This easy recipe for cinnamon bun bread takes all the delicious flavor of cinnamon rolls and turns it into a fun snack cake! Or bread. Or cake. Whatever you want to call it, it’s scrumptious!
Now, I am a big fan of cinnamon rolls. Whenever I pass a Cinnabon, it’s like the Cinnabon is a giant magnet and I am just a big old cinnamon-obsessed paper clip. It’s just plain sad, the lack of self-control that I have.
But when it comes to actually making cinnamon rolls myself, my recipe goes something like this:
“Hi Mom! How are you? Oh me? I’m fine. I was just sitting here thinking about those fabulous cinnamon rolls that you make…*sigh*….”
Bingo. Cinnamon rolls.
This easy recipe for cinnamon bun bread takes all the delicious flavor of cinnamon rolls and turns it into a fun snack cake. But sadly for me, sometimes my mama is actually out of town and not sitting by the phone waiting for me to call, which is why I was forced to actually come up with my own cinnamon roll deliciousness.
This recipe has all the cinnamon-sweet flavor of those fabulous rolls — but you make it in a regular 8×8 baking pan with none of the trials and tribulations of getting those rolls rolled out just so.
The cinnamon filling gets swirled right into the dough so that when you cut into it, you get these amazing ribbons of cinnamon sugar goodness right through the center of the cake.
So on those occasions when Mom is actually out there doing something besides making me her amazing cinnamon rolls and I have a cinnamon roll emergency, I have this recipe in my back pocket. What a relief!
This easy recipe for cinnamon bun bread takes all the delicious flavor of cinnamon rolls and turns it into a fun snack cake.
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 4 tsp active dry or rapid rise yeast
- 2/3 cup milk, warmed for 20 seconds in the microwave
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
For Filling and Topping
- 3 tablespoons soft butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the Icing
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1–2 tbsp milk or cream
- Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with non-stick foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Mix flour and sugar together in a large mixing bowl
- Pour the room temperature milk into another bowl and add the yeast, letting it dissolve.
- Stir the yeast/milk mixture, canola oil, vanilla extract and egg into the flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Pour into the baking pan and let it sit for about 10 minutes while you make the topping.
- Mix up the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl until everything is crumbly.
- Sprinkle evenly on top of the dough and press the mixture down into the dough with your fingers. Swirl it around a bit with a knife so the cinnamon goodness gets incorporated into the dough.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool for an hour, and then whisk the confectioners sugar and milk together to make a pourable icing. Drizzle it on to the bread, cut into squares and serve! Yum!
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. And if you make this recipe, I would love you to tag @FramedCooks on Instagram so I can see the deliciousness!