Worth a Try: Sweet Rolls

Three Brothers Bakery sweet rolls

Check out these lip-smacking, finger-licking sweet rolls from around the country.

Mae’s Bakery, Atlanta, Georgia

Mae’s operates with a commitment to using natural ingredients each day for its freshly made baked goods and custom cakes. Owner Beth Castro named the bakery after her daughter and decided to open with one goal in mind: “to make your life a little sweeter.” The shop serves robust Counter Culture Coffee and a variety of seasonal baked goods. Mae’s decadent cinnamon rolls are characterized by their delightful balance of luscious buttery flavor, warm cinnamon, soft dough, and perfectly sweet cream frosting. 2770 Lenox Rd.

The Coffee Pot, Bozeman, Montana

The Coffee Pot sweet rolls

The Coffee Pot has been in business since 2003 and serves breakfast all day, lunch, and freshly baked goods in a fully restored circa-1932 log cabin. The bustling restaurant and café known as “the little log cabin” satisfies the sweet tooth of cinnamon roll lovers from near and far with its commitment to homestyle flavor and courteous service. The restaurant offers traditional Cinnamon, Orange, Maple, Caramel Pecan, and Almond rolls, plus cookies, biscuits, turnovers, cakes and pies by the slice, and much more. 80795 Gallatin Rd. 

Yeast, Nashville, Tennessee

Opened in 2013 by Sara and Bill LaViolette, the shop is known for its breakfast service and assortment of baked treats including Czech-style kolaches, muffins, scones, bread pudding, cookies, and pie. Yeast has also become known for its colossal cinnamon roll, made with a secret blend of two cinnamons and topped with a succulent sweet glaze. On weekends they also offer rotating special rolls such as Maple Bacon, Cinnamon, Orange, and Lemon. 805 Woodland St.

Mr. Sticky’s, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Mr. Sticky’s began as a bakery on wheels in 2000 at a local carnival. Today, there are two locations, run by Phil Poorman and his wife and children, where all of their sticky buns are made from scratch and appeal to even the most discriminating sweet roll lover. Customers can choose from several flavors to get their sweet fix, including Cinnamon, Sticky, Walnut Sticky, and Cinnamon with Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese Icing. The buns come in regular and mini sizes, and you can even purchase containers of their icings to enjoy at home. 1948 East 3rd St. 

Three Brothers Bakery, Houston, Texas

Three Brothers Bakery sweet rolls

Three Brothers is a Houston institution that’s been owned and operated by the Jucker family since 1949. The family has preserved their over-200- year tradition of making fine goods from scratch, and their cinnamon rolls are no exception. Their rolls have been recognized nationally and locally for their quality and yummy taste. They offer larger-than-life Plain Cinnamon Rolls and Raisin Cinnamon Rolls, which are chockful of cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a scrumptious icing. 4036 S. Braeswood Blvd.

Snow City Café, Anchorage, Alaska

Started 17 years ago by Laile Fairbairn, Snow City Café has become a local and national favorite for anyone craving a tasty cinnamon roll. The café has thrived because of its quality rolls and great service. From political heads of state to traveling families, people have lined up from near and far to get a mouthful of their treats. Snow City Café affirms that people taste the love put into each roll, particularly their cinnamon rolls that feature a sweet-sticky schmear on top. 1034 W 4th Ave.

Cinnaholic, Berkeley, California

Cinnaholic sweet rolls

Owners Shannon and Florian Radke initially met online due to their mutual commitment to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. It was love at first sight, and they combined Florian‘s passion for baking and Shannon‘s creative marketing skills to open Cinnaholic in 2010. Vegan and non-vegan customers are buying in droves. The shop offers Vegan Cinnamon Rolls glazed with non-dairy cream cheese, a smooth spread, and cinnamon. Customers can opt for the standard roll or build custom rolls from a hefty range of frostings such as almond, hazelnut, lemon, mango, and pomegranate with toppings including apples, coconut, Oreos, and marshmallows. 2132 Oxford St.

Crumble & Flake Patisserie, Seattle, Washington

Since opening just a short time ago in 2012, Crumble & Flake Patisserie has created a modest yet impressive breakfast and dessert pastry shop that operates in the bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Owner and head baker Neil Robertson was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2014 and has gained a steady following of customers who visit the shop for food, sweets, and coffee. They serve a nontraditional cinnamon roll made from laminated brioche, which is soft like a regular brioche, has a light and flaky texture like a croissant, and is covered with a sweet spread. 1500 E Olive Way.

The Dutch Oven, Clarksdale, Mississippi

The Dutch Oven sweet rolls

The Dutch Oven has been a fixture in downtown Clarksdale for nearly 14 years. The bakery and café offers full-service breakfast and lunch and begins making baked goods at 7 a.m. to ensure the goods are fresh and hot for customers. Don’t miss their Traditional Roll that is dribbled with a cream cheese icing or the Caramel Pecan Roll that is baked upside down in a decadent pool of brown sugar and pecans. 100 Blues Alley Ln.

Brown’s Court Bakery, Charleston, South Carolina

Brown’s Court Bakery may be one of the new kids on the block in historic downtown Charleston, but it’s becoming a local favorite. Described as “part classic boulangerie, part sweet shop, and part coffee house,” Brown’s Court is steadily gaining a reputation for their excellent baked goods, coffee, and modern yet Old World charm. The bakery makes all of its mouthwatering sweet rolls with house-made brioche dough, and varieties include Cinnamon Rolls bathed in homemade cream cheese frosting, Sweet Sticky Buns topped with crushed pecans, and a German-style schnecken showered with pastry cream and golden raisins. 199 Saint Philip St.

Photos courtesy of Three Brothers Bakery, Cinnaholic, The Coffee Pot, and The Dutch Oven/Nathan Duff

This content was originally published in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Cooking with Paula Deen magazine. © 2015-2016 Hoffman Media