Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread, Snow, and An Award

Cinnamon Bun Bread
I’ve seen several posts lately for quick and easy cinnamon bun bread/muffins. – Lisa’s blog Magic Sprinkles, Joy the Baker. Nicole at Baking Bites says the recipe is “adapted from a recipe found on a container of rapid rise yeast”.

I first made the muffin version and didn’t have very good luck, the muffins rose too high and the sweet topping spilled all over the muffin pan. But I loved the cinnamon roll flavor without all the effort, so I decided to make them in an 8×8 pan instead. I also used less yeast, add raisins, and decreased the topping. This time I think I got it right. Here’s my version:

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg. rapid rise yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (100-110F; low fat is fine)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 c. raisins
  • Filling/Topping
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground cardamom
  • Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or cream


Lightly grease an 8×8-inch square baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Dissolve the yeast in a measuring cup filled with the warmed milk, then stir milk mixture, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and egg into the flour mixture. Mix well, until very smooth. Stir in raisins. Pour into prepared pan and let rest for 15 minutes.

While the dough rests, mix together butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom in a food processor until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle evenly on top of rested dough and press the mixture down into the dough with your fingertips (or swirl in with a spatula.)

Place pan into a cold oven, then set the oven temperature to 350F.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until bread is lightly browned at the edges and the center of the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Some of the sugar mixture on top may still be bubbling.

Cool for at least 30 minutes before whisking the powdered sugar and milk together to form an icing and drizzling it onto the bread.

Serve warm. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.


We woke up to snow this morning. We went from summer to winter. I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but it sure looked beautiful and was the perfectly morning for warm cinnamon bun bread!

Marisa at What’s for Dinner game me the E for Excellent award! She has an adorable polka dot blog and some terrific recipes. Be sure and check it out! Thanks Marisa!

I’m passing the award on to:

Lisa at Magic Sprinkles, who shares great recipes and isn’t afraid to share her failures as well as her successes. Be sure and read her post on making cake balls.

For the Love of Cooking – her blog is filled with beautiful pictures and healthy recipes that inspire me to eat better.

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  1. Erica says

    This looks like a fabulous recipe! I love that you talked about how it took a few trys to get it right! Baking recipes take time to develop! Looks like you have a winner 😉

  2. RecipeGirl says

    Snow??! I can’t even imagine. It’s still shorts and flip flop weather around here :(

    What a great idea to make it in a pan all together. Looks quite delicious right now as I’m craaaaving cinnamon rolls this AM!

  3. Jenny says

    Talk about yummy! Those buns look incredible! It’s hard to imagine snow going on right now. It’s beautiful in sunny AZ right now! I guess we deserve it after our brutal summer!

  4. Maria says

    Yum! looks like a great breakfast treat! I was sad we had snow already! I am glad it is mostly melted!! Here comes winter!

  5. Lisa magicsprinkles says

    Wow! Congratulations on your award and thanks for passing it along! That was a very lovely surprise. Snow? {{brr}}

  6. The Blonde Duck says

    That bread looks wonderful! Perfect for breakfast on a cold day.

    Snow? I want snow! We’re still at 88 degrees!

  7. Deborah says

    I know – what’s up with the snow already!!?? I had to scrape over an inch off of my car yesterday…

    The bread sounds delicious – the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold morning!

  8. Barbara Bakes says

    Thanks everyone for the “sweet” comments. I do live in Utah and snow this early is definitely weird!

    audax artifex – I didn’t think about using the pieces – good idea!

  9. Audax Artifex says

    Dear Barbara I noticed that you have a broken pizza stone (from the pictures in the DB forum) there is no real need to buy a new one. I have used a broken one for years now and it works just fine, just move them as close as possible and just use parchment paper the slight crack will not affect the final result. No point in wasting money for this nobody sees it except you.

  10. Marisa says

    The cinnamon buns looks so good!! I cannot believe you have snow already. My whole family is in Utah and they also got snow today (maybe that’s where you are too). I’m sad to say that we were taking a walk in shorts today and loving the warm fall weather. We’re in OH and have a longer autumn. But I did see it’s supposed to be 71 on Friday in utah while it snowed today…such crazy fall weather :-). Anyways–thanks for the cute comments about my blog! I totally appreciate it.

  11. Tami says

    I’m can’t make up my mind which looks better–the cinna buns or the snow! The buns look delicious! I’m from Pa. but I live in NC now and I miss the snow!

    Congrats on your cool new award!

  12. HoneyB says

    No, no, no. If I woke up to that this morning already, I’d be in tears! We had a beautiful fall day here today and I will have a post up later with the pics of it!

    The Cinnamon Bun Bread looks delish AND congrats on the award! :)

  13. Stephanie says

    That’s the second blog I’ve seen this morning with a picture of snow. Stop it – you’re making me feel colder than I already am!! :-)

    That cinnamon bun bread looks very good; I love the idea of cinnamon bun flavor with less work.

  14. ~Priscilla~ says

    snow already?? i sure am not ready for that yet!! it does look pretty though. those cinnmon buns looks really good – i am looking forward to trying ’em!