The Best Cinnamon Buns Recipe

by Gretchen Price on August 19, 2013

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I decided to show this recipe for no other reason than for the fact that I have been eating 2 Cinnamon Buns a day for over a week now.
I am addicted. Literally addicted.
I warn you before you proceed with this recipe, this too may happen to you. Perhaps you should DOUBLE the recipe, because it seems that 12 cinnamon buns are just not enough!!

Be sure to watch the following video instruction on a widescreen television, otherwise I may not fit on the screen.

Cinnamon Buns

Yield 12 Large Cinnamon Buns
You Will Need a 12X18″ pan to bake them in, and line them up 3 on the short edge and 4 along the longer edge.
Although I used a SQUARE 10X10 because I only baked 6 at a time, you can use whatever pan you have but remember to allow plenty of room for them to more than DOUBLE in size! Don’t crowd your buns people!
Spray the pan generously with pan spray for easy release.

For the Dough:
Warm Water 1/2c (4 fl oz)
Dry Yeast  14 grams (2 Packages) (28g if using FRESH YEAST)

Milk 3/4c (6 fl oz)
Sugar 1/2c (100g)
Soft Butter (unsalted) 4oz  (113g)
Salt 1 1/2 teaspoon
Eggs Lg 2 (100g)
All Purpose Flour 4 – 5 cups (520g – 650g)

Mix Method:Prove your yeast by mixing it with the warm water and a pinch of sugar.
If it gets bubbly and frothy after about 5 to 10 minutes, you have proven that the yeast is alive and you may proceed with the recipe.

A note on Yeast: Instant yeast is for quick rising dough and as you can see this is NOT a quick rising dough – It is real easy to over proof with rapid rise yeast,  also it is not recommended if you plan to freeze the dough after making them.

This mix method is what we call a “straight dough mix”.
Basically you throw it all straight into the bowl and mix!
Mix the dough in your Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook until it is elastic and no longer sticks to the side of the mixer bowl about 5 minutes.
OR if you do not have a Kitchen Aid use the dough blade of the food processor (like I do) and pulse until you have a soft sticky mass. Then turn out onto a lightly floured table and knead it by hand 50 times.
If you do not have either machine, you may knead the entire dough by hand, but this will take much effort and much time to get to an elastic workable dough.
However you get there, you will next transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a towel and set in a nice warm spot to double in size. This will take approximately 1-2 hours depending on the conditions in your kitchen.
Remember, Time and Temperature are EVERYTHING!
Once it has doubled, you will gently “punch down” the dough to release the gasses and proceed to roll the buns.

First prepare your Mise En Place of fillings before you begin rolling.
You will need:
Cinnamon-Sugar Filling
Butter 4 Tablespoons (56g)
Light Brown Sugar 1 cup (200g)
Cinnamon 2 Tablespoons (12g)

Melt the butter in a small saucepot or in the microwave, reserve.
Combine all sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl, reserve.

Now you can proceed to roll the bun dough.
Press the dough into the best square or rectangle you can by hand, and the roll with a rolling pin to approximately 16″ X 18″
Brush the entire surface with melted butter and then sprinkle generously with the entire mixture of cinnamon-sugar.
Roll up jelly-roll style and then cut into 12 equal portions.

Prepare the Baking Dish:Using a 12X18 sheet pan, grease with Pan Grease or spray with Spray Oil of your choice.

Arrange the buns in the baking dish so they are about 1″ apart.
Spritz the buns with water and once again cover with a towel and place the baking dish in a warm, draft free spot to double in size.
About 1-2 hours depending on your kitchen conditions.

Once the buns have proofed completely, bake them in a PREHEATED 350 degree F oven for approximately 25 minutes or Until they Are Done.

Cool slightly while you prepare the  half recipe of Cream Cheese Icing or the  quarter recipe of the Poured Fondant Icing it is completely your choice.
I prefer to use a mixture (equal parts by volume) of Cream Cheese Icing and Swiss Buttercream

*If you do use the cream cheese icing be sure not to leave at room temperature for more than half a day, or your cream cheese may turn sour. It is best to store the Cream Cheese iced buns in the fridge for up to 4 days

Store the buns in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or until they go stale!


{ 152 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyne August 21, 2013 at 1:56 am

Dear Gretchen,
I wonder if I could use Bread Flour instead of AP flour? Will it gives much difference to the dough texture? Thanks a bunch….


Gretchen Price August 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

You can go ahead and try it, just be aware that bread flour will absorb much more of the liquids, leaving a more dry dough.


Joseph August 21, 2013 at 5:06 am

When using the dough hook with the Kitchen Aid mixer, their recommendation is to use a speed setting of 1 or 2. Going high can lead to the motor overheating and premature failure of the mixer.

I have found from personal experience going faster only causes the mixer to struggle and overheat, and walk across the counter.

Can not wait to try this recipe out and joining Woodland Bakery Cinnamon Bun Overeaters Anonymous


susan ruzicka February 25, 2014 at 12:53 am

I am a formal member of The Woodland Bakery Cinnamon Bun Overeaters Club! The bun or rolls are just like my Momma used to make … except the size… these are “thrilling to me”. As the cute tiny ones are novel ~ I love the size of these. I made them about 4 or 5 days ago and “even shared some” because I knew these would really thrill some friends…. oh, and they did. Now I have a new friend who thinks I bake and give things out all the time. lol Thanks again Gretchen for such great instructions & formulas.


analeah August 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

hi gretch can I add pecans on the filling? also can I used just the cream cheese filling? thanks!


