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Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

2 hr + 55 min

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Classic cinnamon buns are gooey, sweet, and a real treat. They do require a fair amount of time investment, but these buns are 100% worth it! You're guaranteed to be dreaming about them for days!

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Total

2 hr + 55 min

Prep

20 min

Cook

35 min

Rest

2 hr

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Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp (12 g)
    active yeast
  • 3 cups (414 g)
    all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (56 g)
    granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp (7 g)
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
    salt
  • ¼ cup (60 mL)

Filling

Sweetened milk

  • ¼ cup (60 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)

Icing

  • 1 cup (134 g)
    powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp (43 g)
    margarine
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    clear vanilla extract
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Directions

  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan until just steaming*. Do not let simmer! Remove the saucepan from the heat and sprinkle the yeast over the milk, swirl to combine, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. When the yeast mixture is foamy, add to the flour mixture along with the melted coconut oil. Mix to form a dough, then cover and let rest for 1 hour.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon. Set aside. Lightly grease a baking dish.
  5. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and dust it with a bit more flour. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a ½ cm thick rectangle.
  6. Spread the coconut oil across the rolled-out dough - it looks like a lot, and that's okay!
  7. Sprinkle the brown sugar and pecan mixture evenly overtop the rolled-out dough.
  8. With the longest edge of the rectangular dough closest to you, begin to roll the dough into what resembles a very long sushi roll.
  9. Cut the rolled dough into 12 buns, about 1½ inches (3 cm) thick each. We did this by cutting the roll in half, then in half again, and then cutting each of those quarters into thirds.
  10. Place each bun into the baking dish, then cover with a cloth and let rest for another hour.
  11. While the buns are resting, mix the remaining milk with the maple syrup. Set aside.
  12. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake buns in the centre rack of the oven for 10 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven to spoon the sweetened milk mixture over the buns. Return to the oven to bake for an additional 20 - 25 minutes, or until the tops of the buns are golden.
  14. While the buns are baking, whisk together the icing ingredients using an electric hand mixer or whisk.
  15. When the buns are removed from the oven, let cool slightly before drizzling the icing overtop. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Refined coconut oil is coconut oil that doesn't smell or taste like coconuts. If you prefer a distinct coconut taste, use unrefined coconut oil instead.
  • * Try infusing the milk with cinnamon sticks, ginger, crushed cardamom pods, or chai-spiced tea bags for more festive tasting cinnamon buns.
  • * The aim is to achieve a “lukewarm bath” temperature. If it’s too hot, let it sit to cool for a few minutes. Milk that's too hot may kill the yeast.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.
  • Store the buns without the frosting in the freezer for up to 1 month, and reheat in the oven when ready to enjoy.

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Alex - Sept. 14, 2022, 8:41 a.m.

They are one of my favourite desserts to bake!

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2022, 6:44 p.m.

A huge compliment, Alex, thank you 😃


Emilia - Aug. 31, 2022, 11:16 a.m.

Perfect!


Baylee - Aug. 3, 2022, 10:03 a.m.

These are so delicious and absolutely fool-proof! Thank you so much for sharing.


Moni - July 5, 2022, 2:49 p.m.

I’m making them right now…already made it a bunch of times….my mom lovess it even though she generally doesn’t like western desserts

PUL Team - July 6, 2022, 8:19 p.m.

Oh we're so glad the cinnamon buns are being enjoyed, Moni, thank you :)


Moni - July 5, 2022, 2:46 p.m.

I come back to this time and again whenever I’m craving comfort food..this recipe works year round for me even though we have great variations in the weather…love your work


Dimitra - June 18, 2022, 1:22 p.m.

This recipe is my favourite! Thank you for sharing it with us.


Marie - June 12, 2022, 8:19 p.m.

I love this recipe so much! Thanks so much for creating and sharing it!
The cinnamon buns always turn out great and even non-vegans love them (they never detect that they´re actually vegan). Definitely worth the time it takes to make them!

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 8:25 p.m.

Oh, Marie, it means so much that the cinnamon buns are being enjoyed! Thank you 🙂


Melanie - June 9, 2022, 6:04 p.m.

Oh my... In the last three months I made this dessert three times. I've never done that before. Our dear friends at our local restaurant love it too 😁😄😃
This is heaven🥰🥰🥰
Thank you for sharing.

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 8:10 p.m.

Aw so happy to hear, Melanie, and so kind of you to share it with friends! Thank you 🙂


Emily - May 22, 2022, 12:06 p.m.

