In Sweden, October 4 Is National Cinnamon Bun Day

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Food & Drink

In Sweden, October 4 Is National Cinnamon Bun Day

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In the homes of Swedes and Swedish-Americans alike, cinnamon buns are a staple, but on Oct. 4, the sweet, sugary bun gets its own national holiday.

Swedes observe Waffle Day in March and semlor on Fat Tuesday, but before 1999, there was no such celebration when it came to cinnamon buns.

That year, Sweden’s Hembakningsrådet’s (Home Baking Council) celebrated its 40th anniversary, and the members sought a way to highlight Sweden’s long history of baking. Because the anniversary fell during the time of year when baking starts to ramp up, a baked item was chosen for the day’s namesake. From there, Kanelbullens dag was born.

And boy, are we thankful for it.

On Oct. 4, head to bakeries and shops in Sweden for all the cinnamon buns you can stomach. According to, bakeries typically sell three times their normal quantity, which is really saying something because kanelbullar is a popular item any day.

For those of us who can’t make the trip overseas for the authentic gooey goodness, grab a bun (or several) at your favorite local bakery or whip up a batch at home.

We love couple Hans and Ingalill’s video (recipe below) walking us through their process of how to make kanelbullar at home. Enjoy!

Genuine Swedish Cinnamon Buns – Kanelbullar


  • 7 Cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3½ teaspoons yeast


  • 10 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups lukewarm milk

Mix all and knead until smooth. Let rise for about 1.5 hours. Roll dough, spread with butter, dust with additional sugar and cinnamon. Fashion into buns, wash with egg and sprinkle with pearl sugar. Let rise for 45 minutes. Bake at 450˚ F for 13 to 14 minutes.

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