Monday, April 12, 2010

#374 - Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

Every time we fly somewhere, Pepe always has to buy a Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll...and they are $4.00 for one roll :)
So, I decided to try this knock off recipe and it was amazing! Usually I just use my favorite roll recipe to make cinnamon rolls and it works out good, but this new recipe is even better. I think the secret ingredient is vanilla pudding with lots and lots and lots of sugar and butter.

Here's the recipe with a few small tweaks I made:


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 10 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding (plus 2 cups of milk to make the pudding)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
In a bowl combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved; set aside.

In large bowl, take pudding mix and prepare according to package directions.

Next, add butter, eggs and salt; mix well, then add yeast mixture; blend. Gradually add flour; knead until smooth. Place in a greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap until doubled. Punch down dough and let rise again.

Next, roll out on floured board to 34 x 21-inch size. Take 1 cup soft butter and spread over surface. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over top (see picture above.)

Roll up very tightly - This is key, I didn't do this and the rolls were flat.

Cut into 20 rolls (start from the center and cut out.)

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart; lightly press down on each roll (if you roll them tight - I forgot to do this. Cover and let rise until double again.

Make frosting - combine cream cheese, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and milk until smooth and fluffy. Set aside.

Bake rolls in a preheated 350F oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove when they just start to turn golden (ie: don't overbake.)

Frost warm rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I made 10 and froze the rest, so we were able to have these rolls for 2 weekends...yum!


Maritime Girl said...

I could have eaten these in my younger days but not now!

tvmom said...

:) how you feeling? thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

ive been making this recipe for like 10 years. we got this a long time ago from c. s. cmd

Lauren said...

Oh, these look delicious!
Thanks for the recipe.

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