Gretchen Price August 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

you can do whatever you like best!


teresa August 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Gretchen, thanks for all of your work to help those of us wanting to know more about baking. I love the unique tip of using a heating pad to proof this dough but what temperature setting do you use and are there any other tips for using this technique?


Gretchen Price August 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I use a high setting because I find the pad I have does not really heat up too hot, I just set the bowl over the heating pad, cover with a towel and it seems to speed the proof process


Julia August 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Im making your cinamon buns!! And house smells delicious! !


Teena August 24, 2013 at 5:29 am

I’m going to make them next week. Thank youfor sharing your knowledge. Love you :)


Lydine August 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

Made these yesterday and they turned out GREAT! The BEST cinnamon rolls ever!! It wasn’t overly sweet even with the icing smothered all over! PERFECT balance! Thanks again for another GREAT recipe!!


David Keck August 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

For any of you guys wondering about a good “warm, draft-free place” to proof your buns in at home…
Just put a mug of water in your microwave for 2 minutes, and then when the timer goes off, take the mug out, and put your dough in! The mug of water creates a little humidity, and the microwave will be warm from being on. And, with the door closed, it’s completely draft-free, and the perfect place to set a timer! My dough’s always proof perfectly like this! (Also, this recipe is deadly:) Happy baking!


Miss Tori August 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I used your tip for the microwave on Sunday when I made this recipe. It worked great! Even my 12×16 baking pan fit in it (just barely though). Thanks for sharing the tip!


Sophia Manata SR August 26, 2013 at 2:39 am

Thank you again for another great recipe. The cinnamon buns were so light and big. I made six and froze the other six I should have baked them all DELICIOUS. Every time I make one of your recipes they come out great. Thanks for putting in the time of your busy schedule your a great teacher.


shushbav August 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

hi Gretchen, tried cinnamon buns and it turned out awesome. my fmly loved them,
only one question, it was soft wen i baked but became a lil hard wen i had it the nxt day, and also the crispness of the buns did not remain for long. can it be corrected.


Gretchen Price August 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

When making FRESH breads and buns the shelf life is only a day before they go stale. We do not use preservatives like some things you may be used to eating (from supermarkets) that load it up with chemicals to keep things “fresh” for days. Homemade baked goods do not last more than a day to 2 days. You can store them AIRTIGHT or in plastic Ziploc bags to get a couple more days out of them


Alex August 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hi Gretchen
Your recipe looks great amd I can’t wait to try. Just one technical question for you. In your note it said we need a 12×18″ pan but in the directions, it said to prepare a 9×13″ dish. Based on people’s comments, I’m guessing to go with a the larger size?
Also a crazy question but I’m just wondering if the buns still taste good without the icing?
Thank you for sharing your addiction with us, lol
Love your informative videos.


Gretchen Price August 29, 2013 at 1:25 am

Thank you for catching that! I changed it midway through my prepping and decided I needed the larger pan, so YES to larger! Thanks!
Yes the buns are DIVINE but the icing just makes me want to DIE!!!! hahaha make it your own! Do whatever you like!


luca's September 1, 2013 at 2:59 am

gretchen u are so right about those ,they are the best yummy soft cinnamon rolls i ever made ,i have to tell you that i ‘ve been looking for cinnamon rolls recipes for years and never found a good one ( only a few buns soft on the inside the rest all hard ) but those , omg they are nammit


Sissi September 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Hello Gretchen! I’m from Italy and I follow your youtube channel for a while now. I really want to thank you because you make so many wonderful and delicious stuff!!! If/when I come to the US I’ll come by to Woodland Bakery, for sure!!
Anyway a few years ago I ate an american cinnamon roll.. I (and my family too) deeply fell in love with them. I tried so many recipes (I’m the baker in the family ;) ) and no one was the right one… Until yours!!! OMG! They’re so soft, sweet, the filling is perfect and the cream on top amazing!! So thank you, from all my family!!! (Just not from my scale, ahah)


Gretchen Price September 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Excellent! Thank you!


Freda September 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I made these buns after watching you make them,and must say they turned out wonderful,hubby & myself tried one after they came out of the oven, cooled of course lol.Gretchen thank you for sharing the video’s with us all,I love to bake & had success with the cakes also, I,m not as good as decorating them as yet .Keep them coming please. :)


Lydine September 7, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hi Gretchen!

I wanted to ask.. Is it possible to turn this dough into dinner rolls?? or could be used to make bread?? Or do we have to sub out the APF and replace it for bread flour??

Just a thought!


Gretchen Price September 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Great idea, sub out the ap use bread and dont use sugar


Lydine September 9, 2013 at 4:53 am

Thanks Gretchen! will def try it out and ill let you know the results! How about pizza dough?? will it do any good as well??


Gretchen Price September 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

you can try it, I prefer a harder dough for pizza, one that is just flour water and salt, yeast etc,, not too much SOFTENERS like the shortening or butter used here


Steph C. September 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I tried these last week and they turned out amazing! I brought some into work and everyone loved them! Someone thought I bought them from Cinnabon! Thank you for the recipe and the video (which was super helpful!).


