Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Buns
Prep Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins
Ooey gooey Cinnamon Buns with strong flavors of cinnamon and vanilla. Topped with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting. This recipe is going to change your life!
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon buns
Servings: 12 Cinnamon Buns
Calories: 427 kcal
Author: Sabine Venier
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour plus more as needed
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix no cook
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powder sugar sifted
  • 1 vanilla bean
  1. Combine hot water with milk in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add melted butter, sugar, salt, egg, and 1 cup flour and stir with a paddle attachment until combined.
  3. Add 2 more cups of flour, vanilla pudding mix, and dry yeast and stir until combined and even.
  4. Then switch from the paddle attachment to the dough hook, add a 1/2 cup flour and knead 1-2 minutes. Add more flour as needed to get a smooth and kneadable dough (at most a further 1/2 cup flour), and knead for about 10-15 minutes until the dough is smooth. You can also do this step with your hands.
  5. Transfer dough to a greased bowl and grease the top of the dough too. Cover the bowl with a dry towel and let rise for about 1 hour until doubled in size.
  6. For the filling microwave butter for about 20 seconds until almost liquid. Stir butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until combined and set aside.
  7. Knead the dough by hand for about 1 minute to remove the air bubbles. Then roll it into a rectangle, spread the filling evenly over the dough, and roll it up. Cut into 12 equal sized pieces. I used non-flavored dental floss for cutting, but you can use a sharp knife too. Place Cinnamon Buns in a lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish, cover with a dry towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes until almost doubled in size.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare cream cheese frosting. Therefore whisk butter until it is soft. Then add cream cheese and vanilla* and mix until it is smooth and evenly. Add sifted powder sugar and whisk for about 1 minute until your frosting is smooth. Let chill in the refrigerator until your Cinnamon Buns are finished.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  10. Put your Cinnamon Buns in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes, frost them when they are still warm, and enjoy it.
  11. These Cinnamon Buns will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you want to eat a Cinnamon Bun, then take out of the fridge and microwave for about 20 seconds until the frosting is lightly melting.

*First, cut off the straight end of the vanilla bean. Then place the tip of your sharp knife below the curled end and cut the vanilla bean through the middle of the bean lengthwise. Although you don't need to cut it all the way through, it's ok when you do so. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape out the flavorful seeds with the back of your knife. Just use the seeds.

Nutrition Facts
Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 427 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 332mg14%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.