Copy Cat CinnaBon Recipe

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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!

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!

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

single copy cat cinnabon with frosting on a white plate with a tray of cinnamon buns in the background
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Copy Cat Cinna*Bon Recipe! Delicious Cinnamon Rolls at Home!

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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! Your house will smell heavenly when you bake these!


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

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  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Roll the dough into a 18x21-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup butter on the dough and top with the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  • Starting with the long side, roll up dough so you have an 18" log. Cut into 12 even rolls. Grease a 9x13 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.
  • Bake rolls on the center rack about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • While the rolls are baking, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt with a mixer until fluffy.
  • Allow rolls to cool for about 10-15 minutes and spread frosting on warms rolls.

Recipe 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.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g, Calories: 495, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 301mg, Potassium: 124mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 640IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 0.8mg
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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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  1. Your recipe is extremly confusing. The yeast needs to be activated first. What is a packet of yeast? I mean why put a recipe up if you’re not going to write the exact amounts. Very silly. Still thank you for making the effort.

    1. A packet of yeast is 2 1/4 teaspoons and often sold by the packet. In this recipe, the yeast is addeded directly to the flour. Enjoy!

  2. I thought this recipe looked amazing, with great reviews, but these were absolutely disgusting, never making again, do not waste time, money or ingredients on this!

    1. Sorry to hear that Nina! This recipe is a reader favorite. Was there anything specific that went wrong with your batch? If they were too dense you can check out this how to measure flour guide for tips. Did you use bread flour? That also helps to give the dough it’s elasticity and chewy airy texture as compared to all-purpose flour.

    1. Yes, that should work just fine Amanda. They will rise a bit in the fridge but may need to rise a bit more once removed. Check them and if they do need to rise more, you can leave them on the counter to rise to double their size.

  3. Hi, this recipe looks delicious, but I’m wondering if I could use this recipe for mini cinnabons? If so what would I change?

    1. We have never tried making mini cinnabons with this recipe but you will want to watch the cooking time to make sure they don’t overcook. We would love to hear how it turns out Hannah!

      1. Thank you for this recipe, they are absolutely amazing! I did make them mini, and they turned out great. Cook time was just under 10 minutes and it made about 36 mini rolls(1.5 inches in diameter). Thank you!

  4. I made this and it turned out perfect. I added the butter to the brown sugar and cinnamon and mixed by hand and spread it on the rolled out dough. I doubled the recipe for the frosting to have extra but the recipe amount is just fine. I set the bake timer for 15 min at 350 degrees and eyeballed the rolls and I think it took 22 minutes in my oven. These are great. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. This is the best recipe I have tried and made many times. I use allison’s dry active yeast and my bread maker to make the dough. If it a cold day, I place them in my oven on it’s lowest setting about 80c, make sure you cover them with cling film and then a tea towel and they rise in an hour. Making some more today :) thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

  6. I have made this recipe many times and I love it. When I first started mine never, raised, puffed up in size. One day After leaving it in a pan for 2-3 hours they doubled in sized. I just needed to be patient.
    My family loves it. Great recipe
    Thanks5 stars

  7. The recipe is foolproof and perfect if you follow it. Don’t expect good results if you are unable to follow direction. Yeast is not going to do its job if it is old. Make sure you have fresh yeast and you are keeping liquids at the right temperature. Additionally, you need to keep the product out of drafts and provide a warm cozy environment to succeed with getting your dough to rise properly. This is a science but it’s not rocket science. Good luck out there!

  8. Just a note — I stumbled across this recipe back in Nov 2013, and have been making them ever since. When people ask, I point them to your website.

    I’ve never had a bit of trouble and follow the recipe (though somedays I don’t need as much flour — dependent upon weather & humidity). I do bake at 375*F since our oven runs hot.

    I often make the night before, and allow to rise (loosely covered) in a cold oven. People remark about the size of the rolls that they proof to!

    Beautiful, easy recipe — THANKS for sharing!5 stars

  9. Amazing recipe. Only one small tweaking needed IMO. The flour is a bit confusing since it reads 2 cups flour and then never states “remaining flour or rest of the flour etc”. Just says “stir in as much of the flour as you can”. We slowly added the flour and it was a total 4 1/4 cup and worked out great. Just got a bit confused. Thank you so much!
    Note- for fun swap the vanilla out for almond flavoring. To die for!5 stars

    1. Hi PS, the cup size we use is about 250ml but we don’t use a weight measure for this recipe. Hope you enjoy them!

  10. Nothing is happening with my rolls – they are not rising. Your Ingredient list says “active dry yeast”… which is exactly what I have, a brand new jar… and to add it to the dry flour and that it doesn’t need to be proofed/activated.

