Cinnamon Rolls (Kanelbullar)

Total Time
Prep 50 mins
Cook 10 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt margarine or butter, add milk and heat 115 F (45 C).
  2. Dissolve yeast.
  3. Add sugar, cardamom (optional) and salt.
  4. Stir until mixed.
  5. Add flour, knead into dough.
  6. Let rise until doubled (about 30 min).
  7. Divide dough.
  8. Use rolling pin to roll out large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Spread with margarine, some cinnamon and sugar.
  10. Roll up to a big roll, about 2 inches in diameter.
  11. Cut 3/4 in thick slices, put onto greased cookie sheet.
  12. Rise about 20-30 min.
  13. Baste with whipped egg, add a little bit of sugar on top, or Swedish pearl sugar (available at most IKEAs or Swedish specialty stores).
  14. Bake 450 F (225 C) about 7-10 min, until golden brown.
  15. Eat with coffee!
Most Helpful

Dear users of this recipe! >PLEASE,NOTE! Too hot milk kills the yeast!< Do NOT BOIL the yeast in the milk! The milk should be lukewarm (or fingerwarm) and the yeast will double itself nicely! Dry yeast can stand up to +45 C, but is fine already at +40C. Fresh yeast needs even less warmth. Body-warmth (+37C) is perfect but you can use cold milk. The rising takes longer though! Overnight in the fridge (big bowl) is a brilliant thing for Breakfast Buns! Good luck and have another try! It IS easy! Greetings from Sweden in May 2003 Margareta

Margareta May 07, 2003

Woohoohoo! Do you know how many years I've been trying to find a recipe for kanelbulle? The first time I went to Sweden, I stayed in a host family & was given some of "grandma's" kanelbulle - I've been addicted ever since! :-)

hels January 14, 2004

I have tried this recipe twice and its FAILED both times - is 4 teaspoons of yeast correct and do you need to let the yeast brew with the milk and butter mixture before adding the flour - it simply does not rise for me even though I bought a fresh packet of yeast the second time just in case the first packet was out of date.

Carolinehicks November 21, 2002