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 before bed! My mother in-law found a recipe for Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls that has become a family favorite recipe- it is the only cinnamon roll recipe I use now a days because it is easy, delicious and you cannot mess it up. For reals. If you’ve read this blog you know I do not claim to be a baker by any means. Any recipe that calls for yeast is not my friend. But I’ve made these cinnamon rolls a dozen times and they turn out perfect every.single.time. Let me assure you that if I can make them, so can you!

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

My mother in-law showed me just how easy these were, but there was one problem- you are supposed to use a bread machine and I didn’t own one. And you know me and breads…. baking them just doesn’t happen, so the thought of spending money on something I would rarely use just didn’t seem worth it. And then I saw her make these again and again and I wanted my cinnamon rolls to be this easy and taste that delicious. So here is my advice to you- even if you only use a bread machine to make these cinnamon rolls a few times a year, you need to get a bread machine. Right now. HERE is one on Amazon for less than $70 with free shipping. I’ll wait for you to grab it……


For the Dough

  • 1 cup warm milk (I put mine in the microwave for 33 seconds)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature (I put mine in the microwave for 22 seconds)
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

For the Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened

  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine. (I usually just put them in the order that they appear on the list above, but if I am waiting for eggs to warm up a bit or if I am still melting butter, I just add them however I feel like it. Again, never messed this up- this dough is not picky!)
  2. Select dough cycle & press Start.
  3. When your bread machine is done (mine takes about 90 minutes) pull the dough out and place it on a lightly floured surface. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 10 minutes.Meanwhile, combine brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl.
  4. Roll dough into a 16×21-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup butter on top and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  5. Roll up dough and cut into 1 inch rolls. The original recipe says you get 12 rolls, I always get about 15, but the ends are not as plump and pretty as the center rolls.
  6. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes or until nearly doubled. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  7. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  8. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
  9. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.


This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in December 2012

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. Shannon says

    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.

  2. Sela says

    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…

  3. Midnite Skys says

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. Paige says

    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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. Sam says

    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!

  11. Tasha says

    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. :)

  12. Susan Z says

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