Clone of a Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Recipe (Bread Machine Option!)

This clone of a Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe is one that you’re going to want to keep on hand forever. Pull it out to impress guests, around the holidays, or whenever the mood strikes. It’s so gooey, sweet, soft, and practically melts in your mouth!

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Bread machine cinnamon roll recipe

I could go on and on about this clone of a Cinnabon recipe here, but I think it’s better to just show you why it’s great instead. I originally found the clone of a cinnamon roll recipe on Allrecipes, and while it was close as-is, I felt I could do more to improve it and get close to the actual Cinnabon that I know and love.

So I made a few adaptions and I have got to say, it’s the closest that I have ever been to replicating it. With a family of 4, these dozen rolls don’t last long. My husband usually eats a few at a time (and he isn’t a big sweets person).

So that alone should tell you that these are pretty irresistable!

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Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

For the dough you will need:

  • Warm milk (110 degrees F)
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Bread machine yeast

For the filling you will need:

  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • *Warmed heavy cream (added separately)

For the frosting you will need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
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What you’ll need to make this cinnamon roll recipe

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Tips for making Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe

Okay, so the cinnamon rolls will begin to brown around the 14 minute mark when baking if you don’t want them as dark as my pictures show, make sure to keep an eye on the rolls as they bake.

When they reach the desired color, take a piece of foil and gently lay it over the top of the rolls as they finish baking. you don’t need to tuck, bend or do anything fancy just lay a sheet over the top and you’re good to go.

Be careful though as the oven is hot and they go from gold to brown in the blink of an eye.

For more “Cinnabon-like” cinnamon rolls, make sure to use margarine in the dough filling as that is what they use. Cinnabon also uses a different variety of cinnamon that you can’t find in stores. So if you want a more authentic flavor, order some Makara Cinnamon and use it. Otherwise, this is about as close as you can get with what’s in grocery stores.

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FAQ’s about Cinnabon Rolls

What is bread machine yeast?

Bread machine yeast is an active yeast sold in stores in little glass jars in the baking aisle. Some times its a cheaper option than buying the packets individually but it’s exactly the same thing as what’s in the active yeast packets and you can use either.

Why is there heavy cream added to the pan?

The heavy cream is an optional ingredient and step but it is one that helps to give the cinnamon rolls that golden brown color and the gooey centers. It helps to keep the moisture in the pan so that they turn out a little lighter and fluffier. But once again, totally optional. I make it both ways and they’re great with and without.

How to store cinnamon rolls

If your cinnamon rolls have been frosted with the cream cheese frosting then I highly recommend keeping them stored in an airtight container in the fridge for food safety reasons. They can last up to 5 days this way, but we all know cinnamon rolls taste best when fresh!
Note that if you want them to feel fresh and warm again 30-45 seconds in the microwave should do the trick!

Can I use bread flour?

Yes you can! Bread flour may even give you a little fluffier of a bread roll when it’s done too. All purpose flour is great because it’s so easy to get your hands on, but bread flour is awesome when it comes to baking bread.

Why do I have to whip the frosting for so long?

Okay, maybe you can skip a few minutes- but the goal is to get it light and fluffy. You know Cinnabon has those little containers of whipped frosting to buy and that they cover their rolls in it too, so why wouldn’t we try to get ours to as close of a match as possible?

How to make bread machine cinnamon rolls

Included here are the bread machine instructions, but the printable card includes steps for those without one of these appliances handy!

  • Add the ingredients to your bread machine in the order specified by your user manual.
  • Set your machine to the dough setting and wait for it to finish.
  • Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cover with a towel. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon and then set it aside.
  • Roll your dough out into a thin rectangle. Ideally, you’d want 16″x1″ but I can only ever get 14″x 20″.
  • Spread the softened butter over the top of the dough and then evenly spread the brown sugar mix over the top. Sprinkle additional cinnamon if you like that flavor to be strong.
  • Roll the dough up tightly, starting on one long side and working your way to the other.
  • Cut and divide the log into 12 equal-sized pieces.
  • Place them in a greased baking dish and then cover until nearly doubled (about 30 minutes).
  • Preheat your oven to 400F degrees.
  • Warm your heavy cream until it’s slightly warmer than room temp (about the warmth of the milk you used earlier). Gently pour it over the top of the cinnamon rolls and along the sides.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, Be careful to watch them closely during the last 5 minutes of baking. They brown fast!
  • Once removed from the oven, begin making the frosting.
  • Make the frosting by mixing everything together in a stand mixer (start slow until incorporated then turn it to high speed) for 8-10 minutes and spreading it over the warm rolls. Serve and enjoy.
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Bread Machine Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

You won't want to venture to the mall again after eating these copycat cinnamon rolls! They're ooey gooey, melt in your mouth delicious and packed with the cinnamon flavor and tendernedd that you expect and crave.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rise Times, Divided2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread machine, cinnamon roll
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

  • 2 large Eggs room temp
  • 1 cup Warm Milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/3 cup Butter melted
  • 4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp Bread Machine Yeast (or any Instant Yeast)

Cinnamon Roll Filling

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup margarine softened
  • 3 tbsp Ground Cinnamon Plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Warm Heavy Cream *Added after rising, before baking!

