Monday, April 3, 2017

Cast Iron Cinnamon Buns

 Please join me for a special treat...homemade cinnamon buns that were baked in a cast iron skillet.  My bunny teapot is ready to poor some tea.  Can you pull up a chair and sit a spell?

 This darling cottage teacup is a favorite of my granddaughter, Cissy.  I know I've shared it before, but it goes so nicely with today's teatime. 

 Here are the rolls all ready for their one and only thirty minute rise time.

Here they are with their cream cheese frosting...oh yumminess!  These would make anyone happy.

My youngest son, daughter in law and Harper invited me to Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum, and oh what a beautiful day it was.  The Arboretum is wonderful all through the year, but I have to say that Springtime is my very favorite.  Eating brunch on the restaurant's patio is another unforgettable treat.

Later on in the day, I heard a knock on my door and it was a surprise visit from my daughter!  Her oldest child and my very first grandchild, came over to show me Connor's "new" car!!  I asked for Connor to take me for a spin around the neighborhood.  What a good driver he is, too.  I was so proud, and he was so happy!

yield: 8 bunsprint recipe

Cast Iron Cinnamon Buns

I was searching for a recipe for cinnamon buns made in a cast iron skillet and came across this fabulous recipe. I have made many cinnamon rolls in the past, but this recipe is the quickest and tastiest EVER! The combination of baking powder and instant yeast makes for a quick 30 minute, one-time rise. Maybe you'd like to try this for Easter. This is going to be my go-to recipe for Cinnamon Buns from now on!


Cinnamon Buns
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (divided use)
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar (divided use)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt (stated in directions)
  • 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/4 cups warm whole milk (110 degrees)
  • 4 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


For the Cinnamon Buns
  1. Combine brown sugar, 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1/4 granulated sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in bowl; set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt together in large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, yeast, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar until yeast dissolves. Stir yeast mixture into flour mixture with rubber spatula until dough comes together. (I did all this in my electric mixer.) Dough will be sticky.
  4. Transfer dough to lightly floured counter and knead to form a smooth, round ball, about 2 minutes. Roll dough into a 12 by 9-inch rectangle with long side facing you. Brush 2 tablespoons melted butter over the dough, leaving a 1/2" border at edges. Sprinkle sugar mixture over butter, leaving 3/4" border at top edge, and press lightly to adhere. Roll dough away from you into a firm cylinder, keeping roll taut by tucking it under itself as you go. Pinch seam and ends closed. If necessary, gently reshape log to be 12" in length and an even diameter.
  5. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Using a serrated knife, cut cylinder into 8 pieces and arrange cut die down in prepared skillet. Cover buns loosely with plastic wrap and let rise 30 minutes.
  6. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush tops with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter, transfer skillet to oven and bake until buns are well browned and filling is melted, 25-30 minutes, rotating skillet halfway through baking. Transfer skillet to wire rack and let buns cool for 10 minutes before adding the glaze.
For the Glaze
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in bowl until smooth. Being careful of hot skillet handle, spread glaze evenly over buns.
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I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. So much to comment on! I can tell my eyes are not doing so well...I found a cabbage and no bunny! I really had to inspect that ๐Ÿ‡tea pot.

    Oh my! Those cinnamon rolls look yummy. What a great way to feature the recipe also.

    So grandsons grow that tall and learn to drive? He's a good one to take you out for a spin around the neighborhood.

  2. That looks like a great recipe Kitty, pretty much all pantry ingredients too. Congrats to your grandson on his new car, that's very exciting news indeed! Happy April-enjoy:@)

  3. Yum- I wish I had a plate of those right now! That bunny also caught my eye- how cute is that!

  4. Oh yes, those cinnamon rolls would go great with my cup of tea this morning. It's a blessing when your grandchildren show up for a visit.
    Love the tulips, I love Spring!
    Have a good day.

  5. What a treat it must be to see spring in bloom and all those gorgeous flowers at the Dallas Arboretum Kitty! Adorable teapot and such a pretty teacup to enjoy with your delicious cinnamon rolls! I know your grandson must be thrilled with his new wheels :)

  6. Hello Kitty, your cinnamon buns look so yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe at C&C with J&J. Enjoy the week.

