Beehive Sweet Buns


These small buns are divine. I filled them with cream cheese and poured just enough syrup when they came out of the oven.

I love to bake, there is no doubt about that, but I love to bake these buns in particular.


When I first heard about this dessert, I pictured a cake decorated with bee like candy, so I wasn’t crazy about finding more about it. Until one day I had it at a friend’s place and I got addicted. When these buns are baked at my home, usually it finishes the same day, no one I know tasted it and didn’t love it.



Another thing I love about Beehive sweet buns is its dough, it’s not messy and soft, it becomes softer after you leave it to rise.

I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did!



5.0 from 3 reviews
Beehive Sweet Buns
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 7
The Syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1½ cup water
The Dough
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2½ tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1¼ tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
One beaten egg to brush the buns
108gm cream cheese to fill the buns
1 teaspoon oil to apply on dough
The Syrup
  1. In a saucepan, add sugar and water.
  2. Let it boil for 3 minutes. When the sugar completely dissolves, and the water is clear, turn off heat and keep aside.
  3. Syrup will get thicker after it's cold, add few drop of water if you think it became too thick. Do not boil again.
  4. *Tip: You can add your favorite flavor like, vanilla, lemon, rose water after turning off the heat.
The Dough
  1. In a bowl, add milk, sugar, yeast, yogurt, and oil. Mix well.
  2. Add the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix together and then start to knead.
  3. Depending on the flour you are using, you may need to add more milk, but if you do, add a tablespoon at a time.
  4. Knead for 10 minutes, the dough will be soft and bouncy.
  5. Dip your finger in flour, and then press the dough very gently. The dough should bounce back a little.
  6. Apply oil on dough.
  7. Cover the dough and let it double in size, this may take one hour.
  8. Knead the dough for 30 seconds, and then make 25 balls out of it.
  9. Flatten each ball with your fingers and fill them with half teaspoon of cream cheese. Seal the bun by pulling together the sides, then press it shut.
  10. Place the balls close to each other on greased baking tray.
  11. When done cover the balls with dishcloth and leave to rise for 20 – 30 minutes.
  12. Preheat oven 180C – 356F.
  13. Brush with beaten egg.
  14. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
  15. Pour around one and half cup of syrup on those hot buns.


24 Comments on Beehive Sweet Buns

  1. Yvonne @ bitter baker
    01/04/2013 at 10:05 pm (3 years ago)

    I love it already just because of the name!! And it does look very delicious, too :)

    • munatycooking
      01/04/2013 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks dear :)

  2. Medeja
    02/04/2013 at 6:43 am (3 years ago)

    They look lovely and delicious. I should probably consider making only half.. otherwise I would finish them all alone and that would be so bad.. 😀

    • munatycooking
      02/04/2013 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

      Hellllooooo Girl! Yes I totally agree with you, these mini sweet buns vanish so quickly. Let me know how you like them when you bake them :)

  3. rebecca
    02/04/2013 at 11:10 pm (3 years ago)

    looks great would love to pull a couple of and nibble

    • munatycooking
      03/04/2013 at 5:20 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Rebecca :)

  4. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness
    03/04/2013 at 4:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Your buns look perfect! Anything with cream cheese is delicious. Real beehive? No thank you. But yours bread beehive? I would love to have one! :)

    • munatycooking
      03/04/2013 at 11:54 pm (3 years ago)

      LOL! Thanks Lokness, glad you liked them. You have a great recipes on your blog :)

  5. Tina (PinayInTexas)
    04/04/2013 at 12:09 am (3 years ago)

    Very gorgeous buns, Muna! Love how perfect and soft they look…and my goodness, they have cream cheese filling! That’s simply AWESOME!

    • munatycooking
      04/04/2013 at 7:45 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Tina :)

  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    05/04/2013 at 10:43 am (3 years ago)

    These buns are so golden brown and pillow soft, Muna.

    • munatycooking
      05/04/2013 at 11:41 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Angie!

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    11/04/2013 at 3:40 am (2 years ago)

    Wahhhhhh! I’m speechless in front of these soft buns! I may be able to finish the entire batch, if I’m hungry. I’ve never seen such soft bun. I’m not much of a baker but I’d save this recipe and will give it a try one day!!!

    • munatycooking
      11/04/2013 at 3:44 am (2 years ago)

      Hey Nami, they are so delicious and the kids just love them. Let me know when you bake some :)

  8. Wendy
    15/04/2013 at 9:28 am (2 years ago)

    Muna, these look beautiful and delicious. I love soft rolls and filled with cream cheese sounds wonderful! I will be trying this soon. :) Where do beehive sweet buns originate?

    • munatycooking
      15/04/2013 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

      I look forward for your feedback! I’m not sure where this recipe originated from, but it is popular in most Arab countries :)

  9. chilli
    30/04/2013 at 2:21 am (2 years ago)

    thank you so much for your recepies,
    love it, love it, may God bless u and you family. u did a great job, tried your sweet bun,WoW. thank you.

    • munatycooking
      30/04/2013 at 2:36 am (2 years ago)

      Wow! I’m glad you liked it. You’re most welcome dear and may God bless you too :)

  10. Sarah
    05/06/2014 at 9:02 pm (1 year ago)


    I’d like to try this recipe soon and am curious about the size of the baking tray. Will a 9-inch pie tray be big enough?

    Thanks. Have tried a couple of your recipes already. They all turned out delicious.

    • munatycooking
      06/06/2014 at 5:30 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Sarah,

      9 inch pan will do, but a bigger pan will work better since the buns expands while resting and a bit more after baking.

  11. Raazi Aziz
    08/07/2014 at 9:14 am (1 year ago)

    I tried this recipe for iftar. It was an instant hit. Supersoft bun with cream cheese filling.

    • munatycooking
      09/07/2014 at 6:53 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Raazi, Ramadan Mubarak, so happy that you’ve enjoyed my recipe :)

  12. ayesha
    01/05/2015 at 3:04 pm (5 months ago)

    Instead of sugar syrup can i put honey

    • munatycooking
      01/05/2015 at 6:32 pm (5 months ago)

      Yes of course, you can add honey.