Norwegian Cinnamon Buns – Basic Recipe

A recipe for classic cinnamon buns found on
Norwegian Cinnamon Buns - Basic Recipe

Cinnamon buns or cinnamon swirls – a loved treat has many names. One thing is for sure: Fresh baked cinnamon buns are among the most delicious things you can sink your teeth into.

800 g [1,75 lb] flour
1 pack of dry yeast
2 dl [0,4 pt] sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
5 dl [1 pt] milk
150 g [5,3 oz] butter
100 g [3,5 oz] butter (room tempered)
1 dl [0,2 pt] sugar
3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
1 egg (for brushing)
Nip sugar or icing sugar (for garnish)


[1] Mix flour, dry yeast, sugar and cardamom in a baking bowl. Heat the milk to about 37° C / 98,5 F and then mix it into the flour mixture. Add butter in cubes and knead until you get a smooth dough, about 10-15 minutes. Let the dough rise to double size.

[2] Divide the dough in two pieces and roll them out to two rectangles, about 1 cm / 1/5 inch thick. Spread with the butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Fold one rectangle from the long side toward the middle, then fold the other side over it.

[3] Roll the length into a sausage and cut it into slices, about 2 cm / 4/5 inch wide. Twist the slices and then knock into a knot. Repeat with rectangle number two.

[4] Cover and rise the buns for 30 minutes. Then brush with egg and sprinkle with nib sugar.

[5] Bake in the oven at 220 C / 430 F for 10-15 minutes or until the buns are golden. Cool on a rack.

Chef’s Tips: If you do not have nib sugar you can sprinkle the buns with icing sugar  when they have cooled.