Kanelsnurrer - Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns

Kanelsnurrer, Scandinavian cinnamon and cardamom twist buns recipe! À la Claus Meyer …

Breads and viennoiserie, Special everyday cakes and treats

Also known as cinnamon knots, rolls or swirl buns, these are an amazing combo of cinnamon, sugar and butter swirled in a cardamom-spiced light buttery dough to create delicious pastries with a crisp outside and soft fluffy centre.  I read somewhere they’re not too sweet and even better than classic cinnamon rolls and I totally agree!  A work colleague tested mine and repeatedly commented on their amazingly fluffy pull-apart texture and yumminess.  And I have the lovely Cooking the Chef group to thank for this discovery!  The chosen chef for this month’s challenge is world-renowned Danish chef Claus Meyer (more about him later) who serves these pastries of Norwegian origin in his bakeries!  The English recipe for kanelsnurrer is on his website and a youtube video that demonstrates the whole process, including the knot-twisting technique.  The video’s in Danish but you’ll get the gist.  I’d really recommend these kanelsnurrer as the most wonderfully fragrant and textured Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns!  It was love at first bite.  I think you should make them! 😉

Kanelsnurrer - Danish cinnamon twist buns, lower gluten

Kanelsnurrer – Danish cinnamon twist buns,

Look, it’s crispy outside but soft and fluffy inside!

Kanelsnurrer - Danish cinnamon twist bun, lower gluten

Kanelsnurrer – Danish cinnamon twist bun

Kanel means cinnamon by the way and snurrer is ‘swirl’ or ‘twist’.  Yum.


For these kanelsnurrer I followed Claus Meyer’s cinnamon swirls recipe but substituted about one third of the 00 flour with glutenfree to make the buns lower-gluten and used slightly healthier unrefined golden caster sugar.  The milk was warmed a little before stirring in the yeast and the dough left overnight before shaping and baking – a slow overnight rise in the fridge improves the flavour and texture.  Plus the chilled dough is easier to handle the next day and it’s great for scheduling – you can shape and bake the pastries more quickly in the morning.  Oh and the quantities are halved so as not to use a whole kilo of flour – just had to recalculate the rectangle sizes.

On facebook there’s a nice Insider dessert kanelsnurrer video in English with info about them and how they’re made. Claus Meyer’s kanelsnurrer video recipe in Danish helps a lot with the shaping but photos I’ve seen of these buns show them in all shapes and sizes so they don’t need to be perfect.  Hurray!

Kanelsnurrer - Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns

Kanelsnurrer – Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns

Ingredients – for about 9 buns


  • 250g/ml full-fat milk
  • 25g/0.88oz fresh yeast
  • 1/2 medium-large egg, beaten (27-30g), keep the other half for brushing the buns
  • 500g/17.6oz (4 cups) 00 flour (or strong bread flour) – I used 350g 00 flour and 150g Doves Farm self-raising gluten free flour
  • 75g/1/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar, preferably unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 7g (1 and 1/2 level tsp) fine sea salt
  • 5g (2 and 1/8 level tsp) ground green cardamom
  • 75g/1/3 cup or 2/3 stick unsalted butter, good quality


  • 100g/1/2 cup less 3 tsp softened unsalted butter, whisked to creamy texture
  • 100g/1/2 cup less 1 and 1/4 tsp caster (superfine sugar), preferably unrefined golden caster sugar or light brown demerera sugar
  • 10g (4 level tsp) ground cinnamon


  • the 1/2 beaten egg remaining from above
  • a little sugar for sprinkling



Kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns illustrated recipe 1

Note:  if the dough’s a little sticky don’t add extra flour. If it’s very liquid add a little flour after Stage 4 above and keep kneading another 5-10 minutes.  If the dough’s very stiff then add a little liquid and keep kneading. 

