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St. Lucy Bun Hack

Updated: Jan 6

Unlocking the Magic of St. Lucy Buns: A Festive Feast Day Hack

orange cinnamon bun hack for st lucy text on st lucy buns

'Tis the season to embrace the warmth of Advent traditions, and what better way to do so than by indulging in the delightful treasures that make this season's celebrations truly special? I'm excited to share a festive and time-saving hack for one of the most beloved feast day treats, St. Lucy Buns.

St. Lucy Buns, also known as Lussekatter or Lucia buns, are a cherished Scandinavian baking tradition, typically enjoyed on St. Lucy's Day, December 13th. These saffron-infused, sweet, and delicately shaped buns are a symbol of light and goodness during the dark winter days. If you'd like to try them from scratch you can use my recipe here.

But I understand that the holiday season can be a whirlwind, leaving little energy for intricate baking endeavors. Fear not! Our St. Lucy Bun hack is designed to capture the essence of this time-honored treat without the fuss. Join me on a festive journey as I guide you through this delightful shortcut, ensuring you can savor the magic of St. Lucy Buns with ease.

You can use this video to help you make them or you can use the picture by picture steps below!

St. Lucy Bun Hack

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Bake Time: 15 minutes

Yields: 4 traditional style "s" shaped buns


  • One can of orange cinnamon rolls

  • Chocolate chips

Note: To have the St. Lucy buns make the traditional "s" shape, you will need to use two cinnamon rolls to make one St. Lucy Bun. I used orange cinnamon rolls because the icing is actually more of a dark yellow color, which gave a saffron bun inspired look.


Begin by breaking up the cinnamon rolls and laying them out on a baking sheet.

Hand holding a can of orange icing cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon rolls being placed by a hand on a sheet pan.

Let's shape the buns into an "s" in steps.

Step One:

Take one cinnamon roll and unroll it a couple of inches.

St. Lucy buns on a sheet pan with a cup of orange icing.

Step Two:

Completely unroll the second cinnamon roll to form a long rope.

St. Lucy buns on a sheet pan with a cup of orange icing.

Step Three:

Spiral your "unwound" cinnamon roll in the opposite direction of your first cinnamon roll and tuck the ends into the spiral.

St. Lucy buns on a sheet pan with a cup of orange icing.

Step Four:

Continue the motion of simultaneously spiraling both ends of the cinnamon rolls together until you get an "s" shape. Be mindful to not smash or pinch the dough as you're doing this so that the cinnamon buns still get a full rise.

St. Lucy buns on a sheet pan with a cup of orange icing.

Bake the cinnamon rolls according to the package. I baked these on a non-stick baking sheet at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. They were perfectly golden brown at this stage.

Pull them out of the oven and ice them with the orange frosting. These smell so good; resist taking a bite!

St. Lucy buns with orange icing on a sheet pan.

St. Lucy buns with orange icing on a sheet pan.

Take the chocolate chips and put one in the center of easy spiral. These represent the eyes of St. Lucy! Traditionally a raisin would be used but since we have a dessert roll I decided to go with chocolate.

St. Lucy buns with chocolate chips on a sheet pan.

Serve warm with coffee or hot chocolate and say this St. Lucy prayer.

Saint Lucy,whose beautiful name signifies light, by the light of faith whichGod bestowed upon youincrease and preserve Hislight ain my soulso that I may avoid evil andbe zealous in the performance of good works, and detest nothing so much asthe blindness and the darknessof evil and sin. 

Obtain for me, by yourintercession with Godperfect vision for my bodily eyesand the grace to use them for God's greater honor and gloryand the salvation of souls.St. Lucy, virgin and martyrhear my prayers and obtain my petitions. 


St. Lucy buns on a Christmas plate.

St. Lucy buns on a Christmas plate.

Did you make the St. Lucy Bun Hack recipe? If so I would love to see it, drop a picture in the comment or send it to me on social media, Facebook @HisGirlSunday or Instagram @steffani_hisgirlsunday.

st lucy quote on a wreath of lit candles

Disclaimer: The idea of using cinnamon buns originated from Catholic Icing. I adapted this by using orange icing for the faux saffron color and chocolate chips for the eyes.

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