Cinnabon cinnamon rolls made at home

We first came across this recipe in 2006. What a long time ago that was, oh how time flies!

It was the best cinnamon role recipe we’d ever tried. And it was identical to Cinnabon, which was something we had been obsessed with back in the day.

But, when looking for it recently, the website was gone. We did detective work and scoured all over the place until we found someone who had posted the recipe. Phew we were saved!

Here are some pics we took before we baked, then after they came out of the oven, followed by a nice amount of frosting. Let us note though, these are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, and we accidentally over baked them a tad bit, so were not as doughy and squishy as the Cinnabon you’d get in the mall.

homemade Cinnabon

Cinnabon homemade

Cinnabon at home


1  ¼ oz. pckg. Yeast

1 c. warm milk

½ c. granulated sugar

1/3 c. melted butter (do not subsititue margarine- blech!)

1 t. salt

2 eggs

4 c. all-purpose flour


1 c. packed brown sugar

2½ TBS. cinnamon

1/3 c. butter (you will use this to spread on the rolled out dough)


7 TBS. butter, softened

1½ c. confectioners sugar

¼ c. (2 oz.) cream cheese

½ t. real vanilla extract (or almond extract)

1/8 t. salt (optional)
Preheat Oven to 400° F.

(1) Disolve yeast in milk.

(2) Mix in sugar, butter, salt, eggs, flour. Mix well.

(3) Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead into a large ball. Cover; let rise 1 hour.

(4) Roll dough into a 21″ x 16″ wide rectangle. With the butter softened, spread it generously over the dough. Sprinkle filling on top.

(5) Roll from long-side to short-side. Pinch the ends.

(6) Using very sharp knife cut into 1 inch wide rolls, making about sixteen. If you want fewer, bigger rolls, cut them wider.

(6) Grease (butter) your preferred baking pan (they can be all squished up next to each other or spread out)- You can use an 11″x 15″ pan. Let the rolls rise for 30 minutes. Then place rolls into oven.

(8) Bake until the rolls are slightly browned and not doughy. This will vary according to your oven. Just don’t overbake.

(9) When done, take ’em out and cover them in the delicious icing.


Cream it all together with an electric mixer or by hand and spread on hot rolls.

ENJOY!! Let us know how you like them!!