The Best Swedish Cinnamon Buns

75 min

easy

12

A soft and fragrant twist of cinnamon and cardamom, these Swedish Cinnamon Buns stand as the authentic predecessors to the renowned cinnamon rolls. With a reduced sugar content and no icing, they offer an even greater fluffiness, making them a delightful treat!

Swedish Cinnamon Buns Recipe

This Swedish Cinnamon Buns recipe comes from a good Estonian friend, Kristelle. She told me this recipe was used back in Estonia but in a bigger cake version, similar to Babka. They make these massive cinnamon knot cakes up there, but it will be small ones down here today. These buns are flagrant and easy to make; nothing compares to a freshly baked cinnamon bun! The kids will love them and making them!

History

Swedish Cinnamon buns

These spectacular buns came from Sweden in the 1920’s. They called them Kanelbullar and usually use cardamom powder in there, too, which gives it a fun kick but could be too much for the inexperienced palate of kids. So, we’ve chosen to cut a bit on the cardamom from the original recipe, but feel free to add more if your family is adventurous. The original recipe is half cinnamon/half cardamom.

American vs. Swedish

The main difference is its form and topping, the American version being rolled up in a simple circle while the Swedish version is knotted and twisted. In addition, the New World’s version usually contains a glaze or cream cheese frost on top, while the Swedish bun uses just a few pearled sugar bits to decorate the buns.

Dreamy Cinnamon

Cinnamon buns

Who doesn’t like the pungent cinnamon smell around the house? Cinnamon has been around for such a long time. It goes back to Medieval Europe, but its origins go back to Sri Lanka. Today, it’s used in many ways, from stews and drinks to sweets. A kid’s favourite, although intensely flavoured, they devore these in under a minute. The general rule says you can keep powdered cinnamon in the pantry for up to 2 years. So make sure your cinnamon is still good before attacking this recipe because it’s the highlight. Furthermore, the wooden spice has health benefits, from preventing type 2 diabetes to digestive issues. If you want to know more, check out this link!

Kid-Friendly

These little puffy buns are easy to make on top of being dreamy! Make the kids roll them up! Plus, the smell they bring to the house could flip any house within an hour! If you have a birthday party or school event for the kids, these would be a hit! Plus, no mess on the fingers! An easy, breezy knot!

cinnamon buns

Variations

You could serve them in high muffin liners if you want them to puff more vertically. We’ve made them without any, and they grew sideways. If you think they are still too large for the kids, make mini versions. Simply adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Storage

These can be frozen before cooking, whether the dough or the rolled buns. However, add an extra minute or two in the oven if you do so. This way, you will surely get fresh and fluffy buns whenever you wish!

Other Dessert Ideas

*NOTE

Kristelle is from Estonia, a mom of three lovely kids and an avid baker! She is the cake maker in our mama group, always giving her best, even if it means staying up all night!

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Swedish Cinnamon buns

Swedish Cinnamon Buns

There is nothing like a hot, fluffy knot of fragrant cinnamon; these Swedish Cinnamon Buns are the cousins of the famous cinnamon rolls; they contain less sugar but as much fluff! It makes it an excellent alternative for kids.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: swedish
Keyword: buns, cinnamon, dessert, pastry, swedish
Servings: 12 buns
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Kristelle B.

Ingredients

  • 500 g flour
  • 250 ml warm milk no more than 37°C (95F°)
  • 100 g white sugar
  • 90 g unsalted butter
  • 25 g fresh yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • pearl sugar decoration

The filling

  • 90 g unsalted butter
  • 90 g brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tbsp cardamom powder *optional

Instructions

The Dough

  • Start by warming the milk at no more than 37°C (95F°).
  • Add the warm milk to the yeast, sugar and salt in a small bowl and whisk.
  • Mix the flour, butter and milk with your hands in a big bowl until it doesn't stick to the sides anymore.
  • Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

The Filling

  • In a small bowl, add the filling ingredients and mix well until homogenous.
  • Roll the dough with a rolling pin in a large square approximately 1 mm thick.
  • With a flat spatula, cover the dough with the filling.
    adding the filling
  • Fold the dough into two and cut the side to make a straight rectangle.
  • Cut into 12 equal stripes of approx.–4 cm.
  • Twist each stripe until it looks like a big rope, and turn it on itself to make a knot (watch video).
    twist the bun
  • Add the fresh knotted buns to a grease muffin tray or filled with liners, and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the egg wash and brush it over each bun.
  • Add the pearl sugar on top.
  • Cook in the oven at 200°C (400F°) for 15 minutes or until golden.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Swedish Cinnamon Buns
Amount per Serving
Calories
345
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
0.5
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
48
mg
16
%
Sodium
 
22
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
117
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
51
g
17
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
435
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
65
mg
7
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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