Christmas Cinnamon Buns

It’s one of the very best baking seasons upon us — Christmas baking! One of my favourite things to do is to make a huge batch of cinnamon buns and take them over, while still warm from the oven, to our friends and neighbours. This year I found a wonderful way to make Christmas cinnamon buns with holiday spices and I think you’re going to love them as much as we do.
Christmas Cinnamon Buns
For the buns, you will need:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:

  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground clove
  • Maple syrup, for glazing

Christmas Cinnamon Buns
In a glass liquid measuring cup warm 1 cup of milk in the microwave for about 50 seconds — not boiling, but not lukewarm. Add the sugar to the milk, stir and set aside.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, or a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon, mix the flour, yeast and salt. Add the eggs and milk mixture and mix very well until the dough starts to form. Gradually add the softened butter and knead the dough for about 5 minutes using the stand mixer, or by hand on a floured work surface until the dough will hold into the shape of a ball; it will be quite moist still.
Christmas Cinnamon Buns
Transfer the dough to a clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover with a slightly damp cloth. Let stand in a warm, humid place for about 15 minutes — I like to set my oven on warm (or about 100ºF if you do not have a warm & hold setting) for about 10 minutes, turn it off and then place my dough in the oven with the door open.
Christmas Cinnamon Buns
When the 15 minutes has passed, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface (I like to use a big pastry mat), to form a 14 x 20″ rectangle. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a microwave safe-dish & brush the dough with melted butter and set aside.
Christmas Cinnamon Buns
In a bowl, combine the maple sugar and all those lovely spices! Sprinkle over the buttered dough and then roll the dough tightly into a log about 20″ long.
Christmas Cinnamon Buns
Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 12 slices. Arrange the slices in a buttered 9 x 13-inch Pyrex baking dish, leaving space between each bun. Let rise uncovered in a warm, humid spot (I use my oven on warm and turn it off again!) until the buns are touching, about 1 hour – 90 minutes.
Christmas Cinnamon Buns
Christmas Cinnamon Buns
With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to (350°F). Bake until the buns are golden, about 25 minutes.
Glaze the warm buns with maple syrup.
A simple twist on a classic cinnamon bun using holiday spices that smell like Christmas! Give these Christmas cinnamon buns a try!

Christmas Cinnamon Buns
 
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A simple twist on a classic cinnamon bun using holiday spices that smell like Christmas!
Ingredients
Buns
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:
  • 1 cup maple sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground clove
  • Maple syrup, for glazing
Instructions
  1. In a glass liquid measuring cup warm 1 cup of milk in the microwave for about 50 seconds --- not boiling, but not lukewarm. Add the sugar to the milk, stir and set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, or a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon, mix the flour, yeast and salt. Add the eggs and milk mixture and mix very well until the dough starts to form.
  3. Gradually add the softened butter and knead the dough for about 5 minutes using the stand mixer, or by hand on a floured work surface until the dough will hold into the shape of a ball; it will be quite moist still.
  4. Transfer the dough to a clean, lightly oiled bowl and cover with a slightly damp cloth. Let stand in a *warm, humid place for about 15 minutes.
  5. When the 15 minutes has passed, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface (I like to use a big pastry mat), to form a 14 x 20" rectangle.
  6. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a microwave safe-dish & brush the dough with melted butter and set aside.
  7. In a bowl, combine the maple sugar and remaining spices; sprinkle over the buttered dough.
  8. Roll the dough tightly into a log about 20" long, and using a sharp knife, cut the log into 12 slices.
  9. Arrange the slices in a buttered 9 x 13" Pyrex baking dish, leaving space between each bun. Let rise uncovered in a *warm, humid spot until the buns are touching, about 1 hour - 90 minutes.
  10. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake until the buns are golden, about 25 minutes.
  11. Glaze the warm buns with maple syrup.
Notes
*I like to set my oven on warm (or about 100ºF if you do not have a warm & hold setting) for about 10 minutes, turn it off and then place my dough in the oven with the door open.

Christmas Cinnamon BunsThese buns were easy to make and very flavourful! Sometimes it’s nice to make just one pan’s worth but you could easily double this recipe or make smaller buns to share with family and friends!

Disclosure: This recipe was created by Ricardo cuisine and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to work with them share it with you on my blog. You can check out more of their amazing holiday recipes too! I was compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

Sarah

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I'm a nurse who married a farmer and I'm a boy mom of 3 to Braden, Ethan and Jonathan. I love blogging about family life, farming, recipes and embracing my role as farm wife and mom. I'm knee-deep in tractors, trains and trucks and I'm often seen with my camera in my hands catching life's moments.

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