    “ The Difference Between Active Dry Yeast & Instant Yeast

    The difference between these types of dry yeast is simple: active dry yeast has a larger granule and needs to be dissolved in water before using, while instant yeast has a more fine texture and can be mixed right into dry ingredients.”

    1. I’m sorry these aren’t rising for you, I’ve only made the recipe exactly as written and mine have risen made as directed. Did you use a thermometer to ensure your milk mixture reached 120-130°? The milk mixture is a bit warmer than a typical 110° used when proofing as it is added directly to the flour in the recipe.

      I would suggest covering it with a warm damp towel and although it may take longer, hopefully they rise for you.

  11. Just made 3 batches of this recipe and I threw it all in the bin. This recipe is missing the step to activate yeast so the buns didn’t rise. What a waste of time and money in ingredients. Very disappointed.1 star

    1. How disappointing, I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. I can’t say for sure why as the written recipe is exactly as I make it (and as you can see from most reviews, it seems to work just fine for most readers).

    1. Yes that should work just fine. They will rise a bit in the fridge but may need to rise more in the morning. Check them and if they do need to rise more, you can leave them on the counter for an hour or so to rise.

  12. AMAZING!!!! Easy, doesn’t take a long time to make and tastes like the REAL THING!!! Made the recipe 3 times in one week. My daughter couldn’t get enough of them (neither could we) Since the real cinnabons are not really available in the Netherlands and we only got to taste them whenever my husband brought them from the States, this recipe was what I was looking for.5 stars

  13. I am using my honey roll recipe with Sams Club flour. They raise better on a sheet cake pan. Dough setting of bread machine, roll out, rise again
    1 c warm milk, 2 T honey, 1 egg, 3 1/2 c flour, 1/4 c oil, 1/2 t salt, 1 pkg yeast

    1. Hi Bev, we make this recipe as listed and have great results. We let it rise for 15 minutes after first kneading it, and until doubled in size once we make it into cinnamon rolls. Hope that helps!

    1. We let it rise for 15 mins after first kneading, then let the cinnamon rolls double in size before baking. Hope that helps!

  14. Whoever is saying these cinnamon buns did not rise….. I Have one thing to say…

    These cinnamon buns rose so fast. And rose to triple the height. I did modify the recipe slightly: i “fed” the yeast in part of the water and part of the sugar before I combined,I also added only 2 tbsp of cinnamon, and I had to add about 1.25 cups of flour to make the dough less sticky.

    I went to go get a picture and when I turned around, no joke, the family had eaten every SINGLE LAST ONE. They had only nice things to say.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and helpful tips Evelyn! I am thrilled that your family enjoyed the cinnamon rolls!

  15. Wow, best cinnamon rolls ever, even better than my grandmas recipe! I used half&half instead of milk because that is what I had on hand and they turned out nice.5 stars

  16. I’ve tried this recipe three times. It is delicious, but the insides are always chewy rather than doughy, and the buns do not rise at all when they are sitting inn the baking pan. Recipe expects they will double in size in 45 minutes per step 4, mine do not rise measurable after an hour. I use bread flour and follow the directions to a T. I have used the bread maker and have kneaded by hand. Yeast was fresh, bought today. Should I double the yeast? Is it Canadian vs US flour?3 stars

    1. It’s hard to say what went wrong. The flour should be the same regardless of country and with fresh yeast they definitely should be rising. Hand or bread machine kneading shouldn’t matter either. Are you using active dry yeast? What temperature are they set to rise at (I cover mine with a tea towel and let rise near a heating stove)? If it’s drafty or cool, that could contribute.

      I wouldn’t suggest doubling the yeast but you could try blooming it first and see if that helps. Add a bit of sugar and warm the milk to 105-110°F. Add the yeast and allow it to sit 5 minutes. Proceed with the recipe as written. I hope that helps!

      1. I let it sit, covered on the stove that is warming to 400 degrees.
        Do I bloom the yeast in the milk/butter mixture or another amount of milk?

        1. In step one, you combine 2 cups of the flour with the yeast in a large mixing bowl, then combine and heat the milk, butter, sugar and salt. This milk mixture to flour mixture (which has the yeast) along with eggs. Hope that helps Gaylen!

