Kirbie's Cravings

Bubble Buns

cinnamon bubble buns on a baking rack

I love bubble breads. I like that they pull apart into small pieces and I like the bubble top shape. I saw several recipes for bubble buns right before Easter and decided to try one of them out.
close-up of cinnamon bubble buns on a white plate
These dough pieces are dipped in cinnamon and topped with a vanilla glaze. It is similar to monkey bread except turned upside down.  If you like cinnamon rolls or monkey bread, you’ll love these.
one cinnamon bubble bun on a white doily
I loved how these smelled. I used a recipe I found on All Day I Dream About Food. The recipe was pretty easy to follow. I did have to double the cinnamon coating though because I ran out when I followed the original recipe.

close-up of cinnamon bubble buns in a muffin tin

Update: I’ve also made Cinnamon Pumpkin Bubble Buns!

Cinnamon Bubble Buns

Servings: 12 buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Cinnamon-dusted bubble buns topped with a vanilla glaze. These pull apart buns are similar to monkey bread except turned upside down.  If you like cinnamon rolls or monkey bread, you'll love these!



  • 1 package active dry yeast about 2 1/4 tsp
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda


  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Place water in bowl of stand mixer and sprinkle yeast over. Let stand until bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in butter, sour cream, sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat in 2 cups of flour, the salt and baking soda until incorporated. Add remaining flour and continue to mix until a smooth, soft dough forms.
  • Knead dough until smooth, using the dough hook attachment, about 2-3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar for coating. In another small bowl, melt butter in microwave. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Roll dough into a long cylinder and then divide into 12 equal portions. Divide each of the 12 portions into 6 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  • For each bun, coat six balls with melted butter and then roll them in cinnamon sugar. Arrange five balls in the bottom of a prepared muffin cup. Using your fingertip, make a small well in the center and press in the sixth ball. Repeat with remaining dough and muffin cups.
  • Cover buns loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until puffy and have doubled in size, about 40 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Bake buns until golden, 20-22 minutes. Let cool in pan. Use a knife to help remove buns from pan.
  • Place buns on a wire rack. Place a piece of parchment paper underneath wire rack. In a small bowl, mix glaze ingredients and stir until smooth. Drizzle each bun with glaze.


Recipe lightly adapted from All Day I Dream About Food


Serving: 1bun, Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 71mg, Sugar: 25g, NET CARBS: 45g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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17 comments on “Bubble Buns”

  1. I have been making a similar recipe for many years. Gotten from my grandmother. To make a little healthier. Mayonnaise can be substituted for butter. Believe me, you can’t tell!!

  2. I just finished making a batch. They came out perfect and HUGE! I’m not complaining. Lol Mine finished baking in about 18 minutes so, be careful not to over cook them! This is my new favorite recipe. 🙂

  3. Hi Kirbie!
    Wow, these look fantastic! I can’t wait to tryvthem 🙂 I was wondering: how many g of yeast do we use for this recipe? Thanks! 🙂

  4. Hi! I’m having a linky party called A Themed Baker’s Sunday where this weeks theme is bread! I would love for you to join! Hope to see you there!

  5. These look so good, I’m sitting here at work and I am getting hungry. I will definitely try this recipe, thanks for posting.

  6. Mini monkey breads. Awesome! My girls would love these…

  7. Looks so decadent and satisfying! I’m hard-pressed to deny anything cinnamony sweet.

  8. These look SO good! I love cinnamon rolls and monkey bread!

  9. Your pics are great. We’d love for you to post your pics/recipes at!

  10. This looks so delicious and I love anything with cinnamon! =)

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