Sweet Morning Buns

Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans, plastic wrap, and brushing

  • ½ cup granulated sugar, plus more for pans and tossing

  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

  • Buttery Yeast Dough

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting


  1. Butter 20 cups of 2 standard muffin tins; dust with granulated sugar, tapping out excess. In a bowl, combine both sugars, zest, cinnamon, and salt.

  2. Divide chilled dough in half. Roll out one half (keep other half refrigerated) on a lightly floured surface into a 12-by-7-inch rectangle. Spread half of butter over dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Sprinkle with half of cinnamon mixture (it will seem like a lot), patting to adhere. Starting on a long side, roll dough into a cylinder. Pinch edges to seal; trim ends. Cut into 10 disks. Place, cut-side down, in prepared tin. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Drape with buttered plastic wrap; let rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden brown, about 13 minutes. Brush tops with butter; toss rolls in granulated sugar. Let cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.

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