Copy Cat CinnaBon Recipe

COPY CAT CINNA <3 BON Recipe! These taste exactly like the cinnamon rolls I love to get at the mall except even better because they're homemade!

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I can’t think of many things that make your house smell as amazing as homemade cinnamon rolls. This Copy Cat CinnaBon recipe is no exception! The house will smell heavenly when you bake these!

These are just beautiful rolls that melt in your mouth and warm you from the inside out!  While homemade rolls take a little time, they are worth every single second.  Don’t skimp out on the frosting because…  it is amazing!  Seriously… it’s the best!

These taste exactly like the cinnamon rolls I love to get at the mall!  I’ve made them so many times and they turn out soft and perfectly every time!

Mmmm….  perfect for breakfast or dessert… or snack.  Ok, makes a good brunch too, and I’m not saying I’ve never eaten them for dinner… but I’m not saying I have either.

COPY CAT CINNA <3 BON Recipe! These taste exactly like the cinnamon rolls I love to get at the mall except they're homemade! If you've ever wondered how to make these, this recipe is for you!

Items you’ll need for this recipe:

* Active Dry Yeast * Cinnamon * Vanilla Extract

Copy Cat Cinna*Bon Recipe! Delicious Cinnamon Rolls at Home!

I can’t think of many things that make your house smell as amazing as homemade cinnamon rolls. This Copy Cat CinnaBon recipe is no exception! The house will smell heavenly when you bake these!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs , room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter , room temperature
  • 4 – 4 1/4 cups bread flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast

Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter , softened

Frosting

  • 4 ounce cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Combine 2 cups of the flour and yeast in a large mixing bowl. In a saucepan, combine milk, butter, sugar and salt over medium heat until temperature reaches 120 to 130 degrees (butter will be almost melted). Add milk mixture to flour mixture along with eggs and mix with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Stir in as much of the flour as you can. (see note below for bread machine)
  2. Place dough a floured surface and knead in as much flour as possible. Continue to knead the dough until it is very smooth and elastic (this will take about 5-10 minutes). Cover dough with oil or cooking spray and plastic wrap. Let rest covered for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. Roll the dough into a 18×21-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup butter on the dough and top with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  4. Starting with the long side, roll up dough so you have an 18″ log. Cut into 12 even rolls. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and place the rolls in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel or kitchen towel and let rise until nearly doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Bake rolls on the center rack about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. While the rolls are baking, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt with a mixer until fluffy.
  7. Allow rolls to cool for about 10-15 minutes and spread frosting on warms rolls.

Notes:

The dough can be prepared in a bread machine. Combine dough ingredients in the order specified by your bread machine. Set on dough cycle. Let dough rest for 10 minutes once completed and continue with recipe as above.

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COPY CAT CINNA <3 BON Recipe! These taste exactly like the cinnamon rolls I love to get at the mall except they're homemade! If you've ever wondered how to make these, this recipe is for you!

COPY CAT CINNA <3 BON Recipe! These taste exactly like the cinnamon rolls I love to get at the mall except they're homemade! If you've ever wondered how to make these, this recipe is for you!

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This recipe was slightly adapted from Allrecipes.com

COPY CAT CINNA <3 BON Recipe! These taste exactly like the cinnamon rolls I love to get at the mall except even better because they're homemade!

Holly Nilsson

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

152 comments on “Copy Cat CinnaBon Recipe”

  1. Best recipes and delicious snacks Take advantage of the recipes that offer on your page

  2. Holly,
    I found your post on Two Cup Tuesday. I love cinnamon rolls and I’m always looking for the best recipe. I’ll have to try this one.
    Annamaria

  3. Beautiful site, GREAT recipe! I have looked for years for a recipe that looks this good! I am going to try it soon. And I will be back to visit! Thanks for posting this. Deb

  4. one of my favorite breakfast indulgences :) thanks for sharing

  5. I have only one word for this post – AMAZING!! I only get Cinnabon when I’m in an airport. They don’t have any locations in my area. Now I don’t need to wait until I travel! Thank you so much for linking this recipe to Wake up Wednesdays. I shared this recipe on FB, Twitter and Pinterest.

