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If you’ve been hunting for tender, melt in your mouth cinnamon rolls, these Moomie’s Cinnamon Buns are what you’ve been waiting for!

This Cinnamon Rolls Recipe baked up perfectly, so soft and sweet. A terrific addition to a breakfast or brunch menu, your family and friends will give these rave reviews!

Moomie's Cinnamon Buns on a stack of white plates

Moomie’s Cinnamon Buns

I was lamenting that I was unable to find Red Star Platinum Yeast in my area. A slough of my baker friends have been using this premium instant yeast for years, and I was more than a little envious. Well, I was twice blessed when I won a Red Star Yeast Giveaway from my talented friend, Shulie, of Food Wanderings, AND the folks at RSY heard my predicament and sent me a boatload of wonderful yeasts to try.

This Moomie’s Cinnamon Buns recipe was my first attempt using the Platinum Yeast and it worked like a charm. I was going to make these for Easter but baked up a trial batch the week before. Well, because I just couldn’t wait. And, my family just adores cinnamon buns.

Moomie's Cinnamon Buns on a stack of small white plates with red handle forks

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls

Bill’s grandma lived with him, his parents and two brothers when they were boys. She had a weekend routine of making cinnamon rolls. No recipe needed; she knew it by heart from years of experience. Over the years, I have heard that her cinnamon rolls were melt-in-your-mouth tender and delectable. I think this dough comes close.

Bill was headed to Illinois again this weekend to be with his dad as he started his second round of chemo. I sent him these iced, old-fashioned cinnamon rolls hoping that they would pique the dwindling appetites of both his parents. And I’m hoping they bring back some memories of those heavenly buns made with love so many years ago. His tiny Irish mom ate two…and his dad went back for seconds mid-morning. A success!!! Whew.

And if you like these, make sure you check out the heavenly Moomie’s Buns that also drew rave reviews from my family.

Moomie's Cinnamon Buns | Tender, old-fashioned goodness!

The Recipe: Moomie’s Cinnamon Buns

Lovely cinnamon rolls with a vanilla glaze.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 rolls


For dough:

  • 1 cup water, heated to 120º
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast

For filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar,
  • 1/ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk


  1. Place about half the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment. Mix to combine. Add the water and mix till flour is moistened. Mix in the butter, then the egg, and then the rest of the flour. Switch out the paddle for the dough hook. Knead for 3-5 minutes till dough is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball, swirl the dough in the bowl so that the bottom is slightly greased, then flip over and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside and let rise till doubled in bulk.
  2. Deflate dough and roll into an 18 x 12 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  3. Spread surface with softened butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon together, then sprinkle over surface. Roll dough up jelly roll style starting with the short side. Cut roll into 12 1-inch slices and place in a greased 9 x 13 pan.
  4. Cover pan with plastic wrap and let dough rise 30-40 minutes or till doubled. Preheat oven to 375º. Bake for 25-30 minutes or till golden brown.
  5. Drizzle with the icing while rolls are still warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cinnamon bun

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 5g


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PS…since I wrote this post, my dear father-in-law has failed both rounds of chemo and is gravely ill. Any good thoughts and prayers would be welcomed. xo

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63 comments on “Moomie’s Cinnamon Buns”

  1. There is something about these buns that evoke love and beg to be shared. I couldn’t ever match the beauty of yours – so I will go with the love.

  2. These buns look amazing Liz! I’m sure they were the perfect “pick me up” for you in-laws. Sending prayers for your father-in-law….

  3. I can’t find red star yeast either *sigh*

    These cinnamon buns look PERFECT! So full of cinnamon-sugar flavor, mmmm I can almost smell em

  4. Congratulations on winning!
    The buns look just perfect!
    And I’m sorry to hear the bad news..

  5. Liz, I’m sorry to hear your father-in-law is ill. He and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I’ve been collecting cinnamon bun recipes to make for my grandchildren when I move closer to them next month…this just made it to the top of my list! They are perfect, Liz!!!

  7. Liz, congratulations on winning and receiving such a wonderful box of yeast. Now, that sounds a bit funny but you certainly put that premium yeast to a beyond fantastic use – I cannot believe how wonderful these cinnamon buns look, they are, simply said, amazing, and I am seriously jealous of how perfect you are able to make these!
    I am so glad to read that your parents-in-law got to enjoy them as well!
    Have a lovely Wednesday!

  8. When should I start lamenting? Even if I used real platinum, I don’t think I could get my cinnamon buns to turn out as deliciously as yours. They’re gorgeous and I’m sure will bring back Bill’s parents’ appetites with gusto.

    There will be continued prayers on the East coast for your father-in-law’s recovery to full healthy.

  9. Perfectly baked cinnamon buns! Looks wonderful! I am using SAF yeast, have not tried Red Star before. Hope your father-in-law will recover very soon.

  10. Red Star Yeast is the best! And these cinnamon rolls – WOW! It’s 12:30AM and I desperately need one!

    I’m also so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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