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Beehive Sweet Buns Recipe

Fluffy and melt in your mouth Sweet Buns. These buns are easy to make, light, and so scrumptious after pouring the syrup all over the buns while they are still hot. There are no eggs in this recipe, and we have added oil in the dough to keep the buns soft for a longer time. Watch the video tutorial in the recipe card!

sweet buns filled with cream cheese.

What are sweet buns?

The sweet buns are small buns or rolls filled with cream cheese. The sweetness is coming from the simple syrup poured over the buns while they are still hot. This type of sweet buns is popular in the Arabian Gulf countries and some Middle Eastern countries. In Arabic, they are called (Khaleiah), which means beehive. It is called so because the buns come out golden with a honeycomb pattern. These buns taste a little like Brioche.

Close up image of freshly baked sweet buns.

Sweet buns ingredients

To make Khaleiah or sweet buns, you will need simple ingredients.

Milk, to make the buns soft.

Yeast, to help the buns rise. Later in this post, we will talk about different types of yeast and which are the best to use in this recipe.

All-purpose flour.



The oil will keep the buns soft for a longer time.

Baking powder.


Cream cheese is the filling.

To make the syrup, you will need water and sugar.

How to make sweet buns? In short…

  • If you are using active dry yeast or cake yeast (explained below), you will have to proof the yeast by adding the yeast to the warm milk with a little sugar. Leave it aside to proof for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to yeast mixture and knead until you get a smooth dough.
  • When the dough doubles in size, form 22 equal size balls and fill them with cream cheese.
  • Let the balls proof for 20 to 30 minutes and then bake them
  • Meanwhile, make the syrup by boiling water and sugar for three minutes.
  • Pour the syrup over the sweet buns immediately after the buns are out of the oven.
Step by step image for making sweet buns.

What type of yeast to use in making sweet buns?

You can use any baking yeast, but the best is Instant active yeast, it saves time (no need to proof it), and it doesn’t have a strong taste or smell.

Active dry yeast and cake yeast are two alternatives to instant dry active yeast, but you will taste and smell the yeast in the sweet buns. If you don’t mind the flavor, then go ahead and use any of those baking yeasts.

Make sure that the yeast didn’t expire.

Freshly baked sweet buns in a pan.

Other fillings for the sweet buns

You can be creative with the filling, although I like the combination of sweet and salty, you can fill these sweet buns with custard, jam, chocolate, dry fruits, or caramelized fruits. Use less syrup if the filling is sweet!

Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose?

Whole wheat is healthier, I get that, but it will make the buns dense in texture, and it won’t taste as good. If you must use whole wheat then substitute half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat, the baking time might be a little longer so keep checking the buns.

A sweet bun showing how fluffy and tender the crumbs are.

Can you freeze sweet buns?

You can freeze the buns, but before filling them with cream cheese, freezing cream cheese will change its texture, it will no longer be creamy but crumbly, and the taste will be a little off.

To freeze the buns, knead the dough and let it proof one time until it doubles in size. Then form small equal balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the balls with plastic wrap and allow it to freeze until hard. Place the frozen balls in a freezer bag. Write the date on the bag and freeze for up to two months.

To thaw the balls, place them while in the freezer bag in the fridge overnight or until thawed completely. Fill the balls with cream cheese, cover and let the balls proof for 20 to 30 minutes, and then bake as per the recipe below.

How to make the syrup for the sweet buns?

In this recipe, I didn’t add any flavor to the syrup, but again you can add your touch and add flavors like lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, or few drops of rose water.

The syrup shouldn’t be very thick, after mixing the ingredients we should let the syrup boil on medium heat for three to four minutes. The syrup will get thicker when it cools completely.

A sweet bun cut in half showing the cream cheese filling.

How to store the buns?

When the buns come to room temperature, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to three days. To warm the sweet buns, microwave it for 20 seconds.

Don’t forget to check out my Light Cinnamon Rolls recipe, it has no eggs and amazingly yummy!

This recipe was originally published in 2013. The text is updated to add more information, but the images and the recipe have not changed.

Melt in your mouth sweet buns, these buns are filled with cream cheese, and then syrup is poured over it to create an irresistible delight. Easy to make pastry, with simple ingredients (no eggs in this recipe). Impress your guests and family, and this dessert is a crowd-pleaser indeed. #sweetbuns #dessertrecipe #buns #sweetrolls

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  1. So soft and tender…these sweet buns look bakery perfect, Muna.


    This looks wonderful, thanks for sharing! Being from Louisiana I’d like to try the glaze with a little cane or sorghum syrup (or maple). Plan to try them soon.

  3. Beehive Sweet Buns Recipe thanks for this recipe Arina cooking. It will be helpful for me for cooking.

  4. your buns are mouth-watering 😋😋

  5. Can we refrigerate the buns before baking with the cream cheese inside?

    • Arinacooking

      The texture of the cream cheese might change so I wouldn’t advise you to freeze the buns after filling it, although you can.

  6. Nice & awesome recipe of baking beehive sweet buns. By just sight of these sweet buns ignites my taste buds. I can’t wait to take a bite of these delicious buns. Thanks for sharing it & keep it up.

  7. This recipe is awesome however the after taste is always bitter … the yeast can be tasted in the buns … what is the solution for this .

    • Arinacooking

      Hi Mona, and thanks for your comment! The strong taste of yeast depends on the type of yeast used. Try instant dry yeast next time, it has smaller particles and milder smell.

  8. Thankyou definitely a delicious sweet beehive bun recipe
    Came out soft and yummy

  9. Such an amazing recipe. I will definitely try it for my family. Arinacooking thanks for sharing this with us.