  6. My kids and I were just talking about missing Cinnabon rolls. Now I can surprise them with these cinnabon copy cat rolls. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have had a great weekend and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that your recipe was featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday this week! Congrats! They look delicious! Hope you see you again this week… http://www.turningclockback.com/2013/09/whats-cooking-wednesday-recipe-linky-31.html

  9. I think I love you!!!

  10. My sister, friend and I made these. Super amazing. I did a happy dance. Thanks for sharing – I saw your post from someone’s facebook. You are my Cinnabon hero :).

  11. Amazing.. second time I have made them.. so good!

  12. This recipe looks delicious!!! Thank You!!! Printing it now for Christmas Morning!!!

  13. I cannot wait to try the copy cat Cinnabon recipe…yum!! I can’t get them anywhere near where I live. Thank you for this great recipe!!!

  14. Can you make the dough in advanced? I would like to make these for christmas but have the dough ready the day before.

    • I have made them before and kept them in the fridge overnight. You can take them out in the morning, they will rise a overnight in the fridge… if they need to rise more, you can leave them on the counter for a little bit before you bake them!

    • You are not adding warm water to the yeast. it should be warm water between 105 and 115 F. Otherwise the yeast will either die at high temp or stay inactive at low temp. Add yeast to warm water and let it reast for 10 minutes. Once bubbling add them to the ingredients.

  15. Hi there, I have made this recipe two time. Once with Active Yeast and another with Highly Active Yeast. Both times the dough did not double in size within the 45 minutes. What could I be doing wrong? Any suggestions?

    • I haven’t had that problem. Are you leaving the dough covered in a warm draft free place? Is your yeast fresh and has it been stored in the fridge if it is an open jar?

      • The yeast is fresh from the store in a sealed packet (exp Sept 2015). I covered the rolls with plastic wrap and a tea towel and put the the pan on the stove top. I turned the oven on to 325 to keep the kitchen warm hoping to help the rolls increase in size.

        • It sounds to me like you have done everything right and I can’t tell you why the rolls aren’t rising for you. My only suggestion would be to allow more time than I have suggested in the recipe and hopefully they will rise although it may take longer.

        • Make sure your milk mixture isn’t too warm or not warm enough.

  16. I was wondering if these could be frozen before cooking ?

  17. Has anyone frozen these before baking them off? Thanks!!

    • I have frozen these before baking and they turned out just as amazing as when I baked them according to the recipe posted. I just put them in a greased pan overnight (8hrs) covered with a tea towel. They thaw and rise perfectly then I bake them as posted above. I LOVE this recipe!! I have tried a few other cinnamon rolls recipes but after finding this one I will never use another!!

    • I forgot to mention I leave them out on my counter for the 8hrs they are thawing and rising. Hope that helps!

  18. Holly, the recipe calls for bread flour, I only have all purpose flour, would this be okay, or do I have to wait until I go to the store for the bread flour.

  19. I am going to try this recipe for the first time and I am super excited! 2 batches, one for now and one for later; going to see how they turn out freezing them! Wish me luck.

  20. I’ve not had much luck making good cinnamon rolls through the years, so I don’t make them very often, but I made these today and they turned out great! I took some to the neighbors (did a quick taste test first to make sure they were ok) and they said they were the best cinnamon rolls they had ever tasted!! They weren’t that difficult to make either, so these will definitely be on my list of favorites. Thanks!

  21. My rolls didn’t double in size at all even though I let them sit for more than an hour. I reread your recipe and realized that maybe the milk needs to be at room temperature also. I’ve only made cinnamon rolls one other time and I don’t remember what recipe I used.

  22. First time baking with yeast. So this may seem like a dumb question but do I just add the yeast (dry) to the flour or dissolved in water?

  23. Hello!
    Bit of a silly question >.<
    I used a 9×13 ceramic dish to bake the rolls in, at 400F this resulted in the tops browning a lot more, outside rolls done, but inside ones were not.
    Would you suggest a different temp? (Convection oven) or a metal pan?
    It also seamed that the rolls grew a bit to much and did not have that pretty flat surface. Too much yeast?

    • Ovens can sometimes vary which may cause your rolls to cook differently. In this case I would suggest cooking them at a slightly lower temperature if the outside rolls are cooking quickly and the inside rolls are not cooked. (I did use a metal pan for this recipe). Did you use active dry yeast?

  24. Made theses this morning…..SO GOOD!

  25. hi I was you wrote 1package dry active yeast, could you tell me the measurement because I’m not sure how much 1 package is?

