Cardamom Buns

Soft, sweet and perfumed with bright and fruity cardamom, these Swedish-inspired rolls take your coffee break to the next level.

Serves: 16Prep: 2 hours 40 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 3 hoursDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16


  • 1 package (0.25 oz.) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup milk, warm but not hot (100-110°F)
  • 3⁄4 cup butter, softened and divided
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 1⁄2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom, divided
  • 4 tablespoons water


  • In bowl of stand mixer, combine yeast, milk, ¼ cup melted butter and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let stand for about 5 minutes or until small bubbles are visible.
  • Add flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon cardamom. Using dough hooks, mix on low until flour is combined. Increase speed to medium-low; knead dough 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Grease bowl. Place dough in prepared bowl. Cover; rest at room temperature 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, make filling by combining remaining ½ cup butter, ½ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon ground cardamom until evenly blended.
  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Transfer dough to floured surface; roll to 20”x12” rectangle. Spread surface with filling.
  • Fold dough in thirds like a letter. Roll out again until about 16”x9”.
  • Using pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut dough into 16 strips, each 1”-wide.
  • Twist and pull each strip, creating a spiral. Pick up one end of dough and wrap it around a few fingers, about 2 times, like a bandage. Take rest of strip over top of bun and tuck end in bottom center of roll. Place on prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough strips.
  • Loosely cover pan; let rise about 45 minutes or until puffed.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in small saucepan over medium heat, combine 4 tablespoons water and remaining 4 tablespoons sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • When buns come out of oven, brush with sugar syrup. Serve warm.
  • Store cooled buns in an airtight container at room temperature.