Cinnamon sticky buns are a real hit in this home. Nothing is better than a warm gooey sweet cinnamon roll with an oozy sticky cream cheese icing over the top so a sweet morning treat. They seem like they would be tricky to make, but in all honesty cinnamon sticky buns are super easy. However, they do take a bit of time to make. Although once your treats are ready to eat, you will be more than happy, you did. To make some of the best and simplest cinnamon buns you have ever had follow the recipe and steps below.
The first step to making the best cinnamon buns ever is having the best buttery dough possible. I prefer making mine from scratch, but you could use crescent roll dough from the grocery store. However, store bought dough does not make these treats as yummy. So, if you want the perfect buttery dough follow the instructions below.
Buttery Dough Recipe
Instructions for Making Butter Dough in a Bread Machine
1. Pour dry ingredients into the bread machines bread pan.
2. Plug in the bread machine and turn it onto the dough menu setting.
3. Add in the egg and melted butter.
4. Press the start button to the bread machine to begin mixing the ingredients together.
5. Add in the milk and water slowly. Make sure you alternate. A little bit of warm water first and next a bit of milk. Do this until your dough ball forms and pulls away from the sides. If you find the dough gets mushy, do not panic! Just add a little bit of flour. You want your dough to have a smooth appearance. After, let the dough do its thing in the bread machine. The bread machine will knead and punch the dough around for about an hour to get all that goodness going on inside of it. Once the dough is ready, the bread machine will beep. Then it is onto the next step. By the way, you buttery dough should have a slight yellowy color and be smooth and elastic like in texture.
Step #2 Rolling It All Out
Now, you want to flour the counter top surface where you will be rolling out your buttery dough. I use a dough mat for easier clean up, but you do not have too. It is totally optional.
Next, dump the smooth dough out onto the floured surface and roll it out until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Make sure it rolls out even and kind of in a rectangular shape. After, it is onto the next step so get excited!
Step #3 Let's Sprinkle on the Goodness
Now, it is time for the cinnamon sticky bun filling. THE CINNAMON SUGAR! You need to sprinkle on a good even layer of cinnamon sugar all over the surface of the dough. I use about a 1/2 cup to a cup of cinnamon sugar, but you can use more or less. I just find those amounts work the best.
Step #4 Let's Get Rolling!
Are you ready? It is time to roll the dough up tightly like the photo below until you get a long cinnamon sugar filled log. So, keep rolling, rolling, rolling!
Step #5 Let's Butter It Up!
Next, seal the folds of the dough shut by brushing melted butter onto them. Look below at the next pic for an example.
Step #6 Slice it Up Baby!
Now, it is time to slice that log into halves. Next, slice those halves into halves. Do this until you end up with eight good sized even doughy cinnamon rolls. You may trim the ends of the log before you begin to make it easier. The ends can be skinny and uneven. Just make sure you get eight thick even sized little cinnamon bun logs. Just look at the pictures below for an example.
Step #7 Let's Get Greasy!
Next, butter up a deep rectangular casserole dish. I like to use my Pyrex one! Make sure the dish is coated well. Then, place your right cinnamon logs cinnamon swirl side up in the dish about 2 to 3-inches apart just like in the photo below.
Step #8 Time to Rest & Rise Up!
Then, it is time to place them in a warm area to rest and rise up so they can double in size for about an hour. I like to place mine in my oven on the warm setting. If you are blessed to have a warm setting on your oven I suggest you use it. If not, it's okay just set them aside to rest and puff up for an hour. Once they are risen enough they will look like the photo below.
Step #9 Time for Baking
Place the risen cinnamon buns into a 350-degree oven to bake for about 20-minutes or until lightly golden brown. After, remove them from the oven, leave them in the pan and allow them to cool for a good 20-minutes.
Step #10 Time for the Sweetness
While the cinnamon sticky buns are cooling you can make the cream cheese icings that goes over the top of them, or you could use store bought. Again, I think homemade is best so I make my own homemade cream cheese icing. If you want a yummy cream cheese icing just follow the recipe below.
Cream Cheese Icing Recipe
8-ounces of Cream Cheese
2 to 3 cups of Confectionery Sugar (Also known as powdered sugar!)
1/4 Cup of Heavy Cream (You can use whole milk instead!)
2 Tablespoons of Butter
Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1. Place the cream cheese, butter, cream and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl with about a cup of confectionery sugar and get these ingredients well blended together to help dissolve some of the sugar. Then, add in a little bit of sugar each time until the icing begins to thicken. You want the icing almost thick like a frosting, but with a sweet cheesy flavor. You may add and adjust ingredients as you go. Sometimes you may need to add more cream and other times you may fine you need a little bit more sugar. Eventually you should end up with an icing that looks just like the one in the picture below.
Step #11 Sweetness Meeting Sweetness
All that is left to do is frost those cinnamon sticky buns up with the icing with them are slightly warm to make them extra tasty and gooey with sweetness. Then, eat them up! Yummy in the tummy!