  26. I am about to try this recipe for the hubs! Cinnamon rolls are one of his favorites and I am excited to potentially have a great go-to recipe. Thank you!!

  27. I was wondering if I make it in my bread machine do I still have to let it sit for 45 minutes after

  28. woww these were amazing!!! I handed the recipe and gave me six big cinnoman rolls these taste just like Cinnabon !!!!

  29. You need a dash of lemon extract in the frosting.

  30. Can I use a yeast substitute and not yeast? If so, which one?

  31. I already try to make it,,,and fantastic coming out its really good,,,

  32. Hey I’m kind of in a high elevation area and every time I try baking things like bread they don’t turn out as fluffy as I’d like. I’ve researched it a bit and I’ve heard it helps if you let it rise, punch it down and let it rise again…any tips on this recipe? Also, do you recommend starting it the night before if you want them around lunch time?

    • I haven’t had any problems with this recipe rising. I have made them the night before and let them rise in the refrigerator overnight. If you do try that method, I would suggest checking them first thing in the morning and if they haven’t risen enough you might want to set them out to continue rising.

  33. So these are currently cooling on my stove top and they are DELICIOUS! I’ve always wanted to make homemade cinnamon rolls but never had the guts. These were easy enough, and truly come out tasting like a Cinnabon! I didn’t have a rolling pin so I used a bottle of wine lol my rolls could have been a bit smaller and more tightly rolled but hey it was my first time! I will be making these again!

  34. LOVE this recipe!! I have tried about 10 different cinnamon roll recipes and this is the only one that turns out for me. however i do encounter a problem each time: my dough takes 3-4 hours to double in size once the rolls are in the pan. Why is that? Whenever I make dinner rolls or bread it never takes near that long so how come with cinnamon rolls?

    • There are a few factors that could affect your rising time. It could be related to the temperature (for example is there a draft), humidity or even the freshness of your yeast.

  35. Did you dissolve the yeast in water first? I did because I’ve never used it before but after reading the comments realize you are supposed to put the dry yeast into the flour. Mine dissent expand at all & was a little hard. I will be trying to make these again…the right way

  36. Very good receipe .. followed receipe to the”t”… this is a keeper .. thanks

  37. Baking for 15 min leaves the insides gooey and undone. I recommend baking for longer. Unfortunately I frosted mine before I found out they were not done…yay me.

  38. I love cinnamon rolls
    I will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Can these be made up the night before and refrigerated and then baked in the morning??

    • Yes! They will rise in the fridge overnight… if they haven’t risen enough, you may need to leave them covered in a warm area to rise a little bit more.

  40. Hi there! Thanks for the recipe. I ran into a problem with my end product- there was a lot of sugar that we were just crunching on because it did not dissolve or caramelise. The buns cooked for the full time. Should I use less sugar or use castor sugar maybe?

  41. What is the difference between bread flour and a regular, white flour? I would love to make this in the morning .

  42. This recipe looks so wonderful. I was inspired to try it, but the rolls did not rise. My powdered yeast was fresh (not expired) and I used a digital thermometer to make sure my milk, butter, sugar and salt mixture was within the temperature range you had given. The other ingredients were appropriately measured and I covered the rolls with saran wrap and a tea towel and placed in a warm section of my kitchen. Can you tell me what type of yeast you are using? Some of your other readers suggest a longer rise time than the 45 minutes. How long should I let it rise before I can determine it is not going to work at all? Shouldn’t there be some rise within the first hour? I cannot pinpoint what can be the problem since I did everything in accordance to the recipe. Any help would be appreciated.

    • I’m so sorry this didn’t work out for you, that’s so disappointing especially because these rolls are a lot of work. Was your yeast active dry yeast? I use Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast (although any brand of active yeast that hasn’t expired which you checked) should work just fine).

      It sounds to me like you’ve done everything right. There should definitely be some rising in the first hour and if there was no rise at all that makes me wonder if there was another issue. You can also check your thermometer here as the temperature could’ve been an issue as well.

      I’m sorry these didn’t work for you, I’ve made them several times and they truly are delicious. I hope you try them again sometime with great results.

