Soft Sourdough Cinnamon Buns (egg free)

I LOVE cinnamon buns. No two ways about it. Right now our family can only do wheat that has been soured or we need to bake gluten free. Too many of us can’t handle unfermented/soured wheat so it’s not worth trying to bake multiple things to suit everyone’s needs. Most sourdough cinnamon buns are somewhat of a challah dough, meaning they have lots of eggs, oil/butter, and sugar. I don’t always have 6 eggs to make a batch of dough, and this results in me not having cinnamon buns as often as I need.

Enter my Soft Sourdough Master Dough Recipe…one recipe, many ways to bake it. So far I have used it for French bread, buns, sandwich loaves, and now cinnamon buns. I’ve got more experimenting up my sleeve as well!

There is so many ways to fancy up your cinnamon buns…

Cocoa in with the cinnamon sugar.

Raisins or nuts in with the cinnamon sugar.

Coffee as the liquid in your icing.

Thick cream cheese frosting.

A nice vanilla drizzle overtop.

I could go on, but we’re only making each other hungry here at this point.

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4.91 from 21 votes

Soft Sourdough Cinnamon Buns (Egg Free)

Use the Soft Sourdough Master Recipe to make cinnamon buns without a lot of extra fuss.
Cook Time25 mins
rising time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 25 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 buns
Calories: 343kcal


Cinnamon bun filling

  • 1/3 cup salted butter, very soft or melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Cinnamon Bun Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Milk mix in to your desired thickness of glaze


  • Follow the Soft Sourdough Master Dough Recipe to the end of the second rising stage.
  • Punch down dough, dump onto a lightly floured. Roll dough out into a 12"x18" rectangle.
  • Spread or pour butter over the dough and evenly coat the rectangle. If the butter is melted, sometimes I let it sit a couple minutes on the cool dough to let it thicken up as it cools down.
  • Mix your cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle your cinnamon sugar mix over the butter.
  • Gently roll your rectangle into an 18" log.
  • Cut your log into 12-18 cinnamon buns, depending on how big you want them.
  • Line or grease a half sheet pan (or cookie sheet with sides/a lip to it) and arrange the buns on the tray. Closer together if you want them 'pull apart' or spaced farther if you want them stand alone.
  • Cover pan and let rise 2-3 hours. If your house is REALLY cold, like below 60F/15C, I like to tuck a cast iron pan in the oven to help it hold heat, turn oven on for a minute or two, then turn oven off. Tuck the covered pan in and let the buns rise in there.
  • When they are doubled and looking fluffy, (don't forget to take the pan out of the oven if it's in there!) and preheat oven to 375F.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, flip around then bake another 10 minutes. Take their internal temp with an instant read thermometer – because everyone's ovens cooks different, your buns are probably different sizes than mine…sourdough takes longer to bake than yeast dough…instant read is best way to know they are done and not have doughy buns. You want them to be 190F-200F
  • When theyre out, this is the fun part! You can eat right away, glaze using the one above, or use your own frosting. If you're frosting them, they need to cool down for about half an hour or your frosting will all melt off.



Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg


  • becnerdy

    These turned out so well. Plus I’ve never made any kind of homemade cinnamon rolls before. Loved that they had a little tang of sourdough. Probably because I let my pre-ferment go for almost 24 hours.

  • Kayli Shattuck

    I’d like to make these for breakfast. It is possible to place the completed buns in the fridge overnight and do the last 2-3 hour rise in the morning or to do the last rise then place in the fridge overnight and bake in the morning?

  • Jennifer

    Hi Kate~ just do you know – the “Soft Sourdough Master Dough Recipe” link under indgredients isn’t working! The one below that is.
    Excited to try this!! 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Just tried these out as my first ever cinnamon bun making experience and they were so good! What changes would you make to time/temperature if baking in a cast iron pan?

  • Janelle Martinez

    I’ve been waiting for my new sourdough starter to be mature enough to make your Master recipe sourdough cinnamon rolls. Oh My they are delicious. Im new to sourdough and I was afraid this was more difficult than my abilities. ? thank you so much.

  • Betsy

    5 stars
    These were delicious! I filled them with a blueberry filling I made using blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, and arrowroot powder instead of the traditional cinnamon sugar and it was a hit. I doubled the recipe and made dinner rolls with the other half. I love that your master sourdough recipe is so versatile! One recipe for almost all of my bread needs. Thank you Kate!

  • Emily

    These are delicious! I tripled the master recipe and made two soft sourdough loaves in addition to this tray of 18 cinnamon buns. I followed the overnight recipe exactly except that I added some raisins to the filling, and they came out very nice. I was a little afraid that cutting it into 18 would make skimpy buns, but they puffed up nicely to an ample-but-not-overwhelming size. I gave some buns to my neighbors, kept some for us tomorrow morning, and froze more (unglazed) for another day!

    Advice: next time, I would definitely line the cinnamon bun pan. I only greased mine, and it took some muscle to remove the buns.

  • Carly

    I’d love to make and freeze these, especially to give as gifts to people. I read the earlier comments that recommend freezing after they’re baked, but what about reheat instructions? Just recommend to let them thaw in a fridge and then bake until warmed up, or maybe pop in the oven straight from the freezer? Thanks for any feedback!!

    • karenmouat@gmail.com

      I think you can do either, but I think heating them from thawed would be better than frozen.

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