The Best Cinnamon Fig Jam Buns

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Imagine baking a dish of these cinnamon fig jam buns on a chilly morning, with a cup of coffee beside you and the smells of cinnamon and sugar permeating the air!

Maybe some soft music playing, or maybe it’s a holiday and there’s family around. Maybe it’s just a lazy Sunday, or a free afternoon…

Whenever you’re baking these cinnamon fig jam buns, I promise it will be a treat!

These fig jam buns came about after my love affair with fig jam over the summer. I wanted to use it in something else, and with the holidays coming and chilly air on the way, I immediately thought of cinnamon buns.

fig jam buns

I’m not sure why I always associate cinnamon buns with fall and winter and the holidays, but they are definitely a favorite treat for this time of year!

I decided to make cinnamon buns similar to traditional buns, but with the added addition of fig jam in the filling.

Oh! And a cream cheese laced icing of course. You know me and my cream cheese frosting love. I just had to throw some in there.

As a result, these cinnamon fig jam buns are a sweet combo of cinnamon, brown sugar, and fig jam, with a slight tang from the delicious cream cheese icing. Delish!

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How to Make Cinnamon Fig Jam Buns

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What Ingredients Do You Need?

To make these cinnamon buns, you’ll need:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ tsp (one packet) of active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup 1% milk, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 heaping cup fig jam
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, room temp
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp milk, room temp
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar

You can usually find fig jam in the grocery store, either in the fancy cheese section or in the aisle with the peanut butters and other jams.

And one other note, it’s really important that your milk and eggs are at room temperature before starting! If they are too cold, it can kill the yeast, resulting in a not so great dough rise.

fig jam buns

What Equipment Do You Need?

As far as equipment goes, you’ll need the following:

A little bit more equipment than is typically needed for my recipes, but these buns are worth it! I’ll admit that I did not have a rolling pin…but a wine bottle dusted with flour worked perfectly fine to roll my dough out! You can also try to just pat it down into shape, though that will probably take longer.

fig jam cinnamon bun

This recipe is one of our favorites around here for the colder seasons, and would be perfect for holidays! A great holiday morning breakfast or dessert.

These cinnamon fig jam buns do take a bit of time…not gonna lie! With two rises plus the prep and baking time, it’s a longer recipe to do. However, if you aren’t spending an afternoon baking these, and you don’t want to get up at 6 in the morning on holidays (who does?), then you have options here.

First, you can make these cinnamon buns a day ahead of time, icing and all, and then warm them up in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. Or, you can bake them a day ahead, but not frost, and then slightly warm them the next day in the oven before icing and serving.

Another option, which I think is the best option, is you can do overnight buns! I like this option because you still have a fresh baked pan of buns in the morning but most of the prep is done ahead of time…

I included overnight instructions in the recipe below, but basically, you follow the directions up until it’s time for the second rise. Instead, you place the dish of rolled buns in the fridge overnight, and then take them out in the morning, bake, and do the icing.

I hope you’ll try these fantastic cinnamon fig jam buns! We love them here and can’t get enough. If you try them, let me know what you think!

Have you baked with fig jam before? Let me know in the comments what you’ve made! I’d love to hear.

xoxo

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The Best Cinnamon Fig Jam Buns

A cinnamon, brown sugar, and fig jam filling, with cream cheese icing! Lovely breakfast or dessert for weekend baking or holidays!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:35 mins
Resting time:2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:3 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ tsp (one packet) of active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup 1% milk room temperature
  • 2 eggs room temperature

Filling

  • 1 heaping cup fig jam
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Icing:

  • 3 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp milk room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, salt and granulated sugar.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, 1% milk, and eggs. Add this mixture to the bowl with the flour mixture. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix everything together until it’s forming a shaggy dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated and it forms a ball (about 3 or so minutes). Place the ball of dough into a lightly greased large bowl, cover with a clean towel or lightly with plastic wrap, and set the bowl in a warm area. Let the dough rise for about 60-90 minutes, until it has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has risen, dust your work surface and a rolling pin with flour. Turn the dough out onto the surface and roll it into a rectangle, roughly 12 inches by 16 inches long.
  • Spread the fig jam evenly over the surface of the dough. Mix the brown sugar and ground cinnamon together in a small bowl, and evenly sprinkle that over the top of the fig jam.
  • Take the long edge and roll the dough up into a tight cylinder. Using a sharp knife, cut off about ½ inch from the ends of the cylinder and discard. Then cut the remaining dough cylinder into 12 equal sized pieces. Place the pieces, swirl side up, into a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • ***If you want to do overnight rolls, follow the directions in the notes below now. Otherwise, continue on here.
  • Cover the baking dish lightly with a towel, place in a warm area, and let the dough rise again for about 1 hour.
  • Near the end of the second rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Once the rolls have risen, bake them in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
  • While the rolls are cooling, prepare the icing: whisk together the cream cheese, vanilla extract, milk, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Once the rolls are cool to the touch, you can drizzle the icing over the tops right in the pan. Enjoy!
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can warm them for 30 seconds in the microwave.

Notes

For the overnight version, cover the dish of unbaked rolls lightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, take the baking dish out, uncover it, and let it rest at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, until cooked through and lightly golden.
Remove from the oven, and let them cool on a cooling rack. Proceed again to step 10 above.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: baked, breakfast, brunch, cream cheese, dessert, fall, holiday, snack, winter
Servings: 12 buns

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