Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns

Photo courtesy of GC Propix

And “Nod” you will after you enjoy a few of these.  These cinnamon buns are a family favourite and an absolute Christmas morning must.  I have fond memories of Christmas morning – waking up to the smell of these cinnamon buns in the oven, running downstairs to see if Santa came (of course he did!).  Nowadays, even this year, CH and I lazily walk downstairs at my parents, grab a cup of coffee and slowly come-to.  However, the minute these are out of the oven, it’s fair game and my brother and CH argue as to who gets the first one.  This year, there were some unhappy grumbles as they had to wait a few extra minutes – as my Dad shot (and I staged!) these beautiful pictures so I could post them for all of you.

This is a tried and true recipe and a simple one too – as long as you are a little organized the night before.  However, I’ve had difficulty making these in Ontario, because I can’t seem to find the frozen dinner rolls anywhere.  CH and I went to 4 different stores in the downtown core searching for them, to no avail.  I have plans to deconstruct the buns soon, so we can enjoy these more often, but for now they are a special Vancouver treat and I hope they become a favourite of yours too!


Photo courtesy of GC Propix

Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns (or Monkey Bread – KSC!)


  • 20 unbaked frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, diced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp butter for greasing the pan


Lightly grease a 10 inch bundt cake pan with butter.

Place the frozen rolls into the bundt pan and sprinkle the top with the brown sugar, pudding mix, ground cinnamon, raisins and walnuts. Pour melted butter over the rolls and cover the pan with a clean, damp cloth.  Leave the covered rolls on the counter overnight at room temperature to rise.

In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the rolls (they will have doubled in size) for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Flip the bunt pan over onto a serving plate and serve warm.

Photo courtesy of GC Propix

Recipe from JBean’s Mom and as found in The Best of the Best of Bridge – Vol. 1



Filed under Bread, Breakfast, Desserts

8 responses to “Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns

  1. Mmm, I just love homemade cinnamon buns. Yours look so lovely. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d stop by and link your cinnamon buns up.

  2. There have been many times when I’ve had a family member tease me about it not being fair that they have to wait to eat because I want to take pictures. I am sure it was well worth the wait!

  3. Kate S.

    We made these for Christmas breaky too! Well, minus the raisins and nuts – yecch 🙂 Frozen dinner rolls are pretty elusive in ON – remind me to pass along the dinner roll recipe I used instead – it worked beautifully!

    • That’s right – you call them “monkey bread”, right? Betcha used a nice bundt pan too :)!!
      I’d love the recipe you use for the rolls, will try and remember to ask you soon!

      • Kate S.

        I do call it monkey bread – though the man of the house insists they are “sticky buns”. The bundt pan was a-may-zing! Will track down the recipe and email it to you before I forget!

  4. Kudos. Terrific write-up

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