Making kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns 1

Making kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns 2

Making kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns 3


Kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns illustrated recipe 2

Making kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns 4

Making kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns 5

Making kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns 6

Here’s that link again to see someone shaping kanelsnurrer:  Claus Meyer kanelsnurrer video recipe.

  1. When almost doubled in size pre-heat oven to 180°C/350°F (fan-assisted) or 200°C/400°F (static, non-convection oven).  When you poke a bun with your finger the dough shouldn’t spring back completely but only a little, leaving a slight soft indent.  How long they prove depends on how warm the environment is.
  2. When ready to put in the oven brush each bun with the 1/2 beaten egg reserved from before.  Sprinkle a little caster sugar on top.
  3. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown (cover with aluminium foil if they start getting too brown).
  4. Allow to cool a little before eating.

Kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns

Eating and storing

Kanelsnurrer are best eaten fresh the same day.  Store at room temperature in airtight tupperware or wrapped well in plastic film.  Day 2 or 3 you can reheat in the oven on a baking tray 5-6 minutes at 180°C/350°F (fan-assisted) or 200°C/400°F (static, non-convection.  You’ll get a crispy outside again with the warm soft centre.  Yum.  Wrapped in plastic film the buns also keep in the freezer up to a month or so.  Reheat in the oven directly from frozen.

Kanelsnurrer - Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns

Kanelsnurrer – Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns

Claus Meyer and sharing

Claus Meyer is not just a chef but also described in the Wikipedia article as a culinary entrepreneur, food activist, cookbook author, professor and TV host.   He’s one of the founders of the New Nordic Cuisine philosophy, promoting unique Nordic cuisine around the world.  So it’s great to be sharing these kanelsnurrer cinnamon twist buns here and with friends.

In a whatsapp a friend just thanked me again for the kanelsnurrer she ate a week ago!  So it’s a memorable bun – very happy to have discovered it so thank you again Aisha and Abril at the Cooking the Chef group!  If you’re interested in looking at more Nordic cuisine please check out the recipes for the Claus Meyer challenge.  There are some lovely savoury dishes and a few other kanelsnurrer recipes in Spanish along with comments about how they loved these pastries.  You can never have too many. 🙂

Let’s have another nibble.  I really love these kanelsnurrer cinnamon buns!

Kanelsnurrer - Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns

Kanelsnurrer – Scandinavian cinnamon twist buns

Farewell dear reader!  Wishing you a lovely week ahead with some happy baking and eating! 🙂  Lili x




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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

40 thoughts on “Kanelsnurrer, Scandinavian cinnamon and cardamom twist buns recipe! À la Claus Meyer …”

    • Thank you Patty! 😍 You’re right, it isn’t difficult – hope you’ll make some. 🙂 x


    • 😁Coming right up mum … maybe a frozen one will survive the plane trip Thursday! 😉👍😘


    • Aw thank you Neetha! 😍 Yes I think the Scandinavians have really perfected their cinnamon buns! Perfect for breakfast as you said… 👍😊

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  1. Lili, pues si tus amigos del trabajo han quedado encantados, yo también ya quedé enamorada con estos rollos con aroma a cardamomo que me fascina y canela que también es una de mis especias preferidas…, pues no tendré más remedio que hacerlos.
    un placer visitar tu cocina, me llevo unos cuantos por ahora virtualmente, un beso y feliz semana!

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    • Hola Natalia, muchas gracias por tu visita y tus palabras! 😍 Estoy totalmente de acuerdo contigo sobre eso del cardamomo y la canela! Son especias increibles. Me alegro mucho que te gusten estos rollos del Claus Meyer y que pienses hacerlos – espero que disfrutarás muchísimo haciendo… y comiendolos claro! 🙂 …mientrastanto sí que te envio algunos más virtualmente! Un beso.


  2. These look fantastic. I’ve been wanting to make these for such a long time and every time I see someone else make them I get more and more tempted.

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    • Thank you Jess! 😍 Hope you finally get to make and eat some! They’ll make you happy! 😄👍


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