Iceland’s Best Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe comes from Dagný Rós Ásmundsdóttir latest cookbook “Roots – A Culinary Road Trip Around Iceland”. The recipe comes from Andrés at the restaurant Ottó in the town of Höfn, Southeast Iceland. These rolls are perfect in winter, as a good dose of cinnamon can keep you warm. 



750 ml lukewarm water

15 g dry yeast

20 g sugar

1,2 kg wheat

2 eggs

90 g soft butter

1 tsp. salt



200 g soft butter


700 g raw sugar



500 g brown sugar

120 g soft butter

100 ml milk

1 tsp. vanilla drops



Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl, in the order that they are given. Mix into a dough. Allow it to rise under a plastic film for two hours, or until the dough has doubled. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is 0,5 cm thick. Spread the butter over the dough, sprinkle the cinnamon over, and finally the raw sugar. Roll the dough and make the edge stick with a little water. Cut the roll into 24 slices and place on a buttered baking tray. Allow a bit of space between the rolls. Let them rise for one hour at room temperature. 

Heat the oven to 180°C

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 12-15 minutes and allow them to cool. 

Meanwhile, make the glaze in a food processor. 

Once the rolls have cooled down, apply the glaze with a dispenser. 


Other recipes from Dagný Rós Ásmundsdóttir latest cookbook “Roots – A Culinary Road Trip Around Iceland”:
Grilled Eggplant
Chimichurri Cod
Rhubarb Cocktail