Quick Cinnamon Buns with Buttermilk Glaze

When you don’t have time to wait for a slow-rising yeast dough, these crave-worthy cinnamon buns are the answer.

Servings: Makes 9 buns
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes


For the Cinnamon Buns

  • ⅔ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with knife, plus more for dusting work surface
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¼ cups low fat buttermilk

For the Glaze

  • 1½ tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with aluminum foil and brush with one tablespoon butter.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, cinnamon, cloves and ⅛ teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add one tablespoon of the melted butter and stir with a fork or fingers until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining tablespoon granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the buttermilk and 3 tablespoons of the melted butter buttermilk to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid is absorbed; the dough will be sticky and shaggy. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead, lightly dusting more flour as necessary, until just smooth and no longer shaggy, about 1 minute.
  4. Lightly dust the surface again. Pat the dough into a small rectangle, then roll into a 12x9-inch rectangle, dusting more flour sparingly if necessary so the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Sprinkle the dough evenly with the brown sugar filling, leaving a ½-inch border. Using your hand, press the filling firmly into the dough. Starting at the long side, roll the dough, pressing lightly, to form a tight log. (If the dough sticks to the surface, use a sharp knife or dough scraper to release it.) Pinch the seam to seal. Roll the log seam-side down and, using a sharp knife, cut it evenly into 9 pieces. Turn the pieces over on their flat sides, and slightly flatten each piece with your hand to seal the open edges and keep the filling in place. Place the rolls in the prepared pan and brush with the remaining butter. Bake until the edges are golden brown, 23 to 25 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and buttermilk until thick and smooth (the mixture will look like cottage cheese at first). Add the confectioners' sugar and whisk until smooth glaze forms.
  6. When the buns are done, use the foil overhang to lift them out of the baking pan and onto a wire rack. Let cool for 5 minutes, then carefully separate the buns, using a knife if necessary. If you find the buns are sticking a bit to the foil, transfer them to a wire rack. Drizzle the glaze evenly over the buns. The buns are best served warm; leftovers may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (9 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 bun
  • Calories: 389
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66 g
  • Sugar: 33 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Sodium: 296 mg
  • Cholesterol: 31 mg