Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns

Forgive me for getting fresh, but I just can’t stop pinching these Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns. Crumb streusel topping is stuffed in the buns and served on top!

These squeezable pillows of honey dough are a mash up between an ultra fluffy cinnamon bun and a New York-style crumb cake. I took a honey whole wheat buttermilk dough that I would typically use for cinnamon rolls, stuffed it with giant, golden coffee-cake style crumbs, then showered even more crumbs over the top.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns are for the part of you that wants to eat the top layer off of the entire coffee cake, then leave the sad bottom half for your kid brother. No judgment—you beat him to the pan!

Double Stuffed Crumb Buns
Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns from Well Plated by Erin

Traditional east-coast style crumb topping differs from other streusels in that it has greater amount of flour, and the flavor focus is more about butter and brown sugar than it is cinnamon. All you really need to know is that’s golden and glorious, and we’re using twice as much.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns-Crumb Topping

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns are messy and marvelous. The crumb topping falls all over the buns and into the gaps in the pan, then deeply caramelizes and clings to the bun edges in big chunks as it bakes. I loved digging out each bun and its surrounding moat of bronzed brown sugar.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns Recipe. Like a coffee cake and cinnamon roll combined!

OK, now that I’ve given you the crumb analytics, let’s make these fluffy double-stuffed crumb creations!

Part one: The dough. It’s half whole wheat, honey sweetened, buttermilk tender, and destined to be stuffed and smothered. We’ll be working with one half of the risen dough at a time. You can shape both halves for 12 buns, or freeze one half for another time (what I did.)

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns-Risen Dough

Now, shape and sprinkle. Pat the dough into a rectangle, then shower it lovingly with copious amounts of buttery brown sugar crumb topping.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns-Spreading the Crumb Topping

Snail mail time. Lift the first edge over, just as if you are folding a letter to Grandma. (I’m sure she’d appreciate a few of these buns too.)

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns-Letter Fold, Side 1

Now finish folding Grandma’s letter, er, the dough. Lift second the second edge over, then admire your puffy, crumb-loaded log.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns-Letter Fold, Side 2

Slice real nice into 2-inch buns. This is the moment to raise your bun symmetry standards—bust out the ruler.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns-Sliced and ready to shape

Pinch the sliced edges together (gracefully shoving any loose crumbs back inside) to form the buns, arrange in the pan, then bless the buns with a rainstorm of the remaining crumb topping. Note the excessively large butter chunks. They are my favorite.

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns-Covered in Crumb Topping

Into the oven, and out onto our plates!

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns. Stuffed with crumb topping with even more crumbs on top!

I baked these Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns as a special treat for my sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law James who are visiting us for Memorial Day weekend. Lizzy, since you are driving through Iowa as this post goes to print, just remember—no matter how long I-80 feels, Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns are waiting at the end of it.

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns

Yield: 12 buns
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
Cinnamon buns meet crumb coffee cake. Fluffy whole wheat honey rolls stuffed with coffee cake crumb topping on the inside, with even more crumb topping sprinkled all over the outside. A must try for all crumb-topping lovers!

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour — divided, plus a few additional tablespoons as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour — or substitute additional all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 packages Red Star Platinum Instant Yeast — (about 3 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, — cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Filling and Topping:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — (1 stick) cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar — (light or dark)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour — or substitute additional all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk, — plus additional as needed

Instructions

  1. To prepare dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, cinnamon, salt. Add the butter, honey, and eggs and stir briefly to roughly combine. Heat buttermilk and water to the temperature specified by the yeast manufacturer (Red Star Platinum is 120 to 130 degrees F). If the buttermilk separates, simply whisk it back together, then add to the bowl. Mix until evenly moistened, then switch to a dough hook (or turn out onto a lightly floured surface) and knead for 6 minutes by machine or 8 minutes by hand, adding the remaining all purpose flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Add only enough extra flour to prevent the dough from being excessively sticky (it should still be tacky.) Transfer dough to a large bowl coated with cooking spray. Turn to coat, then cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, make the filling and crumb topping: In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Add the all purpose flour and whole wheat flour, and mix until dry crumbs form. Do not over mix, or the crumbs will become a large mass.
  3. To assemble the buns: Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled work surface. Divide in half. (At this point, each dough half may be wrapped in plastic and frozen for up to 1 month.) Working with one half at a time, roll the dough into an 8x10-inch rectangle. Lightly brush the dough with milk, then sprinkle 3/4 cup of the crumb mixture over the dough. Take one of the long edges and fold it over the center like a letter (you will be folding the dough into thirds.) Brush the top of the folded edge with milk. Gently lift the other long edge and fold it over the first so that the edges align (again, as if you are folding a letter.) Press all four edges to seal. Repeat with second half of the dough and another 3/4 cup filling.
  4. Gently pat and stretch each length of dough until it is 12-inches long and even in diameter. Cut each piece into 6, 2-inch slices. Lift each slice and pinch the cut edges to seal in the filling, forming a “bun.” Some topping may fall out, but simply poke what you can back in and save any excess for sprinkling. Do not worry if the buns do not completely seal.
  5. Space the slices evenly in the prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining topping (much of the topping will fall into the pan.) Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap, then place in a warm, draft free place to rise for 1 hour. (The rolls will only puff slightly.) Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake buns until the crust and crumbs are golden and the crumbs in the bottom of the pan are bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Gently lift the rolls from the pan and transfer to a rack to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature with any excess pan crumbs scraped out of the pan.

