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Recipe renovation: cinnamon buns

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr
30 min
30 min
These cinnamon buns take some time to make, but most of that time is in the rising of the dough, and the end result is spectacular. You probably never thought you could make cinnamon buns from scratch at home, but this recipe takes you through it step by step, and they'll find an honorary spot on your breakfast table for any celebration or special occasion. The dough features pantry ingredients like flour, milk, sugar, and salt, while the filling is chockfull of brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest. Top it all off with some raisins or dried cherries or cranberries to bring it all together.


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 round baking pan with cooking spray. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll into a 12 x 10-inch 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.