      2. Hi!!! I hace made tour recipe many times. Its delicious. Today I did 1 and 1/2 recipe but after 15 minutes they Werent golden. I let them 4 minutes more and they taste great but the outside os a little dry. How do I calculate how many more minutes I should bake them in this case (one and half recipe or if I doble it). Thank you5 stars

        1. Oh no Cristina, I’m sorry the 1.5x batch didn’t work out for you. I haven’t tried increasing this recipe however it sounds like maybe a little bit of a lower temperature for a little bit longer might be ideal. Let us know how it goes if you try it!

    2. Make sure that you aren’t using a black metal pan. It tends to heat things faster resulting in a Center that’s not completely done. Also, when you roll the dough, try not to make it too ‘tight’. The middle will get heat easier and will thank you for it later. Oh, if all you have is a black pan, try adjusting the temperature down a tad. Depending on your oven, altitude, you might have to experiment. Please feel free to invite me to your experiments!

  17. I was wondering what the best way to store leftover cinnamon rolls? I am making a few batches for my husbands police department and they will need to be available to both day and night shift. Can they be left out on the counter for 24 hours? or do you recommend refridgerating?

    1. We usually keep them up to 2 days on the counter. IF it’s going to be longer than that, you might like to freeze them to keep them fresh.

  18. Love the recipe. Quick question…..have you tried freezing the rolls to use later? Before baking? I made some for a potluck but I want to make some for home and it makes too many at once. Wondering if I can freeze them, maybe allow to thaw and do final rise overnight before baking?5 stars

    1. Made these last week – froze the raw buns in the pan and then defrosted in the fridge overnight, took them out to prove for a little more than an hour before baking. Live in the tropics so the ambient temperature is higher – might leave them to prove for up to three hours in a cooler climate. Actually made half sized which were more than enough for everyone and probably made the whole process easier. Delicious enriched dough and the frosting was a big hit! I’m talking people scrapping the Silpat mat clean! Thanks for the recipe Holly.

      1. Thanks for letting us know Jayne! Glad they worked out and everyone enjoyed them. Especially love that they were licking the Silpat mat clean! :)

  19. What is the secret of keeping the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon filling from oozing out of the bottom of the rolls into the bottom of the pan? Thanks!

    1. As the brown sugar melts, there will always be a little bit that seeps out. You’ll want to make sure your rolls are rolled fairly tight.

  20. Hi! I’d like to try to make this recipe. Was wondering what size the eggs should be, if it makes a difference?

  21. I’ve made these several times and love them! I’m planning on making again for brunch I’m hosting and wondered if they could sit overnight and bake in the morning. Would I let them rise then refrigerate or just keep them on the counter?

    1. 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! Enjoy Erika!

  22. This Mama’s pregnancy cravings are for real. I was sitting here today in a snow storm contemplating driving to the next town over just to get a cinnabon but when I found your recipe, decided it was likely safer for me to just stay home.
    I hauled out my bread maker and let it go to work making the dough while my toddler napped the afternoon away.
    They were ready to go just after dinner and I can say with 100% certainty…that they satisfied my craving.

    Thank you :)5 stars

  23. These are amazing! The only thing I did differently was I ate one about 2 minutes right out of the oven… dont reccomend that part. And definitely dont skimp on the frosting! It just completes these and makes them 10 times better than cinnabon!5 stars

  24. Hi there.. thank you for sharing your recipe. I wonder what is the weight of the “1 package active dry yeast”? Thanks a lot…

  25. The dough recipe here is PERFECT!!!!! I like my frosting thicker but that’s just me! My husband ate 3 in a row!!!! Thank you4 stars

  26. Thank you for taking the time to share this. I just made a batch and they’re wonderful. My family was wowed by them. This will now be my go-to recipe. Thanks again.5 stars

      1. How long do I really bake it for because I baked it for 20 minutes and there were soft coming out but half an hour later they got hard as a rock LOL please help

  27. Your recipe calls for 4-4 1/4 cups of flour, but the instructions only calls for 2 cups of flour. Do I only use the 2 cups for the recipe? Is the extra for just kneading the dough?

  28. Hello,
    I love this recipe and have made it successfully a few times. I’m trying to make for work tomorrow and don’t want all of the work in the morning. I can put dough in fridge before the rise? Doesn’t the yeast need warmth to rise? Can I let rise then refrigerate? I’m so afraid of killing the yeast. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Amy

    1. I have made this recipe overnight. While the fridge doesn’t kill the yeast, it won’t rise as much as you’d like overnight and I found I usually have to allow for an hour or two rise time in the morning. Let us know how it goes!