  43. Whats the size of the yeast package? Mine has 0,7oz (20g).

  44. How much is 1 package of active yeast ?

  45. I have been using this recipe for about 9 months now, love this and do in my kitchenaid mixer….they are amazing

  46. After I let the dough rise for one hour and then form the cinnamon rolls, could I put these in the refrigerator overnight to let rise for a second time? I want to make them for breakfast, but I don’t want to spend the entire morning making them and not be able to eat them until noon. I want them rise for a second time overnight so they will double in size again and result in jumbo sized cinnamon rolls and because it won’t cause my back to hurt near as bad as if I did it all in one morning.
    Thanks

    • Yes, I have done it this way before. You may need to leave them out on the counter for a little while in the morning if they haven’t risen quite enough.

  47. They look simply delicious and can’t wait to try them.i love new receples. Always looking for new ones.

  48. Hi!
    I made these the other day for my husband and co-workers and everyone LOVED THEM!! they said they were the best they ever had! It was my first time making cinnamon buns and they turned out great! Thank you for all the amazing recipes! I’ve made 4 of your recipes now and everyone of them was delicious!

  49. Hi, I found your recipe on Pinterest, and omg!! I must try this out. But I notice you said we can use a bread machine, but I was wondering if I can use a stand mixer. My kitchen aid has the bread hook, would that work also?

  50. The recipe says to mix the milk with the flour. Did you mean mix with the melted butter mix? Could explain why some people didn’t get this recipe to rise.

  51. Just made a test batch of these to see if I wanted to make for Christmas. They turned out fantastic and are a big hit. Taste just like the real thing. Thanks!

  52. Can these be made the day before-refrigerated overnight and then baked

    • Yes they can. You will want to cover/refrigerate them before rising in step 4. Check them in the morning before baking and if they still need to rise a little bit more, you can leave them covered on the counter.

  53. So just a tip for those of you asking about the rising in 45 minutes. I’ve made these three times, each time mine also do not rise at all in the 45 minute time frame. Don’t stress. Heat your oven to 200, turn it off and place your tray in there (covered) to sit for the 45 minutes. They will rise and be beautifully fluffy! You can refrigerate overnight after that or turn your oven back on to baking temp and start baking them then. They are such good cinnamon rolls! They have become my Christmas tradition! Happy baking.

  54. When I first read this recipe, I thought it was strange that the yeast just went in with everything else without first activating, but I did it anyway. Cinnamon rolls did not rise. :( it’s Christmas morning and I used all organic ingredients. It doesn’t look like anyone who commented has actually made these- FAIR WARNING. these are not edible.

    • How disappointing that these didn’t rise for you Emily. There are several comments from readers who have had great success with this recipe as written.

      I can’t say for sure why yours didn’t rise however hopefully if you leave them on the counter a little bit longer they will rise. I know that doesn’t help this morning.

  55. Hi Holly,

    Made these beautiful cinnamon rolls, and the recipe worked perfectly for me (it was my first time, btw!). It was soft and melt in the mouth. Glad was able to see your recipe in Pinterest! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Cheers,

    Alodia

  56. Followed recipe exactly as instructed and made the best cinnamon rolls ever~ thank you for sharing!!!

  57. Can I put the cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator until I am ready to eat them hot?

  58. Awesome. Would recommend this recipe. I used AP flour in error and they wee fantastic.

  59. I just made a double batch of these cinnamon rolls tonight. They turned out excellent! I’ve made SO many different cinnamon roll recipes and this I would say is the best. The dough was extremely easy to work with. That made the the rolling out task and rolling up task so pleasant! To one pan I added small apple chunks along with the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Oh my…that was an excellent addition. I would definitely add those again. I didn’t measure the filling ingredients. I just smeared soft butter then sprinkled a lot of brown sugar & cinnamon. I think I was a little heavy handed but it turned out well! Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely make again!

  60. 2 cups of the flour ? I’m a little lost now it says 4 cups of flour. Could you tell me exactly what you meant by that. Sorry :X thanks in Advance

  61. we oh so love and missed cinnabon rolls. Thank you for this recipe, i can make it at home anytime! great recipe! Thank you again.

  62. I absolutely loved these! Thank you!

  63. I made these buns this weekend, and I must say they were AMAZING!!! The dough is sooo good… I made the dough in the bread Machine, and it turned out super duper delicious….

  64. Hello can you be more specific on the adding flour process I’m very confused when u say add as much flour as needed how do I know how much I actually need

  65. hello. i will like to know what amount of yeast exactly will be needed? how much in 1 pack?