Recipe Notes

Store leftover Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns at room temperature for up to two days.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Roll Recipe, Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns

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I baked Double Stuffed Cinnamon Crumb Buns with my favorite bread-baking tool, Red Star Platinum Yeast. It’s foolproof, yields consistent results, and most importantly, creates super-fluffy, tender breads every time. For baking tips, check out Red Star Yeast’s step-by-step baking guide, and don’t forget to follow Red Star on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, for tasty recipes and inspiration.

Crumb topping binge:

Red Star Yeast compensated me for my time to create this recipe and post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

35 comments

  1. I love how you used whole wheat flour, they give these buns that healthy glow!`

    Really fun how you combined cinnamon buns with coffee cake (kind of like a labadoodle?) Who knew?

    It’s the puffy goodness that gets me, I just want to eat 2 of these with a cup of hot tea and my book.

  2. Love the fact that the crumb is in the middle!! The crumb is the best part :D and the puffy, honey dough, I bet goes super good together! Can totally see myself stuffing my face with these! Thanks, Erin!

  3. Ohhhhhhhh, Erin! Please throw one of these over the border to me!

  4. I could easily put away two of these babies. Love them.

  5. Pillows of goodness? Yep. And the perfect reason to preheat my oven to 350 degrees over the weekend.

  6. These are the perfect buns!! Crumb should always go in the middle!

  7. These are amazing, Erin! Love the crumb filling!

  8. I adore these little pillows. That filling!!

  9. Wow! You have definitely outdone yourself with these!! Crumbs for days….I’m in!

  10. My mouth is watering right now as I read this. These look delicious!!

  11. Oh my goodness. When I lived alone I used to eat the top layer off the crumb cake because, well, I could. It was heaven.
    And these are amazing! This beats the cronut in my book as the best hybrid ever! Cinnamon buns and crumb cake, yeah!

  12. The more crumbs the better, this is brilliant!!

  13. Your lucky sister! These are new to me, but they look like a top class bake. Have a great weekend together with your family!

  14. Dear lord all that crumb and cinnamon, it’s my dream come true! I’m totally that person that picks the top crumb layer off and leaves the boring cake part for my poor husband. Love these!

  15. Oh my goodness – I am totally drooling over these pillowy buns! The crumbs are my favorite part on any coffee cake and I will surely be dreaming about these buns tonight while I lay on my crumb-less pillow. Your sister is one lucky lady – love these :)

  16. Wow! I’m in crumb-coma. These look delightful, and I can’t think of a better reason to turn my oven on and put on my apron. Thank you!

  17. Ummmm the most wonderful buns, EVER. I’d love to pinch it…in the most non-disturbing way that can only sound. xo

  18. Oh my gosh these are fabulous!!! I’m in LOVE. Pinned!

  19. I love those pillowy buns are made with wholewheat flour. They look scrumptious, Erin.

  20. That crumb filling is calling my name.

  21. This looks delicious Erin! Can’t wait to try it!

  22. Anything that has the word ‘crumb’ in it immediately has my undivided attention!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  23. I think you can already guess how I feel about these. Excuse me while I go dream about them.

  24. These are so creative and I want to eat these right now!! Like cinnamon rolls, but ten times better! I love the step by step photos, so helpful :)

  25. Whoa whoa whoa! haha These look out of control good! All those crumbs .. gosh I love crumbs. Hope you’re having a great long weekend!

  26. Cinnamon bun and crumb cake mash-up sounds insane! I wish I had one (or three) of these right now.

  27. Buns and crumbs? Now this is my kind of morning treat!

  28. I’ve never heard of these before, but glad I have now, they look delightful. Are they something you created? Or are they something you kids eat ‘traditionally’ at memorial day weekend? Gonna add this to my ever growing of fantastic recipes you provide. Hope you enjoyed your weekend. :)

  29. These look like perfect little cinnamon pillows! What a great brunch idea. Yum! Also, there’s nothing better than the smell of cinnamon buns in the oven. Deeelish!

  30. These buns are amazing. Cinnamon crumb bun is really a brilliant idea! Love it so much.

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