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Chai Cinnamon Buns

Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Bread, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


For the Dough

  • 1 cup Warmed whole milk (micorwave milk for 45 minutes on high)
  • 1 pkg Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 TBSP raw sugar (or white sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 cups all purpose flour Depending on your kitchen's temperature and humidity, you may need more or less flour to get the right consistency. Always add your flour one cup at a time
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil just for coating bowl while rising

For the Chai Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup Butter, soften

For the Icing

  • 2 cup icing sugar
  • 4 TBSP whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or paste)


For the dough

  • Combine all dough ingredients together in a mixer with the dough attachment. Start mixing on a slower speed and once ingredients start coming together, mix at a higher speed to combine all the ingredients.
  • Once dough ball is formed, put dough in well oiled bowl, cover with a wet towel and leave in a warm spot (or in your oven if it has a proof setting) to let rise for 1 hour.
  • Dust surface that you will be rolling out your dough with a light coating of flour. Roll out dough into a rectangular shape (around 16 inches by 10 inches)


  • Combine all ingredients except butter from the filling ingredient section and mix well
  • Put all of the soften butter ontop of the rolled out dough
  • Pour spice and sugar mixgure on top of the butter and use your fingers to press it into the butter. Get the mixture as close to the edge as possible.
  • Cut out about 12 strips, about 1 inch wide
  • Roll from both ends to form a shape of a heart. Pinch the bottom
  • Let rise again for another 30 minutes (cover with wet towel)
  • Preheat oven to 350 F after 2nd rise and bake for 30 minutes or until the edges of the dough start to brown


  • While the buns are baking, combine all the ingredients in the icing ingredient section and whisk together to form icing. Set the icing aside
  • Once the buns are done cooking, let cool for about 20 minutes.
  • Drizzle the icing on the cooled buns and enjoy!
Keyword Chai cinnamon buns, Cinnamon Buns
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