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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!

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 120ΒΊ
  • 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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….

  10. 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.

  11. I don’t do as much yeast baking as you do so buy which ever I get. My daughter will love to have these for breakfast. I sometime hesitate to make yummy things for fear that I would eat too much. They definitely look good….Sending some prayers for your FIL.

  12. I have been wanting to make cinnamon rolls and these look fantastic! Of course, everything you make looks pretty fantastic πŸ™‚

  13. What a beautiful batch of cinnamon rolls. Your family is in my thoughts, Liz.

  14. Sending good thoughts your way. And thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe while you’ve been going through this!

  15. Gorgeous buns! And cool about winning this great yeast. Hoping Bill’s dad has a successful treatment!

  16. Fun name and perfect looking cinnamon buns!

  17. These cinnamon buns look great…I can almost smell them…
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Liz πŸ™‚

  18. I loved Red Star Yeast! These buns look incredible, wish I had one now!

  19. Nothing short of perfection.. These cinnamon rolls look divine!!!

  20. Cinnamon rolls are so special in my book. They take time to make but they are so worth it. I hope they help boost those diminished appetites.

  21. I adore cinnamon buns Liz, these are sure beautiful and look light and airy with a lot of flavour. I’m sorry to hear of Bill’s dad’s cancer, I’ll be thinking of him this week. It’s so difficult to go through these years with our ailing patents; mine are both long gone now and I miss them very much.
    Now the question is: do I risk my hard work in dropping 9lbs for these cinnamon bad boys?

  22. Dear Liz
    I’m just crazy about cinnamon buns. They are wonderful.
    And these are perfect!
    Receive my friend, our prayers for the health of the father of Bill, which certainly loved these rolls.

  23. Family before food, sending prayers of healing, Grace and ease for Bill’s father.

    How wonderful and how blessed Bill and his parents are to have such love poured into cinnamon buns. Love that Bill’s mother ate two. Undoubtedly your recipe is fabulous (and I’m saving it.) But the caring placed into the dough can only be done by the baker =)

  24. lots and lots of good thoughts going towards your family! I think this would be a great recipe to share with loved ones in times of stress….something so comforting about food like this.

  25. I hope your father-in-law does well. I’ve had recent experiences with close ones and cancer, and I know this is a very difficult time. My heart goes out to you and your family. Anyway, these cinnamon buns certainly must make things better I think! Excellent prescription. And super recipe – thanks so much.

  26. Liz, could you please send me one of these gorgeous buns? It is around about morning tea time here, and I could so use one of these.

  27. Wow!!These cinnamon buns look fantastic…I stared and stared at the first and last pictures.

  28. Oh gosh the smell of cinnamon buns in the oven is the best!

  29. How fluffy and delicious my friend πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  30. The buns look perfectly-baked and so yummy ! I haven’t tried Red Star yeast but will check that out here next time πŸ™‚

  31. I haven’t been able to find the Platinum here yet either…and I’ve been looking. Love your rolls, Lizzy. I’m so bummed about your father-in-law and will definitely keep him in my prayers. send you many hugs xx

  32. Have I told you how much I love cinnamon? These must be scrumptious.

  33. The rolls look fantastic of course, but IΒ΄m so sorry to hear about your FIL Liz. All my prayers and thoughts are with you all my sweet friend.

  34. I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Liz! Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

    I have yet to try Red Star and I need to change that!

  35. Oh Liz, I’m so sorry to hear about your father in law, especially since he’s been fighting so hard. I can’t imagine how you and your husband are feeling. Please know that I’m thinking of you all and sending you much love.

  36. I shall hold positive thoughts for you! These buns look amazing πŸ™‚

  37. Very simple and beautiful your prescription.
    I’m so sorry that your father is suffering, I wish to become a miracle!
    I hope you do not hurt, the only thing you can do is to show your love and be strong…

  38. These cinnamon buns look fabulous!

  39. I only have one problem with those cinnamon buns. There is nowhere near enough icing.

    Extra for me please.

  40. These are just perfect, now I’m craving for some. I started to use cinnamon in many recipes, these must have been more than delicious.

  41. These are amazing! I made some similar buns recently but they were nowhere near as neat as yours!

  42. Liz, I’m so sorry to hear your father in law is so gravely ill. Would that a gorgeous batch of cinnamon rolls could cure all. I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you and your family.

  43. You have my thoughts and prayers…lovelovelove!!!

    On another note, these look incredibly pillowy and soft…you are brilliant.

  44. Oh my! These look amazing! We love cinnamon buns!!

  45. These look heavenly! Totally classic and deliciously perfect. Love it!

  46. Oh, Liz, I am so sorry to hear the update on your father-in-law. It will be my privilege to hold him in my prayers. Much love to you and your family.

  47. Beautiful Cinnamon Rolls. They make everyday great. Thanks for sharing this recipe – I will give them a try.

  48. Oh these look perfect to have with my morning coffee, I love the look of the glazeon the top, my mouth is watering!

  49. oh yum! and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your father in law.

  50. This sounds like my husband’s story about his grandmother’s cinnamon rolls.

  51. I used to have similar buns at school ( I am sure these are more delicious)..

  52. These cinnamon buns look delicious! I should make this for breakfast sometime (:

  53. You lucky duck, I seriously want to try the red star yeast in a big bad way. These cinnamon buns are fabulous.

  54. Thinking of you and your family, Liz. Many prayers headed your way. Mim

  55. What gorgeous looking buns. They are so pretty and perfect looking and I would imagine these just smell amazing as they are coming out of the oven. I’d love a couple for breakfast xx

  56. Hmmm, cinnamon buns are from my distant past. I could never resist them. Yours look so perfect too. πŸ™‚

  57. These buns do indeed look like the store-bought but I bet they taste better. I am so sorry to hear about your father-in-law’s deterioration – this is a sad and difficult time for you all. My heart goes out to you.

  58. I love that Bill’s beloved grandmother made these cinnamon buns every weekend. They look beautiful and something everyone should enjoy. I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s father…but I am glad that your cinnamon buns cheered him up and he went back for seconds. Heck… if you baked them, I don’t blame him for wanting to eat them up. πŸ™‚ Take care my friend and sending prayers your Father-in-laws way…..

  59. I could use a big ole cinnamon roll right about now! Saturdays just require them!

  60. Sending healing wishes to your father-in-law and peace to you and Bill.

  61. Liz,
    The cinnamon buns are fabulous. So glad your in-laws enjoyed them. I’ve already pinned them.

  62. I guess you add the egg with the other wet ingredients…because the recipe doesn’t state when to do that.

  63. Thanks for finding my error, Allie. Yes, add the egg after the butter.

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