This copycat recipe for Starbucks’ world-famous morning buns is out of this world. Made with a no-knead dough, it’s super simple to make and suitable for seasoned bakers and beginners alike.

These morning buns are a copycat of Starbucks’ beloved pastry. They are sticky, full of honey, and topped with crystalized sugar. What’s better? This version requires absolutely no kneading at all. That’s right – you’ll spare your forearms from all the hard work.

Whether you’re hosting a brunch or just looking to fill the house with a sweet aroma, these morning buns are super simple to make and perfect for feeding a large group. Serve one with a piping hot cup of coffee in the morning to have a sweet start to your day.

Ingredients for sugar buns

What are Morning Buns?

Morning buns are much like a cinnamon roll but instead of a brown sugar and cinnamon swirl, they are made with honey and granulated sugar. Below, find an overview of the flavor, texture, and cooking time.

  • Flavor: These morning buns are the perfect balance between buttery and sweet.
  • Texture: The buns are soft in the middle, with a crispy, deep golden brown top.
  • Time: From start to finish, the buns take an hour to make.

How to Make Starbucks Morning Buns

Making perfect morning buns only requires a handful of ingredients and no-knead dough. Below, find a brief overview of the recipe before diving in.

  • Prepare the Dough: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except the flour. Using a whisk, beat until well combined. Fold half the flour in with a baking spatula. Fold the other half of the flour in. Cover the dough with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise overnight.
  • Roll the Dough Out: On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangular shape with a rolling pin. Apply melted butter and sugar across the dough evenly.
  • Roll Dough into a Log and Slice: Roll the dough into a tight log. Slice it into pinwheels. Place in a deep, well-greased baking dish.
  • Bake: Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

Tips for Making the Best Starbucks Morning Buns

Below, find a couple of tips to ensure you get the best possible morning buns.

  • Allow the dough to rest overnight. Let the dough sit at room temperature for at least 12 hours for best results.
  • Make sure to flour your surface. The dough can be a bit sticky, so make sure to work on a floured surface. You could also flour the rolling pin a bit.
  • Distribute the butter and sugar evenly. To prevent some buns from being less sweet than others, make sure to spread the butter and sugar evenly across the dough before you roll it into a log.
  • Sift your flour. Use a fine-mesh sieve or flour sifter to remove any lumps from the flour before mixing it into the dough. This will really enhance the texture and taste of the buns!
Morning Buns in a tray

Storing Morning Buns

  • Room Temperature: Store morning buns in an airtight container on the counter. They will keep for up to three days.
  • Refrigerator: Store the morning buns in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for up to a week but will need to be reheated and softened in the microwave.
  • Freezer: Allow morning buns to completely cool. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the entire baking sheet into the freezer. Once completely frozen, transfer the buns to a freezer-safe plastic bag. Frozen buns will keep for up to three months.

Want to make the dough ahead of time? The dough can be made up to four days in advance. Make sure it stays tightly covered so it doesn’t absorb any lingering smells from the refrigerator.

Morning buns in a baking sheet


Did Starbucks discontinue the morning bun?

We’ve confirmed that Starbucks online bakery menu no longer features the morning buns, however, they are not completely gone. Starbucks still has a page dedicated to morning buns, which could be a sign that they may one day come back. In the meantime, why not make a batch at home?

What’s the difference between a cinnamon roll and a morning bun?

Cinnamon rolls have a brown sugar cinnamon swirl, while morning buns are filled with butter and sugar and made with a honey-infused dough.

Can I make the dough in a bread maker?

Since this recipe calls for no-knead dough, there is no need to use a bread maker.

Can I add anything else to the filling?

You could add cinnamon, poppyseeds, raisin, or walnuts to the filling. Feel free to get as creative as you want!

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Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.