Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

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Most everyone loves warm yummy Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. If you’ve had the pleasure of tasting the pure deliciousness of  these cinnamon rolls at the airport or a shopping mall, you’re familiar with their awesome goodness. Once you take a bite of these mouth-watering pastries I think you’ll agree, this copycat Cinnabon recipe really captures the flavor of the name-brand product.

Recipe for Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

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Years ago I owned a fundraising company. One of the brand-name products I carried were Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. These heavenly pastries were a huge seller! So naturally I wanted to uncover the secret recipe for how to make these Cinnabon cinnamon rolls at home.

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About This Homemade Cinnabon Recipe

Because I had numerous pallets of Cinnabon product in cold storage, I had a bit of an edge in making this happen. One week I pulled a case of Cinnabon out of the warehouse to use as taste-test samples. Then I began to experiment with cinnamon roll recipes in my kitchen. After trial and error I discovered the perfect ingredient combination. Above are the ingredients you’ll need for this cinnamon roll recipe.

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How Do You Make Homemade Cinnamon Rolls?

In this post I’ll show you exactly how to make a batch of scrumptious homemade cinnamon rolls. They’re guaranteed to satisfy your sugar craving and have you dreaming about baking up your next batch! Just scroll down the page for the printable Cinnabon recipe with detailed instructions. Below are some images I took while making these delightful pastries. They really do taste just as good as they look.

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Here’s an image of how the dough should look after using your dough hook. After the dough is prepared, transfer it to a buttered mixing bowl and cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size. I put my bowl inside the oven (no heat) because it’s a nice enclosed space that will not be disturbed and provides an even temperature with no drafts.

How to Make Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Once the dough rises transfer it to a marble pastry board or cutting board that’s been lightly sprinkled with flour. Roll out the dough to approximately 12 inches X 16 inches. Using a silicone spatula, spread softened butter evenly over the dough.

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Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the butter in an even layer.

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From the long end, begin rolling the dough into the shape of a log. Using either a sharp knife or floss, cut the log into 12 cinnamon rolls of equal size. Carefully place the cinnamon rolls into one long square baker or two smaller bakers. Cover the baking dish with a clean dish cloth and allow the cinnamon rolls to rise for 30 minutes.

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The image above shows the cinnamon rolls after they have risen for 30 minutes. Tent the baking dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove the foil tent and continue baking for another 10 minutes or until the cinnamon rolls are just lightly golden brown.

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How Long Do Cinnabons Last in the Fridge?

When stored in the fridge inside an air-tight container, your Cinnabons will stay fresh for up to five days.

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Homemade Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls Recipe >> Best Kitchen Tools

Below are the recommended kitchen tools for making these delicious homemade Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. One of my favorite kitchen tools is my marble pastry slab. I purchased mine at Crate and Barrel, but you can purchase yours through Amazon. I also love my sugar shaker as it removes lumps from the brown sugar.

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Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

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Most everyone loves warm yummy Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. If you’ve had the pleasure of tasting the pure deliciousness of these cinnamon rolls at the airport or a shopping mall, you’re familiar with their awesome goodness.




  • 1 packet active dry yeast OR rapid rise yeast (2 + 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus a little extra to lightly flour pastry board)


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)*
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 + 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons pure Mexican vanilla (or regular vanilla extract)



  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve yeast in warm milk until lightly foamy.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  3. Attach the bowl to the mixer along with the dough hook. Kneed the dough for about 4 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth.
  4. Grease a clean mixing bowl with butter. Transfer the dough to the buttered bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel. Allow dough to rise undisturbed for one hour or until doubled in size.


  1. Generously grease one rectangular baking dish (or two square bakers) with butter. Put aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar together. Transfer the mixture to a sugar shaker (this will eliminate any lumps from the brown sugar). Put aside.
  3. Transfer the dough to a clean pastry board lightly dusted with flour. Roll out the dough into a rectangle that’s approximately twelve inches by sixteen inches.
  4. With a spatula, spread the softened butter evenly over the dough. Using the sugar shaker, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the entire surface of the dough.
  5. From the long end, carefully roll the dough into a log. With a knife or floss, cut the dough into 12 cinnamon rolls. Transfer cinnamon rolls to the buttered baking dish, leaving enough space in between.
  6. Cover the baking dish with a towel. Allow cinnamon rolls to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. Adjust your oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Uncover the cinnamon rolls. Tent the baking dish with foil. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 15 minutes with the foil tent. Remove the foil tent and bake for another 10 minutes or until cinnamon rolls are lightly golden brown. (Total baking time – approximately 25 minutes.)
  9. Prepare the icing while the cinnamon rolls are baking.


