Copy Cat CinnaBon Recipe (2024)

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!
Whilehomemaderolls 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!

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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.

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Items you’ll need for this recipe:

* Active Dry Yeast * Cinnamon * Vanilla Extract *

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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!



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Prep Time 1 hour hour 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes minutes

Total Time 1 hour hour 35 minutes minutes

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Servings 12 rolls

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Author Holly Nilsson


  • 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.

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What is the secret ingredient in Cinnabon? ›

But what exactly is this special Makara cinnamon? Cinnabon owns the name of Makara and their exact blend is a trademarked secret, so we don't know exactly. But we do know that it's a cassia cinnamon that contains more essential oils than ceylon, producing a stronger aroma.

What are the ingredients in Cinnabon? ›


How do you know when cinnamon roll dough is kneaded enough? ›

Step 2: Knead the Dough

Turn, fold dough over, and push down again. Repeat this process over and over. You know the dough is ready when it is smooth and elastic.

Is melted butter or softened butter better for cinnamon rolls? ›

It can definitely be tempting to just stick that butter in the microwave if you've been storing it in the fridge, which can easily lead to accidentally melting it, but ensuring that your butter is softened will make all the difference: It will make it easier to evenly spread the filling on top of the dough.

What is the most unhealthy Cinnabon? ›

Classic Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are large and dense, rich in fat and carbs and contain 880 calories each (15). But these are not even the most unhealthy item on the menu. That honor is reserved for the Caramel Pecanbon.

Why are cinnabons so unhealthy? ›

A classic Cinnabon roll packs quite a punch in terms of calories and sugar. A single Cinnabon classic roll contains around 880 calories and about 58 grams of sugar. That's a hefty sum, especially when you consider that the recommended daily sugar intake for adults is less than 50 grams.

What type of sugar does Cinnabon use? ›

Brown Sugar vs White Sugar

It is claimed that Cinnabon uses mostly soft brown sugar in their filling to make it extra gooey.

What sugar does Cinnabon use? ›

The filling is Brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.

Why does Cinnabon taste so good? ›

2. They use the best cinnamon in the world. Cinnabon's creators set out to find the most flavorful and aromatic cinnamon possible, and settled on "Korintje" or "Makara," a variety that can only be harvested from cassia trees in the mountains of Indonesia. It's considered the gold standard of the spice.

Can cinnamon roll dough rise too long? ›

You can refrigerate the rolls for up to 12 hours, but try not to go any longer. The rolls are still prone to over-proofing if left in the fridge too long; and the cinnamon-sugar filling can melt and make the bottoms of the rolls syrupy and damp if left unbaked for too long.

Can cinnamon roll dough rise too much? ›

If you let your cinnamon rolls rise for too long you can over-proof them. This can lead to dense rolls or rolls that collapse after baking.

Should I chill cinnamon rolls before baking? ›

Refrigerate the shaped but unbaked cinnamon rolls in the pan you plan to bake them in. To give them a jump start on rising, I like to let them rise at room temperature for about 30 minutes before placing them in the refrigerator – especially in the winter when the cold air slows rise times.

What happens if you use melted butter instead of softened? ›

In cookies, softened butter will result in a cakier and airier cookie than using melted butter. This is due to the fact that softened butter will create air bubbles that expand in the oven during baking. Melted butter will make your cookies delightfully dense on the inside and crisp on the edges.

Why can't you use melted butter instead of softened? ›

Softened butter and melted butter are not the same. Using melted butter will change the texture of whatever you're baking. If you only want the butter to soften for spreading, microwave it on the Defrost setting (30%) in 5-second increments until it's softened as desired.

Why does Cinnabon taste different? ›

It's not your usual cinnamon

Of course, any cinnamon roll is going to have cinnamon flavor, but Cinnabon doesn't use just any cinnamon. The proprietary blend, trademarked "Makara," is from the Korintjie region of West Sumatra in Indonesia, and it makes all the difference.

Can I buy Cinnabon Makara cinnamon? ›

Where Can You Buy It? Although Makara cinnamon is grown in Sri Lanka, you can purchase it online or at some specialty spice stores. If you want to make Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls at home, you'll need Makara cinnamon as it's the key ingredient in their secret recipe. You can find Makara cinnamon on Amazon.

Why does Cinnabon use margarine? ›

For the filling, Cinnabon uses margarine instead of butter because margarine has a lower melting point than butter so it should make the rolls gooey-saucy-melty. Let's face the fact that most people have butter on hand more than margarine so I don't think you need to go out and get some just for today's rolls.

What is Cinnabon Flavour? ›

Cinnabon® Classic Roll

That superior flavor and unmistakable, far-reaching aroma comes from Makara® Cinnamon, which originates in the mountains of West Sumatra, Indonesia. Combined with our smooth, tender dough and fluffy signature frosting, this isn't your average cinnamon roll.

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