Christmas Baking Recipe – Cinnamon Rolls

Cinammon bun whole pan

Christmas morning is special in so many ways. Our tradition in our house was a tea ring every Christmas morning for breakfast. Start a tradition in your home with this Christmas Baking Recipe for Cinnamon Buns. Imagine the aroma of fresh warm cinnamon buns while your family is opening gifts by the tree with a cozy fire in the fireplace.  And I in my kerchief……….Sorry, I got carried away.   


  • Dough:
  • 3 cups Bread Flour (divided)
  • 1 cup Sugar (1/4 cup for dough, reserve remaining)
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup Butter (1/4 cup for dough, reserve remaining)
  • 1 Egg
  • 3-4 tbsp cinnamon (to sprinkle on rolled out dough)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • Icing:
  • Please see my Butter Cream Icing recipe.


  1. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour with 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and yeast and mix together in large mixing bowl. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer bowl.
  2. Heat milk, water, and 1/4 cup butter together until you can stick your finger in it and it is the temperature of bath water. I call this the ‘finger test’. I like to use scientific terms (giggle, giggle, wink, wink).
  3. Beat with dough hook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add egg and remaining 1 1/2 cup flour. Beat another 2 minutes until the dough pulls away from the bowl.cinnamon buns
  5. Grease a bowl and put dough in bowl turned to lightly grease all dough and cover with a clean dish towel. Place in a warm spot until dough rises to twice its original size.
  6. Punch (literally) dough down and roll out on lightly floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.cinnamon buns
  7. Melt 1 stick of butter and pour it over dough. Using pastry brush spread evenly from end to end.
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar leaving about 1 inch around sides free of cinnamon/sugar. Top with raisins(optional).Pecan Sticky Bun with Cinammon
  9. Roll dough into a log.Pecan Sticky Bun Log
  10. Cut into 12 even slices with a serrated knife.Sliced Pecan Sticky Buns
  11. Cover and let rise in warm place until buns are twice their size.Raised Pecan Sticky Buns
  12. Bake at preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
  13. Let cool for a few minutes then very carefully turn over onto serving platter or plate.cinnamon buns
  14. Let cool about 10 minutes and drizzle with butter cream icing.

Cooking time: 20 minute(s)

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