The Lightest, Gooiest Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

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Every Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, I prepare a batch for brunch. After many years of this habit, my family has grown to expect it – even when I travel from an hour away or work an overnight shift at the bakery the day before.

Everyone loves a gooey cinnamon roll, but all too often they can be so painfully sweet. But not these nice and light buns made with our favorite brioche dough! The perfect addition to a weekend brunch, or just a special midweek treat, you can enjoy them without being thrown into an all-day sugar coma. Find the recipe on Foodal now!

“You’re bringing the cinnamon rolls, right?” my youngest brother will plead.

Brioche Cinnamon Rolls |

But oftentimes, cinnamon rolls can be so cloyingly sweet that they ache your teeth to enjoy them.

Not so with my buns!

Cinnamon Roll Filling Ingredients |

Just the perfect amount of gooey sweetness in the filling and a light drizzle of icing create the perfect cinnamon roll to start the day. The light brioche dough leaves these buns nice and fluffy, so you can eat one as big as your hand and feel just fine for the rest of the morning!

Plan Ahead

Make sure to mix your brioche at least 15 hours before you want to serve them, as the dough will need to rest for 12 hours before it’s time to shape.

I like to mix mine up before bed, then I shape as soon as I awake. After a brief proof, they go in the oven and are ready just in time for a nice mid-morning brunch.

The Recipe

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16 cinnamon buns
16 cinnamon buns
  • 1 batch brioche dough,
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter (4 oz. or 1 stick)
  • 2/3 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk,
Servings: cinnamon buns
  1. Follow my directions for preparing a batch of brioche, and rest in the fridge 12 hours or overnight.
  2. On a well-floured surface, roll the dough into an 18 x 24-inch rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick.
  3. Spread the butter evenly across the top of the dough. In a small bowl, combine the brown and granulated sugars, the cinnamon and nutmeg, and the salt. Scatter and spread evenly over the buttered dough.
  4. Spray a pan well with baking spray. Starting at the long edge closest to you, roll the dough into a tight log. Slice the log into about 16 pieces that are 1-inch thick. Place the buns on their side on the prepared baking tray.
  5. Let proof at room temperature until the dough springs slowly back into place when touched lightly with your fingertip. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 30 minutes, until the buns are slightly browned on top.
  6. While they are cooling, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the warm buns and serve.
Recipe Notes

Follow our recipe for basic brioche to get this recipe started.


Cooking by the Numbers…

Step One – Mix Brioche

The night before you are ready to bake, mix together one batch of my recipe for brioche.

Let it rest in the fridge for at least 12 hours, or overnight. It must be nice and cool in order to shape without a fuss.

Step Two – Roll

Flour your work surface generously, and roll the dough out into a large rectangle. It should be about 1/4-inch thick, which will make a rectangle roughly 18 inches by 24 inches.

Roll Out Brioche Dough for Cinnamon Buns |

Work swiftly so that the dough does not get too warm!

Step Three – Fill

Spread Softened Butter on Brioche Dough for Cinnamon Buns |

Spread your room temperature butter over the entire surface of the dough.

I find it easiest to use a large offset spatula for this, as it helps spread things evenly without digging into the dough. I like this stainless steel 8-inch model from Sur La Table. It’s also available in a smaller 4.5-inch size for more delicate tasks.

Buttered brioche dough coated with cinnamon and sugar is rolled up and portioned to make into these delightfully gooey and delicious cinnamon buns. Learn how:

Next, mix together the sugars, spices, and salt. Spread them evenly across the buttered dough.

Take classic buttery brioche dough to the next level with a coating of cinnamon and sugar. Learn how to make brioche cinnamon rolls at home with our recipe:

Step Four – Shape

Starting at the long edge closest to you, roll the dough up into a tight log.

If your dough has gotten warm, this step will be difficult, which is why it’s important to work swiftly.

Roll Up Dough for Cinnamon Buns |

If that is the case, run your hands under cold water to cool them off, then use your hands and a bench knife to carefully handle the dough without tearing it.

Slice the log into 1-inch thick pieces. This recipe should make about 16 buns.

Learn to mix, knead, and shape brioche dough at home to make these delightfully gooey and buttery cinnamon rolls at home:

Spread the shaped dough evenly across a well-sprayed baking sheet. They will more than double in size, so be sure to spread them well apart!

I prefer to use an aluminum half-sheet tray with sides, particularly one with a lid for easy transport. Check out our review of the best baking sheets for our top suggestions.

Learn to make your own cinnamon rolls at home, with classic brioche dough. We share the recipe:

Step Five – Proof and Bake

Let the dough proof at room temperature. Because there’s butter in the brioche, it is important not to let them proof in a space that is too warm.

Instead, it’s better to allow for a slightly longer, cooler proof (around 65-70°F) rather than the more typical warm one (around 80-90°F).

The dough is ready when it slowly springs back if touched lightly with the tip of your finger. If they resist or spring back quickly, they are not quite ready yet.

The buns will only grow a little bit during this proof, so don’t expect them to be touching one another on the tray yet!

While the dough proofs, preheat the oven to 350°F. Once proofed, bake for 30 minutes, until the top is lightly golden brown.

Step Six – Frost

While the cinnamon rolls are cooling, combine the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth.

If the icing mixture seems too thick, add more milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time. If its too thin, add more powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time.

Glazed Cinnamon Rolls |

Glaze thickness is a matter of individual preference, so you can make yours as thick or thin as you desire!

A touch of vanilla or a few pinches of orange zest also make delicious, flavorful additions.

We also have a super easy spiced glaze recipe, perfect for the fall and winter months!

Pour the glaze over the warm pastries, and enjoy!

Serving Up the Best Baked Goods

I think these guys taste the best still warm from the oven, but I devour them at room temperature as well.

If you manage to have any leftovers, just keep them in a sealed container at room temperature – this is where that handy half sheet with the lid is particularly helpful! They will keep 3-4 days if well covered.

If you’re aching for something a little less sweet but just as light, fluffy, and divine, give my brown butter brioche rolls a try.

Make breakfast awesome with these homemade brioche cinnamon rolls- sweet, buttery, gooey, and delicious! We share the recipe:

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go fix myself a cup of coffee and feast on a bun or two myself.

What’s your favorite way to serve cinnamon rolls? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Kendall Vanderslice

Kendall’s love of food has taken her around the world. From baking muffins on a ship in West Africa and milking cows with Tanzanian Maasai, to hunting down the finest apfelstrudel in Austria, she continually seeks to understand the global impact of food. Kendall holds a BA in Anthropology from Wheaton College and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University, and has worked in the pastry departments of many of Boston’s top kitchens. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Kendall helps to run a small community supported bread bakery and writes about the intersection of food, faith, and culture on her personal blog, A Vanderslice of the Sweet Life.

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