Copycat Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Copycat Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Roll Recipe

How To Make Copycat Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Roll

Haven’t tried making a cinnamon roll at home? Here’s a basic step-by-step recipe on how to make the cinnamon roll from Cinnabon that we love!

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes



For Dough:

  • 2cupswhole milk,warm to the touch
  • ½cupsugar
  • 8tbspunsalted butter,melted
  • tspactive dry yeast
  • 5cupsall-purpose flour,divided
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • 2tspkosher salt

For Filling:

  • ¾cuplight brown sugar
  • 12tbspunsalted butter,softened
  • 2tbspground cinnamon

For Frosting:

  • 4ozcream cheese,softened and cubed
  • 2tbspunsalted butter,melted
  • 4tbspmilk
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • 1cuppowdered sugar



  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the warm milk, sugar, and melted butter.

  2. The mixture should be just warm, registering between 100-110 degrees F. If any warmer, allow to cool slightly.

  3. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the milk mixture, stir, and let sit in a warm place for about 10 minutes until the yeast has bloomed.

  4. Add 4 cups of flour to the milk mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.

  5. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until nearly doubled in size.

  6. Generously butter 2 9-inch round baking pans and set aside.


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Mix well, then set aside.

  2. Remove the plastic wrap from the dough and add the remaining cup of flour, baking powder, and salt.

  3. Stir well, then turn out onto a clean surface. Leave a bit of flour nearby to use as needed, but try not to incorporate too much.

  4. Knead the dough for at least 10 minutes, adding more flour as necessary, until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to the surface or your hands.

  5. The dough should be very smooth and spring back when poked.

  6. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about ½-inch (1 cm) thick.

  7. Fix the corners with a bench scraper or a spatula to make sure they are sharp and even.

  8. Spread the filling evenly over the dough.

  9. Starting from one short end, roll up the dough into a log and pinch the seam closed. Place seam-side down. Trim any uneven ends.

  10. Using unflavored dental floss, cut the log into evenly pieces, about 8 cm thick.

  11. Place the cinnamon rolls in the prepared pans, 1 in the center and about 5 around the sides.

  12. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 35 to 45 minutes, until expanded by about half of their original volume.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.

  3. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, make the frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.

  4. Gradually add the powdered sugar and whisk until homogenous and runny.

  5. When the cinnamon rolls are finished, let cool for about 10 minutes.

  6. Drizzle the frosting over the cinnamon rolls, using the back of a spoon to spread if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • If you’re saving some batches to make later, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for up 3 months.


  • Calories: 548.86kcal
  • Fat: 26.42g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.14g
  • Trans Fat: 0.85g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.74g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.23g
  • Carbohydrates: 71.03g
  • Fiber: 2.30g
  • Sugar: 29.73g
  • Protein: 7.97g
  • Cholesterol: 70.93mg
  • Sodium: 380.01mg
  • Calcium: 124.33mg
  • Potassium: 161.08mg
  • Iron: 2.72mg
  • Vitamin A: 233.86µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.05mg
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