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Mini cinnamon buns

OK, we all have to admit it.  There are certain foods that you sometimes get a craving for and there is no stopping it.  The other day for breakfast, my craving was a cinnamon bun.  You know the ones I am talking about, from CinnaBon, at the mall.  Or maybe the gigantic one from some bakery in Texas I saw on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives that I almost mail ordered.  I think it weighed 7 pounds!  Well, I did a quick google search and found the alternative.  This recipe for cinnamon-filled ebelskivers.  For those of you who are not well versed in the Scandinavian pastries, ebelskivers are kind of like pancake balls.  And the best part is that they can be filled with anything.  These are filled with cinnamon, covered in frosting, and mimic a cinnamon bun oh so well.  Just be careful not to eat the entire batch 🙂

Ingredients for the cinnamon filling

  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoons of flour
  • 3/4 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter, cut up into small pieces

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Using a fork, mash in the butter until well incorporated.  Set aside.

Ingredients for the ebelskiver batter

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup of milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter

In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix together.

In a second bowl, which the egg yolks with the milk.  Slowly add in the melted butter and whisk until combined.

Add the egg yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and combine.

In a third bowl, whisk the egg whites until you have soft peaks (you can do this by hand or using a hand mixer or even your Kitchen-Aid), about 2-3 minutes.  Using a spatula, fold the egg whites into the batter.

Ingredients for the frosting

  • 1 1/2 oz of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of confectionary sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (to thin the frosting if needed)

In a bowl, using a hand mixer (I used my Kitchen-Aid), mix the butter and cream cheese.  Slowly add the sugar while continuing to mix.  If the frosting is thick, add some milk to thin it and continue to mix.  Set aside.

Putting it all together

Heat your ebelskiver pan over medium heat.  Spray it with non-stick cooking spray.  To each well add about a tablespoon of the batter.  Top the batter with some of the cinnamon filling.  Then top the filling with another tablespoon of batter.  Allow to cook for about 3 minutes, and then turn with 2 skewers (chopsticks also work.  I have tried forks, spoons, various other kitchen tools, but skewers work really well).  Cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes.  Remove the ebelskiver from the pan and top generously with frosting.  This recipe made 10 ebelskivers.  The original, from Williams-Sonoma makes about 3 dozen (  Enjoy!


2 comments on “Mini cinnamon buns

  1. trialsinfood
    January 18, 2012

    Looks yummy and so cute!

  2. Dianne
    January 19, 2012

    looks delicious!!!!

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