Recipe for Nordic Cinnamon Buns
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Nordic Cinnamon Buns

Easy recipe for traditional Nordic Cinnamon buns. These buns are baked side-by-side which means that they do not have any dry edges. Soft, warm and with delicious frosting - it does not get any better.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Danish Pastry
Cuisine: Danish
Keyword: Cinnamon
Servings: 25 buns



  • 25 g fresh yeast (or equivalent dry yeast)
  • 2.5 dl lukewarm milk
  • 75 g melted butter
  • 75 g sugar
  • 500 g all-purpose flour

Cinnamon filling

  • 150 g soft butter
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 5 tsp cinnamon


  • 5 tbsp icing sugar
  • very little water


  • Add the fresh yeast into the lukewarm milk. Let the melted butter cool down a bit and then add it to the milk and yeast.
  • Add the sugar and let it dissolve in the milk.
  • Add the all purpose flour and knead the dough. Set the dough aside and let it rise for about 1 hour.
  • For the cinnamon filling; Mix the soft butter, sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  • With a rolling pin roll the dough into a square with a thickness of about ½ cm (1/4 inch). Spread the cinnamon filling onto the dough and roll it together.
  • Cut the cinnamon buns in slices in a thickness of about 2 cm (3/4 inch). Place them in a baking pan with tall edges lined with baking paper.
  • Bake the cinnamon buns in the oven at 180 C (360 F) in approximately 15 minutes.
  • When cold, decorate with frosting (ice sugar mixed with water)