Hi, there!
Can active yeasts be swap with other yeasts? I am trying to find them in my country, but I can only see their description as "active wine yeasts" and I don't know if they are okay.
Xoxo

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 8:06 p.m.

Hey there, Emily, we're not familiar with active wine yeasts being used in baking and we wouldn't advise using it. Active wine yeast will likely impart an alcoholic flavour which may be undesirable. Are you able to find any yeast called "baker's yeast"? This will work as well. Alternatively, you can try adding a bit more baking powder, or baking soda with a bit of lemon juice. In this case, you can skip the resting steps. The final result will be a bit different in texture and taste, but I think just as delicious. I hope this helps! 🤗


Julia - May 3, 2022, 9:03 p.m.

So tasty!!! All my family loved it and asked for more! Thank you for recipe!

PUL Team - May 4, 2022, 7:37 a.m.

We're so thrilled to hear, Julia, thanks a bunch!!


Alex - April 15, 2022, 11:56 a.m.

The best cake ever!


Mariam - March 13, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

Very easy to make, and the site is so comfortable loved making these buns <3


Izabela - March 7, 2022, 3 p.m.

Hi !
These are the best cinnamon buns, I've ever eaten ! Thank You so much for that recipe 😃

PUL Team - March 9, 2022, 1:26 a.m.

Oh Izabela, it means so much! Thank YOU 😃


jose - Feb. 4, 2022, 12:27 p.m.

Awesome recipe!
These buns taste sooo good, thank you Sadia and PUL team

PUL Team - Feb. 5, 2022, 6:24 a.m.

So glad they're being enjoyed, Jose!


Susanne - Jan. 29, 2022, 8:42 a.m.

These are by far THE best cinnamon rolls out there. The liquid coconut lake on top of the dough is genius, as is the drizzle of sweet milk. Carnivores and vegans rave every time they hit the table. THANK YOU.

PUL Team - Jan. 29, 2022, 7:51 p.m.

A huge compliment, Susanne, thank YOU!


Hong - Jan. 16, 2022, 9:57 a.m.

this recipe is lovely! I think it was my first real baking with dough a few years ago and the result was really satisfying :)
Having been baking this a couple of times since and also baking one today.

Thanks so much for sharing !

PUL Team - Jan. 16, 2022, 8:08 p.m.

Awe it means so much to hear, Hong! Happy baking 😃


Emily - Jan. 9, 2022, 3:44 a.m.

I made these for my family Christmas potluck, and they went down a treat! I'm not used to working with dough and so was a bit intimidated at first, but after giving it a test run and making a few tweaks, they turned out to be easy and delicious! I used walnuts instead of pecans, and melted vegan butter instead of coconut oil for the filling.
I definitely recommend trying this recipe!

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:38 a.m.

Oh, Emily, it means so much to hear 😊 It can be a bit daunting to work with dough, but we're so glad it was enjoyed with the substitutions!


Fleur - Jan. 7, 2022, 5:12 p.m.

Delicious!! Thank you very much!! :)


Diane - Dec. 29, 2021, 3:20 p.m.

Have been wanting to test this recipe for more than a year! Now that I moved to a new house with an oven (this is such a game-changer), I was finally able to make those delicious buns for Christmas. The flavor was amazing! Because I don't like treats to be too sweet, I didn't add maple syrup to the milk (as suggested by the PUL team in the comments) and skipped the glazing. It was just perfect! My only regret is that they weren't as fluffy and soft as I expected, but I think it's due to the yeast I used (not sure it went that well), and maybe I overcooked the buns. I followed the cooking time instructions, but I will reduce the cooking time next time I make them.

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2021, 6:07 a.m.

Hi Diane! A huge congratulations on your new move - how exciting 😃 Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with the cinnamon buns as well. It sounds like it may have been the yeast or overcooking. Turning the heat down a tad (perhaps it's a new and stronger oven?) is another idea that might help. We're so happy they were enjoyed and do let us know if this helps!


Jessica - Dec. 24, 2021, 10:06 p.m.

I’m very excited to make this recipe! Can any of it be made ahead??

PUL Team - Dec. 25, 2021, 7:35 p.m.

Hi Jessica! We haven't tried it ourselves, but you could make parts of the recipe in advance if desired. We'd recommend storing the milk or icing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for optimal freshness. The cinnamon bun filling could be stored in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge. If the coconut oil solidifies and the filling becomes chunkier, giving it a good stir with a warm utensil (such as heating the utensil base by pouring boiling water on it) should help 🙂

For the dough, we wouldn't advise making it more than two days in advance to ensure it stays fresh. You could experiment with refrigerating it or freezing it. We've taken a look on the internet and there seems to be a bunch of ideas for storing cinnamon bun dough advance 😃 Do let us know how it goes if you give the cinnamon buns a try!

