 1 cup flour, eggs, oil, and salt; beat well. Stir in remaining flour until a soft dough forms.
2. Knead on well floured surface for about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, and turn to coat the dough surface. Let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4. Punch down, and divide into two equal parts. Roll out each section on a lightly floured surface. Spread each with softened butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
5. Roll up like jelly rolls and cut buns 1 1/2 inches thick with a piece of dental floss or a dull knife. Place in greased baking pans, and allow to rise until doubled.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Meanwhile, make a simple frosting, combine confectioners sugar, 1/4 cup melted butter, vanilla, and milk. Mix these ingredients together.
8. Remove baked buns from oven and drizzle with this easy to make frosting.
Just a note. I know that some people like to have raisins in their cinnamon buns. I do, many people hate them. If you would like you an just add a few raisins sparingly as you are rolling them up in step 5.