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Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

Close the front door and join me for a quick cuppa coffee or tea and some insanely delicious cinnamon buns with swirls of soft dough oozing with buttery sugar and of course drizzled with nothing else but a rich and delicious cream cheese icing.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

Oh my goodness these are good!

What do you with extra pizza dough? You can make bread sticks, pretzels, or just heck of a lot of pizza but why not think of breakfast in the morning. Yep, you heard me right I used pizza dough to make these delicious cinnamon buns.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

The boys and I made pizza for dinner last night. I started making Bobby Flay's pizza dough recipe when but then I remembered his recipe makes more of a pan style with thick crust. It a great little pizza dough recipe but I prefer more of a thin crust pizza. Waste not want not, so I decided to make breakfast instead.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

I hopped on over to Paula Deen's recipe to check for ingredients and cooking times for cinnamon buns. I realized then, I was fresh out of brown sugar so I substituted granulated sugar and cut way down on the amount of sugar as I do not like my sweets too sweet.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

I pulled and rolled and spread my pizza dough on the bottom on a huge baking pan. I drizzled a little butter and sprinkled the sugar and cinnamon and rolled into a tight little roll. I cut the roll just like I do sushi. I first cut it in the middle and then cut each piece in half and then each half in a half again and then following by cutting each half into 4 pieces.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

I looked up at the clock. I had started making pizzas for my boys around 6pm and the last came out of the oven at around 8:30pm and there was no way I was going to be baking these delicious cinnamon buns late into the evening so opted to just refrigerate my cinnamon rolls over night. You can just halt the rising process by putting the pre-made cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator overnight with plastic wrap. This is perfect if you are planning on hosting a gathering in the morning. You can do all the prep work the day ahead and just at the last-minute fill up your house with the sweet and buttery smell of cinnamon rolls baking in your oven just before your guests arrive.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

The next day, I grabbed a few things I needed for the market and can you believe they were all out of icing sugar. Plan B, I had a can of white frosting at home that I was saving for a special occasion as this is a hard to find item in Hong Kong. However, I could not think of a better occasion then the celebration of enjoying hot out of the oven insanley delicious cinnamon buns. I whipped in some cream cheese and vanilla and a little cream and it tasted perfect, maybe even better than the ones made with icing sugar.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

Then this morning, I took the cinnamon rolls out of the refrigerator, removed the plastic wrap and let the cinnamon rolls come to room temperature for about an hour.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

I put my delcious buns in the oven for about 35 minutes until they were golden brown and while they were still warm slathered the rich and delicious cream cheese icing on top.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

Let me tell you these were the best Bobby Flay pizza failure, don't have all of Paula Deen's ingredients problem, don't have enough time let them rest in the refrigerator overnight insanely delicious cinnamon buns I ever tasted.

Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

They were chewy, buttery, delicious and love, love, love that cream cheese icing. You may not be able to stop at one and that is a good thing as this recipe makes 18 insanely delicious cinnamon buns. I made a pie tin and another small pan full and they are going fast. The word is out. I have the kettle going, so please come on over and enjoy some cinnamon buns with me. Please rescue me before I finish off that pan.



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Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns

By HWC Magazine  , ,

February 25, 2014

Insanely delicious cinnamon buns with swirls of soft dough oozing with buttery sugar and of course drizzled with nothing else but a rich and delicious cream cheese icing.

  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


Cinnamon Buns

pizza dough - Bobby Flay's Recipe:

olive oil - 2 teaspoons for the bowl that your pizza dough rests in (can also use canola oil)

butter - 1/4 cup melted and a little extra to butter the baking pans

sugar - 5 tablespoons (can use brown sugar or sugar alternatives)

cinnamon - 2 teaspoons

Cream Cheese Icing

Pillsberry Whipped Vanilla Frosting - 1/2 cup (can use any brand vanilla frosting or buttercream)

cream cheese - 2.5 ounces

vanilla - 1 teaspoon

whipping cream - 3 teaspoons (can also use milk alternatives like almond milk, etc)


1Prepare Bobby Flay's Pizza Dough Recipe and grease a large bowl with a little olive oil (canola oil), add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour.

2Press the pizza dough on a greased sheet pan/waxed(parchment) paper lined or even just your cutting board (mine was approximately 13 inches (33cm) by 18 inches (46cm).

3Brush the melted butter over the entire surface of the pizza dough.

4Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the buttered pizza dough. (Feel free to use brown sugar or sugar substitute instead) If you like nuts or raisins or any other additions sprinkle it on the dough evenly.

5Roll the dough starting at the long side (the 18 inch side) and roll tightly just like you would a sushi roll. If using parchment paper this may assist you to get a tighter roll as you can use this to push and tighten along the way. Do not leave any gaps.

6Cut up the cinnamon roll just like you would a sushi roll. First cut the roll in half. Then cut the halves in half and again and then cut those halves into 4 slices so you end up with a total of 18 slices. The goal is to end up with uniform slices so it cooks evenly.