Jessica - Dec. 25, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

Thanks for the reply! I made them, then cut them and placed them covered in the baking dish overnight. Let them sit out for an hour in the morning and continued to cook them per instructions. They were delicious and everyone loved them. Next time I’ll compare and make it in one go :)

PUL Team - Dec. 26, 2021, 2:10 a.m.

So happy to hear, Jessica, thanks for the update!


Lara - Dec. 15, 2021, 2:20 p.m.

yay! if you don't like overly sweet foods, I recommend using less sugar, skipping the icing or using applesauce instead of sugar and butter in the filling. I used applesauce and still found the result almost too sweet. the dough is heaven, though :D

PUL Team - Dec. 16, 2021, 7:54 a.m.

Thanks for sharing the modifications, Lara, we're so glad the cinnamon buns were enjoyed! Reducing the syrup in the sweetened milk can also help cut back on the sweetness if desired 🙂


Deborah - Dec. 8, 2021, 11:23 p.m.

looooveeee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these are insanely good, wow. Cant get enough of them <3


Patricia - Dec. 7, 2021, 12:59 a.m.

I made those cinnamon rolls last Christmas and they are delicious! Everyone loved it! I’m back here to get recipe again cause I’m definitely making them again 😍😋

PUL Team - Dec. 7, 2021, 4:04 a.m.

Oh, Patricia, so lovely to hear! Enjoy the cinnamon buns ✨😍


Anna - Nov. 7, 2021, 1:49 p.m.

Wow!! So easy to make and definitely the best cinnamon buns we’ve ever had. We made a cashew frosting instead which turned out great too. Can’t wait to make them again. Thank you for all the amazing recipes!

PUL Team - Nov. 7, 2021, 11:52 p.m.

Such a massive compliment, Anna, thank you! Cashew frosting sounds delicious as well 😍


Meline - Nov. 4, 2021, 11:36 p.m.

This recipe is an absolute treat unanimously loved. And I have already been asked for a second batch!


Gosia - Oct. 7, 2021, 10:44 p.m.

These are absolutely amazing! It has taken me a while to get down to making them and it looks like I have wasted a lot of time :) They are so fluffy and actually quite easy to make. I have used walnuts because I had no pecans and made a simpler icing from powder sugar and lemon juice, which broke the sweetness of the buns. Turned out fantastic!
I have been following your work since the beginning of the pandemic last year (funnily enough found Pick Up Limes searching for plant propagation :D) and although not even vegetarian, I really love your recipes and videos. Have used them repeatedly and was never disappointed. It is really great to see you develop :)

PUL Team - Oct. 9, 2021, 8:44 p.m.

Aw we appreciate this so much more than we can express, Gosia! Thank you for being part of the PUL community ✨


Lana - Oct. 7, 2021, 5:52 p.m.

Love the recipe. All my friends are pressuring me to make them again and again. Love the fact that they are not vegan, but love this vegan recipe. ❤️

PUL Team - Oct. 8, 2021, 7:22 p.m.

So nice of you to make the cinnamon buns for your friends, Lana! We're so glad they're enjoying them :)


lara - Oct. 5, 2021, 3:22 p.m.

since it's finally October and it was raining the whole day today, I decided to make these. damn they are fluffy, perfectly sweet and so so good. I've always had problems with my cinnamon buns coming out too bread-y or like rolls, but with this recipe I had none of this! thanks for this comforting one 🤤🍁

PUL Team - Oct. 6, 2021, 3:36 a.m.

Oh, Lara, we appreciate this so much! Thank you for the glowing review and for being here 🥰


Lena - Sept. 13, 2021, 9:31 a.m.

I made these this weekend and I am amazed on how well they turned out. I don't think anyone would guess they are vegan. I decided to skip the icing since they were decadent enough already. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
My only suggestion would be to line the tin with parchment paper because in my case greasing it was not enough, the sugar caramelized and I had to struggle a lot to get the buns out.

PUL Team - Sept. 14, 2021, 1:42 a.m.

Hi Lena, thanks for sharing your experience with the cinnamon buns! It's so appreciated 🙂


Mae - Sept. 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

I would love to say HUGE THANK YOU for the amazing recipe. It was the best cinnamon rolls I have had, and all my friends told the same❤️

PUL Team - Sept. 12, 2021, 8:19 p.m.