  29. This is BY FAR the best cinnamon bun I have ever tasted. I would even go as far as saying that it puts Cinnabon to shame. I’m a bread baker usually and the instructions saying to mix flour and yeast had me nervous because it sounded backwards. Far from it. The dough is light and fluffy, the cinnamon mix is perfect, and the cream cheese frosting is precisely how cream cheese is supposed to taste…creamy and sweet without being thick or overly sugary. I have absolutely found my new go-to for a sweet treat!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!5 stars

  30. I love this recipe and it always comes out AMAZING!!

    tip: you can make the cinnamon rolls the day before and let them rise over night then bake them in the morning when you are ready for breakfast and they will be SOOO FLUFFY and perfect.5 stars

  31. I have been making many batches of cinnamon rolls with many different recipes, and I love this one the most. Using BREAD flour instead of All Purpose Flour does make a difference. 

    The first thing I do is always proof the yeast with half cup of milk plus 1 teaspoon of sugar.  The question I have is whether I need to let the dough rise first before rolling out??  In your instruction i Only see the part about letting the it rise after the dough been rolled out. 

    I also forgot to mention that I use margarine instead of butter, it taste just as good. 

    Thank you for the recipe. 5 stars

    1. Thank you for the tip on the bread flour, I’ll have to give it a try! I personally didn’t rise the dough before rolling out (but you certainly can if you’d like).

  32. Made these last night and they were so good. I made early enough to give them plenty of time to rise and they definitely rose and filled the pan. Everyone loved them. Will be making these again. I did turn the liquid mixture off when it hit 120 degrees and let it sit in the dry mixture a couple of minutes before adding the eggs so there were no problems adding the yeast directly to the flour.5 stars

    1. The yeast is mixed dry in with the flour (not mixed with water). I haven’t tried mixing it by hand, but I’m sure you could do it!

  33. My go to cinnamon roll recipe.  I make my dough in bread machine and then let rise for one hour.  I roll the dough and cut into 2” rolls for 12 rolls.  I take to work and have a lot of people hooked.  

  34. Perfect!Thank you for sharing! Much faster than the usual recipies.I made them with regular baking flour,and they turned out delish!!
    I prepared them in the evening and left them rising inside the oven overnight.
    Baked them in the morning and served them for breakfast!Everyone happy!5 stars

  35. These are so quick and easy! Anyone can make this simple recipe. They taste absolutely great. A good recipe to do ahead the evening before and refrigerate then bake in the morning. Your special guests and family will think you’re amazing!5 stars

  36. This was fantastic. Used betta sugar instead of sugar so made it a sugar free recipe. Absolutely like the real thing. We live in NZ and fell in love with Cinnabons on a trip to US. Can’t get them in NZ so this is the next best thing. 5 stars

  37. I’ve made this recipe twice and I love how easy the recipe is to follow! They are very close to the real Cinnabon rolls! This recipe is a keeper! Delish!5 stars

  38. Oh my goodness! Just made these with my babies tonight, and they were DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!

  39. After baking and cooled off, can I refrigerate them and serve them in 1-2 days? How long do they keep when refrigerated after baking? 

    1. We usually keep them up to 2 days. IF it’s going to be longer than that, you might like to freeze them to keep them fresh.

  40. I made these this morning! Followed the recipe exact and they were delicious!!! I tried posting a pic but it wouldn’t let me.5 stars

  41. Hi Holly, Your recipe looks very good! I wondered if you have only used the regular yeast, or have you tried using the fast acting yeast, too? I’ve got the recipe printed, and will be trying it soon. I like the different method of mixing the yeast in, also!

  42. Made these for my hubby today….I can’t eat them because of a gluten intolerance. He declared them AWESOME!! He said he would eat the whole pan tonight except he might get sick from doing that. Lol. Hanks for the awesome recipe. I’m pinning his where I can find it again!5 stars

  43. Made these for Christmas morning and these babies did not rise. I read it’s fine not to dissolve the dry active yeast into water, but man oh man… I could still see those little undissolved granules of yeast in the dough once it came time to rise. They came out of the oven dense, crunchy, and not doughy or soft. I’ll play it safe and dissolve it first next time.

    Do you know why it is this recipe calls for putting the yeast straight into the flour?2 stars

    1. Hey Courtney!  I was having the same problem with my dough, it was not rising. I figured that the environment I was trying to get them to rise and was not warm enough, so I preheated my oven at 200° for about three minutes, then I turned the oven off and I put my buns in the oven to rise. It took them about double the time that this recipe calls for to rise (About 2 hours)  but they did in fact rise after all! At first I was so disappointed because they weren’t rising and I figured they were ruined. But putting them in a very very warm environment help them to rise. 