7Butter the bottom of your baking pans with a little butter. Place your cut cinnamon buns in the pan and tightly pack, flat side down so you can see the pretty swirls of cinnamon. A round pie tin works well for this. However, this recipe makes so much that I was able to fill one round 9 inch pie pan and a little 5 inch pie pan too. (Lucky me, I had my own little secret stash to trial before the teenage boys come home from school)

8Enjoy Tomorrow -If you want to enjoy your delicious cinnamon buns in the morning, cover your pie tins with a little plastic wrap to seal and place in the refrigerator overnight to rest. In the am, take the cinnamon buns out of the refrigerator, remove the plastic wrap and place on the counter for about an hour to rest. If you want to enjoy your cinnamon buns today then skip this step and proceed to step 9. 

9Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius (345 degrees F) and bake cinnamon buns for about 30-40 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and your house smells amazing. Mine took about 40 minutes.

10While your cinnamon buns are baking, make the cream cheese icing. In a mixing bowl softened the cream cheese and then add the Pillsberry whipped frosting, vanilla and cream. Mix until well blended. Depending of what type of frosting you are using, you may need to increase the amount of cream to thin the icing.

11While your cinnamon buns are still hot from the oven, glaze with the decadent cream cheese frosting.

12Get you kettle on and serve these Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns with your favorite cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Enjoy!



  • What are you doing to us, BAM ?? I actually took a deep breath in when I read the bit about the sweet and buttery smell filling your home. Imagine my disappointment haha I love the fact that you can make these relatively easily and you can then decrease the sugar – the ones you get commercially are laden with so much sugar they make my teeth hurt (but my tummy smile).

  • Joanna

    I am definitely going to have to find a good recipe for gluten free cinnamon rolls! I have seen a couple, but none have really blown my mind yet…I’m still on the prowl!! 😉 xo

  • Joanna

    These look mind blowingly good, BTW!!! 😉 xo

  • Insanely delicious is right!! These look amazing!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I think I’m insanely jealous that these are not on my plate right now.

  • Robyn

    Wow, those look so fantastic, BAM! I savoured every word of your delicious description as if I were taking a bite! I am not going to eat another cinnamon bun without comparing it to yours so it looks like I’m going to be making them very soon! Beautiful!

  • Robyn

    PS I pinned your masterpiece!

    Fabulous Bam.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • I woke up and am dying to have these for breakfast — thanks for sharing these beauties BAM 🙂

  • You had me at Cinnamon Buns … pinning 🙂

  • These look so sticky good! I love a good cinnamon roll and your pictures have me just drooling! I bet they smelled fabulous too. 🙂

  • This is really insane! The oozing cream is making my mouth watery. Coffee or tea, I’m there! 🙂 I hope you are having a good week Bam.

  • Boy do those look amazingly good!! My girls would think I was the best Mom EVER!!!

  • kitchenriffs

    Great pictures! And a great dish. This is wonderful. And I want it. 😉 Really, really nice — thanks.

  • This looks absolutely wonderful! Pizza dough bun! I must wonder what this would taste like! yummy yummy!! I’m hungry now and it’s 1am. So your pictures are already a success!

  • Ooooh, there is nothing like cinnamon buns. What’s not to like about them? And they always make the house smell so good too. I’m surprised that you were able to get a picture of them before they disappeared. I’m laughing though because one time I put the dough in the refrigerator to make some the next day & must not have wrapped them very tightly. OMG! It was like a monster had grown overnight (I had 2 batches). Still, no harm done, just slap the dough down to let it know who’s boss & everything was fine.

  • Oh, these look heavenly.

  • Those look wonderful! I’ve been wanting to make cinnamon rolls myself–I really want to do it after I’ve seen these! 🙂

  • These so look amazing!! I love how resourceful you are! Cinnamon buns smell so good while baking! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! Love how you improvised and it worked out so well – that’s the sign of a real cook! I totally agree you’ve got to have these warm out of the oven in the morning for breakfast. I have been seeing tempting cinnamon buns everywhere lately – it’s like a sign that I need to get my hands on some!

  • Once you get cinnamon buns right they will turn up insanely awesome like yours 🙂

  • Cinnamon rolls look wonderful, and homemade beat cinnabon any day 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  • I’m drooling over the frosting and the rolls look so light and airy. I’d take one of these over a pizza any day!

  • I was toying with the idea of making cinnamon rolls this weekend…and your photos clinched the deal!
    PS…everyone is on the mend. Bill actually got on the treadmill today for a slow walk. He’s doing really well for one week post valve repair 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Liz, I am delighted to hear the good news about Bill! He has the best nurse ever…you! Take care, BAM

  • I’d love to and I hope after all this time away from the food blogs,(including my own),I’d still be welcome! I hope al is well with you,Biobbi Ann.I could use some insanely delicious buns to go with my insanely busy family goings-on!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Tonette, you are always welcome. Sometimes life just gets busy and we all understand. Sometimes it takes me weeks just to make all my rounds to read everyone updates. I always have good intentions but sometimes life just happens. Take your time and get caught up and look forward to reading some new posts from you soon. Take Care, BAM

  • This is the second recipe I’ve seen for cinnamon rolls in the last few days. I think you are trying to tell me something! I love cinnamon rolls and often do the yeast kind, but when I want easy I do the frozen dough kind. And now I know i can use pizza dough which I often use for garlic rolls and quick donuts. I think the world is conspiring against my diet!

