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 16×21-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 9×13 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.


  1. says

    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.

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