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Recipe: Valentine's Day Funfetti Cinnamon Buns

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

Dough

  • 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)

Filling

  • 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

Frosting

  • 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

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Dough

  • 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. 

Filling

  • 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. 

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:

RED VELVET TRUFFLES

VALENTINE'S DAY "CONVERSATION" SUGAR COOKIES 

 

 


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