Nordic Cinnamon Buns

Like most families recently, I’ve had to start virtually/homeschooling Amelia and we’ve definitely need some new activities to keep busy at home. And, even though Matilda isn’t in school yet, she needs just as much stimulation as Amelia, too. Sometimes, even more…

And since Amelia goes to a very hands on, play-based school, I wanted her learning to continue to be as similar as I could make it.

So, I looked around for different ideas. I found a really cool kids cooking club (called Raddish Kids) that sends out cooking boxes with multiple recipes each month along with a new cooking tool.

Did I really need to get a cooking box since we already cook all the time? No. But, am I trying new things for her right now? Absolutely.

I loved their idea of travel themes through food. This month was Scandinavia. We received 3 recipes, a new pair of really good tongs, a cooking badge (that she has yet to take off!) and some other fun things. I specifically loved these cinnamon buns. They were time consuming (a plus now-a-days), specific with pictures Amelia could follow and very hands on.

And, most importantly, I loved them! They’re delicious! And I think you’re going to love them too. But, I want to hear for sure, so let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

Nordic Cinnamon Buns

  • Servings: 8 buns
  • Difficulty: medium
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  • 1/2 cup milk, any kind
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (.25oz) package instant of rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Heat milk in the microwave until warm, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Add oil and warm milk. Mix until dough just comes together.img_4900
  3. Dust cutting board with flour. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 5-7 min. Alternatively, you can do this in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment for 3-4 minutes. Use your hands to shape dough into a square. Then, use a rolling pin to roll a thin 8 x 20-inch rectangle.
  4. Heat butter in microwave until melted, 30-60 seconds. Pour over dough and spread evenly to edges. Stir together brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over dough to the edges.
  5. Fold dough in half to create a square and cut into 8 equal-ish sized strips.img_4909
  6. Take one strip of folded dough. Hold both ends and twist. Tuck twisted dough into a knot. Set on parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.img_4910
  7. Let buns rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 16-18 minutes or until lightly browned.img_4912
  8. If using, immediately dust buns with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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