Clone of a Cinnabon

Notice the expression on people's faces anytime anyone mentions the word "cinnabon" - is it sheer happiness, sweet guilty ecstasy, a smile from ear to ear? Perhaps a sigh of sentimental longing? We're guessing it might be all of them at once! So go ahead, get baking and relish the moment you sink your teeth into the soft, syrupy goodness of a hot buttery cinnabon clone...

Notice the expression on people\'s faces anytime anyone mentions the word \"cinnabon\" - is it sheer happiness, sweet guilty ecstasy, a smile from ear to ear? Perhaps a sigh of sentimental longing? We...

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Cook time180 minYield12 servings


  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk (heated to 110°F/45°C)
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking guidelines

First make your dough. If you're using a bread machine to make it, mix all of the dough ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the dough cycle, press Start and wait for your dough to be made.

After your dough has doubled in size, place it onto a lightly floured surface, cover it with a tea towel and let it rest for another 10 minutes.

Take a small bowl and mix in it the brown sugar and cinnamon.

On your lightly floured surface, roll out your cinnabon dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Using a silicone spatula or a silicone knife, spread the softened butter evenly over the dough (not forgetting to spread it all the way to the edges) and sprinkle it with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Carefully but tightly roll the dough into the shape of a log and, using a sharp knife, cut the log up into 12 equally sized slices.

Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. Lay the cinnabon slices over it, swirl side facing upwards. Cover the baking pan with your tea towel and let your cinnabons rest and rise for about 30 minutes. They should roughly double in size.

Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C.

Place your cinnabons in the preheated oven and bake them for approximately 15 minutes, or until they turn a beautiful golden brown color. As your cinnabons are baking, start preparing your cream cheese frosting.

Using an electric mixer, cream together the softened cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt until you get a wonderfully thick and smooth frosting.

Take your cinnabons out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes and then spread the frosting over them while they are still warm. You can serve them warm or wait for them to cool down, the choice is all yours.

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