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Cinnamon buns

Total Time
1 hr
30 min
30 min
The warm aroma of cinnamon makes this sticky-sweet family favorite hard to resist. Whether you’re making them for overnight guests or as a special Saturday morning treat, they are worth the splurge and the perfect accompaniment to a morning cup of joe. These lightened-up cinnamon buns take some time to make, but it's a small price for the spectacular result. Most of the time needed is in the rising and advance planning. If you use a packet of yeast that’s been stored in your pantry, check the date before making this recipe. It may prevent the dough from rising if the use by date has already passed.


Fat free skim milk

1 cup(s)

Vegetable oil

1 Tbsp


1 Tbsp

Table salt

1 tsp


1 Tbsp, about 1 package

All-purpose flour

2½ cup(s), sifted, divided

Unpacked brown sugar

¼ cup(s)

Dark corn syrup

¼ cup(s)

Ground cinnamon

2 tsp

Ground nutmeg


Orange zest

1 tsp, grated


¼ cup(s), dried cherries or cranberries


  1. Stir together milk, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Heat to lukewarm. Pour yeast over 2 tablespoons lukewarm water and let sit 5 minutes. Stir into milk mixture.
  2. Transfer warm milk to a large mixing bowl and beat in half the flour by hand or with an electric mixer. Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Let rest 10 minutes; knead well on a floured board or with an electric mixer and dough hook; let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Spray a large, clean bowl with cooking spray, add dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Lightly coat a 9-inch (23 cm) round baking pan with cooking spray. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll into a 12 x 10-inch (30 x 25 cm) rectangle. Spray with cooking spray.
  5. Stir together brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest; brush over dough. Sprinkle with raisins. Roll up tightly, like a jelly roll. Cut into 12 pieces.
  6. Place buns cut-side up in baking pan. Cover with plastic and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake buns until firm and nicely browned on top, 30 minutes. Cool completely before inverting onto a serving plate.