Aisha September 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Hi gretchen

How are you? I’ve not been on your website for a while caught up with my children and home
Schooling anyway I remember asking for this very recipe and only saw yesterday I will try and make and let you know how I got on. One question however Is it Demerara sugar you use or light brown soft sugar that you use what’s gives a better result to the end taste? Also what is all purpose flour self raising flour or plain flour?

Many thanks for your so so creative ideas, you really are an inspiration.

Wish you all the best.

Look forward to catching up with all your missed recipes.



Gretchen Price September 12, 2013 at 12:03 am

Hi glad you are back! and welcomed with warm cinnamon buns!!
Plain flour is fine to use
Use brown sugar please (soft)
For clarity on the different flours please check out FLOUR


Linda September 15, 2013 at 12:02 am

Thanks for your great recipes and for sharing your video tutorial I SIMPLY LOVE IT! Linda from Montreal:-)


Brittany September 15, 2013 at 3:05 am

I made these today…. fantastic!! Everyone loved them. The video was so helpful and the recipe was so easy to follow! Thank you so much for posting this great recipe!!


Izzy September 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I made these yesterday, they were excellent, although I ended up with sixteen buns. To proof them I set the oven temp to 40c, I put a small bowl with some water in the bottom of the oven, popped in the dough, two hours later my dough had filled the large bowl. Whilst making these, I totally forgot I own a bread maker machine, so have now brought it back into the kitchen ready for the next batch of these. Should be easier as it will mix and proof the dough.


Joey September 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

Is it okay to half the recipe? Will that affect anything? And if so, how long do I have to knead the dough on the kitchenaid, since I’ll be kneading a lesser mass of dough


Gretchen Price September 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Yes to half, the kneading time does not really change, you have to develop the gluten whether you are making 1 pound of dough or 100


Heather October 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I made these last week and they were awesome!!! I’m obsessed with cinnamon buns and very picky and these were great!!!!! One question: If I want to freeze them for later use when would be the time to freeze? As just dough or once I cut the buns but before they rise a second time?? I want to make ahead and then be able to take out and pop in oven for easy yummy quick buns!

Thanks so much!!


Gretchen Price October 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

I freeeze the dough after I have rolled them up, instead of proofing to bake, I pop right in the freeze, then when you want them, you have to take them out , thaw and proof and proceed as the recipe states


alma October 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I’m going to make this short and as fast as I can. Im 34 years YOUNG LOL.. A year ago from today I never walked into a kitchen even though I have 5 kids. And baking so not my thing. I have tired so many recipes and ..well… ya.. neways wow at my amazement omg now you can get me out of the kitchen. I’m baking at lease twice aweek. And my husbands co-works go crazy for the blueberry muffins I make. Well. My question is my husband always has 6am meets and j was wanting to make the cinnamon rolls as fresh as I can get them. But I know I need at lease 4hours before their bake ready. Lol one of my new world.. sorry. Like I said wat hint your videos just make baking 100% SO. SO FREAKEN EASY.. and you and what’s his name. Camera guy. Sorry.. just make it so interesting to watch. I’m also going to try to make a three tier cake for my twins birthday and of course I’m get the recipes from your site. Like the best moist chocolate cake. Just thinking about having three different flavors for the layers just woundering what filling to use in between layers and then the frosting or top coat I was thinking about using fondant but I’m just so nervous. Ok ill stop if not all keep going.. any help works KEEP UP THE GREAT JOB AND VIDEOS THEY ..Y’ALL ARE AWESOME …


Gretchen Price October 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

WOW WOW WOW!! This is the greatest message I have heard in a long time.

As for cinnamon buns…well, unless you want to get up at 3 am to proof them and pop them in the oven, you will have to just do it the night before!
AS I sate in the video (i think?) and here written I said you can leave them to SLOW proof overnight so you can do a fast proof in a warm spot while your oven is preheating and them bake them in the am. But you still need that time to do it all.


alma October 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Lol.. its me alma again. I forgot to tell you, ive made the cinnamon roll once before kids loved them. I’m making some more today, I was just wounding if I was planning on using them tomorrow morning do I just put them in the frig once I get them cinnamon and rolled or let them sit out to proof. Ah.. so I guess ill let them proof and them put them in the frig. But I think you will tell me to do the opposite. I’m just not sure if I stick them in the frig if they will proof or stop it from proofing .. but I think ill rewatch your video..


Gretchen Price October 17, 2013 at 11:27 pm

See how I answered your first question, I think I answered this exactly there. Hope it makes sense


alma October 18, 2013 at 1:36 am

Wow! You replied faster then I was nervous for nothing.. sorry I’m an over thinker to the point to where I wouldn’t be able to sleep. But, I have the alarm clock set for 3 a.m thank you..thank you. and it wouldn’t be the first time waking up at 3 a.m. ..
P.s I’m making cinnamon roll for my twins party as well as a “Wana be three tier cake.. never made that, but with your videos I have much faith in myself.. thank you again..


lisa October 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm

What is the best flure to use on cinnamon bons


Gretchen Price October 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

the recipe that I have listed here if you follow it precisely you will have the BEST BUNS


Priscilla October 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Wanting to know after my second rising of the “Great Buns” which I know they will be, if I can refrigerate them that day and then bake follow morning.


