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Cinnamon Bunz Redux

September 22, 2009

Cinnamon buns are, in my mind, just another vehicle for cream cheese icing. There are so many vehicles for cream cheese icing – carrot cake, spice cake, red velvet cake – but cinnamon buns are the ultimate. I won’t eat them with that crackly glaze stuff. Nope, give me real cream cheese icing or nothin’.

It’s not that I doubted the recipe Maz posted. I knew it would be great. It just suffered from a glaring lack of cream cheese icing. So I present cinnamon bunz redux, this time with cream cheese icing.

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First, my observations on the making of the buns:

  • Flour surfaces generously. Including your hands. GENEROUSLY.
  • If you have a vintage 1970s Sunbeam Mixmaster hand mixer, I do not recommend using it to mix the dough. Unless you want to burn out the motor. In fact, I am amazed that your mixer did not give out, Maz. I abandoned the hand mixer and mixed the dough by hand. I thought of it as exercise.
  • For the filling, I used less butter. As I was spreading it out, I thought it looked a little obscene. Besides, I was using butter in the icing so it’s not like the buns suffered for a lack of butter!
  • Instead of spreading the buns out on a baking sheet, I put them side-by-side. Just a matter of preference.

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Here’s the fun part- the cream cheese icing.


1 cup of confectioners/icing sugar

1/4c / 4tbsp / 2 oz / 55g butter (half a stick), room temperature

4 oz / 110g cream cheese (half a brick), room temperature

1/2 tsp / 2.5ml vanilla extract

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Mix all the ingredients together until well-mixed and fluffy. Spread over rolls right before serving! Store in refrigerator.

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If you put this much cream cheese icing on your rolls, there won't be enough icing for all the rolls. And you will gain at least a kilo overnight.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Maz permalink*
    September 22, 2009 14:11

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm. It sucks that my family are so healthy! My dad told me the buns were too sweet hence the major lack of sugar the second time I cooked them.
    Actually the dough kept clogging up the hole where you insert the whisks so after I used it, I had to use a cocktail stick to fish the dough bits out! 😛

    • Kristen permalink*
      September 22, 2009 14:23

      Well I definitely need to strive to be healthier. But I usually eat 1 or 2 & then let my brother eat the rest! 🙂

  2. Victoria permalink
    September 25, 2009 18:12

    Oh my god I want to eat that so badly right now. May have to make these this weekend…. well done!

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