Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls like Cinnabon's

This time of year, it's difficult to stay on a healthy eating plan with no treats.  At least, it is for me.  Thanksgiving is so full of yumminess and lots of desserts, how can one resist?  Plus, we have TWO Thanksgivings (one with each side of the family) and both are extremely delicious.
The day after Thanksgiving I saw this recipe on Pinterest, and couldn't resist trying it out.  The hubby was at work Friday so I had the kids all home, with no intention of braving the mobs on Black Friday (although I went out that night and it was a normal shopping night, almost empty, even, at the craft store I went to.)  Anyway, since this recipe uses a breadmaker for most of the rising stages, I figured it was worth a try.
It was very easy to do, but it took about 3 hours from start to finish.  Not sitting with it, of course, but it's not a make-it-now-for-breakfast type recipe, unless you get up super early and your kids want to eat way later than mine (they beg for food by 7am, and usually help themselves to cereal before then!)

Clone of a Cinnabon


    1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
    2 eggs, room temperature
    1/3 cup margarine, melted [I used butter; I never use margarine]
    4 1/2 cups bread flour [I used regular all-purpose]
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup white sugar
    2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
    1 cup brown sugar, packed
    2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    1/3 cup butter, softened
    1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    1/4 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon salt


    Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
    After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
    Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
The workspace

After rolling and cutting, before the second rise

Happy little baking corner, thanks to "Breadman"

    Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.
After baking, before icing


mine! :)
Once your sugar high has subsided, come back for a healthier choice- Smoothies!  And Green ones too!
Happy Baking--


  1. Sally, you should link this "jazzed up" cinnamon roll recipe to Drab to Fab today. :)

    Wasn't yesterday great, btw?


  2. Thanks for linking this up for all to appreciate! Keep those great ideas! I love seeing what you come up with!