Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls

My family has cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning- it is definitely one of my favorite traditions. I love baking them on Christmas Eve with my kids… and indulging on 1 or 2 before bed is always a bonus! I found a recipe for Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls that I’ve now made 3 times with a few adjustments.

Ps. I used to be terrified at the thought of baking cinnamon rolls until I got a great hands-on tutorial from my aunt. Now I love to make these and let me assure you that if I can do it, so can you!

Tell me how bad you’d like to bite into one of these?!


2 (1/4 ounce) packages dry yeast
2 cups very warm milk
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup margarine
2 teaspoons salt
4 eggs
8 cups flourFILLING

2 cups packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons cinnamon
2/3 cup margarine, melted


1 cup margarine
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the very warm milk in a large bowl. *If your yeast gets clumpy, go ahead and stir it using a wisk to make sure the clumps dissolve.
  2. Add sugar, margarine salt, eggs, and flour, mix well.
  3. Knead the dough into a large ball. I use my Kitchen Aide, but you can use your hands dusted lightly with flour.
  4. Put ball of dough in a bowl, cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.  (This could take a while! Original recipe said 1 hour, every time I’ve made these it has taken 3!)
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 1/4 thick.  *Too much flour on your surface is no good. I usually coat my hands in flour, then briskly rib them together over the surface just to sprinkle flour over the work area. If your work area isn’t big enough for the entire batch, split the dough in half
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl to make the filling.
  8. Spread the melted margarine over the surface of the rolled out dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly over the surface.
  9. Starting at the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.
  10. Cut the dough into 2 inch slices, and place 12 rolls at a time in a lightly greased 13×9 inch baking dish.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes if you like them still gooey, 12 minutes for softer centers, and 15 minutes if you like your dough baked nice and good. (My favorite is the 12 minute version!)
  12. While the rolls are baking combine all the icing ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  13. When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.
  14. Serve Warm & Enjoy!

(HERE is the link for the original recipe)
Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Jenglamgirl says:

    YUM YUM YUM, way to go Jack, and to Black Friday!;)

  2. Oh, how I wish I had a mixer like that! I actually made cinnamon rolls also this year, and mine didn't rise at all. I ended up just putting them in the oven as is.

  3. Don't know what I would do without my Kitchen Aid! Got it for Christmas two years ago, and I use it so much! Just wait until you make cookies, so much easier :) Now off to make cinnamon rolls…

  4. Midnite Skys says:

    Oh yea I agree I like the regular recipe too! Plus mine took 2 and ahlf hours to raise…..

  5. Funky Frog Designs says:

    Those look yummy! I got the red Kitchenaid this year from my husband and I can't wait to use it!

  6. Shop with Me Mama says:

    Oh my those look sooo good!!

  7. Stephanie Lynn says:

    YUM.MY! I love my 'Jack' and I am always looking for a reason to put him to work! I'll keep an eye out for your own recipe…looking forward to trying these.

  8. Josh and Tiff says:

    You got a kitchenaid!!! awesome!! That's the exact same one I just got! Mine is named Nicky though. LOVE IT!!! Congrats!

  9. Those look great! Thanks for sharing the recipe. My aunt makes homemade cinnamon rolls for us each year, and I still look forward to them as an adult!

  10. Becca @ Blue Cricket Design says:

    Yeah!!!The site looks great Steph! Awesome new images for your buttons! So beautiful!Congratulations! I know it was a ton of work! Love it!

  11. Scrappy Gifts says:

    mmmmm….I love Cinnabon
    One day I will have a Kitchen Aid

  12. collettakay says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I made some this afternoon. I just took them out of the oven and can't wait to try one.

  13. I love it that your mixer has a name! Love your blog!

  14. I LOVE my Kitchen Aid. My mom gave it to me a couple years ago and I use it all the time. Only problem is I need one of those splash guard things for mine. It is the "professional" size and I cannot find one anywhere!

  15. Those cinnamon rolls looks yummy! I just wanted to let you know that there is an award for you over at Mommy-Guru

  16. these look delicious and they sound so easy to make. Yummy.

  17. I have had my kitchen aid mixer for almost 12 years and still going strong. I have a tip I use to make my dough rise in my house because it is always cold. I turn my oven on to 200 degrees while the mixer is going. When it is done I cover my bowl with a damp dish towel and put it in the oven and turn off the oven. Gotta remember to turn it off, I’ve forgotten a few times. :)

  18. Hi! I was wondering if it is possible to freeze them after I put and put them in a baking pan?

  19. Wondering how many rolls this recipe makes. Seems like a lot of milk and flour for only a dozen…