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That’s right, potatoes in a cinnamon bun! Try this twist on a breakfast classic by making these potato cinnamon buns with local Ontario potatoes!

12 servings

Potato Cinnamon Buns
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  • 8 oz (250 g) long white Ontario potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups (750mL) all purpose flour (approx)
  • Cinnamon Sugar Filling:
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) butter, very soft
  • 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) whipping (35 %) cream


  1. In saucepan, cover potatoes with water and bring to boil. Boil for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to saucepan, add all but 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) of the sugar into potatoes and mash. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, dissolve remaining sugar in water. Sprinkle with yeast and let stand for about 10 minutes or until frothy. Whisk in butter and cooled potato mixture, salt and eggs. Stir in 2 3/4 cups (675 mL) of the flour to form sticky dough. Turn out onto floured surface and knead in remaining flour for about 5 minutes or until smooth. Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch down dough.
  3. Cinnamon Sugar Filling: In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Roll dough on floured surface to 14 x 20 inches (35 x 50 cm). Spread dough with butter and sprinkle with sugar filling. Starting at long side roll up tightly and pinch seam to close. Using serrated knife, cut into 12 pieces and place in parchment paper lined 13 x 9 inch (3 L) pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled. Bake in 375 F (190 C) oven for about 30 minutes or until golden. Let cool slightly.
  4. Cream cheese Icing:
  5. In bowl, using electric hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Beat in icing sugar and whipping cream until creamy. Spread over cinnamon buns before serving.

This recipe was kindly provided by the Ontario Potato Board.

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