  1. In a mixing bowl, whip the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  2. Using an icing spatula, frost the baked cinnamon rolls with icing while they’re still warm.


*If using salted butter, simply reduce the amount of salt used from 1/4 teaspoon to 1/8 teaspoon.

  • Prep Time: 70 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Tea Time, Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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Do you remember the first time you were introduced to these delicious cinnamon rolls? What do you think about this yummy Cinnabon recipe? I invite you to join the conversation by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

69 thoughts on “Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe. It’s better than Cinnabon imho.
    I was a little confused with the pictures of your equipment because the sugar shaker is way way different. I am assuming yours is a norpro sugar and flour shaker.. looks exactly like my norpro.

  2. Thanks so much for putting up this recipe. It was so easy and they turned out great. I’ve only ever made them with pie dough and always wanted to do these. I would recommend your recipe to All first timers wanting to make these cinnamon buns. So delicious too.😂

    • I just did it!
      I put the ingredients on bread machine, select “dough”, follow the next steps and the rolls came out delicious!!

  3. In my search for Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls I found this website. And I must say that I am very lucky and happy to have found this recipe.
    I made these cinnamon rolls for a friend of mine as a surprise for her birthday.
    The rolls are very light and fluffy. And it was the very first time that a yeast dough turned out so perfectly for me.
    My friend, her family and especially her son loved and enjoyed the cinnamon rolls. This recipe is definetly a keeper for me. And I look forward to discovering more delicious recipe on this website.
    Keep up the great work.

  4. So good! Best recipe I’ve found so far! Rose beautifully. Had to cut flour down to 4 cups. Whole family said, better than Cinnabon.

  5. Thanks for sharing with photoes.
    I realy appreciate it because I not only like to read what I’m doing but I’m a visual learner so to see what it should look like is absolutely amazing

  6. This recipe is deliciously amazing! I made these yesterday because I wanted Cinnabon and these were everything I could have ever wanted in a cinnamon roll!!!

  7. These are the best I’ve had without going to the Cinnabon in the mall. Easy recipe to follow as well. I’m still trying to figure out how to construct the chocolate Cinnabons though. The only place I ever saw ( and gorged on) was in the Phoenix airport. If you know about those( like the kind of chocolate they use and how to incorporate, I’d love it.
    Thanks, Cindy K

  8. I just have to say that I have made this recipe several times and my family loves them. I do have to let you know that the printable version of your recipe is a bit bad. your social media buttons are actually on the printed version and black the left side of the page covering up directions and part of the nutrition facts. There are large blank spots where the plethora of ads on the page was. Also on the page, a lot of your Google AdSense ads are covering content. I understand and am okay with the ads as I have a lot of friends who also use them but they really need to be moved to where they are not covering content. Otherwise, your instructions are very clear and the recipe is great.

    • Jessica, thank you so much for letting me know about the recipe card. I really appreciate that. I’m sending an email now to the company that manages all the ads on the blog. Hopefully they can fix this ASAP. I’m so happy to hear you and your family love these cinnamon rolls!

  9. This recipe took me to Cinnabon in the mall. It is a perfect replica of Cinnabon buns. I loved it! Next time I will add less sugar overall so I won’t feel guilty having an extra piece. If you don’t like desserts sweet you will need to cut the sugar in the recipe. It is truly easy to make and worth it.

  10. I just wanted to say thank you for the photos provided and even the added photos of the tools you’ll need. I appreciate it because I not only like to read what I’m doing but I’m a visual learner so to see what it should look like is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much!