Gretchen Price October 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm

No, you will do this After the FIRST rise, then let them slowly rise to the second proof in the fridge


Janet November 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? When I was growing up we had a friend that was a baker at one of the elementary schools. Back then, everything was “scratch”, except for the white bread, but all the rolls and pastries were prepared by bakers. (alas, it was a better time!) This is basically the same recipe that she gave me years ago, but I think yours is a little better! Love the combination icing, think this is what takes them over the top. I make all my rolls, etc from this basic recipe, just modify the amount of sugar…soooo yummy! Thanks again! I learn so much from you!


Gretchen Price November 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

YAY! Thanks!


alma November 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hi, its me again.. 1st of all, my husbands co-works loved the cinnamon rolls and expected some the Friday after. I did make more but for the kiddos at h ome and in my experience it is best to let it proof all at the same time. Everytime I put it in the refrigerator you miss out on how BIG. They can get.. so id do it all at once.
But my question now is, this Friday I’ll be making some cinnamon rolls for my twins bday. Party and every time I make them, with all the cinnamon I’m guessing it not burns them but lol who knows a bit to hard only on the bottom. What can I do different. And sometimes they get stick to the pan. Fyi… keep up the great job.. awesome.. ill be make three of your cake recipes this sat and I know everyone will love your recipe THANK YOU SO MUCH. CAN’T WAIT..


Gretchen Price November 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Sounds like your oven throws too much bottom heat, place another sheet pan under your pan that the cinnamon buns are in, this will give an added layer of protection from the high heat your oven is giving from the bottom, also you can place the rack up one level


alma November 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Lol… its as simple as that… lol. Great.. thank you. The husband wants to get me a bigger diamond. I think ill ask for a new oven..


Gretchen Price November 6, 2013 at 1:55 am

hahahahahah Great choice!!!


Brian November 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

Hi Gretchen, Thank you so much for this recipe and the Youtube video of it! I have been trying to perfect my mother’s cinnamon sticky bun recipe (that she took to pastry heaven with her) for years, without success, and gave up a year or more ago. I believe after watching your video I’m ready to give it a shot again. I believe I see the errors I made now. I’m looking forward to trying again and ‘nailing it’! What a great website! I’m sure I will find many more recipes and tricks here. Thank you so much for your extra time and dedication to all of us bakers out here!


Gretchen Price November 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Excellent! please keep me posted of your progress


Brian November 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Hello again Gretchen :) I just finished my cinnamon “sticky” buns and thanks to your video and tips they came out perfect! Of course they are a bit different since the topping (melted brown sugar, butter, honey, Karo syrup with chopped nuts) is poured in the pans before the second proof and I don’t give them quite as much room to grow. They turned out awesome, just like my mom used to make! The reasons they failed in the past were that the recipes I found previously had me baking them WAY too long and half the batches I made didn’t proof right even though the yeast proved. Thanks to you clearing up the difference between rapid yeast and standard yeast my buns rose perfectly! I’m sure I was over proving the yeast in the water/sugar and they had no gas left in the dough. I think next time I will try your recipe as well letting them spread and topping them with your suggested topping. Thank you so much for all you do for us!


Gretchen Price November 27, 2013 at 2:38 am

Excellent Brian! Way to get to the bottom of your previous problems! SOunds like you are a GREAT GRADE A+ student! Bravo! Now that you have THAT under your belt, what is next???
Attempt the Yule Log ?????


Brian November 27, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Wow, thank you for the compliment! That Yule Log does look cool, maybe for Christmas :) For Thanksgiving though it’s traditional pies, Apple and Pumpkin. Surprisingly enough our recipes for pie crust are identical! Except I do it all by hand, alas I have no food processor :( I have my own tried and true apple pie recipe but I’ll be making your pumpkin pie recipe later today! I have a feeling it will get added to my repertoire and be made for years to come! (of course I will give you credit!) Every recipe I’ve made of yours has been incredible tasting with perfect texture and consistency! Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!

Vanessa Anderson November 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

This is the most perfect Cinnamon Bun Recipe I have ever tried. I told my husband I was downloading all your cook books and he told me to wait for Christmas since Santa may have already got them for me… YAY!! I better get them early though ;)


Gretchen Price November 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm



Bhavna Patel November 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

You are one amazing lady……selflessly sharing all the recipes. I haven’t seen many like you around. Your videos are so much and baking has become fun with you gretchen. God bless you and wishing you multifold success for future.


Gretchen Price November 16, 2013 at 12:07 am

Thank you!


alma November 22, 2013 at 4:23 am

I THINK I HAVE MASTERED YOUR CINNAMON ROLLS… I JUST FEEL, AWFUL FOR TAKING ALL THE CREDIT. I WISH YOU COULD SEE AND HEAR THE COMMENTS MY HUSBANDS FRIENDS, “CO-WORKS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THEM.. SOME WORDS ARE RATED “R” :) AND THEY SUGGESTED I OPEN UP A BAKERY ..LOL.. CRAZY PEOPLE.. IM JUST A HOUSE WIFE.. THAT WORKS REALLY HARD.. GOT TO THROW THAT IN. I WISH I COULD ATTACH A PIC. OF MY HUSBAND’S FRIENDS DAUGHTER INDULGING this huge cinnamon roll.. I think you miss out on the millions of reactions you might get, when someone takes a bite of any of your recipes. But this one right here is a keeper. I even wrote it down, just invade.. p.s. I’m not sharing “my ” ( our) recipes with no one. Thank you again oohh. , I’ll be in the kitchen at 12a.m just to have fresh roll for the hubby’s 5:30 a.m meet. Take to you soon..


