Valentine's Day is around the corner (just two weeks away) and we don't think there is a better gift for someone you love than baking them something as sweet as they are ;) ... and if you're lucky, they'll share what you made for them with you! For the special day, we're taking our own advice and cooking up a storm for our husbands/boyfriends and besties.
This year, we're making these Funfetti Cinnamon Buns (mind blown!) by The Little Epicurean. There's no doubt that they'll be a hit. Scroll down for recipe information and links to two more Valentine's Day recipe ideas that we love.
FUNFETTI CINNAMON BUNS
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large yolk
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup confetti sprinkles (pastel colours were used in this example)
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of fine sea salt
- 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- pinch of fine sea salt
- confetti sprinkles to garnish
- Sprinkle yeast over water and milk. Add 1 tbsp of sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for 5-7 minutes to allow mixture to bubble.
- In a bowl or mixer, whisk together yeast mixture, remaining sugar, egg, and egg yolk. Whisk salt into flour. Add 2 cups of flour to mixing bowl and mix together. Add another cup of flour. Add softened butter 1 tbsp at a time. Add remaining cup of flour and knead until the dough is smooth and cleans the sides of the bowl. Add confetti sprinkles and mix until even distributed.
- Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest at room temperature for 1 hour until it has doubled in volume.
- Punch down risen dough. Transfer to a lightly floured working surface. Roll dough into a 20 x 14 inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup of softened butter over dough.
- Mix together brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Distribute evenly onto the dough. Sprinkle some sea salt as well.
- Roll dough into a log starting at the longer side. Slice it into 12 equal parts. Place rolls in a greased 9 x 12 inch baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rolls rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature to let them rise.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and bake rolls for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top. Once they're done baking, set them out to cool slightly before adding the frosting.
- Beat together cream and butter until smooth. Add sifted powdered sugar and beat until smooth and thickened. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls. Top rolls with a dded confetti sprinkles for garnish.
Find the original recipe here.
More Valentine's Day recipes we love: