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Grandma's Homemade Cinnamon Buns Recipe


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 into 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 additional 1 1/4 cup 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 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 dough into a 12" x 9" rectangle.
  8. Spread softened butter over dough with a spatula. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mix on top, spreading evenly with 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 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  13. Top with your favorite icing. Enjoy!

© 2021 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 02, 2021:

Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2021:

This sounds delicious and I like the cinnamon flavour. They look too tempting, and I can almost smell it.

Thank you for sharing the detailed instructions and helpful pictures.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 01, 2021:

Thank you Pamela!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 01, 2021:

They were very heavy, but oh so good! It's definitely a once in a while treat.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 01, 2021:

These rolls look absolutely delicious, Alyssa. Thank you for a terrific recipe. I don't think any morning delight is better than this.

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Kyler J Falk from California on April 01, 2021:

Nothing like Grandma's sugary buns to make you feel alive, lol! Looks and sounds delicious, but they'd go straight to my mid-section so I'd just be happy with the smells!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 01, 2021:

Haha, sorry Brenda! :)

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 01, 2021:

Very true, Mr. Happy. haha!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 01, 2021:

Oh my goodness, Peggy, coffeecake sounds delicious! :)

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 01, 2021:

Hahahaha! You got it Bill!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 01, 2021:


You have made me hungry. I love cinnamon rolls & I do hit the canister on the counter then pop them in the oven.

It's so convenient.

But I'm glad to hear you tried this & they turned out well.

I'm with Bill...drop a few my way.

There's nothing better than homemade.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on April 01, 2021:

These look pretty yummy. Don't know if I'll ever try them but maybe. I cook a lot, just not bake. Baking can take many wrong turns from which one cannot return safely. Haha!!

Thanks for the recipe. Cheers!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2021:

My grandmother used to make ones that sound similar to this. She also made homemade coffeecake almost every weekend. They were both delicious! Thanks for your recipe.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 01, 2021:

Man, this went to the alternate site quickly. I almost missed it completely. Anyway, sing me up for a dozen, please. Just put them in the mail and I'll eat them stale. :)

Happy April!

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