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Gooey Bread Machine Cinnamon Buns

Make the dough for these Gooey Bread Machine Cinnamon Buns in your bread machine! Then roll and shape the dough into buns and bake in your oven. So good. Gooey, doughy and delicious.

These Gooey Cinnamon Buns are SO GOOD. Soft doughy buns filled with cinnamon and sugar, then topped with a delicious maple vanilla syrup. You have to make them.

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Recipe Snapshot

EASE: Make the dough in your bread machine.
DELICIOUS!: Gooey, doughy and so good!
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS: Simple pantry ingredients.

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Make the dough in the bread machine.

Why make the dough for these cinnamon buns in the bread machine? Because you can! And it’s SO easy. I love being able to add all of the bread dough ingredients to the machine and have it do the hard work of kneading for me. Then I shape the dough into rolls and bake it myself.

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How to make Cinnamon Buns:

Here is a quick visual tutorial on how to make and shape the dough into cinnamon buns. Don’t worry, it’s very very easy.

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Roll the dough into a rectangle (1/4 inch thick), then slather in melted butter.
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Spread on the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture.
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Roll the dough into a log.
a cinnamon bun log roll cut into 3 sections
Cut the log into 3 equal pieces.
a cinnamon bun log roll cut into 9 sections
Then cut each section into 3 more pieces, for a total of 9.
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Place the rolls on top of the syrup in an 8×8 baking pan and let rise for 45 minutes.
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Once the buns have risen and doubled in size, it’s time to bake them!

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Bake for about 40 minutes, until the buns are golden brown. Let the buns sit in the pan for about 15 minutes.

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Then turn the buns out onto a plate or platter, so the gooey side is now up. Add more syrup if needed.

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Syrup Tip

Depending on what kind of mood my bread dough is in, sometimes there’s a lot of syrup on the buns after baking, and sometimes there isn’t. The goal is that you want a lot. If for some reason your dough is also moody it might suck up most of the syrup which is delicious…but if you want extra dripping syrup, you could quickly make up an extra batch of just the syrup, stirring it until the mixture becomes syrupy, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then drizzle the baked buns with it.

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Cinnamon Bun Tips

  • Milk and butter: Have the milk and butter at room temperature. Cold ingredients do not stimulate yeast growth, so the dough may not rise to its potential.
  • Yeast: Make sure you are using fresh yeast or the dough will not rise properly.
  • Flour: Use regular, all purpose white flour.
  • Maple Syrup: Maple syrup tastes the best for the syrup portion of this recipe, but if you don’t have any, you can use honey or golden syrup instead.
  • Not enough syrup? See my tip above…if your cinnamon buns soaked up the syrup during baking, and you’d like more for drizzling, you can make an extra batch quickly!
  • What, no raisins?! Feel free to add raisins or nuts to these cinnamon buns. If I were to add them, I would stir them into the finished syrup before I poured it into the baking pan.
  • Pan Size: To make these buns like tray buns, use an 8 x 8 baking pan.
  • Make Ahead. These buns are best enjoyed the day they are made…they are most soft and fresh.
  • Leftover buns: Store them in an airtight container for 1- 2 days. To freshen them up, heat them in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.

Perfect for brunch!

These buns would be perfect for weekend brunches! Especially Christmas. Serve them alongside this delicious ham and cheese bake and a fruit salad.

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Gooey Bread Machine Cinnamon Buns

Make the dough for these Gooey Bread Machine Cinnamon Buns in your bread machine! Then roll and shape the dough into buns and bake in your oven. So good. Gooey, doughy and delicious.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 cinnamon buns 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bread Machine

Ingredients

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The Dough:

  • 1 cup milk (at room temperature or lightly warmed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp bread machine yeast

Syrupy Topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Instructions

The Dough:

  1. Add all of the bread ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed above.
  2. Set the bread machine to the dough cycle.
  3. When the cycle is finished, remove the dough from the machine and set it in a warm place, cover with a clean tea towel, and let rise for 1 hour.

Making the syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan over low/medium heat, combine the butter, syrup and brown sugar. Bring to a low simmer, stirring until the butter is melted and everything is smooth, this should take less than 5 minutes. 

  2. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the syrup into an 8×8 baking dish. Set aside.

Cinnamon Sugar Mix:

  1. When the dough cycle is near complete you can mix the cinnamon sugar mix in one bowl, and melt the 1/4 cup of butter in another small bowl.

Putting the cinnamon buns together:

  1. After the dough has risen for the 1 hour, it’s time to roll it out. Lightly dust your countertop with flour. Roll out the dough to measure about 12 x 18 inches (a rectangle shape) and 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Slather it with the melted butter.
  3. Spread the cinnamon/sugar mix evenly over the dough.
  4. Starting on the longer side of the dough, roll it into a log.
  5. Then cut the log into 9 equal pieces. I do this by first cutting the dough into 3, then each section into 3.
  6. Lay each piece, swirl side up, into the baking dish (on top of the syrup), with three buns in three rows. 
  7. Cover the baking pan with a clean tea towel, and let rise for 45 minutes more.
  8. Preheat your oven 350 degrees F.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Tip! Put a cookie sheet under the baking pan because the sugar mix tends to bubble over.
  10. When baking is complete, take cinnamon buns out of the oven, and let rest in the pan for about 15 minutes.
  11. Turn the buns out onto a plate and enjoy!

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