Sunday, May 16, 2010

Homemade Cinnabons: Make Your Own Monday #20

No one who has lived in the Seattle area for any length of time has avoided tasting one of these 730 calorie treats.  Now that they have gone national, I imagine there are even more people who know the cinnamon-y amazing-ness (I am butchering the English language here, sorry Webster) of these rolls.  However, if you live in the middle of Nowhere, Arizona there is no hope of tasting one.  Nope, not a chance.  So, what's a girl to do?  You got it....Make Your Own.

Here is my version.  It's on a full size dinner plate.  It's at least 6 inches square.  At least.

There are a few things that separate a cinnabon from an everyday cinnamon roll.  The filling has more cinnamon, the frosting has more substance and of course, the roll has more size!

Homemade Cinnabons:
The Dough: 
2 scant Tbsp yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
8 cups flour
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water with the sugar.  Place the milk and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat until butter is melted.  As long as it isn't burning hot, add it to the yeast mixture along with the salt.  Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add them to the yeast mixture.  Mix in the flour until you have a stiff but sticky dough.  Knead by hand or by machine.  Cover and let rise one hour.  Turn the dough out onto a floured counter and roll into a large rectangle (about 20 X 15 inches).

The Filling:
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon
Mix the cinnamon, butter and sugar into a paste and spread it all over the dough rectangle (I use my hands, but you could use a spatula, spreader or butter knife).  Roll up jelly-roll fashion.  Cut into 6 sections (Now of course, if you want the taste, but not the gluttonous portions, you could cut the roll into 12 pieces.  That is entirely up to you).  However, if you chose to make them BIG, put them into your greased pan and press them down beneath the height of your pan.  This will make them more massive, but you won't end up with 8 inch tall cinnamon rolls.  Cover your pan and let them rise to just taller than your pan.  Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

The Frosting:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 8 ounce brick cream cheese, at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
While you are in the last phases of making the rolls, get your butter and cream cheese out of the fridge to come to room temperature.  Beat them together with a mixer.  Add the powdered sugar.  Once all of the sugar is incorporated, mix for an additional 5 minutes if using a Kitchen-aid (or other tough mixer) or 10 minutes if using a hand mixer.  I kid you not.  It makes all the difference in the world to beat it that long.
Add the extract and juice until well mixed and spread on warm, but not hot rolls.


Belinda said...

Sinful! I LOVE it!

sarah said...

be still my heart.

nancycreative said...

These look fantastic! Maybe they should be called Sinnabons because they're so sinfully rich! :)

Christy said...

Oh my how cinnamony delish! Perfect for a special breakfast. I want some now please.

Jennifer Juniper said...

Oh my WORD! Love this recipe!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh yum! Oh what a great DIY project. You are one clever and crafty girl.

I just finished a project that took 23 years to complete.
Come take a peek.

Tracey said...

Oh my - I am just getting into making homemade bread and this looks like a great recipe to try (not to mention the tasty results!!)

jehara said...

I used to love cinnabons when I was a kid! It was a must during every mall visit. I am totally going to try out this recipe at some point.

Stephanie said...

drooling here. . . wish I had some to go with my coffee!

DarcyLee said...

I had my first Cinnabon a week ago and they are divine! I will be putting this recipe in my file to try.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Cinnabons are my downfall! I MUST try these. I usually limit making my cinnamon rolls to Christmas gifts, but these look too good to pass up.

Just Food Snobs said...

Just came upon your blog today! Cinnabon recipe looks decadent! Will try for husband!

Magic of Spice said...

Wow, that looks fantastic!

surviving suburbia said...

ooh, i've been looking for a great cinnabon recipe... and thanks for explaining the difference between it and a cinnamon roll! i'm gonna try making this soon!

Katie said...

i think i might have just died and gone to heaven. or hell... these are sinful. pure gluttony is taking over. nom nom nom.
Katie at

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