The Very Best Cinnamon Buns (no lie)
Recipe type: Dessert, Baking, Snack, Breakfast, Lunch
Total time: 
Serves: 12
A most delicious cinnamon recipe, slightly modified from
  • DOUGH:
  • 2 pkgs active dry yeast (or 4½ tsp)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ⅓ cup warm water
  • ½ cup warm mashed potatoes
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg whites
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • GLAZE:
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • Enough milk to make a thick glaze (or substitute orange juice if you'd prefer something tangier!)
  1. Boil one large, peeled potato for about 10 minutes, or until potato is fork tender.  Mash cooked potato with a fork or potato masher.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the water, yeast and sugar and set aside to foam for about 5 minutes.
  3. Using your stand mixer, combine the warm mashed potato, sugar, sour cream, melted butter, eggs, and salt. Add the flour and yeast mixture. Using the dough hook, mix the dough on speed 2, for 2 minutes.
  4. Add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough just cleans the bowl, but is very soft. If it is too soft to knead, you will have a very hard time rolling it out, and your buns will taste gummy.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap, put in a warm place, and allow the dough to rise until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
  6. Punch down and let rise again (about another 2 hours.)
  7. Combine all filling ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle and spread with filling. (The size of the rectangle will depend on how large you want the finished rolls.) Roll dough into cylinder. Cut into 1½ inch slices.
  9. Place slices in a greased 9x13 pan.
  10. If baking immediately: Allow the rolls to rise again until doubled (about 1 hr). Bake for 30 - 35 minutes at 350. Remove from oven when done and brush with melted butter. Mix glaze ingredients in a small bowl and drizzle over warm rolls.
  11. Overnight method: Cover the rolls with plastic wrap as soon as they are transferred to the 9x13" pan and place in the refrigerator to raise overnight. When ready to bake in the morning, remove rolls from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes. Then bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.  Let cool slightly before using a spoon or the tines of a fork to drizzle the glaze over the rolls. Use as much or as little as you like.
Recipe by Hidden Ponies at