Sour Cream Buns

  • Yield: 12 servings

"My grandmother was a woman after my own heart. She loved making people happy with the food that she prepared. That's where my love of cooking began. I enjoy making people smile by cooking for them and have even thought about opening my own restaurant. I got this recipe from her years before she passed away."


1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
3tablespoons granulated sugar
2tablespoons vegetable shortening
1teaspoon salt
1/8teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
3 1/4cups all-purpose flour
2tablespoons butter, softened
1/3cup packed dark brown sugar
1 to 1 1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
3/4cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup warm (105 to 115 F) water in a large bowl. Combine the sour cream, granulated sugar, shortening, and salt in a small saucepan. Heat until the mixture reaches a temperature of 120 to 130F and the shortening is almost melted.
  2. Add the baking soda to the sour cream mixture and remove from the heat. Add the sour cream mixture and the egg to the yeast mixture. Stir in 3 cups of the flour.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Grease 12 muffin tins and set aside. Roll the dough into a 12 x 18-inch rectangle. Spread the butter evenly over the dough.
  5. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over the dough. Starting from the long side, roll up, seal the seam, and slice into 12 pieces, about 1 1/2 inches wide.
  6. Place each bun, cut side down, in a muffin tin. Cover and let rise in a warm place until the buns are 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the tops of the tins, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the buns for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and arrange on a serving platter.
  8. Combine the confectioners’ sugar with 2 to 4 teaspoons water in a small bowl to make an icing thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle evenly over the buns.

Recipe by Heather Stine, Catawissa, Pa.