Did you know cinnamon rolls are Swedish and they celebrate National Cinnamon Bun Day (kanelbullens dag) every October 4th? Now I get why they’re at IKEA!! (someone please explain frozen yogurt tho?) Traditional Swedish cinnamon bun kanelbulle has cardamom and is sprinkled with pearl sugar rather than a frosting and I really wanted to make it! Unfortunately I ran out of the pearl sugar I got from Belgium so I couldn’t.. but I did add cardamom and its very good! Until I get my hands on more pearl sugar.. my cinnamon buns shall be covered in a cream cheese frosting, like the ones at IKEA or Cinnabon 🙂

By the way, cutting dough with a piece of floss is SO MUCH easier than a knife! It also keeps your dough very round rather than squooshed.


Enjoy! They’re great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, parties, breakfastlunchdinneranytime. Try them and show me how they turn out! 😀


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Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 4½ cup bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup softened butter
  • ⅓ cup softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • *splash of milk if needed
  • **optional toppings: pecan, almond, walnut, diced apple, raisin, etc
  1. Sprinkle yeast in warm milk to activate it.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients and mix well in a large bowl.
  3. When well mixed, knead the dough onto a slightly floured surface for 5 minutes or so until it is smooth and elastic.
  4. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let it rise about 1 to 1.5 hour in a warm draft-free place.
  5. Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter.
  6. Once dough has doubled in size, invert bowl and roll into a rectangle about 16 by 21 inches with a rolling pin.
  7. Spread filling thinly all over the dough. Try to cover every corner.
  8. Roll up the dough into a log
  9. Cut the dough into 1.5 inch thick pieces.
  10. Arrange them on a greased baking pan, leaving some space in between each roll for room to rise.
  11. Let dough rise for an hour or so.
  12. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden and gooey.
  13. To make the frosting, cream softened cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla extract and keep beating. If frosting is too dry, add a tiny splash of milk a little at a time until you reach a desired consistency.

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