Cinnamon Butterhorns


  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water (ideally between 90-115 degrees F)
  • 1 package active dry yeast (3/4 oz, or 21 g)
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Egg wash:

  • 1 large egg beaten with 2 tbsp milk 


  1. A few teaspoons of granulated sugar for sprinkling on the top
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm milk until hot, then add butter and stir until butter is dissolved.  Remove from heat and set aside.  In a small dish, add yeast to warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, beat together eggs, sugar, and salt in a large bowl, then beat in cooled milk as well as yeast mixture.  Add flour in two additions, mixing well to make a smooth but thick batter.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 and up to 24 hours. 
  3. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking liner.  Remove dough from the fridge and divide into four parts.  Working with one 1/4 of the dough, roll it into a ball using your hands, then transfer it to a well-floured surface and roll it into a 12-inch circle.  Spread 1/4 of the softened butter on the dough round, then mix together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle 1/4 of the mixture over the butter.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice the round into 8 wedges.  Starting at the wide, outer edge of one of the wedges, roll the dough towards the inside, pointed edge, forming a crescent shaped roll.  Transfer to the lined baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.  Cover the rolls with a towel and let rise for about 45 minutes in a draft-free area.  
  4. Before baking, lightly brush the tops of the rolls with the egg wash, and sprinkle with a bit of sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown on the tops.  Cool on baking sheet on a cooling rack, then transfer Kanelbullar to an airtight container.  Will keep for 3-4 days, or longer if refrigerated and well-sealed.  Can be served warm or at room temperature.

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