  44. i bought a cinnabon before starting to make the recipe to have something to compare to. 200 C 15 was way to much , it nearly took 7-8 cups for the dough to not be liquid,the filing was not enough compared to the original, the icing was not even near with the taste, the sweetness the amount of cinnamon nothing was same. its just some cinnamon roll (not even that good) but not a cinnabon

    1. Did you use bread flour in this recipe? I’ve made these countless times and I never use the full 4 1/2 cups of flour. Are you certain of the measurements for your liquid?

  45. I have made this recipe a half dozen times or so and they are a family favourite for sure! They are a bit stubborn to get to rise but I find that if I preheat my oven for just maybe 3 minutes at it’s lowest setting then turn off and put a pan of boiling water in the bottom of the oven, they rise beautifully in about an hour or so. My family prefer these to ANY cinnamon bun you can buy! Thanks for the great recipe!5 stars

  46. I usually never post comments but I just had to after trying this recipe! I have used other cinnamon roll recipes with good results, but those cannot compare to these soft, gooey, cinnamony goodness. My search for the ultimate cinnamon roll recipe ends here. These are undeniably better than the original Cinnabon. Thank you!

  47. At what point do you mix in the remaining 2 1/4 cups of flour? Once you’ve mixed the initial 2 cups/yeast with the warmed egg/milk/butter mixture? Or as you’re kneading it?

  48. I’m about to make them..but i live in Chile and i can’t find any replacement for the breadflour .. i want to make this recipe exactly how it’s written..but i can’t!!! :(
    Does anyone knows how can i replace the breadflour?
    help pleaseee

    1. I have always prepared this recipe as written. If you use regular flour you may notice a slightly different texture but it should turn out. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  49. Thanks so much for the recipe. My daughter loves cinnamon rolls but is extemely allergic to dairy. I made this recipe with non-dairy butter spread and rice milk and it turned out perfectly. Instead of the cream cheese frosting, I made a frosting out of buttery spread, powdered sugar, vanilla and a little lemon juice and it was delicious!5 stars

  50. Made these today and so disappointed. Followed the recipe exactly and used digital thermometer for milk butter mixture. They did not rise at all. I will try the suggestion of putting them in an oven that was preheated to 200 and see if that helps.1 star

    1. I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you, I can’t say for sure why as I’ve made these several times and they always work well for me.

  51. Hi I’d love to try this recipe but I have a question: why do you let the dough proof for only 10 min? A lot of other cinnamon roll recipes let the dough proof for usually an hour or so? WIll it affect its texture/softness? Thanks!

  52. Hi! I just found this recipe and hope to make it very soon! Thanks for sharing it. I have some questions about the butter, can it be unsalted butter? Or no problem with it being salted? Or can I use margarine?

  53. 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!

  54. 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!!

  55. 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.

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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

    1. This dough is too damn stiff. Did you mean to say 4c? Theres no way this is going to turn out. I’m adding more milk. Will report back.

      1. How did they turn out Arsalan? For the flour, you can add between 4 to 4 1/4 cups depending on your dough consistency. Adding extra flour to the dough can cause it to become stiff. For tips on how to measure flour correctly check this how to measure post here!

    1. 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).

  58. 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,


    1. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

  61. 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

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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.

  63. 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 ;)

  64. 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? :)

    1. 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!

    2. Hi. The recipe for the dough is asking for 1cup of milk and 1/2 cup of sugar. So, warm 1/2 cup of the milk along of 1teaspoon of sugar to the correct temperature. Sprinkle 2 1/4 teaspoon of yeast or 1 packet of yeast. Wait ten minutes. You should see foaming rising up. That’s how you know the yeast is okay.  Hope this help. 5 stars

  65. 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!

  66. 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

    1. You will need enough flour to create a soft dough that is not overly sticky. If your dough is sticky, you’ll want to add a little bit more flour.

  67. 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….

  68. 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.

  69. 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

  70. 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!

    1. I’m so glad you loved them Heidi! I haven’t tried apple in this recipe but I think that would be SO amazing!! Thank you for sharing!

  71. 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!



  72. 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.

    1. 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.

  73. 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.

    1. 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.

  74. 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!

  75. 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.

  76. 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?

  77. 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!

  78. 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.

    1. 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.

  79. 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.

    1. 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.

  80. 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?

    1. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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

  83. 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?

    1. 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.

  84. 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!

  85. 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?

    1. 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.

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

  87. 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!!

  88. 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?

  89. 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?

    1. 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?

  90. 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?

  91. 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.

  92. 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!

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

    1. 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!!

  95. 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?

    1. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

    1. 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!

    2. 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.4 stars

  96. 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!!!

  97. 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 :).

  98. 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

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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

  102. 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.