Nana Banana’s Favorite Cinnamon Buns

S ometimes the word "decadent" isn't quite descriptive enough to sum up a sweet treat.  However, in this case that's the only word I can think of when it comes to these cinnamon buns.

For months, my Mom aka Nana Banana, had been bragging about her discovery of these delicious buns.   After tasting them myself, I now know what all the fuss was about.

Cinnamon bun

These particular buns were made from a King Arthur Flour boxed mix but you can make your own very easily from scratch. 

I found a number of classic cinnamon bun recipes on-line and they all seem to contain the same ingredients so I think you can't go wrong either way.

cinnamon bun ingredients
Nana Banana is visiting me from out of town and staying for the next several weeks (Yippee!).

Of course, I love any opportunity to feature her on my blog (much to her chagrin) and she's always a good sport about allowing me to snap photos of her.

For the record, she wasn't crazy about this photo but I assured her she always looks great.

Nana Banana
After mixing all the ingredients, knead the dough thoroughly by hand.

Plop the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 30-60 minutes (depending on box mix versus scratch) at room temperature.

kneading dough

After the dough has risen, roll the dough out to a 14" X 18" rectangle on a floured surface.

NOTE: Regular readers of this blog may recognize the apron Nana Banana is wearing which features an adorable stencilled kitty along the bottom edge.  Feel free to revisit my stencilled apron tutorial from an earlier post.  MEOW.  

rolling dough
Mix the ingredients for the filling which includes ground cinnamon, brown sugar, and softened butter.

cinnamon bun filling
Spread the filling evenly across the entire surface of the rectangular-shaped dough.

spreading cinnamon bun filling

Start on one end of the dough rectangle and slowly roll the dough from one end to the other.  

Blog cinnamon buns roll2

After rolling, use a straight edge knife to slice the dough roll into individual buns @1-inch thick.

Place on a greased baking dish.

slicing cinnamon buns

These buns look great already but they're not ready to go in the oven just yet.

Cover the dish with a sheet of plastic wrap or dishtowel and store in a warm location until the buns double in size. 

This should take less than an hour.

cinnamon buns

After the buns rise, simply pop them into the oven and bake in a pre-heated 400-degree oven until they're a beautiful golden brown.

Truth be told, I'd like to take a bite right out of one of these buns right now but I'll wait for the "icing on the cake", or rather the glaze.

  cinnamon buns out of the oven

A cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla combination produces a simple but delicious glaze and that's what really tops these buns off beautifully.

Now, they're ready for a bite.

cinnamon bun
OK, fair warning here.

Pace yourself on these.  You may not be able to stop at just one.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

plate of cinnamon buns
So, do you now have a taste for cinnamon buns?

I can't end this blog post without saying a great big "thank you" to Nana Banana for taking the time make these treats for me and my family and whose visits are always sweeter than any cinnamon bun.

Thanks Mom!


 Blog gather outside


Coming up next week, I'll introduce a brand new, regular blog column called SHOP HOP.

I'll take you on a visual tour of GATHER, a charming, rural Virginia shop that has something for everyone.

From lovely furnishings, vintage finds, original fine art and unique accessories,  this shop is filled with all things lovely and unique.

Hope you pop by again next week for the premiere of my new column,       SHOP HOP.

See you then.

  • Karyl

    Your Mom is so cute! She reminds me of my Mom. My Nana-Nan used to make these. I think I will make these this weekend! Thanks.

  • Thimbleanna

    Nana Banana is adorable! Your photos are beautiful too. I LOVE sweet rolls – thanks for the reminder that it’s been awhile since I’ve made them!

  • SmilynStef

    Drool-worthy for sure … yummmm.

  • Judith

    (waving) Hey, Nana Banana! Good to see you again on the blog. Lisa, be sure to shoot another video of Nana “B” singing while she bakes. Enjoy the visit.

  • Kisha

    I’m going to have to try this, looks yummy. Thanks Nana Banana!! Lisa your mother is beautiful (I know I’ve said it before but she is). I love the first picture you took of her hands struck my heart, it’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    I love them! I’ve made them from scratch, and also the trader joe’s version (try them if you haven’t – perfect for when you need a quick fix) and you really can’t go wrong. Buttery dough, gooey cinnamon and sugar … yum! Have a great weekend!

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