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Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Buns Recipe

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Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee.

This is my husband's grandma's recipe for cinnamon buns.

This is my husband's grandma's recipe for cinnamon buns.

Delicious and Super Easy!

There's nothing like a fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon bun—it makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Normally, I'm in the pre-made camp. Any type of baking with yeast always seemed complicated and intimidating. Besides, it's so much faster just to whack a canister on the counter and pop the cinnamon sugar dough in the oven. Within 15 to 20 minutes, breakfast is served.

In recent months, however, I found myself wanting to give homemade cinnamon buns a try. My husband's grandmother had an easy-to-follow recipe, and I quickly realized that yeast as an ingredient isn't a big deal. The final result turned out better than I could have ever imagined. The cinnamon buns were massive, fluffy, and delicious! This is a recipe you'll want to save and return to again and again.

Cinnamon bun ingredients

Cinnamon bun ingredients


  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water.
  2. Stir in shortening, salt, 1/4 cup sugar, egg, and 1 cup of flour. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed, mixing well and occasionally scraping the sides of the bowl.
  3. Stir in an additional 1 1/4 cups of flour, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl.
  4. Cover the bowl with a cloth and allow the dough to rise in a warm place until double in bulk (approximately 1 hour).
  5. Stir down by beating the dough 25 strokes.
  6. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
  7. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a 12x9-inch rectangle.
  8. Spread softened butter over the dough with a spatula. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mix on top, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  9. Roll up, starting with the wide side of the rectangle.
  10. Cut into 12 pieces.
  11. Place rolls onto a greased baking sheet. Cover with a cloth and allow them to rise in a warm place so that they double in size. This will take approximately 20 to 40 minutes.
  12. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes.
  13. Top with your favorite icing. Enjoy!

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