Cinnamon buns are perhaps one of the most beloved baked goods of all time. Serve them warm and gooey and they’re sure to disappear! But while they’re great for brunch or coffee/tea time, they can be quite messy making them less than ideal for events, despite how delicious they are!
To make them event friendly, whether it’s a baby shower or wedding dessert table or favors, we’ve created these cinnamon bun pops that can be eaten handheld mess-free. Plus, they’re inexpensive and easy to make, despite looking like you spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen!
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The concept is incredibly simple. Crack open a store-bought package of cinnamon buns, setting aside the icing. Unroll each bun and rip in half so you’ve got two pieces of dough that are equal in length and the same width as the original buns. Using your fingers, press the dough down to flatten to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. If desired, you can use a rolling pin to evenly flatten multiple strips of dough at once.
Once the dough is flattened, roll each piece up to look like mini cinnamon buns! Then gently push onto the stick until the stick is about halfway through the bun. Repeat for all of the pieces of dough. You can use any type of candy stick that is oven safe! We used wooden sticks from our local bulk food store, but there are lots of options out there to match your event look and feel.
Put on a baking sheet – it’s time to bake them! You’ll want to cook them according to the temperature listed on the packaging and for roughly 12 to 14 minutes. We suggest checking them around 10 minutes to see if they’re browning up nicely, especially since you don’t want them to burn! Once cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool on the pan on a wire cooling rack.
After you’ve let them fully cool, it’s time to ice them using the icing that came with the store-bought package of cinnamon buns. If the icing is still a little bit cold, heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds first. Pour it into a sandwich baggie or a piping bag and cut a small hole in the tip. Drizzle the icing back and forth across each of buns, letting it drip down the sides. Allow the cinnamon bun pops to cool entirely before storing, packaging, or displaying them upright.
There are a number of cute ways to display these cinnamon bun pops! You can let them dry and wrap them up in a decorative plastic bags with ribbon if they’re favors or being left as part of a place setting decoration. You can also wrap a piece of gardener foam or a styrofoam box in wrapping paper of your choice and stick the pops into that. For a more rustic look, place them in a mason jar to look like a bouquet!