Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
1 hr 6 mins
Kanelbullar are traditional little Swedish buns that are topped with softened butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scandinavian, Swedish, Vegetarian
Servings: 25 buns
Author: Vera Abitbol
For the buns
  • 2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • milk
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 6 cups flour
For the filling
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the icing
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons pearl sugar
  1. Mix baking powder with flour.
  2. Dissolve instant dry yeast with a few tablespoons of milk in a small bowl.
  3. Melt butter and pour in the milk.
  4. Add all the other ingredients and knead the dough for about 10-15 minutes (important).
  5. Cover dough with a cloth and let it rise for about 45 minutes in a dry place, away from drafts.
  6. Combine all ingredients for the filling (butter, sugar and cinnamon) in a food processor and mix to obtain a very smooth cream.
  7. Roll the dough over ⅛ inch thick and 12 inches wide. Spread the cream on the entire surface.
  8. Roll dough the lengthwise so that it forms a long roll, then cut into 25 slices.
  9. Place on a baking sheet or in medium size paper containers.
  10. Cover the buns and let them rise again for about an hour (or until small buns have doubled in size) in a dry place away from drafts.
  11. Preheat convection oven to 450 F.
  12. Beat the egg and water and brush the buns with the mixture.
  13. Sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  14. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes then let cool on a wire rack before serving.