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

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 | Tender, old-fashioned goodness!

Old Fashioned Deliciousness!

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 beauties 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.


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

Moomie’s Cinnamon Buns

Lovely cinnamon rolls with a vanilla glaze.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 rolls 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch


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 (Red Star Platinum Yeast preferred)

For filling:

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

For icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar,
  • 1/ teaspoon vanilla
  • 34 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.

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

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

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

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

  5. 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

  6. Hmmm, cinnamon buns are from my distant past. I could never resist them. Yours look so perfect too. 🙂

  7. 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.

  8. 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. 🙂 Take care my friend and sending prayers your Father-in-laws way…..

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

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

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

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

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

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