Step by Step Guide to Homemade Cinnabon-Style Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls
Cinnamon roll

Have you ever walked into a shopping mall to have your senses taken over by the wafting aroma of cinnamon?   I call it the Cinnabon daze.  It happens to me all the time.   Yes, the Cinnabon company makes amazing cinnamon rolls, but with this recipe, you can make your own Cinnabon-Style rolls for a fraction of the cost, and it’s easier than you think.

The Ultimate Comfort Food

When I think about comfort foods, I think about foods like warm bread, macaroni and cheese, and of course, cinnamon rolls.   What is so great about making your own homemade cinnamon rolls anyway?  It is the aroma of cinnamon wafting through the air.  That smell that brings us back to simpler times with mom and dad,  crisp autumn days and the child-like pleasures of sinking your teeth into a warm, sweet and chewy roll.

Yeast is Better!

If you have ever made cinnamon rolls the quick and easy way with baking powder, you know that they just can’t compare to those cinnamon rolls made with yeast.  They are a bit crunchy and crumbly, so when you bite into them and they fall apart.  Not with this recipe, with yeast as the raising agent, you get a soft, chewy, delicious cinnamon roll.  It is worth the little extra time to make your own from a yeast dough recipe.  This is how you do it…

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Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Dough
 1 cup warm milk
 2 ¼ tsp active yeast
 ½ cup sugar
 2 eggs
 1 tsp salt
 4 cups flour ( I use a high quality, high protein, all-purpose flour)
 ½ cup butter
Cinnamon Filling
 1 cup brown sugar
 3 tbsp cinnamon
  cup softened butter or margarine
Cream Cheese Icing
 ¼ cup softened cream cheese (4oz)
 ¼ cup butter softened
 ¼ tsp vanilla
 ¾ cup powdered sugar
 1 dash salt

1

Pour warm milk into a large mixing bowl and add 1 tsp. of sugar. Milk should be around 100 degrees F.

2

Sprinkle the yeast over top of the warm milk and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, the yeast mixture should be bubbly or foamy.

*it is important that the milk isn't too hot or it will kill the yeast

activate yeast

3

Add the eggs, salt, sugar, butter and 2 cups of the flour and mix into the yeast mixture.

If using a stand mixer, use the dough hook on low speed while scraping the edges of the bowl to allow all the ingredients to mix in.

add ingredients

4

Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and mix until the dough is smooth and forms a ball in the bowl. ( about 5 minutes)

* If you are kneading by hand, knead dough for 10 minutes or until smooth.

5

Butter a large mixing bowl, and place the dough in the bowl and roll the dough around the bowl until the dough has a butter coating.

Cinnamon Roll Dough

6

Using very warm water, soak a tea towel and wring out well.
Then place the towel over the bowl of dough.

Place the bowl in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour. The dough should double in size.

*I use the proofing setting on my oven and place the dough inside, or place on the counter in a warm place
when temperatures are cooler it may take the dough longer to rise.

Dough Proofing

Cinnamon Sugar Filling
7

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling:

Mix the cinnamon with the brown sugar in a small ball.

Cinnamon filling

8

Spread some flour on your work surface so that the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin.

Flour pastry mat

9

When the dough has doubled in size. Place it on your work surface and sprinkle with flour.

Risen dough

10

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roll out dough using a rolling pin into a rectangle about 12' by 14".

Rolled dough

11

Spread 1/3 cup softened butter or margarine across the entire area of the dough.

Buttering dough

12

Sprinkle dough with the cinnamon sugar mix.

Cinnamon roll filling

13

Cinnamon filling

14

Starting on the long edge, roll the dough and pinch and trim the ends.

Rolling the dough

15

Cinnamon roll-up

16

Prepare a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray or butter

Slice cinnamon log roll into 12 slices then place them into the prepared pan, cover with a damp towel. And place in a warm place for rising. About 1 hour.

