Copycat Cinnabon® Rolls

Posted: March 12

Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

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You know that irresistible smell when walking past a Cinnabon® in the airport or a mall? That mouthwatering scent can now fill up your very own home with our copycat recipe! Copycat Cinnabon® Rolls have the pillowy buns, the irresistible cinnamon sugar filling, and the heavenly luscious icing. Copycat Cinnabon® Rolls is a sweet sensation that will get you salivating!


For the dough: • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast or instant yeast • 1 cup milk, lukewarm • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar • 1/3 cup butter unsalted, softened • 1 teaspoon salt • 2 eggs • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring a work surface For the filling: • 1 cup brown sugar, packed • 3 tablespoons cinnamon • 1/3 cup butter unsalted, softened For the cream cheese icing: • 6 tablespoons butter unsalted, softened • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar • 1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1/8 teaspoon salt


Step 1

Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm milk with 1 teaspoon of the granulated sugar in a large bowl.

Step 2

Whisk the yeast, milk, and sugar together and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to activate the yeast. A good sign yeast is activated is it will start to froth up.

Step 3

To the bowl of a stand mixer, add the 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, 1/3 cup of the butter, the salt, the eggs, and the flour, mixing until well incorporated.

Step 4

Pour the milk/yeast mixture over the flour mixture.

Step 5

Using the dough hook attachment, mix until well incorporated and the dough comes clean from the side of the bowl.

Step 6

Place the dough into an oiled or greased bowl.

Step 7

Cover the bowl and let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Step 8

Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

Step 9

Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or butter.

Step 10

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is about 16x12-inches wide about 1/4 inch in thickness.

Step 11

Spread 1/3 cup of the softened butter evenly over one side of the dough.

Step 12

Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the buttered surface of the dough.

Step 13

Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough evenly down to the bottom edge.

Step 14

Cut the dough into 1 1/2 inch slices, and place the slices in the prepared baking pan.

Step 15

Cover the baking pan with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let the rolls rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Step 16

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 17

Place the baking pan in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Step 18

Combine the remaining 6 tablespoons of the butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Step 19

Mix until the icing is fluffy and smooth.

Step 20

When the rolls are done cooking, cool slightly, and spread generously with the icing. This helps them melt slightly and drape on the rolls.

Step 21

Serve warm!

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