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!

single copy cat cinnabon with frosting on a white plate with a tray of cinnamon buns in the background

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 cinnabon baked and frosted

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 CinnaBon Recipe

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! Your house will smell heavenly when you bake these!
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12 rolls


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • cup butter room temperature
  • 4 - 4 ¼ cups bread flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast


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


  • 4 ounce cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon salt


  • 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°F (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 of the remaining 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 ⅓ 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 21" log.
    Cut into 12 even rolls.
    Grease a 9x13 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°F.
  • Bake rolls on the center rack about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • While the rolls are baking, combine cream cheese, ¼ 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.


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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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

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American

copy cat cinnabon recipe risen dough and ready for the oven

copy cat cinnabon baked and frosted

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This recipe was slightly adapted from Allrecipes.com

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    1. I personally haven’t tried but other readers have with great results. Their recommendation is to freeze them right after sliced on a cookie sheet and then when frozen place them in a freezer bag. When ready to bake just set them to thaw and rise then bake. I hope that helps!

  1. Hello! These look amazing! is it possible to make the dough the night before, cover it with plastic wrap and a tea towel, stick it in the fridge and wait until the morning to put them in the oven? Thank you!

    1. Hi Emily, others readers have premade the dough and it has turned out great. They have also prepped the cinnamon buns up to baking and then refrigerated them. I would let the cinnamon buns come to room temperature while the oven is preheating before baking though. We would love to hear how it turns out for you!

      1. I eneded up just making them that night for my partners bday. They were amazing! I have never baked anything from scratch before, so I did make a couple mistakes, but they still turned out really good. I did not have the counter space to roll out the dough properly, so I rolled out half, rolled it up, then rolled out the 2nd half and rolled the 1st one up in the 2nd. I also had a hard time getting the rolled out dough into a square, so they were round. This just made the 2 end pieces a little wonky. I just smashed those 2 down in the pan. Little different, but still tasted good! I have quite the sweet tooth, so I think maybe next time I might double the frosting! ;) Thank you so much for your reply and this amazing recipe! It’s a definite keeper! :D5 stars

  2. AMMMMMMMAZING!!! I recently made a different cinnamon roll recipe that use all purpose flour, and this one is much better! Bread flour makes such a big difference. This is must make recipe for our household now! Thank you5 stars

  3. May I use regular all purpose flour. I already have cake and all purpose. Cannot afford to add more to my pantry.5 stars

    1. You can use all purpose flour for this recipe, it will change the texture very slightly but still be delicious.

  4. Just made them!! Definitely like Cinnabon!!
    I used unsalted butter and added a pinch more salt in the different parts of the recipe. I found the icing excellent. For my taste a little less salt and cream cheese in the icing would improve it.
    Considering how the yeast is used, my wait times for rising were extended significantly. Next time I might add the yeast to the liquid for a minute or two only.
    Really, very very good!! I thought I was eating it in the a mall!5 stars

  5. The only thing I would add, is to use parchment paper in the pan. It causes a little bit of caramelization on the bottom of the rolls that I find absolutely heavenly.5 stars

  6. Hi Holly, I’m looking forward to trying this recipe, but wondering if I can use All Purpose flour instead of Bread flour?

    Also, can I mix the dough in a stand mixer with a dough hook?

    Thanks so much!

    1. You can use all purpose flour for this recipe, it will change the texture very slightly but still be delicious. If using a stand mixer with the dough hook, use a lower speed for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

  7. Hi Holly! I’m anxious to try your copy cat cinnabon rolls. When you say to knead the dough for 10-15 min, can a dough hook substitute for kneading by hand? Does itake a difference?
    Thank you,

    1. If using a stand mixer with the dough hook, use a lower speed for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

  8. I have been searching for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe and finally found it! I make this every Saturday night (making the dough in my bread machine), and we reheat our baked cinnamon rolls in the microwave for Sunday morning breakfast before church. It comes out splendid and delicious every time. A definite keepsake winner or a recipe for our family!!!!!

  9. I have made this multiple times and everyone loves them! I would like to try to make them in mini size. How should I cut them to make mini size and also cooking time? Have you tried this?

    1. I have never tried this as mini rolls Barbara. Another reader has and she made about 36 mini rolls(1.5 inches in diameter) and the cook time was just under 10 minutes. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  10. I tried making this, but my dough was still kind of soft and sticky, even after all the kneading and flour. When I rolled them up, which didn’t go well, it kinda deflated? If that’s the right word. But when I cut them they totally just squished and got yucky and messy. Any ideas what I did wrong?

    1. I haven’t had this issue so I can’t say for sure what went wrong Rebecca. Did you knead the dough for 5-10 minutes? This will really help with the formation of the dough. And it sounds like you may have needed more flour, the recipe calls for up to 4 1/4 cups of flour. How much did you end up using?

      1. Sounds like it might be an issue with the yeast. Did you proof it first? 1 cup of very warm milk (about 105F to 115F heated in microwave is fine), add a tablespoon of sugar (taken from the 1/2 cup), and 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast. Let it proof for about 5 – 10 minutes.

  11. My husbands favorite part of Cinnabon is how gooey the inside filling is. Does this recipe have that?

  12. I had never had a Cinnabon roll before. I was just looking to replace my cinnamon bun recipe that I lost. I have been told by the recipients that they taste exactly like the Cinnabon recipe. Usually followed by a gasp, “You have never had a Cinnabon before ?” These are delicious and fail proof. I have made them multiple times, not always following the recipe exact, and each and every time they turn out delicious. Thank you!5 stars

  13. hi can these be made gluten free I don’t have the flours you have in Australia so not sure

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Wilma. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

    2. Wilma,
      Did you try these with a gluten free flour? If so, what brand did you use and did you make any other adjustments? Thanks so much!

  14. Thank you for this recipe, I’m been making them for years. To freeze- prepare and bake the risen rolls for only 8-10 minutes. Cool and freeze. I put my rolls in individual baking cups. Freeze in large ziplocks. When I want a few, let thaw a few minutes then bake for 4-5 minutes. They are perfect! Freezing before cooking deflated the rising process. I use fast rise yeast and make sure the temperature of the milk is 125-130 degrees!
    Hungry just writing about them!5 stars

  15. was that 12 cinnamon rolls or 12 cinnabons?
    cinnabons are 3 x the size of regular cinnamon rolls ….?

    1. I haven’t tried it yet but other readers have successfully prepared, shaped, and stored in the refrigerator overnight and baked them in the morning. They will rise a bit in the fridge but may need to rise more in the morning. Check them early ensuring you leave enough time for them to rise if needed. If they do need to rise more, you can leave them on the counter for an hour or so.