Homemade Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls (the best ever!)

I've only had "real" Cinnabon cinnamon rolls one time. A homemade version is much more my thing! While butter isn't on my list of "affordable groceries", going to Cinnabons certainly isn't on my list of cheap ways to feed my family!

I'll buy some extra butter and make my own Cinnabons... and if you like decadent cinnamon rolls, these Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls qualify. ;)

I got this recipe from my friend Lindsey. Lindsey has the best recipes! These cinnamon rolls are so, so good. I really like my mom's cinnamon rolls, which has always been our go-to recipe, but these Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are so fluffy, sweet, and they have that great vanilla flavor from the pudding mix. I much prefer homemade pudding to pudding-mix pudding, but I'll gladly get a pudding mix to use in this recipe! ;)

We made these Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls and Joshua took a dish of them to work for everyone to try for breakfast. They were quickly devoured!

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls copycat recipe
The gooey sweet bottom of the Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls!

If you have a bread machine, these rolls are even easier. I over-loaded my Zojirushi with a double batch... not recommended, as it was really too full!

Without a bread machine, you're committing to get your hands sticky and get a little workout doing the kneading (but not nearly enough of a workout to make up for eating these cinnamon rolls).

These rolls are so soft, fluffy, and chewy. They really are the best cinnamon rolls I've ever made!

We love desserts that are, well, all out desserts. I probably won't be able to find very many opportunities to justify making a batch of these cinnamon rolls, because I like them way too much. If you want to amaze your guests, or earn a few brownie points with your family, try these Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls! :)


Been waiting for this recipe ever since you mentioned one was coming. I'm going to make them to eat before church Sunday morning. :)

These look sooo good, I've only tried making cinnamon rolls once and they didnt turn out. But I might have to try again, I like the idea of sending them w/ my hubby to work, if I can eat just a 1/2 of one It might fit into my diet ♥

Do you have to use bread flour or can you use ground whole wheat flour?

You can use whole wheat flour in the Cinnabons recipe, but the rolls will be heavier and not much like the original Cinnabons. (Still delicious though!) :)
When I use 100% whole wheat flour in cinnamon rolls, I like to eat them hot out of the oven or else add some dough conditioners to the recipe, which makes them softer and fluffier! :)

I obtained "Clone of a Cinnabon" from Allrecipes.com (slight changes from yours Tammy) and we so enjoy them. My family prefers straight from the oven eating! I experimented by doing two batches, one in bread machine, and one by hand. Bread Machine batch one for fluffiness and taste. Why, I don't know. I used regular flour instead of bread flour and no problems.

Just my thought on the bread machine vs. hand kneading -- the bread machine does a good job of kneading and with a slightly stickier dough. I know with hand-kneading, I have to add more flour than with the bread machine, which could make the bread drier! :) I really love having a bread machine! :D

Me too! I love my bread machine. I never bake in it anymore, as I detest pulling the paddles out of the bread. I also think that you get a better texture to the bread by baking in the regular oven. I really just use my breadmaker to make dough, especially since I have arthritis and fibromyalgia and have difficulties with the kneading and mixing process.



The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make his face shine upon thee; and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (Numbers 6:22-26)

I NEVER use my bread machine to bake either Karla! All it does is mix my dough. The texture is much better when I form it myself and bake it in the oven.

I can't wait to try this recipe! We love cinnamon rolls, and these look soo good! Thanks for sharing!

a cinnabon clone recipe, but it was different than that one....I really liked it though, even with my own changes!

I'm so making these for Easter morning! Question...do you think these could be made the night before (sans frosting) and placed in the fridge overnight so I can bake them in the morning? Thank you soooo much for this yummy recipe!

Yes! :) I would take the dish of rolls out of the fridge in the morning and let them rise/warm a little on the counter while the oven pre-heats. :)

I saw a recipe for making your own vanilla pudding mix online @ alwaysorderdessert.com although I haven't tried it yet:)

I saw that recipe! Unfortunately, it is a cook-and-serve pudding mix, not an "instant" pudding mix. :)

Hey Tammy,
I got a similar recipe for Clone of a Cinnabon off of Allrecipes a few years ago, altered it a bit, and have posted about it on my blog. It is truly one of our favorite treats and has become our Christmas breakfast tradition. I make the rolls the night before (no baking), refrigerate the rolls overnight, and let them rise in the morning while I bake a breakfast casserole.....then a quick 15 minutes in the oven and some frosting, and they're ready to devour. I don't have a bread machine but I've found the dough wonderful to work with. Mine doesn't include pudding mix......and it is just fabulous.
Here's a link to my post about them......in case you're interested.

Rebekah, your Cinnabon rolls look delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing the link! :)

I made...They were really good!
Here is a link to my post of pictures of how they turned out....I did cut down the butter and sugar in the filling some, so they were not quite as gooey, but very yummy!!!

Martha, yours sound so good, too! Thanks for sharing the links! :D


I'm really looking forward to trying out this recipe!

I was wondering if you make this the morning you are going to eat it or the day before? It seems as thought it takes quite some time to make! :)


Hi Shiloh! :)

Can I confess that we usually make our cinnamon rolls for dinner dessert, and if there are leftovers then we might have them for breakfast the next day?! :)

Some re-warming options would be microwaving, or re-heating the dish in the oven.

Another possibility is to make the rolls the night before, put them in the fridge, and just let them rise and bake the next morning. :)

Thank you for the ideas! I tried them today and they are actually currently baking. :) I decided to make them the night before and frost them in the morning. I like your idea about baking in the morning. Maybe I'll try that next time!


I am so thankful you added in the tips or using a bread machine. I made cinnamon rolls using this recipe and the were absolutely gorgeous and tasted wonderful! I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog!

I would like to make several batches (they were FABULOUS!) and freeze them. Any tips? I was thinking of taking them through the rolling into a log step and just roll the log in saran wrap then freeze? Or should I actually cut them into 12 pieces and freeze them flat on a cookie sheet, then transfer to a ziploc bag? Any help would be appreciated.

Made these last night...wondering about adding dry yeast without really activating it. Anyone had a problem with this?

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

User login

Subscribe for free recipes, menu plans, and kitchen tips!