Garifuna Cinnamon Buns Recipe - Traditional Honduran Delight

Garifuna Cinnamon Buns

Garifuna Cinnamon Buns Recipe - Traditional Honduran Delight
Region / culture: Honduras | Preparation time: 2 hours | Cooking time: 15 minutes | Servings: 12


Garifuna Cinnamon Buns
Garifuna Cinnamon Buns

Garifuna Cinnamon Buns are a delicious and aromatic treat that originated in the Garifuna culture of Central America. These sweet and spicy buns are perfect for breakfast or as a snack with a cup of coffee or tea.


The recipe for Garifuna Cinnamon Buns has been passed down through generations in the Garifuna community. It is a traditional dish that is often made for special occasions and celebrations. The combination of warm spices like cinnamon and allspice gives these buns a unique and flavorful taste that is loved by many.


How to prepare

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and eggs together.
  2. Add the spices to the mixture.
  3. Dissolve the yeast in a small amount of water and add it to the mixture.
  4. Slowly stir in the flour and add tablespoons of water to form a dough.
  5. Knead the dough for ten minutes and place it in a greased bowl in a warm place.
  6. Allow the dough to rise for an hour, then knead it again for 5 minutes.
  7. Shape the dough into 12-inch long snakes, slightly thicker at one end.
  8. Starting from the thicker end, roll the snake into concentric circles.
  9. Place the rolls on a cookie sheet and let them rise for another hour.
  10. Bake the rolls in your own backyard oven or at 375+ degrees in your oven for 15 minutes, or until they are deep golden brown.


  • Add raisins or nuts to the dough for extra flavor and texture.
  • Drizzle a glaze made of powdered sugar and milk over the buns after baking for a sweet finish.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to knead the dough thoroughly to develop gluten and create a light and fluffy texture.

- Allow the dough to rise in a warm place to ensure that it doubles in size.

- Brush the tops of the buns with melted butter before baking to give them a golden and shiny finish.

- Serve the buns warm for the best taste and texture.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Garifuna Cinnamon Buns warm with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast or as a snack.

Cooking Techniques

Kneading the dough thoroughly is key to developing gluten and creating a light and fluffy texture.

- Allowing the dough to rise in a warm place helps it double in size and become light and airy.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour for a healthier option.

- Margarine can be used instead of butter for a dairy-free version.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dough for Garifuna Cinnamon Buns ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before shaping and baking.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Garifuna Cinnamon Buns on a platter with a dusting of powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Garifuna Cinnamon Buns pair well with a hot cup of coffee or tea for a delicious breakfast or snack.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Garifuna Cinnamon Buns in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Garifuna Cinnamon Buns contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Garifuna Cinnamon Buns contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Garifuna Cinnamon Buns contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of Garifuna Cinnamon Buns contains approximately 5 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Garifuna Cinnamon Buns are a good source of iron and calcium.


Garifuna Cinnamon Buns contain wheat, eggs, and dairy.


Garifuna Cinnamon Buns are a delicious treat that is rich in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. They are a good source of iron and calcium, but may not be suitable for those with allergies to wheat, eggs, or dairy.


Garifuna Cinnamon Buns are a traditional Central American treat that is sweet, spicy, and aromatic. These buns are perfect for breakfast or as a snack and are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy the warm flavors of cinnamon and allspice in every bite!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately drawn to it. It was like nothing I had ever seen before - a delicious combination of cinnamon, sugar, and dough that promised to melt in your mouth with every bite. The recipe had been passed down to me by a dear friend who had learned it from her grandmother, who was of Garifuna descent.

I remember the day vividly. My friend had invited me over for tea, and as we sat in her cozy kitchen sipping on steaming cups of chai, she pulled out a sheet of paper covered in neat handwriting. "I want to share this recipe with you," she said with a smile. "It's a family favorite - Garifuna Cinnamon Buns."

As she read through the ingredients and instructions, I could feel my mouth watering. The warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon filled the air, and I knew that I had to try making these buns for myself. My friend offered to show me how, and together we spent an afternoon in her kitchen, kneading dough and sprinkling cinnamon and sugar onto the rolled-out dough.

The buns turned out better than I could have ever imagined. They were soft and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness and spice. I took a bite and closed my eyes, savoring the flavors that danced on my tongue. From that moment on, Garifuna Cinnamon Buns became a staple in my kitchen.

As the years went by, I continued to make these buns for friends and family, each time adding my own twist to the recipe. I experimented with different types of cinnamon, varying the amount of sugar, and even adding a hint of nutmeg for extra flavor. Each batch was a labor of love, made with care and attention to detail.

One day, while visiting a local farmers market, I met an elderly Garifuna woman who was selling handmade baskets and jewelry. We struck up a conversation, and I mentioned that I had recently learned how to make Garifuna Cinnamon Buns. Her eyes lit up with excitement, and she asked if I would be willing to share the recipe with her.

I was touched by her interest and agreed to teach her how to make the buns. We spent an afternoon in my kitchen, mixing and rolling dough, and sprinkling cinnamon and sugar onto the buns. As we waited for them to bake, the woman shared stories of her childhood in Belize, where Garifuna traditions and recipes were passed down from generation to generation.

When the buns were finally ready, we sat down at the kitchen table and enjoyed them with cups of tea. The woman's eyes sparkled with joy as she took a bite, savoring the familiar flavors of her childhood. She thanked me profusely for sharing the recipe with her, and I felt a deep sense of connection to her and her culture.

From that day on, I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about Garifuna cuisine and traditions. I sought out cookbooks and online resources, and even traveled to Belize to immerse myself in the culture firsthand. I met with local chefs and home cooks, learning their techniques and secrets for creating authentic Garifuna dishes.

Through my journey, I gained a deep appreciation for the rich tapestry of flavors and aromas that make up Garifuna cuisine. I learned that food is not just about nourishment, but also about connecting with others and preserving traditions that have been passed down through the ages.

Today, whenever I make Garifuna Cinnamon Buns, I think of my dear friend who first shared the recipe with me, and the Garifuna woman who taught me so much about her culture. I am grateful for the connections I have made and the knowledge I have gained, and I look forward to passing on these recipes and stories to future generations. Cooking is not just about following a recipe - it is about honoring the past and celebrating the present. And with each batch of Garifuna Cinnamon Buns that I make, I do just that.


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