Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree


This cinnamon roll Christmas tree is not only delicious, but also looks stunning as part of a Christmas breakfast or brunch.

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Cinnamon roll Christmas tree

Cinnamon rolls originate from Sweden, where they are eaten during a fika. Fika is a coffee break which includes something sweet to eat.

Cinnamon rolls are deliciously soft on the inside, crisp on the outside, and full of cinnamon flavour. These delicious rolls are regularly enjoyed with a drizzle of icing.

Cinnamon rolls are made from a yeasted dough which, after rising, is rolled with a rich cinnamon butter.

Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2023-12-21, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 45 minutes.

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Updated at: 31-12-2023

45 minutes 6 people Breakfast
Cinnamon roll Christmas tree


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  • 150 ml whole milk
  • 75 g room temperature butter
  • 1 sachet dry yeast
  • 75 grams of sugar
  • 300 grams of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar
  • half a tablespoon of water
Cinnamon roll Christmas tree ingredients
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  • small saucepan
  • stand mixer
  • clean tea towel
  • oven
  • baking tray lined with baking parchment
  • sharp knife

Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree

45 minutes 6 people Breakfast

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Making the dough 15 minutes + waiting time

Heat 25g of butter with 150ml of milk until lukewarm. Add the yeast and 25g of sugar and mix until smooth. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes until it starts to foam.

Mix 300 grams of flour with a pinch of salt, then gradually add the milk mixture.

Knead into a smooth dough and cover with a clean tea towel. Let the dough rise for half an hour in a warm place, or until the dough has doubled in volume.

Making a cinnamon roll Christmas tree - step 1
Making a cinnamon roll Christmas tree - step 1

Making the cinnamon roll Christmas tree 30 minutes + waiting time

Dust your work surface and rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough into a large rectangle, about 30 cm by 40 cm.

Mix 50 grams of butter with 50 grams of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. This is best done with your hands.

Spread the dough with the butter mixture, then roll it up.

Making a cinnamon roll Christmas tree - step 2
Making a cinnamon roll Christmas tree - step 2

Use a sharp knife to cut slices from the roll. Place the rolls on a baking tray, lined with baking parchment, in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Make sure they are not too close together. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for another half hour.

Making a cinnamon roll Christmas tree - step 3

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220 degrees.

Beat an egg and brush it over the buns. Bake the cinnamon rolls for around 10 minutes, until nice and golden brown. The exact baking time depends on your oven.

Cinnamon roll Christmas tree
Cinnamon roll Christmas tree

Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool a little, and make an icing glaze by mixing 1 tablespoon of icing sugar with half a tablespoon of water.

Spread the glaze over the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree: frequently asked questions

How long can I store cinnamon rolls?

Cinnamon rolls are best when still lukewarm, but you can store them for up to 2 days in a sealed container or bag.

Can I freeze cinnamon rolls?

You can freeze cinnamon rolls. Once defrosted, sprinkle them with a little water and reheat them in the oven.