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Best Maple Cinnamon Rolls (Maple Buns)

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These Maple Cinnamon Rolls are a perfect weekend treat for your family. Homemade yeast cinnamon rolls with a maple dough, cinnamon sugar filling, and a sweet maple cinnamon roll glaze. Maple rolls never tasted so good!

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This recipe is easy for anyone to follow and your family will love that they are made from scratch.  If you bake very often you will have most of these ingredients already and they all can be used in various other recipes as well.

The cinnamon roll glaze recipe that you drizzle on the top of the maple buns taste so sweet that everyone will be talking about it. I normally get about 10 rolls out of this mixture and sometimes a couple of tiny ones due to the dough stretching a bit.

This Maple Cinnamon Roll Recipe Is…

  • Made from scratch
  • Homemade maple icing for cinnamon rolls
  • Soft and tender
  • Great for breakfast or dessert
  • Stores well leftover
  • Freezer friendly maple cinnamon rolls

How to Make

pictures on how to make maple buns from dough to drizzling with icing

Step 1: Make your bread starter. Mix up your yeast mixture and let activate.

Step 2: Mix up the cinnamon roll dough with your bread starter and other ingredients. Cover and let rise until it is double in size, approximately 1 to 1 ½ hour. 

Step 3: Preheat your oven and grease your pan.

Step 4: Roll out and assemble your cinnamon roll dough, and place in a greased pan. Let rise again covered.

Step 5: Bake your maple cinnamon rolls as directed in the recipe card. Brushing with milk helps the rolls brown up.

Step 6: Mix ingredients for your maple icing.

Step 7: After the maple cinnamon rolls cool slightly add icing. Serve warm.

maple bun roll on platter on table

 Expert Tips

  • This recipe works best if you have a dough hook with a stand mixer. But can be mixed by hand.
  • Have all ingredients out when you start the recipe.
  • Make sure your butter is softened.
  • Gently roll your filling onto the dough using a rolling pin. Gently press the mixture into the dough.
  • Let your dough rest until it is doubled.

Variations to Recipe 

  • To make the recipe your own you can add your favorite spice like nutmeg, ginger, or anything else. 
  • Consider adding in walnuts or pecans to make these maple nut buns.
  • Add in a glaze on bottom and make a maple pecan sticky bun instead of a classic cinnamon roll.
    Make sure to activate your active dry yeast.
  • Measure your ingredients properly.
  • Allow dough to rise in a warm environment.

Recipe FAQs

How can you tell when cinnamon rolls are ready?

Use a paring knife or fork to pull up the center, if the dough is still sticky and raw looking return to the oven. The maple buns should be golden to dark brown on top.

What type of yeast to use for cinnamon rolls?

Active dry yeast works best. Allow your mixture to sit while the yeast activates.

Can you reheat cinnamon rolls?

Wrap any leftovers and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Just before serving, tent the buns lightly with foil and rewarm in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes. 

Why do my cinnamon rolls get hard?

Adding too much flour or overmixing the dough can lead to a hard cinnamon roll.

cinnamon roll on a plate

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Best Maple Cinnamon Rolls (Maple Buns)

Yield: 10-12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Best Maple Cinnamon Rolls are a maple bun that is a maple-flavored cinnamon roll, sugary filling, and a maple icing drizzled over the top. Give this homemade cinnamon roll with maple glaze recipe a try!

Ingredients

Cinnamon Roll Starter

  • ½ cup warm water
  • ⅓ cup bread flour
  • ½ cup warm milk

Dough

  • 2⅔ cup bread flour
  •  ¼ cup granulated sugar
  •  1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup warm milk (reserve ¼ cup for brushing tops of rolls)
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract

Cinnamon roll Filling

  • 8 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Maple Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract

Instructions

  1. To start work on your cinnamon roll starter. You will add 1/2 cup warm water in a small saucepan. Add in 1/3 cup flour and whisk well.
  2. Stir in the 1/2 cup milk on medium low heat, mixing until no lumps. You want a smooth and thick slurry. Once the mixture has thickened, remove from heat and cover with plastic wrap and let it sit as you work on dough.
  3. Add 1/2 cup warm milk (100-105 degrees) in a bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to the milk along with the yeast. Stir gently and let sit. You will want the mixture to bubble and foam. This takes 5-10 minutes.
  4. Once the yeast is ready, toss in the flour, egg, leftover sugar, maple extract, and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. With a dough hook you will add in your bread starter with the rest of the dough. Knead for 5 minutes on low speed.
  6. Cut the dough int o 4 pieces, then one at a time add dough into the mixer, and knead for 2 minutes, then add another lump of dough, until all has been kneaded.
  7. Remove the dough, it should be a soft ball. Place in a greased bowl, and cover with towel or plastic wrap. Let it rise for 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until doubled.
  8. Roll out your dough on a floured surface, to make a rectangle shape. You want around 8x20 inch rectangle.
  9. In a bowl add your butter, cinnamon, and sugar mixture and spread all over the dough leaving an edge.
  10. Roll up and slice into 2 inch slices and place in a greased 9x13 pan.
  11. Cover and let the dough rise 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  12. Brush the top of the rolls with the leftover 1/4 cup of milk, and bake in the center rack for 25-35 minutes or until your rolls are baked fully.
  13. Remove and allow to cool.
  14. In a bowl mix up the maple icing ingredients and drizzle over the warm rolls.
  15. Slice and serve this maple cinnamon roll recipe up for breakfast, snacking, or a midnight dessert.

Notes

How to Proof Dough in Instant Pot | To proof your dough all you have to do is mix as you would. Then grease the Instant Pot liner, place the yogurt setting on for 30 minutes. Cover the top with a glass lid. Let it rise for 20-30 minutes.

  • Brushing rolls with butter helps the tops of the rolls brown.
  • Make sure to allow your yeast to fully activate, or it will not allow your rolls to rise properly.
  • If you want you can leave the maple flavoring out of rolls and just use it in the maple icing.
  • Refrigerate any rolls you don't eat right away.
  • You can freeze rolls for up to three months.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 6g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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