Cream Cheese frosting

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese (about 1/2 a brick)
  • 1/4 cup Butter (half a stick)
  • 1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Instructions

Bread Machine Instructions

  • Add everything for the dough to your bread machine in the order of your bread machine manual. My machine does liquids, dry, and then yeast last but yours could be yeast first. Double check so that you do it accurately.
  • Set your bread machine to DOUGH setting and let the machine do the work, wait for it to finish. If needed add 1 tablespoon of water while it's mixing to help remove loose flour from the sides.
  • Turn out your proofed dough onto a lightly floured surface. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes then follow along with the instructions continued below.

Without a Bread Maker

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add your warm milk. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Add in the eggs, butter, salt and sugar. Mix until combined. You can use a large mixing bowl and handheld mixer with dough hooks if you don't have a stand mixer.
  • Slowly add in the flour, 1 cup at a time until all has been combined. It's okay if you don't use all of the flour, you may find that 4 cups is sufficient with this method.
  • Mix the ingredients until the dough is barely combined and then let it rest for 5 minutes. Scrape the dough off of the paddle/hooks and beat on medium speed, adding in the last bit of flour if needed.
  • Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until it's elastic and smooth. It will be tacky and still sticking slightly to the sides of the bowl.
  • Spray a large bowl with nonstick cooking spray and then place your dough ball inside. Gently place plastic wrap over the top (spray the inner part that touches the dough to prevent sticking) and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 30 minutes). Follow the instructions continued below.

Instructions Continued…(for both methods)

  • In a small bowl combine your brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Roll your dough out into a thin rectangle about 16 inches x 21 inches. You want it to be about 1/4 of an inch thick, remember that Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are thin so there are extra layers when rolled!
  • Spread melted butter over the dough and then evenly spread the cinnamon mixture over the top.
  • Roll the dough up tightly, starting on one long side and working your way to the other until it's a log.
  • Cut into 12 equal sized pieces and place in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled (about 30 minutes).
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Warm your heavy cream until it's just slightly warmer than room temperature. Gently pour it over the top of the cinnamon rolls trying to get as much coverage as possible. (Pour slowly).
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown. As soon as they come out of the oven, begin making the frosting.

Make the Frosting

  • In the bowl of the stand mixer or in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer and beaters, add all of the frosting ingredients together and beat on high for 8-10 minutes. Don't skimp on the time!
  • Spread your whipped cream cheese frosting over the tops of the warm from the oven cinnamon rolls.
  • Wait a minute or two and then dig in and enjoy!
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Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 82.8g | Protein: 9.9g | Fat: 20.9g | Saturated Fat: 12.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 83.9mg | Sodium: 353.8mg | Potassium: 204.9mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 42.5g | Vitamin A: 182.3IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 90.2mg | Iron: 2.8mg
sweet and gooey cinnamon rolls

This clone of a Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe is the only one you’ll ever need it’s so good the only issue is that you wish you’d made more!

6 Comments

  1. SHELLY BOHDE

    5 stars
    made these yesterday and my family inhaled them! great recipe thanks!! my husband said it was the best cinnamon roll he’s ever had 🙂

  2. Can these be made up to rolling, cutting, and putting them in the pan and then refrigerated overnight and baked the next morning?

    • Absolutely. Do the second rise overnight in the fridge (no more than 8-9 hours tops) and then let them sit on the counter for about 30 minutes in the morning while the oven preheats. Perfect for a warm breakfast without the hassle in the morning! Just make sure to grease the plastic wrap where it will touch the rolls in the pan to avoid sticking.

  3. Why is the heavy cream poured over them?

    • The heavy cream step could be considered optional, but it does so much. The added moisture and richness from the cream that’s added to the pan will help to add moisture to the cinnamon rolls that creates a gooey center and soft layers that are more like the ones you’d expect at Cinnabon. It also helps to keep these rolls tasting soft for days (if properly stored) so you don’t end up with dry cinnamon rolls a day later like with many other recipes out there.

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