20 Takes on the Classic Cinnamon Bun Because YOLO
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20 Takes on the Classic Cinnamon Bun Because YOLO

Cinnamon buns are like the sweatpants of breakfast foods. Warm and cozy, never in the mood to judge you, always in the mood to buoy your already-good mood. It’s something about the cinnamon. Although the notion of eating frosting at breakfast time doesn’t hurt either. Here are some of our favorite variations.

1. Cinnamon Swirl Buns: Let’s start with something classic, something familiar — these cinnamon swirl buns. Yes, these cinnamon swirl buns, indeed. (via Smitten Kitchen) 

2. Orange Cardamom Cinnamon Buns: For a sophisticated take on the morning bun, try Cinnamon’s refined older sister, Cardamom. She plays well with Orange. (via Savory Simple)

3. The Ultimate Sticky Buns: These sticky buns are topped in a buttery, sugary mess of pecans, and are perfect for anybody who’s willing to do a bit of finger licking. (via Bon Appetit)

4. Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns: Maybe the cake batter trend has died down a little bit, but these sprinkle beddazled birthday buns are still going strong. Perfect for a special occasion or for no occasion at all. (via How Sweet It Is)

5. Pistachio, Orange, and Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls: This imaginative take on the cinnamon roll is not just awesome — it’s bonkers awesome. (via Joy The Baker)

6. Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls: These rolls are so jam-packed with sweet white chocolate and creamy, dreamy eggnog that you might just mistake them for dessert. But go ahead and eat them for breakfast anyways. We say it’s okay. (via Half Baked Harvest)

7. Nutella Rolls: With this much Nutella, what could go wrong? Not a thing. Let’s breakfast! (via Gourmantine)

8. Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls: We love the bright berry burst of these raspberry swirl rolls. Every breakfast should be as pretty in pink. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)

9. Sticky Lemon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze: We love how defiantly the bright lemon flavor of these buns battles the weariness of winter. Cheer up up a cold, dark morning with one (or two?) of these. (via The Kitchn)

10. Butterscotch-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls: These buns are a classic with a twist. A boozy, bourbon-spiked butterscotch glaze makes these little guys anything but ordinary. (via The New York Times)

11. Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls: Get merry with this gingerbread-inspired take on the traditional bun. Joyful, joyful. (via A New Loaf) 

12. Brown Butter Pumpkin Kanelbullen: These Swedish buns are gorgeous. And with plenty of brown butter and pumpkin, we bet they taste great too. (via La Pêche Fraîche) 

13. Banana Cinnamon Rolls: If banana bread and cinnamon rolls had a baby, it would look a lot like this. And we don’t hate it at all. (via The Little Epicurean) 

14. The World’s Easiest (Vegan!) Cinnamon Rolls: So vegan cinnamon rolls are a thing. A very, very good thing. (via Minimalist Baker)

15. Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze: These cinnamon rolls scream “decadence!” while gesturing towards good health. The whole wheat flour and natural sweeteners totally cancel out the butter and the heavy cream. Because that’s how calories work. (via Cooking ala Mel)

16. Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls: Salty meets sweet in this clever recipe. We can’t wait to give it a try ourselves. (via The Cooking Bowl)

17. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls: In this recipe, hunks of cookie dough are buried deep inside these homemade cinnamon rolls. Because cookies are part of a complete breakfast. Maniacal laugh. (via How Sweet It Is)

18. Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls: These rolls have a dark secret — they’re from a can! We don’t mind, though. It’s abundantly clear that this recipe is all about the eggnog frosting. (via Your Cup Of Cake)

19. Chai-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls: If you’re prone to daydreaming about distant destinations, you we suggest you start your day with these treats. The exotic chai spices will take you far, far away. (via Joy The Baker)

20. Cinnamon Bun Bites (for dogs!): Treat your furry friend to a batch of these canine-approved cinnamon bun treats. But beware! Bubba will have a tough time transitioning back to kibble after this breakfast. (via Babble)

Are you a cinnamon roll purist, or do you think outside the bun pan? Talk to us in the comments below or say hi on Twitter.