Gretchen Price November 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Thanks Alma! Just hearing the third hand “Ah’s and OOOH’s” makes me feel great!


alma November 22, 2013 at 4:29 am

P.s… get some sleep… no emails after 3 a.m. :)


Zhe Rong November 25, 2013 at 6:48 am

Hi Gretchen, you are really really awesome! I’ve tried your recipes (like swiss meringue buttercream and they come out perf. I really want to make these Cinnamon buns because they just look SO GOOD and I want to be addicted to them! I have some yeast that I bought like many months ago. They haven’t expired (sept 2014) but they have been kept for quite a long time, so I’m afraid they are not of TIP TOP quality and will not make my Cinnabuns rise and puff up so much like yours. I believe they are still alive, but not of the best quality. Should I use them? Thanks!


Gretchen Price November 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Check your yeast by sprinkling a bit in some warm water with a pinch of sugar, if it bubbles after 5 minutes you are GOOD! They are still alive and are eating and making bubbles!


Zhe Rong November 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Ahh, now I get it. Thanks Gretchen! You’re the best! I’ll try these cinnamon buns and let you know how they come out!


christina November 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi gretchen! This is going to be my first time making cinnamon rolls. I want to make at least 16 rolls. So my question is, what part of the recipe do i have to adjust? Oh and, do i have to add 2 packets of yeast too?


Gretchen Price November 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

My recipe here make 12 LARGE JUMBO GIGANTIC rolls.
I would suggest to keep the recipe the SAME and just cut the log into 16 pieces instead of 12. your rolls will be just a touch smaller than mine


christina December 1, 2013 at 3:42 am

That’s what i figured! Lol i ended up making them exactly like your recipe, and they were amazeballs!!! :) my family thought i bought them! Lol they were soooo easy to make too, i will be making these buns forever!! Thank you soooooo much<3<3<3<3


Anna Campbell November 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm


Made a pilgrimage to your shop 2 weeks ago all the way from Scotland! So amazing we had to come back for a second round of feasting. Can’t thank you enough for the precision with which you write these recipes, though I seem to have mucked up the Cinnabuns. For some reason the finished product does not have the elasticity it should have (a bit crumbley for lack of a better description, sorta cakes but not quite that bad) I wonder if this has something to do with either under working or overworking the dough? Or a problem with the flour (gluten levels might be different)?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, not sure weekly trips to your store will be a viable alternative :(!
If I could also ask because I intend to purchase your cookbooks, do any of them contain a recipe for your almighty Crumb Cake? Would totally understand if you keep that under lock and key and 6 feet of concrete but as a new addict can only hope!
Many thanks!


Gretchen Price November 29, 2013 at 2:26 am

HI Anna! WOW Scotland! That’s awesome!
Sounds to me as if your flour could be the culprit, a hard flour will absorb too much liquid in the recipe and cause a very tough dry, NON elastic dough
The Crumb Bun is not in any of the Ebooks, perhaps I will in the future.


Eager baker November 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm

If i use instant yeast, do i have to leave it to rise?


Gretchen Price November 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

yes you will still have to let it rise and do all the same steps, the only difference with Instant yeast is that you do not have to dissolve it in water in the beginning stages


Eager baker December 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Thx so much gretchen!!


krystle December 14, 2013 at 9:44 am

Hi gretchen! Thank you for this recipe… i am making these badboys now.. the dough is left for proofing. The thing is i accidentally left 22g of butter on the scale!!! I was holding my 7th mnth old baby wgile making this… it took me almost an hour… what i want to ask is that what would my bun be after leaving that piece of butter? I feel like crying already


Gretchen Price December 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Don’t cry, 22g is not much! (222g ??? then I would cry!)


krystle December 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

thanks Gretchen =). it actually turned out great I almost ate everything in just 2 days!!!!! the bread is a bit dry but I guess it was due to forgetting 22g of butter =)))) thank you soooooo much.. I will make this again and be doubling it =) and ohhh I actually made 24pcs with this recipe


shabeena December 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

Hi…wow what can I say I am soo excited to try your amazing cinnabon recipe..mmmm can’t wait. .but in the past I have always been used to using fresh yeast. .would this spoil the recipe or do you strictly recommend the dry yeast. . I don’t want to spoil the recipe. .I want them to come out perfect. .like yours..and finally I must say you really are a gifted baker. .may you reap lots of rewards for being so kind by sharing your beautiful recipes. ..May God bless you Abundantly.


Gretchen Price December 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Hi Thanks, you may use fresh of course, but I list it with the dry because most people are only familiar with dry YEAST


Bea December 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

Dear Gretchen, I bought a folding proofer from King Arthur Flour so can I use the proofer for the rise? Thanks so much.


Gretchen Price December 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

YES! Very good!


Kiera December 17, 2013 at 4:06 am

Hi Gretchen, I’m curious if I were to prepare the buns or baking at a later date…like for Christmas morning…would I get them ready, ldo the last rising then freeze or would they freeze well post baking? Thanks in advance!


Gretchen Price December 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

HI! Did you happen to watch the video? because I explain exactly what to do in this case (like where to stop, freeze, and continue the baking process later- like on Christmas morning YUMM!)


