Morning Buns

These flaky morning buns are an interesting change from traditional cinnamon rolls. Making the croissant-style dough from scratch is a long labor of love, but for a dedicated baker the results are well worth the work.

Prep Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 55 mins
24 morning buns


Pastry Dough:

  • 1 ½ cups cold butter

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ cup warm water (110 to 120 degrees F)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 1 ⅜ cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or as needed


  1. Remove 1 1/2 cups butter from refrigerator and let stand for 10 minutes at room temperature. Stir 1 1/2 cups cold butter and 2 tablespoons flour together in a bowl with an electric mixer on slow speed until flour is just incorporated. Turn butter mixture out onto aluminum foil and shape into a 6-inch square. Wrap with aluminum foil and refrigerate.

  2. Dissolve yeast and 3 tablespoons white sugar in warm water in a bowl. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir 3 cups flour, milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and yeast mixture together in a bowl. Add remaining 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup at a time, stirring to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a bowl, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  4. Remove dough and butter-flour square from refrigerator. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 10x10-inch square. Place unwrapped butter square on the diagonal in the center of the dough square. Fold dough corners to overlap in the center of the butter square. Pinch dough edges together to seal.

  5. Roll folded dough into an 8x18-inch rectangle. Fold dough into thirds from long ends to the center, as if folding a letter. Roll and repeat the fold thirds folding process. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Repeat the rolling, folding, and refrigerating process twice, and finish by refrigerating the dough for 4 hours or up to overnight.

  6. Stir 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, and 3 tablespoons together in a bowl.

  7. Brush 24 muffin cups with melted butter and sprinkle each cup with ground cinnamon, turning to coat sides of muffin cups.

  8. Roll dough into an 10x36-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture, reserving 1/2 cup. Starting at the wide end, roll up the dough and pinch edge to seal. Cut roll into 24 pieces. Place pieces in prepared muffin pans; let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  10. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bun comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Roll the top of each bun in reserved 1/2 cup cinnamon-sugar mixture and set on a wire rack to cool.

Cook's Note:

You can use an electric mixer set to low with a dough hook attachment to knead the dough.

Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before each rolling and folding so that it's easier to work with. But, if the butter gets too soft and starts oozing out during the rolling process, wrap the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling again.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

273 Calories
14g Fat
34g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 273
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 72mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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