November 17, 2013

Big Fat Delicious Clone of a Cinnabon

Sometmes the power of suggestion really is strong, especially when your talking warm, yeasty, cinnamon  buns covered in a thick yummy frosting!
Sometimes you just gotta have a cinnamon bun.  I'm pretty sure that is what went through my mom's head when I showed her my recent issue of magazine and the photo of the Clone of  A Cinnabon.  It was about 8:30 pm on Saturday night.  There was nothing interesting on tv so Dad sat there with the tv on mute, I sat there looking at my magazine, and mom was in her rocking chair snoozing (just a little tiny snooze) ;)

I said the words cinnamon bun and her ears perked up and eyes came open.  Her words were, what do you need to make those?  lol.  I love my mommy.  My mommy loves sweets.  How she stays so tiny is amazing to me.  I want her genes.  I apparently didn't get her skinny ones.  They skipped over me and went to my kids.
I was up at 5:30, made my cup of coffee, and Dad, he sat at the bar and watched me mix up these rolls.  I was lazy and used Mom's Kitchen-Aid (well, my future SIL's Kitchen-Aid).  I love a Kitchen Aid for mixing dough.  It does all the hard work for me.  The recipe calls for you to cut these into 12 rolls.  I made 8.  I wanted huge cinnamon rolls.  We also did not make a cream cheese frosting because Mom didn't have any cream cheese.  Mom asked me if I wanted to take some rolls with me when I left and Dad started to protest, stating that the only reason Mom wanted me to take them was because she would want to eat them if I didn't and she didn't want Dad to get to eat anymore.  lol.  Love my Daddy and Mommy!  Well, I brought one home for Grumpy and took two with me to give to my Mother in Law when I met up with her at lunch.  I think we made a lot of people happy today with these Big, Fat, Delicious Clone of a Cinnabon!

Big Fat Delicious Clone of a Cinnabon
adapted from
For the rolls:
1 cup warm almond milk 
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast 
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

For the Frosting:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp almond milk


Place wet ingredients in Kitchen-Aid mixing bowl with dough hook attachment.  Add dry ingredients, 
adding yeast last.  Start mixer and stir until dough comes together.  Knead with dough hook for 5 minutes.  
Turn off mixer and let stand for 10 minutes.  Turn mixer back on and knead for another 5 minutes.  Turn dough out of mixer and knead then place in a lightly greased bowl covered with plastic wrap.  Let rest in warm place until doubled in size.

After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. 
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll dough into a 16x21-inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon 
mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 8 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and almond milk. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.


Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

One of my favorite breakfast treats of all time!!

foody schmoody said...

Oh my! These look so yummy. Pinning.

Michele @ Flavor Mosaic said...

Great photos. These look amazing! Pinning.

Marion@Life Tastes Good said...

Gorgeous! I like that you used almond milk! Sharing

Sherri Jo said...

I want one of these right now! They look amazing!!

Heathers Happenings said...

Drooling looking at these! YUM!

Patsy K said...

They look incredible! I wish I could get myself up early enough to make treats like this on the weekends!

LazyHippieMama said...

Mmm. We always have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. The recipe I used last year was just OK. Maybe I'll have to give these a try!

Shauna Smart said...

Wow, this looks so delicious! It's been ages since I've had a Cinnabon!
Can't wait to try this recipe :)

Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

Stephanie Pass said...

I haven't had a Cinnabon in I don't know when, but these look amazing. And, I really want one right now, lol. I cannot wait to try this recipe and see if I can get them to look as beautiful as yours do.

Mary Bostow said...

Oh MY WORD SHELBY!!! This is Cinnamon Roll PERFECTION!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

Janette Fuschi said...

What a great recipe and I love the use of almond milk.

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