  7. Hi Kitty, what a special treat these cinnamon are and oh do they look delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I love your beautiful cottage teacup too. Perfect for a sweet spring day in April. Love the pics with your dear family at the Dallas Arboretum Gorgeous blooms are always a delight to see. Love your photos with the kids and congrats to your grandson on getting his new car. It's always a special time for them when they get a car. Happy April my friend. Blessings for a great week. xoxo

  8. Oh, my, how sinful!!! Never heard of cinnamon rolls being baked in a cast iron skillet. We went to the Dallas Arboretum last fall when the pumpkins and mums were in full array. And, I'm with your Granddaughter, that is a lovely teacup. Happy new week!

  9. Hi Kitty! I've so missed visiting you! I'm home now, and hopefully can catch up.
    Oh my, those cinnamon rolls look fabulous! I like cooking in my cast iron, but never thought of doing cinnamon rolls in it. You're right, they certainly would make a nice Easter treat.
    Love seeing your pretty smile and your family, and those lovely spring flowers.
    Hope you're doing well, my friend. xo Deborah

  10. Such a gorgeous post filled with oh-so-pretty china, sweet bunnies, gorgeous Dallas blooms, delicious cinnamon rolls.....all beautiful. How wonderful for your Connor to have his new car. How proud you must have been going for a "spin" with him. Gorgeous photo of you amongst all those beautiful blooms, Kitty.

  11. I just had a little slice of store bought cinnamon coffee cake, Kitty! We're on the same wavelength.
    Love your darling bunny, that precious teapot & all the other beautiful accouterments! BRAVO!

  12. Kitty, what a delight to see your sweet face along with your family's! When I hear cast iron, my heart flutters! Love using mine and I extra love cinnamon rolls! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us. (also love your cabbage teapot!)

  13. Oh Kitty, such a fun filled post. I love the bunny, cabbage tea pot and cup and saucer. How I would love to share your table and the buns look so delicious. I will have those on my mind until I bake them! How wonderful to spend time in Dallas with your family, the gardens are lovely. Oh my, your Connor is driving! Beautiful photos of all. Your family is lovely...........

  14. Your bunny teapot and floral arrangement are adorable, Kitty! What a pretty shot at the Dallas blooms. The temperatures here are still too cold for flowers. How exciting for your grandson to have his own wheels now. Oh, the freedom! Now I'm craving cinnamon rolls with cream cheese!

  15. Oh my . . . these amazing! I think I kill the yeast every time so I'm not very good at baking things that have to rise haha! What lovely pics of you and your family -- looks like you had beautiful weather and a beautiful time! I still remember the excitement of MY first car . . . to be young again!

  16. Oh those look so amazing. I also love that cute teacup. Your kids and grandkids are so wonderful-I love hearing all about them. You are a lucky lady, dear Kitty!

  17. You make the best treats/foods! I am so hungry for one of those rolls!
    That is a pretty teacup :) You are blessed with your family.

  18. Yummy! I may need to make some of these. We no longer have a cast iron skillet, but I suspect I can round one up. '-)
    I'd love to go to Dallas Blooms again. It is a favorite spring outing!

  19. Hi Kitty,
    I wanted to stop by to tell you how much I appreciate your prayers for my surgery last Monday. Diana posted a prayer request on her blog and I am full of gratitude! I am slowly recovering but wanted you to know how very much I appreciate you thinking of me. :-) I love your blog and look forward to following along and getting to know you better. Have a great week!


  20. So much wonderful colour in this post. It's truly getting to be springtime! How tall your grandson is!
    The cinnamon buns look delicious - what a great idea to combine baking powder and yeast for speed.
    Have a wonderful week.

  21. Oh Kitty- how lovely spending time with your loving and beautiful family!

    I can't believe how tall Conner is - he is towering over your petite frame!
    I am so happy about his new car, he must be on cloud nine!

    My niece - the redheaded cheerleader- takes her driving test in 2 weeks. It's a fun time for these young ones. (Yikes though lol.)