Kiera December 18, 2013 at 12:18 am

I was in a hurry last night and didn’t get a chance to watch the video…I’ll be sure to watch it tonight…thanks :)


Monique December 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

Once again, I have to say thanks for this recipe! My coworkers LOVED them! They couldn’t put their finger on the extra flavor i added to give it a little spice (ground ginger). Blew… them…away! I actually got yelled at by my boss for bringing them in! Lol! Keep being amazing!


shabeena December 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hi thank you so much for the swift reply..I am a bit stuck I managed to find fresh yeast but now I dont know how much to add per recipe in grams..of the fresh yeast and finally another thing you say you use an amout of cream cheese topping and an amount of the Swiss cream recipe once i have made these toppings do you mix them together and then spread them on the buns all at once..or do I apply them separately. .with a spatula. .Thank you soo much again for sharing this lovely recipe. I am really drooling for them and can’t wait till I have finally made them. .take care and I hope you have a splendid weekend. .


Gretchen Price December 21, 2013 at 1:28 am

I mix the two together and then spread them over. Good luck making them! You wont be sorry!


shabeena December 21, 2013 at 8:43 am

Hi thanks for that. .can you tell me how much fresh yeast do I use..for this recipe. You put 14grams of dry yeast what will this be equivalent to in fresh yeast in grams..Thank you once again


Gretchen Price December 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm



shabeena December 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

Hi Gretchen
They turned out Amazing. .my whole family loved them, because my kids love pecan nuts I added pecans in half the recipe I just broke them with my hand and just stuck them in, in the final stage before popping them into the oven. .oh and let me tell you. .they tasted devine, and about converting the dry yeast to the fresh yeast as I asked earlier. .I was bit stuck and was about to tye the dough when I emailed you. ..I did check online and it said you should multiply by example 14 grams dry yeast X 3 gave me 42 grams of fresh yeast thats what the conversion chart stated online. .and they came out beautiful and didn’t have the overlee yeast smell..loved them to bit’s. .. and the cream cheese icing and swiss cream recipes turned out really well. ..I must say you are a very professional, gifted and talented baker. .finally hope you have a spectacular festive season


shabeena December 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Hi Gtrerchen its only me again thought I’d also let you know forgot to mention earlier I used Allison strong white flour I just can’t get over how beautiful they turned out. They are finished now..making another batch today. I would like to know though can I freeze as shown is your last stage as shown in your recipe even though I am using fresh yeast and also wondering if you have a pretzels recipe to share cinnamon flavoured. I was in town yesterday and tried pretzels tossed in a cinnamon sugar tasted like anyway..thanks regards shabeena


Claire December 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I’ve just made these for the first time and they are fantastic! I don’t usually comment on sites but felt you deserved credit where it’s due as they’re so yummy. I did use a breadmaker to make and prove the dough as I couldn’t find my food processor hook so wasn’t sure if they’d work. But they did, so thank you very much (although my husband has already demolished two in a row so may not thank you when his trousers don’t fit ;) )!


Gretchen Price December 24, 2013 at 1:27 am

Thanks Claire!


Moriah Seaman December 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this!

My wife and I have a tradition of making cinnamon buns on Christmas Eve and then popping them in the oven on Christmas morning! Frankly, the recipes we’ve been trying for past few years have been, um, duds. But this recipe looks so great, and the video you posted is so helpful (and fun)! We’re both still pretty green in the kitchen (especially with breads), but you’ve made it really easy for us.

So bless you and have a merry Christmas!


Gretchen Price December 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

excellent! I hope they meet your expectations (I know they DO mine! …..30lbs later :( )
Hahaha, I warn you- they are ADDICTING!!
Good Luck, Merry Christmas, and let me know how they turn out!


Millie December 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Hi Gretchen,

I’m trying these out for the first time and so far so good! I’m waiting for my cinnamon rolls to proof/puff and then in to the oven.
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do. Your kindness and generosity in sharing your knowledge and skills are priceless (well maybe we can all buy one of your online books hint-hint). Not only do you share, but you do it with such joy that it’s contagious.
I hope you receive 1000X what you give in 2014!




Gretchen Price December 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Thanks Millie!


Mary Zarazua December 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

My primary language is spanish but I want to try write in english
Im so glad the fin you , you inspired me to star my little business my little bakery and when I no fin you like a crum boss I was sad but niw Im rey happy …God Bless for you


Gretchen Price January 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

Hola Mary! Buena suerte por su negocio!


Majda January 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Dear Gretchen,

my name is Majda, I’m from Slovenia =) A few days ago I tried for the first time to bake cinnamon buns. And they were really gooood =) But I didnt use the icing :) Yesterday I’ve made them with chocolate, not cinnamon =) Also really goood =) Thank you for the recipe =) I’m really happy that I found you on youtube =) Now I’m looking for what should I bake next ;)




Nicole January 4, 2014 at 3:52 am

Hi, Gretchen just stop by to say thanks for sharing all of your knowledge with us everyday baskets..I’m from New Orleans, plan to use this recipe to make a king cake…Thanks again.


dot January 5, 2014 at 1:29 am


Can I still freeze the dough after the second proofing?

Thanks Dot :)


Gretchen Price January 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

No, you want to bake it at that point


Fabián January 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Hi, miss Gretchen! :D
I’ve been following all your recipes you upload on this blog, but I have just a little question about this dough recipe. I’m from México and we have very different kinds of sweet bread (conchas, medias lunas, etc), so I was wondering… is this a a specific recipe ONLY for de cinnamon buns dough or can I bake any kind of sweet yeast bread?


