Clone of a Cinnabon

Written by Ariana deVries on Sep 8

A guilty pleasure.

Light, fluffy dough. Warm, smooth icing. Cinnamon and sugar filled. 
Melts in your mouth. Tastebuds are doing a happy dance. Teeth are tingling. 

A smile finds its way to your face. You chew slowly and methodically, completely savouring every bite. You don't want it to end. It's like a little piece of heaven. 

And then you realize how many calories you've just eaten. But you don't care because it was amazing. So you go on to eat a little bit more. Only half, mind you, because you don't want too much more and your friend was willing to share.

Yes. I really, really like cinnamon buns. They're so delicious and pretty well guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Following the completion of this blueberry filled batch, I watched as 7 very energetic children proceeded to devour their share. Frosting was everywhere-eyes, hair, mouths, fingers, noses-you name it. One kid didn't want to get his fingers sticky so he thought it would be a good idea to eat his piece with his whole face. Ohh it was hilarious!

I like that cinnamon buns always seem to accompany fun times. They are attached to many of my fond memories. One of the world's comfort foods. Mmmm. Yum. 

This sweetie is probably going to end up in all my photos. She loves her food. We of course shared this piece when I was finished taking pictures. :)

Clone of a Cinnabon

Serving Size: 15-18 buns Prep Time: 30 minutes + 1 1/2 hours Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Dough:
1 cup + 2 tbs Milk
2 Egg(s)
1/3 cup Butter (Melted)
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup White Sugar
4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 1/2 tsp Yeast
Filling:
1/3 cup Butter (Melted)
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 1/2 tbs Cinnamon
1 1/2 cups Blueberries (Optional)
Frosting:
4 oz (half pkg.) Cream Cheese (Room temp.)
1/4 cup Butter (Softened)
1 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

Dough:

  • Place all ingredients in bread machine and run on dough cycle.
  • When finished, let dough rest for up to 20 minutes.
  • Roll dough into a 16”x21” rectangle (approximately).

Filling:

  • Spread dough with butter.
  • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together and spread evenly over dough.
  • Add blueberries or nuts according to preference.
  • Roll up dough (from short end) and cut into 15 or so rolls using a serrated knife.
  • Place rolls in a greased 9”x13” pan. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled (about 45-60 minutes).
  • When risen, bake at 375ºF for 20 minutes or until golden.

Frosting:

  • Cream frosting ingredients together until smooth. (Works best if cream cheese is fully blended first. This eliminates clumping.)
  • Spread over warm cinnamon buns.
  • Cut and serve warm.