Aw thank YOU, Mae, for the incredible review and kind words! It means so much 🙂


Juanita - Sept. 11, 2021, 4:48 p.m.

I have used the base for this recipe to make so mnay types of buns! Fluffy, flavourful and gooey!!!


Kayla - Sept. 1, 2021, 5:46 a.m.

The BEST cinnamon buns I've ever had!!! They may be time consuming but I find them decently easy to make. My brother gets so excited whenever I make them, I think they're his favorite too, lol!!

PUL Team - Sept. 2, 2021, 1:04 a.m.

Soo happy to hear, Kayla! Hugs to you and your brother 😃


Peta - Aug. 29, 2021, 3:46 a.m.

Question: can we alter this for gluten free diet?

PUL Team - Aug. 29, 2021, 9:42 p.m.

Hey there, Peta! Thanks for the question. We can't say with certainty as we haven't had a chance to test it out with gluten-free flour. With that said, a mix of gluten-free flours usually works better than using just one flour on its own. Here's a flour blend recipe from Minimalist Baker that might help: minimalistbaker.com/diy-glute… - Do let us know how it goes if you give the cinnamon buns a try 🤗


Eva - Aug. 28, 2021, 5:19 p.m.

First time I baked anything vegan and I am amazed with the results! Absolutely delicious and so easy to follow the recipe! These were so good my partner and I finished the whole tray of rolls in just two days! ❤️

PUL Team - Aug. 28, 2021, 11:16 p.m.

Oh, Eva, we're so happy to hear! Thank you for taking the time to share. Happy baking 🤗


Carolina Ferreyro - Aug. 21, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

The most amazing rolls.
Ever.
No question ask.
Please.
Do.
It.
You wont regret it.


Kristina - Aug. 17, 2021, 6:40 p.m.

The best cinnamon buns i've ever tried - and I've tried a lot, since I'm from Denmark, where cinnamon buns are very loved and a staple in almost every bakery.
(Have in mind, that most cinnamon buns may still be non-vegan in Denmark if some of you ever plan on visiting Denmark and wants a cinnamon bun).

Btw. Sadia, Robin and the rest of the PickUpLimes Team, your new website looks so good and is fantastic to use! It's so much faster, than the old one.

PUL Team - Aug. 18, 2021, 5:08 a.m.

Aww this means so much, Kristina, you're too kind! So thrilled you're enjoying the recipe and new website ✨


Eike - July 24, 2021, 9:22 p.m.

Absolutely delicious!!


Sara - July 24, 2021, 7 p.m.

The best cinnamon buns I have ever tasted! My family(not vegan) have high standards when it comes to cooking and baking and for theese buns I recive congrats from them, so - they are a thing.

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:33 a.m.

A huge compliment, Sara! It means so much to hear the recipe is being enjoyed 💖


Angie Castillo - July 16, 2021, 11:09 p.m.

I accidentally skipped the second rise but they still came out soooo good. My log yielded 16 rolls and they were gone In 2 days.

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 2:28 a.m.

Appreciate the insight, Angie! So glad the cinnamon buns were enjoyed 🤗


faheemah - July 10, 2021, 4:20 p.m.

I love this recipe! The dough recipe is so perfect and versatile too, I use it to make garlic butter rolls and burger buns.


Lola - July 10, 2021, 2:36 p.m.

The BEST cinnamon rolls ever !


Gabrielle - July 9, 2021, 4:43 p.m.

I can't believe how amazing these are! While I love to bake, I'm not big on actually eating sweet baked goods– these changed that. My mom strongly identifies as someone who doesn't eat sweets and she's requested these easily a half dozen times– they're that good! I used a different icing recipe, but I'm sure this one is delicious too. Highly, highly recommend making these!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 1:53 a.m.

We're so thrilled you and your mom are enjoying the cinnamon buns, Gabrielle! Thank you for the lovely review 🤩


Lisa - July 9, 2021, 3:13 a.m.

I am by no means an expert baker, but this is always my go-to recipe when I have an event/picnic/potluck! It ALWAYS turns out incredible, which is 100% testament to the recipe and not my skills!


Victoriya - July 9, 2021, 2:55 a.m.

Had to make this as soon as I saw the video! Made them without the pecans ‘cause I didn’t have any on hand. They were the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had!!

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 7:57 a.m.

Such a wonderful compliment, Victoriya! We're so humbled to hear 🥰


Inkarri - July 9, 2021, 2:45 a.m.

This. Thiiiiiiissss.

