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sweet dough recipe

Master Sweet Dough Recipe

Use this master sweet dough recipe to make all kinds of different desserts like cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, doughnuts and more!
5 from 27 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Proofing: 2 hrs 30 mins
Serves: 50 ounces
Calories: 101kcal


  • 8 ounces (227 g) milk 110ºF
  • 10 grams dried instant yeast (3 teaspoons)
  • 25 ounces (709 g) all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 8 ounces (227 g) butter softened
  • 4 ounces (113 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs room temperature


  • Stand mixer with dough hook


  • Warm milk to 110ºF. Add in 1 Tablespoon of your sugar and then the yeast and whisk to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Add your flour to your mixing bowl and then add in your milk/yeast mixture. Stir on low to combine
  • While mixing on low, add in your sugar, eggs, butter and salt until combined
  • Increase the speed to medium and let mix until the dough cleans the sides of the bowls and feels elastic and smooth. The dough should bounce back when you touch it with your finger. This can take 8 - 12 minutes *do the window test - see blog post for details*
  • Shape the dough into a smooth ball and then place it into a greased bowl. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for 90 minutes in a warm place
    ***optional***(I pre-heat my oven to 170ºF for five minutes then TURN THE OVEN OFF. It should be barely warm inside. Place a bowl of warm water in the back of the oven and your covered bowl of dough into the oven and shut the door)
  • You can now shape the dough into rolls, make cinnamon rolls, sticky buns etc. See the blog post above for links to other recipes.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 101kcal (5%) | Carbohydrates: 13g (4%) | Protein: 2g (4%) | Fat: 4g (6%) | Saturated Fat: 3g (15%) | Cholesterol: 23mg (8%) | Sodium: 86mg (4%) | Potassium: 27mg (1%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 3g (3%) | Vitamin A: 139IU (3%) | Calcium: 10mg (1%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)