    Hugs and love! ♥

  22. YUM! Those look good! Glad you had a nice visit with some of your loved ones :)


  23. My grandma, you look so petite beside your grandson. lol That's me too with our 6.2" grandson.
    The arboretum display of tulips and lupines behind you is spectacular.
    The cottage teacup is a sweet one, perfect for a cup of tea and decadent home baked cinnamon bun.

  24. Dearest Kitty, those cinnamon rolls look delicious! Cinnamon rolls are my all time favorite!!
    You are so beautiful in those photos.
    What a lovely surprise visit. :-)

    God bless you~

  25. Love using my cast iron pans and Cinnamon Rolls are going to be perfect for a Spring brunch!

  26. LOVE your darling teapot! So sweet! Yep, just pinned and printed that recipe! YUM! I need one of those with my coffee this morning. times with the grands. I bet the gardens are beautiful! And that good looking grandson of yours could drive this old little Nana around anytime. LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  27. Oh are killing me with all of these wonderful goodies that you bake! If I baked like you do, I wouldn't be able to fit through the door because I would be eating it! Those cinnamon rolls look DIVINE! You always set up such a beautiful table with all of your gorgeous teacups and other lovelies. Thanks for sharing the recipe and enjoy the rest of your week!

  28. Kitty, I was at the Arboretum, Tuesday, March 28th! We took our granddaughter that morning. I haven't posted it about it yet. Still getting back to normal after our trip.
    Your cinnamon rolls look so yummy! I adore the rabbit and teapot. The entire vignette is charming.

  29. OH MY....those look amazing. I could taste them in my mouth now! Thanks for sharing.

  30. There is always a yummy party going on at your place. And cinnamon buns make the house smell amazing.

  31. Hi Kitty - what a sweet springtime tea table you have set! Love the little teacup and the flower-covered bunny! So nice to see the lovely photos of you and your precious grands, too. My goodness, you look too young to have a grandson driving! Thank you for the recipe - cinnamon rolls are my very favorite treat. Sending hugs xo Karen

  32. Kitty, I love that your grandson took you for a ride in his "new" car! Sweet! And those cinnamon rolls - I've never made any in a hurry, but when I do, this will be the one!

  33. The cottage tea cup is so beautiful..

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  34. I'll take your word that these are delicious as they look! I'm definitely trying this one. Getting a new car is always so exciting, especially when you're young! Glad Connor drove nice and carefully for his grandma ;) Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs, Wendy

  35. The cinnamon rolls look delicious! I can almost smell them. What a wonderful treat to have your grandson chauffeur you. Love this post!

  36. Dearest kitty I love your bunnie teapot so cute.. and the cinnamon buns sound goos love the fact of baking them in a black skillet. .. Happy Friday to come enjoy your evening with love Janice

  37. Hi Kitty. I just love your cottage teacup and bunny teapot! I just bet the cinnamon rolls were a hit! A bit late this Honey was having med. issues, so... thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea

  38. I bet those cinnamon buns didn't last long. It looks like you picked a wonderful day to visit the Arboretum…the blooms are lovely.

  39. What a great photo! You looks so cute and these cinnamon buns are wonderful in the good ole cast iron frying pan! Thanks for sharing Kitty.

  40. Kitty, I love the cute teacup and that darling tea pot! The cinnamon buns look so yummy. I have a cast iron skillet and want to try them. I have two grands that just started driving, and three that already did. Boy, am I getting old? lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  41. Mmmmm yum! I would love to have one with my coffee this morning. The presentaion looks so pretty....Christine

  42. Kitty, I'm back for another visit. I would love one of those cinnamon rolls now!

  43. Your Cinnamon Buns are wonderful and I love the idea of the iron skillet. Wishing you and your family a very special Easter season and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  44. Those rolls look really good right now with my coffee. Your cottage tea cup is beautiful and the Dallas Arboretum? Oh Wow!

  45. Another wonderful looking recipe, Kitty! I've pinned this one too. Your outdoor table looks so pretty, and that cottage teacup is a favorite of mine, too. :) I remember it from a previous post, and it's oh so pretty. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe, Kitty, and Happy Easter to you, my friend.


    Denise at Forest Manor


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