17

When rolls are doubled in size, place in preheated oven (400 F) and bake for 25-30 minutes until they are nice and golden.

Cinnamon rolls

18

Bake until golden

Cream Cheese Icing- Now this is simple!
19

Mix all ingredients for the icing with a blender until fluffy and smooth.

Cinnamon Roll Icing

20

Cream Cheese Glaze

21

Drizzle or spread icing over warm rolls.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Scroll through images below.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 roll

Servings 15


Amount Per Serving
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8.5g43%
Total Carbohydrate 43g15%
Dietary Fiber 2.g8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 6g12%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients

Dough
 1 cup warm milk
 2 ¼ tsp active yeast
 ½ cup sugar
 2 eggs
 1 tsp salt
 4 cups flour ( I use a high quality, high protein, all-purpose flour)
 ½ cup butter
Cinnamon Filling
 1 cup brown sugar
 3 tbsp cinnamon
  cup softened butter or margarine
Cream Cheese Icing
 ¼ cup softened cream cheese (4oz)
 ¼ cup butter softened
 ¼ tsp vanilla
 ¾ cup powdered sugar
 1 dash salt

Directions

1

Pour warm milk into a large mixing bowl and add 1 tsp. of sugar. Milk should be around 100 degrees F.

2

Sprinkle the yeast over top of the warm milk and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, the yeast mixture should be bubbly or foamy.

*it is important that the milk isn't too hot or it will kill the yeast

activate yeast

3

Add the eggs, salt, sugar, butter and 2 cups of the flour and mix into the yeast mixture.

If using a stand mixer, use the dough hook on low speed while scraping the edges of the bowl to allow all the ingredients to mix in.

add ingredients

4

Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and mix until the dough is smooth and forms a ball in the bowl. ( about 5 minutes)

* If you are kneading by hand, knead dough for 10 minutes or until smooth.

5

Butter a large mixing bowl, and place the dough in the bowl and roll the dough around the bowl until the dough has a butter coating.

Cinnamon Roll Dough

6

Using very warm water, soak a tea towel and wring out well.
Then place the towel over the bowl of dough.

Place the bowl in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour. The dough should double in size.

*I use the proofing setting on my oven and place the dough inside, or place on the counter in a warm place
when temperatures are cooler it may take the dough longer to rise.

Dough Proofing

Cinnamon Sugar Filling
7

While the dough is rising, prepare the filling:

Mix the cinnamon with the brown sugar in a small ball.

Cinnamon filling

8

Spread some flour on your work surface so that the dough doesn't stick to the rolling pin.

Flour pastry mat

9

When the dough has doubled in size. Place it on your work surface and sprinkle with flour.

Risen dough

10

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roll out dough using a rolling pin into a rectangle about 12' by 14".

Rolled dough

11

Spread 1/3 cup softened butter or margarine across the entire area of the dough.

Buttering dough

12

Sprinkle dough with the cinnamon sugar mix.

Cinnamon roll filling

13

Cinnamon filling

14

Starting on the long edge, roll the dough and pinch and trim the ends.

Rolling the dough

15

Cinnamon roll-up

16

Prepare a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray or butter

Slice cinnamon log roll into 12 slices then place them into the prepared pan, cover with a damp towel. And place in a warm place for rising. About 1 hour.

17

When rolls are doubled in size, place in preheated oven (400 F) and bake for 25-30 minutes until they are nice and golden.

Cinnamon rolls

18

Bake until golden

Cream Cheese Icing- Now this is simple!
19

Mix all ingredients for the icing with a blender until fluffy and smooth.

Cinnamon Roll Icing

20

Cream Cheese Glaze

21

Drizzle or spread icing over warm rolls.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Scroll through images below.
Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Looking for another comfort food?  Try one of these:

Chicken Pot Pie,

Broccoli Chicken Casserole

Homemade Italian Bread

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Looks amazing!!!

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