Cinnamon Burls

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cinnamon burls

I love these burls. One day I told my kids I was making cinnamon swirls…and they said “cinnamon burls??” and the name stuck! Look- I love a cinnamon bun as much as the next person. The problem is, they’re LOADED with sugar. They also have a lot of butter, which is a precious resource in our home! These lightened up cinnamon buns, hit the spot on the cinnamon sugar craving for me, and when I’m baking a treat or a crowd, its easy on the budget.

Cinnamon Burls

A lighter on sugar cinnamon bun, lovely to enjoy tea or coffee. Cardamom and cocoa add a twist on your average cinnamon and sugar combo.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Bread
Servings: 30



  • In a pie plate, mix together sugar, cocoa, cardamom and cinnamon.
  • Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment, silpats or grease them if you dont have either.
  • Roll your bread dough out into a 12″ x 30″ rectangle.
  • Spread water over all the dough with your hand or a pastry brush.
  • Sprinkle 3/4 of the sugar mix over roughly 6″x 30″ of the rectangle.
  • Fold the unsugared half over so its now roughly a 6″x30″ rectangle.
  • Cut the dough into 1 inch strips.
  • Pick up a strip, twist the dough and then tie it in a knot. Roll it in the pie plate of sugar.
  • Place the knots on a cookie sheet. I prefer to cover the pan with a big plastic bag as a “proofing chamber”. You can even use plastic grocery bags.
  • Let rise 30-45 minutes, until doubled.
  • Get your oven preheated to 350F by the time the knots are doubled.
  • Bake the knots for 15-18 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Make sure to enjoy some fresh and warm!


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