I’m likely making my way downstairs to see what Santa brought and exchange presents with my family, before having a big brunch complete with coffee cake, bagels, Taylor ham, Strata, and homemade Cinnabons!
We’ve been enjoying sporadic batches of these copycat Cinnabons since yesterday. They are absolutely delicious and taste like you made a special trip to the mall to pick them up. But they’re better, because they came fresh out of your kitchen!!
Don’t be scared off by the instant yeast in the recipe. It’s incredibly easy to work with, and I have total faith that you can pull it off. It just takes a little time and patience. I promise it’ll all be worth it when your oven is emitting the scent of buttery goodness and cinnamon all morning.
Mmm, mmm good!
Once again, a very Merry Christmas to you all! I hope Santa was good to you this morning.
Thanks for reading. That, in itself, is a huge gift to me! I love you all!!
Now, go eat some Cinnabons!
- 1 cup lukewarm milk
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter, cubed
- 4½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 2½ teaspoons instant yeast
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all of the dough ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring until well mixed. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled work surface, and knead it for 5 to 8 minutes, till it’s smooth. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to grease all sides, cover the bowl with a proof cover or plastic wrap, and let it rise for 60 minutes, till it’s nearly doubled in size.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface (or parchment paper), and roll it into a 16 x 21-inch rectangle. Spread the dough with the ⅓ cup butter. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle it evenly over the dough.
- Starting with a short end, roll the dough into a log, and cut it into 12 slices. Place the buns in a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap, and let the buns rise until they’re nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Bake the buns in a preheated 400°F oven until they’re golden brown, about 25 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Spread the icing on the buns after they cook and put back in the oven for 1 minute until icing is melted. Serve immediately.