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Vanilla Bean Morning Buns

Puff pastry rolled into a bun with vanilla bean sugar, a hint of cinnamon, and baked until puffed and golden brown. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 12 buns


For the morning buns:

  • 6 tablespoons vanilla bean sugar divided, see recipe below
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted, softened

For the vanilla bean sugar (makes 1.5 cups):

  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


For the morning buns:

  • Prepare vanilla bean sugar. See recipe below. Then, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12 cup muffin pan with non-stick spray and dust with a little vanilla bean sugar in each cup. Tap out the excess. Set aside. 
  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons vanilla bean sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Remove 1 tablespoons of mixture and place in a separate shallow bowl. Add 2 more tablespoons of vanilla bean sugar to shallow bowl. Set both bowls aside. 
  • Dust 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean sugar on clean surface. Place one sheet of puff pastry on top of sugar and open it so it's flat. Spread 2 tablespoons of butter on the pastry. Dust evenly with 1/2 of brown sugar mixture. Using a rolling pin, gently roll over the sugar and press it into the dough. Starting on the long end, tightly roll the pastry to make one long log. Cut log in half and then cut each half into 3 pieces to make for 6 pieces. Repeat with other sheet of pastry. 
  • Place each rolled piece of dough into each cup of the prepared muffin pan, cut side up. Bake in preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, or until tops are deep golden brown. Remove from oven. Remove each bun from the pan and roll in shallow bowl with sugar mixture. Set on wire rack to cool for a couple minutes before serving. Serve warm or room temperature. Best enjoyed same day. 

For the vanilla bean sugar:

  • Add 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar to a glass jar. Split vanilla bean and scrape beans out and add to jar. Place bean shell in jar, as well. Close jar and shake to distribute bean flecks throughout sugar. The longer you let the sugar sit, the deeper the vanilla bean flavor will become.