Swedish Cinnamon Buns

Try the classic Swedish cinnamon bun today, and immerse yourself in the traditional Swedish coffee ceremony called “fika”.
By Kalle Bergman – Photo By Mads Damgaard

Swedish Cinnamon Buns Recipe

The cinnamon bun is a pivotal player in the part of the day which in Sweden has been known as ”Fika Time” for as long as anyone can remember. ”Fika” is traditionally a shorter or longer coffee break together with friends, family or colleagues – and fika time in general is in very high regard all across Sweden. Still considered an almost holy ritual even in the work place, it is essentially the Swedish equivalence of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Let’s Fika!


Swedish Cinnamon Buns
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The classic Swedish cinnamon buns recipe. Absolutely delicious!
Recipe Type: Baking
Serves: 12 large buns
  • 1,75 oz (50g) of fresh yeast (fresh to dried yeast conversion found in link below)
  • 3 Oz (85 g) of organic butter, unsalted
  • 1 Cup (2,5 dl) of milk
  • ¼ Cup (0,5 dl) of sugar
  • 1 Pinch of salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of cardamom
  • 3 Cups (7 dl)  of flour
  • 1 Free range egg for glazing
  • Coarse sugar for topping
  • 3 Oz (85 g)organic butter, unsalted
  • ½ Cup (1,25dl) sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Melt the butter and add the milk in a saucepan until lukewarm. Remove from the heat. Break the yeast up into smaller pieces, put in a bowl and add the butter and milk mix. Add sugar, salt, flour and cardamom and work the dough until completely smooth using your hands or a mixer with dough hooks. Leave to rise for 30 minutes under a kitchen towel, during which you make the filling by mixing together the fresh butter, cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape of about ½ inch (1,25 cm) thickness (give the dough a good work through with your hands before rolling it). Spread the filling generously across the dough and roll into a tube on the short side. Cut the tube into 1½ inch (4 cm) buns. Place the buns cut side up (The alternative way is to roll the buns out again and twist them into long tubes, that are then rolled up into a spiral shape - in this case, you should have some extra filling ready to smear on top) on a buttered baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel. Leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
  3. Whisk the egg and paint the top of the buns with the mixture. Then sprinkle a little coarse sugar on top of each bun. Bake in a preheated oven at 430°F (225°C) for about 10 minutes.
FRESH TO DRIED YEAST CONVERSION CAN BE FOUND HERE - http://makebread.com.au/fresh-yeast-conversion/
Kalle Bergman

Kalle Bergman

Kalle Bergman is the founder of Honest Cooking Media. As a food writer, his writing has been regularly featured in publications like Gourmet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Serious Eats. He is obsessed with simple food, more often than not from his native Scandinavia.

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Originally Published: March 7, 2011

25 Responses to Swedish Cinnamon Buns

  1. eva Reply

    August 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    your recipe sounds delicious, I just made those buns and they are baking right now but I think something went wrong, my dough didn’t really rise.
    So here are my questions.
    Yeast : Fresh or dried?
    No kneading at all?
    how much flour in gram did you use?
    for the filling: Melt the butter or leave it like that?
    thanks for you help

    • Kalle Bergman Reply

      August 28, 2010 at 2:33 am

      Hi Eva,

      Thanks for the question – this recipe is for fresh yeast, and I have added the gram quantity (50g) to make it clearer. Also, you need to work the dough until completely smooth in the first stage. And make sure to punch the dough down after the first rising. For the filling, don’t melt the butter – it will melt and emulsify with the sugar in the oven anyway and create a yummy, sticky filling.

      Thanks for staying on top of me – hope things are clearer now – and best of luck with the second batch!

      All the best

  2. eva Reply

    August 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

    great – thanks – I used dried yeast so that’s why my batch didn’t rise I guess.
    How about the flour? 3 cups would be approx 500 g is that allright?

    • Kalle Bergman Reply

      August 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm


      Yes, 3 cups is about 450g. And with some extra flour for the table when you roll the dough – 500g will be perfect.

      Good luck!

      All the best

  3. Maria Laitinen

    Maria @ Scandifoodie Reply

    August 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I’m so glad I found your blog! These bullar take me right back home! :-)

    • Kalle Bergman Reply

      August 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm


      Thank you so much for your nice comment. I am a big fan of your beautiful photos, so I’m flattered to get a compliment from you!

      All the best

  4. Meredith Reply

    September 1, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Oh my gosh, this look delicious! And so beautiful! Your photographs are gorgeous.
    I’ve recently launched my own blog, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think :) http://www.prettygoodfood.com
    Thanks, and Happy Cooking!!!

  5. Klingenberg Reply

    September 1, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Same as “Kanel snäckor”, right?

  6. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) Reply

    March 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    This looks wonderful, especially the ‘fika time.’ I love foods that revolve around rituals. Especially when those rituals mean you get to put your feet up and rest.

  7. Nancy Lopez-McHugh

    Nancy/SpicieFoodie Reply

    March 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Fika has to become a new ritual in my home. Specially if I get to enjoy it with these cinnamon buns. I love cinnamon buns but the American version are so fatty and I hate the syrup on top, I’m so glad you posted your recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Antone Newbell Reply

    September 17, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I already made this at home this week – delicious and it was so great in the midst of the summer. Thanks!

  9. Noushin Reply

    August 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I learned about Fika a few minutes ago thanks to my Swedish friend, I live in Iran and I’m gonna make these beautiful Cinnamon Buns . Thanks

  10. Anne Reply

    October 6, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Not even near enough cinnamon in the filling! I’d go for at least a tablespoon :) (yes, swedes and our cinnamon…)
    And if you don’t like to bake, they serve them at IKEA ;)

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  18. Kim Reply

    May 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    These look delicious…Bullar?

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  20. Beth Reply

    December 3, 2014 at 8:34 am


    I was just wondering, what type of flour is best for this recipe? A bread flour or plain flour?


  21. faridah Reply

    August 23, 2015 at 5:15 pm


    Its Fika time!!! Seriously though, I had aprox. half cup of flour left over? The dough was nice and soft… I hope this works out, Now to find some to Fika with, even though my bro was born in Denmark!!!

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