Sweet Beehive Buns are pillowy, little pieces of soft bread filled with cream cheese and gloriously glazed with a sweet, delightful syrup.
5 from 3 votes

Sweet Beehive Buns

Sweet Beehive Buns are pillowy, little pieces of soft bread filled with cream cheese and gloriously glazed with a sweet, delightful syrup.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle East, Arab
Keyword sweet buns recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
rise times for the dough 2 hours
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 247 kcal
Author sanna


For the Bread Dough

  • 1/4 cup warm water 105-115 F
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk 105-115 F
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 and 1/4 cups to 3 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 block cream cheese

For the Sweet Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, butter, egg, sugar and salt. Add the yeast mixture and stir well. Add 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time and use a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together. 

  2. Sprinkle just enough of the remaining flour gradually until the mixture turns into a soft dough that gathers in the center of the bowl. Turn the dough over in a generously floured board and knead for 6-8 minutes, adding flour to the surface and to your hands as needed to help with the stickiness, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and let rise inside a bowl, covered for 1 hour.

  3. Grease two 9-inch round pans. Gently deflate the dough and divide to 50 portions. Flatten each portion in your palms and place a small bit of cream cheese, just enough to fit in the center of the dough. Fold the edges of the dough to cover the cream cheese and twist the ends together to seal. Arrange the balls into the 2 prepared baking pans. Cover them loosely with plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour until puffy and doubled in size.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake the buns in the 350 F oven for 18-23 minutes or until the tops are golden.

  5. As the buns bake, make the syrup. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Let the mixture boil and simmer for three minutes. The syrup should be clear and the sugar has completely dissolved. Turn off heat and add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. When the buns are done baking, pour the syrup over the buns, distributing evenly. You may choose not to pour all the syrup. I always find that 1/4 to 1/3 cup remains in my cup. Just make sure to don't skimp on it.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Beehive Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 157mg7%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.