Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia
2 loaves, 12 servings per loaf (serving size: 1 slice)

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare bread, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in warm milk in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup butter, vanilla, and egg yolks. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Add 4 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, and salt to yeast mixture; stir to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

Step 2

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch dough down, and let rest 5 minutes. Divide in half. Working with one portion at a time (cover the remaining dough to keep from drying), roll each portion into a 14 x 7-inch rectangle on a floured surface. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle each dough portion with half of brown sugar mixture, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Roll up each dough rectangle tightly, starting with a short edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets, and pinch seams and ends to seal. Cut each dough roll crosswise into 3 pieces. Place 3 pieces, cut sides up, into each of 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 4

Uncover dough, and bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until loaves are browned on bottoms and sound hollow when tapped. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pans. Brush tops of loaves with melted preserves. Cool loaves on rack.

Step 5

To prepare the glaze, beat 1 tablespoon butter at low speed of a mixer until creamy. Add remaining ingredients, beating just until blended. Spread over tops of loaves.

Ratings & Reviews

MayJayplus1's Review

January 13, 2012

connorsmom8507's Review

August 11, 2010
I LOVE this recipe...they are absolutely divine! I agree that while they look beautiful, it was hard to cut them without falling apart. I will try and bake in a loaf pan instead. Great recipe!


September 08, 2015
These cinnamon buns are AMAZING!!! I love that they only have 1/4 cup butter and still taste that good! They are fluffy and moist. The only changes that I did was roll them up the long way and cut them into 16 smaller rolls instead of 6 big ones. I then placed them 8 each into two 7"X11" pans and baked them until golden - about 25-30 minutes. And instead of the preserves I just doubled the glaze and made it a bit thicker.Guilt free and no way will I buy store bought again!!