  11. I had to make these for my husband and he said they’re the best ever and I agree, they’re really delicious , next time I am going to add raisins. Thank you

  12. Hi Kate I just baked them, I use fresh yeast instead and the Cinnabons turned out amazing! perfect shapes and texture—delicious. I would say they are better that commercial ones.thank you

  13. My husband loves Cinnamon buns with raisins and pecans . I added them on top after the icing while still warm. Omg! I just saying

  14. I made these today and they were too delicious. The recipe was perfect and easy to follow. I immediately ate more than one myself and my guests (once they could speak instead of just making ecstatic moans) said they were the best cinnamon rolls they had ever eaten. I used all organic ingredients and grass-fed butter and they were both recognizable as Cinnabon-style rolls and significantly tastier. Thanks so much for working out the recipe!

  15. Ever since our trip to America 2 years ago I’ve often had a craving for Cinnabon rolls. Finally I’ve decided to try and make some and picked your recipe as the one to start with.

    They’re still cooking but the part I had the most trouble with is rolling the log. Trying to keep all the filling in was tough. Do you have a video of this process?

  16. I made these for Christmas morning and they were a hit. I rolled the dough out really thin to add more layers and added about 5-7 minutes to the cook time and they turned out perfect. Light and fluffy just like Cinnabon and the glaze was on point.

  17. This was my first effort in making cinnabons and I will look no further for a better recipe! I don’t use a dough hook but a light kneading quickly turned the dough silky smooth. I reduced the brown sugar a tad and the powdered sugar to a shy cup, and the finished product was still plenty sweet. Also, I used no more than 3/4 of the icing, spreading it while the rolls were hot from the oven so it melted and covered all with a thin glaze. Perfect!

  18. I made these the first time last week! This recipe is soo good I couldnt eat just one, neither could my husband. Making them again today!

  19. I remember those delicious treats very well. My local mall had a shop with long lines of people waiting to buy one. The sugar and calorie content are very, very high. :)

  20. I am so good at eating cinnamon balls but never attempted to try making them before. ?
    These look absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  21. These cinnamon rolls look delicious. I can’t wait to make them and taste them. Thanks for sharing.

  22. OMG these look delicious It’s a good thing I can’t smell them, because I would just be a goner! I have a major sweet tooth and these are making me gain like 1 lb just by looking at the pics. I do like to experiment with baking and making things, so I might try to mimic this. Very tasty post ;)

  23. I got hooked on anything cinnamon during my internship in Sweden. They have the world’s best cinnamon buns but oh my…these seem to give the Swedish “kanelbullar” a run for their money. =D

  24. I love cinnamon bun! They are so so good! How amazing that you can make them yourself! I am defo going to try this recipe! xx corinne

    • i love this recipe and use it regularly. Can you hand nead the dough instead of using the dough hook? My kitchenaid just broke on me :(

      • Hi Chelsea! Happy Sunday. Yes, you can absolutely knead the dough by hand. I’m sorry to hear about your KitchenAid giving out on you. A great kitchen tool that’s very inexpensive ($13.99) and awesome to have on hand is Danish Dough Whisk. It’s enjoyable to use and will help you get by until you can purchase another KitchenAid. Here’s an Amazon affiliate link:

  25. Seeing as I am about to start a crazy diet on Tuesday, I think I need to make these NOW! They are my all time favorite!

  26. Well now I need to get into my kitchen and make these like NOW. I love Cinnabon! Cinnamon rolls are my favorite weekend breakfast. We usually do a Sunday big breakfast and we each get a turn picking our favorite thing to eat. Cannot wait to try these! Thanks.

  27. Such beauty and delicacy can be obtained only from natural ingredients :)

    I also liked the post layout :)

    • Klauss, I couldn’t agree more about using natural ingredients. When you cook and bake at home you have complete control over what goes into your recipes.

    • Oh my goodness, Kate. These cinnamon rolls are indeed delicious and dangerous! I enjoy baking up large batches of cinnamon rolls, saving a few for my family and then giving the rest away. I’m all about sharing the love. :-)

    • Tahnee, you are so sweet! I have every confidence that your next batch of cinnamon rolls will look similar to or better than mine. :-)

      • Can you make The Dough the night before and just leave it out on the counter, so in the morning all you have to do is put them in the oven? With two little ones I really don’t have time to do it in the morning for breakfast

  28. Oh my goodness these look delicious! The only issue I have is that I would probably eat the entire pan… well I should probably make them to see if that will actually be the case! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Maya, I know you are going to love these cinnamon rolls! When I get set to bake up a batch I always double the recipe. I enjoy having plenty of extra cinnamon rolls to share with friends and family.


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