Gretchen Price January 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

You can use this as an all purpose dough recipe, sure create create create!


Nicole January 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hi..Ms.Gretchen I posted a few days ago about using this recipe for a king cake…IT CAME OUT FABULOUS !!! ….I’ve made three since then if only I could send you a picture…Thxs again


loubna January 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

hi gretch
i didn’t find brown sugar can i use the Granulated Sugar and thank you


Gretchen Price January 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm



Sarah January 12, 2014 at 11:28 pm

I have failed to make a satisfactory c.bun as many times as I’ve attempted – until now! For whatever reason these turned out PERFECT and I can’t believe I made them.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Gretchen! You ROCK!


Rene January 13, 2014 at 2:27 am

I just wanted to share that I made this recipe for the first time today. You have converted me from my standby recipe that I found in my 1966 era Betty Crocker Cook Book I got years ago. I must say that your recipe is far superior. They are so good warm that I didnt even bother to frost them. I froze 6 of them as soon as they cooled so we wouldnt eat more than we should in a day. :) Thanks so much for your recipes. Ive tried many of them but havent been able to send any pictures because I am computer challenged. :(


loubna January 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

hi Gretchen
i’m again please can you tell me how much of flour by grammes and thank you


Gretchen Price January 14, 2014 at 2:44 am

Each cup of AP flour weighs 130g


loubna January 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

wow it’s amazing, actuality i will become addicted too .thank you very much


kosta January 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm

hi… would u be able to give me ur recipe with the measurements for a 20 qt mixer pleas and if u have one for chocolate chip cookies to that be fantastic hope to hear from u


Gretchen Price January 20, 2014 at 2:01 am

All of my recipes here on the blog can be multipled UP with no problems


Laura B January 19, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Hi, Gretchen!

Made your cinnamon rolls yesterday. THEY WERE LUSCIOUS!! Is it normal for the butter/sugar/cinnamon to come out of the rolls onto the pan and caramelize? Mine did. Just checking to see if I did something wrong with the butter. I weighed it on my Cuisinart scale and I measured the dough with a tape measure once I rolled it out.

Thank you.


Gretchen Price January 20, 2014 at 1:40 am

Yes pretty normal


ann January 20, 2014 at 3:44 am

I am just learning to cook some good stuff for my husband of a few mos. and saw this and want to try it but when I went to get everything I wasn’t for sure about the butter you have it in oz. I looked all over the butter wrapper and nothing telling oz. I know you must be laughing right now but like I said never went this far in cooking until I got married and so want this to turn out for hem. Please help me understand.


Gretchen Price January 20, 2014 at 9:01 pm

1 stick of butter= 4 ounces
1 stick of butter= 8 Tablespoons
1 Stick of butter= 1/2 cup


Diana January 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

Hi Gretchen,
Firstly thank you so much for the recipe! It was my first time baking with yeast and i got so excited after the dough had risen. My cinnamon rolls turned out gorgeous, the inside was fluffy after it came out of the oven but it became dry after the rolls had cooled down. Do you have any advise on how to make it not dry?
Thank you.


Gretchen Price January 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

What flour did you use?
If they were OVER Proofed (meaning they rose up so beautifully, but umm…maybe TOO BEAUTIFULLY?? Like they got TOO MUCH AIR IN THEM? will cause a dry finished product)


Ella January 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi iim ella and i tryed to make cinnamon rolls delish im sooo adicted but i have a problem i cant stop yes but in we are in winter and when i come to flaten and roll the dough it seems to get hard quickly


Margaret February 3, 2014 at 8:06 am

Thanks for passing on your addiction. I at least feel constrained to limit myself to two per day.
I made my first batch yesterday to use up some Swiss Buttercream I made.


Ricardo February 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Hi Gretchen, first off I want to thank you for all the videos that you post and all the recipes that you share with us. I have been watching your videos for about 2 years now. I always enjoy watching them and learning about all the tips and tricks that you teach us. I am actually on a gluten and dairy free diet though. Even so, every so often I take one of your recipes and try altering it to suit my diet. Sometimes they come out well, but oftentimes I don’t get the exact result I was hoping to get. I tried making your cinnamon buns recipe yesterday. I had to substitute the flour to make it gluten free. They came out pretty well, considering I had also never made cinnamon buns before. I was just wondering, do you have any tips on how to substitute with gluten free flours, as in which ones to use and how they will affect your baked goods? If so, could you share some tips along with your recipes when you post them, or maybe make a whole post just dedicated to how to alter recipes to make them gluten and/or dairy free?


Gretchen Price February 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi Thank you. Unfortunately this is an area that I am still very green, need to do research myself here, I have not had any time to play around with ingredients either, im sorry. The gluten free world is one that I have not had a chance (or need) to enter, but I would like to learn


Fatema February 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hey Gretchen, just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful recipes. Quick question, I followed your instructions in making cinnamon buns, they are currently in the oven now but I’m a bit confused about how long to keep them in for because in your video you said about 15 mins but the instructions above say 25 mins….

Thanks so much!


Gretchen Price February 7, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Always bake everything UNTIL ITS DONE
My oven at the bakery is a convection, hotter and faster, so because all ovens are different, I cannot give you an exact, check them at 15-20 minuites, but I am sure they will take a bit longer


JudeAnne McG February 16, 2014 at 12:18 am

Can’t stop making them. So perfect. This recipe was delicious.