  66. I made these last night and this is honestly the best cinnamon roll recipe I have found. I will definitely be making these again. Thank you so much for sharing!

  67. OK I’ve tried this recipe twice and my rolls don’t rise, I just can’t seem to figure out what I’ve done wrong. I even added more yeast to try and fix it. Any suggestions to help out? :)

    • Oh no, how disappointing! Did you test your yeast to make sure it’s active (and not expired)?
      To test yeast, dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water (110°-115°). Sprinkle with 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you should see a foamy layer on top. I hope that helps!

  68. Hello Holly! Thanks a lot for the recipe – it’s a bomb! :) I don’t like cinnabons much coz they’re too sweet so I’ve adjusted your recipe a bit with sugar amount, sorry ))) but they rolls themselves are amazing! And icing is absolutely fantastic! I will definitely keep your lovely site in my favs and try some more recipes in future! All the best and thanks once again! And best regards from Moscow, Russia ;)

  69. once i have the cinnamon rolls made and frosted could i reheat them in the oven before i serve them

    • If you want to reheat them, it might be best to save the icing for after reheating. I popped these in the microwave once and it caused my frosting to melt.

  70. these were absolutely amazing. I have tried so many different recipes but these came out perfectly just like Cinnabon ;) Great stuff x

  71. Can this be frozen once prepared even with frosting and for how long?

    • If you want to reheat them, it might be best to save the icing for after reheating. I popped these in the microwave once and it caused my frosting to melt.

  72. Your using active dry yeast, as far as i know you’ll have to dilute it first in hot water before combining with other ingredients, other wise you’ll get different result… just a thought…. tnx

  73. I’ve made this recipe, used a bit more flour to get the texture of the Dough right and I cut it with floss to get the circles perfect. It turned out great and tasted awesome!

  74. Just want to know when I read the recipe it says 4-4 1/4 cups bread flour. When you look at the instruction 2 cups, what you will do about the rest of the flour. I want to try this recipe but not sure which one to follow.

  75. Hi there!

    I love the taste of these cinnamon buns but I’ve been having trouble with them rising. I have done this recipe twice, the second time I made sure my active dry yeast was fresh, my liquid was the right temperature and they had plenty of time to rise in a warm area. Can you please give me any other insight as to why my buns have not been rising?

    Thank you,

    Sami

    • Hi Sami,
      Yeast can be very finicky! If your liquid is too warm, it will kill the yeast. (This happens at about 140 degrees.)
      To test yeast, dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water (110°-115°). Sprinkle with 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes you should see a foamy layer on top. I hope that helps!

  76. Do they turn out differently if you use convection versus conventional oven?

    • I have only cooked this in a regular oven. You might like to look at the manual for your convection oven to see how to best make the conversion for baking (I *think* you will need to reduce the cooking temperature by 25 degrees and maybe reduce the cooking time as well).

  77. This recipe worked really good. In my S.S. class i have to do a project a on spice from around the world. My Spice was cinnanom.

  78. Hi Holly. Busy making the Cinnabon rolls but using the Arabic dough which is as follows.
    2 cups warm water
    4 Tblspn Sugar
    2 Tablspns yeast
    2 cups flour
    1/4 tsp salt
    2 Tablspns milk powder.
    Mix together and set aside for 15 min.

    Then add
    1/2cup oil
    3 cups flour
    1 tsp baking powder optional
    Mix well and let stand for 30 mins

    Now fill as per your filling recipe

    Will post a pic of once it’s done.

  79. do you know of a method to reheat these in the oven if you want to serve the next day?

    • You could pop them in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds to make serving the next day super simple!

  80. hi there, this one had such impressive reviews. i wanna try this. i know this is not for beginners but i might have a Luck :) question. i package active dry yeast is one tablespoon? thank you.

  81. I need to make these for 25 people. Can I make a head and freeze them? If so, freeze them uncooked or cooked.

  82. My granddaughter and I made these today. The smell was heavenly and the just melted in our mouths. We had 12 huge buns. We will DEFINITELY be making these again and again!!

  83. I’ve made these once and they were delicious. They didn’t rise well, sadly but after six hours of being inside and then outside on a warm day, they rose enough. Going to make them again soon. Just a comment on your instructions. You say roll “starting from long side” ending with an18″ roll. If starting on “long” side, the roll should be 21″ long. At least that’s the way I did it. Great recipe!

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