  • love the idea of the cream cheese icing!

  • I love cinnamon rolls! What a great idea using pizza crust, the frosting looks amazing!

  • Cinnamon rolls are an absolute weakness for me…which is probably why I never make them! The cream cheese icing on yours just take a good thing into the stratosphere. Wish I could come by and help you polish them off. 🙂

  • Oh goodness, these look bonkers amazing. Cinnamon buns are a favorite of mine, I have got to give them a try.

  • So delicious! I would love to wake up to one of your cinnamon buns in the morning. 🙂

  • What a great way to use leftover pizza dough! And I love the icing on top.

  • I’ll come eat a few once I pop off the airplane 🙂 It’s a great idea to use pizza dough, this is a great make-it-work recipe and I think it looks better than the original. Well, than some rolls. Mom’s beats all, but I’m only a mere human so this looks like an awesome recipe I can do!

  • hotlyspiced

    I wish I could come on over! These look so lovely. I adore cinnamon buns and love how these have a cream cheese frosting – all my favourites in one! And I love to eat these straight from the oven while they’re still warm and yes, these are highly addictive so it’s great the recipe makes 18 xx

  • Kathleen Richardson

    Love how you moved from idea to idea and recipe to recipe, BAM. That’s the most fun, isn’t it. Love the look of these Insanely Delicious Cinnamon Buns!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Kathleen. You know I rarely make sweet things and my kids were just begging for just one thing so I caved in. I hope you are doing well. Have a super weekend.

  • The minute I saw insanely delicious you had me! The I saw what you had baked YUM! This is one of my favourite recipes, but I like it sweet so I keep the brown sugar 😉

  • Oh I wish I’m your neighbor. I would be glad to join you for coffee and for THIS!!! Mouthwatering indeed!

  • These look fantastic! I had to pin these lovelies before writing the comment!

  • I absolutely adore cinnamon buns.. And that extra swirl of cream cheese just makes it just a little bit more decadent!

  • Love that you used pizza dough! And now I want cinnamon buns in the worst way!

  • OMG!
    These do look and sound insanely delicious!

  • These are insanely delicious! I love cinnamon buns, especially when they’re baking, and when they’re frosted and when they’re in your hands and then your mouth…yummmy!!!!

  • CakeWhiz

    I agree with the title of this post… these really do look insanely delicious! 😉 Soft on the inside and slightly flaky on the outside and after topping them off with your cream cheese icing… these must have tasted DIVINE!
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  • I was testing a recipe for a food blogger on vegan cinnamon buns and they didn’t turn out well – but the filling was super delicious with the ground pecans, sugar and dates. The issue was the exterior being super dry – not moist…I think it needs to be greased up like what you’ve mentioned in the recipe! Ah goodness, we just had eight of these cinnamon rolls in a day – that’s what happens when cinnamon rolls are right out of the oven! Have a lovely Sunday, BAM!

  • I bet the boys hovered in the kitchen waiting for your delicious cinnamon buns. 🙂

  • I’m on my way, flight’s booked and bags are packed:D I would travel round the world for a cinnamon bun.. especially one of yours:) xx

  • OMG these cinnamon buns are absolutely delicious!! I made cinnamon buns before but they didn’t turn out as good as the store-bought ones. But these look so soft and moist just like how they should be. Saving this recipe for my next bun making! Thanks for sharing BAM!!

  • Um, wow. Excuse me for drooling all over my keyboard- Those pictures are just too much! I was just getting ready to go to bed, but now I won’t be able to sleep without some sort of sweet midnight snack. If only it could be one of these decadent buns!

  • Mmmm I can smell the cinnamon just by looking at those beautiful pictures.

  • I’m obsessed with cinnamon buns! I love the idea of using pizza dough and I’m totally going to do that! I love that the icing is thick… I always put way more than necessary on mine. 😉

  • Insanely delicious? Um, YES. Your boys are SO incredibly lucky to have a mom like you who makes them amazing food!!!

  • How could I resist this! Oh my… I have been thinking of making homemade cinnamon buns for a long time (really long time). One of these days I have to… I might lose portion control…. =P

  • Pizza dough? Gosh… how cool! They look lovely, very different from Swedish ones which are cooked separately but fantastic nevertheless. Could do with one of those right about now!

  • These DO look Insanely delicious Bam. Great title and and even better looking cinnamon roll. I think you are a genius for using the leftover pizza dough. This is a win in so many ways…except calories. 😉 I’d gladly take the rest of your hands if we were closer.

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