Cinnamon Buns

We weren’t big on cinnamon buns growing up – in fact, there wasn’t a single recipe in Grandma Donna’s cookbook. I have really grown to love them and have often thought of making them a Christmas or New Year’s morning tradition. I really loved a recipe I found on epicurious and adapted to be plant-based and to our family’s tastes.

Dough Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups flour (more for rolling the dough)
  • 3 1/4 tsp quick yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 6 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

In a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer) whisk together flour, yeast, and sugar. Add eggs and mix on low to combine. In a small pot, warm the soy milk and Earth Balance over medium-low heat until the Earth Balance is melted and the temperature reaches between 120 and 130°F.

Add warm soy milk mixture and salt to stand mixer. Beat on low speed 2 to 3 minutes, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl with a spatula. Beat on medium speed until smooth and elastic, approximately 2 to 3 minutes more. The dough will be very sticky.

Lightly oil a large bowl. Form dough into ball and transfer to the bowl, turning to coat the dough. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel moistened with warm water. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

While dough rises, cut 2 pieces of parchment to fit 2 9-inch round cake pans. Grease pans, line with parchment, and grease the parchment.

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 2-3 tbsp cinnamon (to taste)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2  cup Earth Balance, melted
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped and lightly toasted (optional)

While the dough rises, move on to make the filling. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl (omit nutmeg and pecans if you prefer).

When the dough has doubled in size, preheat oven to 375°F and position rack in center of oven.

Gently punch down the dough, cut in half and transfer to a floured work surface. Roll out each half into a rectangle. Spread some melted Earth Balance over the dough, leaving 1/2 inch border on the long sides. Sprinkle filling mixture evenly over butter, then add pecans.

Starting at a long edge, roll dough toward you into a log, pinching gently to keep it rolled tightly. With seam side down, cut dough into equal pieces.

Divide buns between the baking dishes, arranging cut side up; they will likely be touching. Cover the baking dishes (I used the lids of the casserole dishes). Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, 40 to 45 minutes.

Bake until tops are golden, 20-24 minutes. Remove from oven and invert immediately onto rack still attached to one another. Cool 10 minutes then turn right side up (I returned them to the casserole dish).

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt

Whisk all ingredients together while the cinnamon buns bake. Drizzle glaze over rolls and serve immediately.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Now it’s your tradition! They look delicious.


  2. Nicole says:

    Thanks! Yes, they went over quite well. I like the idea of popping them in the oven Christmas morning while we open presents.


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