Our love for warm, squidgy cinnamon rolls has no limit – they make a divine breakfast choice served with a piping hot coffee, or afternoon treat when sweet cravings hit. To celebrate the cinnamon bun in all its sticky glory, we've listed our favourite twists for your baking pleasure, from buns boosted with flavours like caramel and apple to full-blown transformations such as our cinnamon roll pancakes and hot cross cinnamon buns.


For a classic version try our cinnamon rolls recipe, then see our twists below for a slice of cinnamon heaven.

1. Caramel apple cinnamon buns

Cinnamon buns on a baking sheet topped with caramel sauce

We looked to toffee apples for inspiration with this autumnal bake – the sharp apple flavour contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of caramel and a tangy soft cheese icing.

Discover more seasonal treats with our top 10 autumn bakes and best winter desserts, including a stunning salted caramel & apple pudding.

2. Cinnamon roll pancakes

Cinnamon roll pancakes

Turn a sweet bake into a decadent stack of pancakes for your next brunch, drizzled with an indulgent caramel yogurt and maple syrup. They make an inspired dessert for Pancake Day, too.

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3. Giant cinnamon bun

Giant cinnamon bun on a cake stand

Take your love of cinnamon buns to literal new heights with this giant version. It takes a little more effort but the results are well worth it, especially if you're hosting a party.

Find more crowd-pleasing bakes to serve guests with our party food recipes.

4. Puff pastry cinnamon rolls

Puff pastry cinnamon rolls in pan with icing

This recipe cuts corners with ready-made puff pastry, so you can quickly and easily make cinnamon rolls when you're in the mood. An all-butter pastry will give the best flavour.

See more quick and easy baking projects with our puff pastry desserts.

5. Sourdough cinnamon buns

Sourdough cinnamon rolls topped with soft cheese icing, on a wire cooling wrack

This sourdough twist provides a contrasting tang to the classic sweet and sticky flavours. Drizzle with a thick soft cheese icing, if you like.

Find more creative ways to use sourdough starter with our sourdough recipe collection.

6. Really easy cinnamon rolls

Two pairs of children's hands digging into a batch of cinnamon rolls

We've made cinnamon roll-making extra easy with the use of ready-made croissant dough. We've also topped with a thick caramel for a boost of decadence.

For more super easy bakes see our collection of easy baking recipes, including our super simple chocolate traybake.

7. Cinnamon twists

Cinnamon twists resting on a cooling rack

A sugar-coated cinnamon twist truly is a wonderful breakfast. Make sure you toss the buns in the sugar while still warm and eat straightaway.

If you like the look of these, you'll love the rest of our bun recipes, such as these cardamom buns or Chelsea buns.

8. Hot cross cinnamon buns

A batch of hot cross cinnamon buns

If you cross a hot cross bun with a cinnamon swirl, what do you get? You get these delectably squidgy hot cross cinnamon buns. Topped with a soft cheese icing, these might just become your new favourite thing to bake.

Find more revamped hot cross buns with our hot cross bun collection, including this epic chocolate hot cross bun bread & butter pudding

9. Cinnamon pecan sticky buns

Cinnamon bun on a plate with pecans

We've added pecans into the filling and topping to create an extra-autumnal, nutty bake. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or taking out on long autumn walks.

Find more pecan-flavoured treats with our best pecan recipes, including our golden pecan pie with maple cream.

10. Pumpkin cinnamon rolls

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls with white icing on a yellow background

We've added seasonal pumpkin purée into the dough mixture to create a warm and sticky autumnal treat, perfect for a treat-yourself breakfast or afternoon pick me up.


See more pumpkin-flavoured treats with our pumpkin desserts, including this stunning pumpkin cheesecake.

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