How to make the Swedish Pastry Sockerbullar

Living in Denmark, it is easy to go to Sweden. It takes only 40 minutes from Copenhagen by car. So I sometimes go there, and I have enjoyed every pastry I have tried. The last time I went to Sweden (this last weekend), I picked up a Swedish pastry cookbook by the pastry chef Helene Johansson, so I could make these pastries I love at home.

The first recipe I tried to make was for the pastry called Sockerbullar (Sugar Buns). It is this light sweet bread with vanilla cream in the middle, rolled in sugar. The cream is suppose to represent the sun, and it is one of my favorite pastries to eat when I visit Sweden.


This recipe was actually pretty easy. I will translate the recipe below from Swedish to English so you can try it. I also made a video on how I made Sockerbullar, which you can see below.

The original recipe makes 35 sockerbullar, so I scaled it down to 6. If you want to make more than that, feel free to double the recipe. I hope you enjoy these. :o)

How to make the Swedish Pastry Sockerbullar

Yield: 6-8

How to make the Swedish Pastry Sockerbullar


    Vanilla Cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar or 1/4 vanilla bean
  • 125 g milk
  • 1.5 egg yolks
  • 31.25 g sugar
  • 12.5 g corn starch
  • 12.5 g butter
  • butter for brushing
  • sugar for garnishing
  • Bread Dough
  • 18.75 g fresh yeast (2 1/4 tsp dry yeast)
  • 125 g cold milk
  • 300 g flour
  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g butter (room temperature)
  • 5 g cardamom
  • 1.25 g salt


  1. Start this recipe by making the vanilla cream. First, mix milk and vanilla together in a saucepan, and bring it to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks, corn starch, and sugar together.
  3. Then, pour in the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, and combine.
  4. Next, pour everything back into the saucepan, and whisk together until it thickens.
  5. Then, add in the butter until melted.
  6. Place it in the fridge to cool, until ready to use.
  7. (For the Bread Dough) - In a large bowl mix the yeast and milk together. Set aside
  8. In a separate medium size bowl mix the flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt together. Then, add in the butter, and mix it into the dry ingredients until it resembles bread crumbs.
  9. Next, add the flour mixture to the milk/yeast mixture. Stir together until a dough forms.
  10. Knead the dough by hand for 12 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  11. Then, let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  12. Next, split the dough into 6 - 8 pieces, roll into balls, and place on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
  13. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and a towel, and let rise for at least 1 hour.
  14. Then, pre-heat the oven to 225 C/437 F.
  15. Next, put the vanilla cream in a piping bag, and push it down into the center of each ball of dough, piping out the cream into the center as it's being pushed down.
  16. Bake in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes.
  17. Finally, after the bread has cooled a bit, brush the sides with melted butter, and roll into sugar.


After making this recipe once, I think next time I will flatten the balls of dough just a bit so they aren't as tall. Also, I would like to try letting the dough rise for more than an hour, so the bread is even more light. I probably will also reduce the cardamom by half since it was a little strong. You can make these changes if you want, and let me know how it turns out. I hope you like this recipe.

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That’s it! I feel like the hardest part of this recipe is kneading the bread, and it’s a bit tricky to roll into sugar, but hopefully the video I made will help.


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3 thoughts on “How to make the Swedish Pastry Sockerbullar

  1. Hello,
    thank you very much for the great recipe and video! I have a question; my vanilla cream was perfect until I piped it into the breads and put it in the oven; then it became too bitter to eat, I couldn’t even swallow my first bite!!

  2. Sorry,I have only made vanilla cream with this recipe, and it came out fine for me, and was not too bitter to eat. So sorry that happened. All I can think of is that you forgot the sugar or vanilla sugar? Then it would be unsweetened and taste bitter…

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