23 September 2013

Starbucks Style Cinnamon Rolls

My (yet another) attempt to re-create the gorgeous cinnamon swirls from Starbucks. I have to say, in my humble opinion, the icing turned out even better than the original, but the dough was just a little bit drier. Good enough for me! :) I reckon this is as close as I'll get to the original. I'm pretty damn proud of myself! :)


  • 250ml warm milk (about 45 degrees)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 75g of unsalted butter, melted
  • 600g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp of dried yeast

  • 225g dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 glass of raisins (if they're very dry, soak them in hot water for about 20 minutes)

  • 100g of cream cheese (I used Quark, but any other soft cheese will do just as well)
  • 50g of unslated butter, at room temperature
  • 200g of icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/8 tsp or salt
  • Zest of 1 orange

  1. Mix the yeast with warm milk in a large bowl until fully dissolved (I used a milk frother. Probably not the most professional method, but it worked! :))
  2. Mix in the sugar, butter and salt. Add in the eggs and mix in quickly, or otherwise they'll cook!
  3. Add flour and mix roughly together with a spoon. Once it starts sticking together, knead the dough by hand for about 10-20 minutes (be prepared to have sore biceps the next day) or until the dough starts coming off from the bowl and shape it into a large ball. Leave it in the bowl, cover with a cloth or kitchen foil and let it rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. If like me you live in Scotland - good luck finding a warm spot.
  4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface into a 40x50cm rectangle. Spread the melted butter (75g) on the dough and sprinkle on the raisins. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top through a sieve to avoid larger lumps. 
  5. Roll up dough and cut into 12 slices. Place buns in a lined and greased 23x33cm baking tin. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Beat together cream cheese, 50g of soft butter, icing sugar, orange zest, vanilla essence and salt. Pour the icing over the warm buns.
  8. Take a bite while they're still piping hot, burn your mouth and tell yourself it was worth it...

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