I made this recipe when I was bored. I thought, if it doesn’t turn out well that’s okay, it was fun to make. And if does, then I’ve got a nice new snack for our bentos.

HAH! Silly me. Thinking these would make it to the lunch boxes. 😏

I don’t encourage eating large amounts of foods all at once. But once you’ve tasted these. Well. You’ll understand.

These are so tasty. They make a great dessert served with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream. Or just a sweet snack if you’ve got a craving. So good. So so soooooo good. 😍😍

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 5:32 a.m.

Hehe so happy the cinnamon buns were enjoyed, Inkarri!


Andrea - July 8, 2021, 8:26 p.m.

I tried these as soon as the recipe came out and they are absolutely amazing :)


Victoria - July 8, 2021, 8:22 p.m.

I only made a quarter of the recipe, so they turned into mini cinnamon rolls. The pecan sugar filling was amazing! I can't wait to try this again on a bigger scale. I feel like my mini versions were less gooey because of their size.

PUL Team - July 12, 2021, 7:27 a.m.

Mmm mini ones are a great idea, Victoria, thanks! Indeed that may change up the texture a bit :)


Becca - July 8, 2021, 6:20 p.m.

I made these around the holidays and they were absolutely delicious! Loved that they were dairy free yet still so good.


Cléa - June 24, 2021, 6:49 p.m.

Bonjour, je visite ton site web presque tous les jours pour trouver des idées de repas. La nouvelle version est tellement réussie ! Bravo 👍🏻
Cette recette de roulés à la cannelle est la meilleure que j'ai testé. J'ai hâte de la refaire ! Je n'ai pas mis de margarine dans le glaçage et c'était très bien aussi.
Merci pour ton sourire dans tes vidéos, celles-ci sont toujours un plaisir à regarder.


Jacinth - May 12, 2021, 1:57 a.m.

Love this recipe! I made these today and they are DELICIOUS!!!!

PUL Team - May 12, 2021, 5:43 a.m.

Woohoo! Thank you for sharing, Jacinth 😃


Gina - April 12, 2021, 8:44 a.m.

I made these yesterday and they were divine! I think the coconut oil really helps give it that creamy texture. I din't make the icing but they were even delicious without it. Brilliant recipe, I will definitely be making it again.

PUL Team - April 12, 2021, 4:14 p.m.

So glad to hear the cinnamon buns were a success, Gina! 🤩


Julie - April 11, 2021, 3:05 p.m.

Hello ! That's my second attempt at these rolls. The first one was so good, I had to do it again ;)
Congratulations on the new website, it's very practical and still very aesthetic: I can't imagine ALL the work behind all this !
Thanks for your recipes, your cheerfulness, it always helps a lot :)

PUL Team - April 11, 2021, 6:07 p.m.

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your kindness, Julie! It means so much. We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed the cinnamon buns and are also enjoying the new site 😃


Chloe - April 4, 2021, 7:59 a.m.

Absolutely love this recipe! I've made it twice so far and both times have turned out great. I don't have powdered sugar so I didn't make the icing, but these still taste so good even without it!

PUL Team - April 4, 2021, 8:28 p.m.

So lovely to hear, Chloe, thanks for sharing your review with us :)


Marija - March 29, 2021, 10:13 a.m.

I've made these once before and now I had ti make them again. They turned out just perfect, just as gooey and delicious as your pictures make them to be! 😀 It is a process but beyond worth it. Recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing all these beautiful recipes and all the hard work that you both pour into PUL. 😄

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 11:27 p.m.

It's indeed a labour of love! So glad it was worth it and you enjoyed the cinnamon buns, Marija 🥰


Salome - March 24, 2021, 7:58 p.m.

An insanely delicious recipe! I added coconutflakes for extra texture and flavour.
One thing you might want to keep in mind is, when making the dough, make sure it isn't too dry. Because when it is, and you'll roll the roll to cut into smaller parts the dough will tear open.

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 4:40 a.m.

Mmm adding coconut flakes is a lovely idea! Thank you for the wonderful review and tip about the dough, Salome 😃


Mona Kou - March 22, 2021, 8:45 a.m.

Came on here, for this amazing recipe, but ended up spending awhile looking at the new web!!
Just wanna say a hug congrats to this new website, even tho this website has not been officially launched yet.
I really see/ feel the heart and thoughts that has put into this project -somehow scrolling through the website I feel so touched! :)
All the very very best!!

PUL Team - March 30, 2021, 11:01 p.m.

Thank you for sharing your very kind words, Mona! We're so glad you're enjoying the new site so far :D