Gretchen Price February 16, 2014 at 3:11 am

Couldn’t stop eating them too…..gained 30lbs since the start of this video :(


Connie February 20, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Hi Gretchen,
Another amazing, amazing recipe…. thanks. I snuck in a few drops of almond extract… yum, building on recipes, now where did I hear that before????? I think you are totally, well let me put it this way,
We need to change your name to—– Piecasso or Van Dough…….
Ok well, maybe not but it sounds good.


Connie February 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm

ps still on the top of my bucket list…. Have an amazing night.


Tanya February 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Can you prepare this dough using the dough setting on a breadmaker ? If so would you use active dry yeast and mix with the water as you demonstrated in the video or substitute with a bread machine yeast ? Thanks!!


Gretchen Price February 23, 2014 at 12:10 am

I am not very familiar with bread machines, but I would say it should work, keeping everything the same.


Roger February 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Hey Gretchen…so I made the recipe and they were deliciouse. However I think they were a bit tough…I’m thinking I did not proof the dough right. They never really doubled in size. I put them in my over (oven was off). Maybe the temperature was not were it needed to be? Also I saw I used pure cane granulated sugar. Would that make a differenc?


Gretchen Price February 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Pure can sugar is great.

Perhaps you used too much flour which is why they were tough, the dough should be sticky at first, then just enough flour to make it work able, then it will be soft and silky, if you over work the dough it will make them tough also, but another thing may have been your yeast was old.


antet March 6, 2014 at 1:32 am

To the lovely ms. gretchen I would just like to compliment your website and for the video blogs,Im a huge fan coming from Philippines,as a beginner I must say this recipe had made me impress my family and my fiance,yes its time consuming but its really worth it. The essence of the cinnamon while I was baking it,really made my fiance crawl to the kitchen and quoted “Im ready to be a wife”. This really is a must recipe! I surely would recommend your site to my friends. God Bless you and more power to you!


Gretchen Price March 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Thank you! What a great comment!
Cinnamon buns are better than engagement rings!


Judy March 11, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Hi Gretchen, made your Cinnamon Bun recipe over the weekend. You are correct in calling them ” the best”! They are to die for. Weighed all the ingredients per your instruction and them were perfect. Have been searching for years for a perfect cinnamon roll recipe, my husband said,” the search is over!” Also baked up your brownie recipe, delicious.
My pastry bag and tip kit arrived in the mail a few days ago. Now just have to locate the almond paste at the grocery and I will be baking your Italian cookies for Easter.
I am the volunteer baker at our local Meals on Wheels program. I bake 3-4 days a week for our 230 plus clients, mostly from scratch. One day last week baked ,from scratch, 70 dozen cookies in a morning. Tomorrow I will rolling and cutting 20 dozen shamrock cookies so all our clients can have a festive dessert for St. Pats Day.
Thank so much for sharing your recipes and tips with all us Woodies!


Gretchen Price March 12, 2014 at 1:40 am

Yay thanks for the comment! Im glad you found the FINAL RECIPE!
Good luck with all those cookies!
I hope you used the Basic Cookie Dough Recipe


marie-france March 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Hello , my name is Mary and i’m addicted to Gretchen cinnamon bun’s !!! LOL really I made those last nigth and went to bed a midnight , could not wait to taste them even without icing there wonderfull !!!! thanks Gretchen xxx


Rozan March 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

Hello I’m Rozan from Jordan… I make some desserts for a gym, like cookies and muffins. And that was a stunning idea!!! It’s really super yummy. I tried your recipe, took them to gym and the result was a lot of “mmmmm” and “yummy” sounds. They are deeply in love with those buns. Although I’m not using any frosting but still love it. Thanks I appreciate youre work and all those secret tips :)


Michele Russomanno March 19, 2014 at 2:49 am

where can i get the cream cheese frosting you used


Gretchen Price March 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Right here on this blog, on the home page there is a search bar on the top center of the page, just search Cream Cheese Icing
Or click here —> Cream Cheese Icing Recipe


Marv March 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Hi Gretchen,
I made these a few days back. I was actually worried coz i dont have kitchen aid, so i worked the dough with my hands. But the buns looked soooo amazing after it was out of the oven. I served them without any icing but everyone loved it and they are asking for more… Cant wait to make another batch soon… Thanks much :)


Gretchen Price March 23, 2014 at 12:26 am

Wow, you must have giant muscles! ;)


Ann March 28, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Do I have to use large eggs,I only have extra large eggs


Gretchen Price March 29, 2014 at 12:16 am

You can WEIGH your ingredients and then you can use any size egg you like
(or google the conversion for how many Large Eggs= 1 XL Egg


Ann March 29, 2014 at 1:43 am

Thanks Gretchen! ( I think that you should get more recognition, for your great work!)


Adriana noriega March 31, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Hi gretchen first thanks for shering your recepies now I have a question can I make the roles with whole wheat flour ¿ thanks


Gretchen Price April 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

Yes – but they will be less soft and very dense, almost heavy.
You can substitute some of the flour for Whole Wheat, but I would prefer if you did not sub the whole amount, or you will not be happy


marcia April 8, 2014 at 12:06 am

hi gretchen i like to double the recipe should i double the yeast to?!!
thank you,marcia.


Gretchen Price April 9, 2014 at 2:58 am

double means double
\so yes, you will double EVERYTHING


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