Kirbie's Cravings

Savory Bubble Buns

photo of a bubble buns in a muffin tin

I love bubble buns because they let you pull off chunks at a time with your hands without it seeming uncivilized. The first thing I want to do when I see the bubble bun is to pull off that top piece!
close-up photo of a piece of bubble bun
I previously made some cinnamon bubble buns for Easter. While sitting at my desk at work, a thought came to me that it would be fun to create some savory bubble buns, similar to the pull apart pizza bread I recently made.
photo of bubble buns on a plate
I love how cute and portable these are. They make a great snack or appetizer. You can use whatever herbs and spices you like. I chose a mix of Italian seasoning and some tomato and basil seasoning.
photo of bubbles buns on a wood board
The dough is pretty easy to make, though of course, like any yeast recipe, you have to let the dough proof for a while. If you don’t have the time, you could use some Pillsbury biscuit dough too, though the dough won’t taste exactly the same. I am submitting this post to Yeastspotting.
photo of bubble buns on a baking rack
Dough recipe adapted from All Day I Dream About Food

Savory Bubble Buns

Servings: 12 bubble buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
These savory bubble buns are a great snack or appetizer. You can customize them with different flavors and for this version I flavored them with Italian seasoning as well as tomato and basil seasoning.


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 tbsp unsalted 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
  • herbs and seasoning of your choice for coating


  • 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.
  • Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with muffin cups. Roll dough into a long cylinder and then divide into 12 equal portions. Divide each of the 12 portions into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  • For each bun, coat four balls with melted butter and then roll them in a bowl of seasoning. Arrange three balls in the bottom of a prepared muffin cup. Using your fingertip, make a small well in the center and press in the fourth 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 350°F. Bake buns until golden, 20-22 minutes. Let cool in pan. Use a knife to help remove buns from pan.



Serving: 1bubble bun, Calories: 164kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 140mg, Sugar: 3g, NET CARBS: 23

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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5 comments on “Savory Bubble Buns”

  1. Wait… I wrote that before eating…
    Now that’s different.
    Seriously this recipe is amazing the bread was all like hmm flulffy and perfect!
    I’m so gonna do this again and again!

  2. Just made them!! Such an amazing time ^.^
    They got way bigger than that, and sure it’s really good!

  3. These look fabulous! Plus it’s fun to say “bubble buns”. 🙂