There are some things a person like me should only make once every few months. By “a person like me”, I mean the type of woman that tends to get addicted easily to cakey and bready things. A cakey thing with sweetness and spice? EVEN MORE ADDICTING.

(This recipe was first published here in October 2012 and has since been updated with new photos. The buns in the aqua dish are made with 1/2 whole wheat flour.)

This cinnamon bun recipe tastes exactly like Cinnabon! So delicious!

This cinnamon bun recipe tastes exactly like Cinnabon! So delicious!

This cinnamon bun recipe truly makes the best cinnamon buns I’ve ever tasted. Be warned: I recommend you bake these when you know there will be other equally-as-addicted-to-cinnamon-buns types around when they’re done so that you do not eat the majority of the pan yourself. I’m sure they are about half my recommended caloric intake for any given day, but they’re darn delicious and a tasty treat every so often!

This cinnamon bun recipe tastes exactly like Cinnabon! So delicious!

This recipe is based off of the very popular “Clone of a Cinnabon” recipe from allrecipes.com, but I’ve altered it a little and I make them without a bread machine. Are you ready for ooey-gooey comfort food at its absolute best?

The Best Cinnamon Buns Ever (A Clone of a Cinnabon Recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour (OR use 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour + 2  cups all purpose flour)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and let stand for 5-10 minutes to “proof” (yeast will bubble and float to the top – this tells you that your buns will rise later!).

Mix in eggs, margarine, sugar and salt. Mix in flour a cup at a time with a spoon, then by hand.

Bake the Best Cinnamon Buns Ever by The DIY Mommy

Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it forms a smooth, round ball. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let it sit in a warm place for an hour or two until it’s almost doubled (I have a “proof” feature on my convection oven, so I just pop that on and place the dough inside to rise!).

Bake the Best Cinnamon Buns Ever by The DIY Mommy

Roll the dough out to a 17″ by 22″ rectangle. In a small bow, mix the brown sugar & cinnamon together. Spread the softened butter on it, then sprinkle it with the brown sugar & cinnamon mixture, making sure it’s spread evenly and reaches to all of the edges.

Bake the Best Cinnamon Buns Ever by The DIY Mommy

Roll the dough up (starting on one long side) tightly, patting as you go. Cut it into 12 equally(ish) sized slices and place in a greased baking dish. Let them rise again until they are about doubled.

Bake the Best Cinnamon Buns Ever by The DIY Mommy

Bake them at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes (I like to underbake them a little for the gooeyness factor). While they are baking, make the cream cheese icing by whipping together the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt.

Bake the Best Cinnamon Buns Ever by The DIY Mommy

You’ll want to ice these babies as soon as they’re out of the oven so that the icing can melt and drip down into the buns. Then, eat one right away too and tell yourself: “I’m only going to eat just this one!” *wink!*

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These cinnamon buns taste just like the ones you'd buy at Cinnabon. They're sweet, gooey, and so decadent!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: one dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1½ tsp yeast
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup margarine, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4½ cups all purpose flour (OR use 2½ cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups all purpose flour)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1½ cups icing cugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and let stand for 5-10 minutes to "proof" (yeast will bubble and float to the top - this tells you that your buns will rise later!).
  2. Mix in eggs, margarine, sugar and salt. Mix in flour a cup at a time with a spoon, then by hand.
  3. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it forms a smooth, round ball. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let it sit in a warm place for an hour or two until it's almost doubled (I have a "proof" feature on my convection oven, so I just pop that on and place the dough inside to rise!).
  4. Roll the dough out to a 17" by 22" rectangle. In a small bow, mix the brown sugar & cinnamon together. Spread the softened butter on it, then sprinkle it with the brown sugar & cinnamon mixture, making sure it's spread evenly and reaches to all of the edges.
  5. Roll the dough up (starting on one long side) tightly, patting as you go. Cut it into 12 equal sized slices and place in a greased baking dish. Let them rise again until they are about doubled.
  6. Bake them at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes (I like to underbake them a little for the gooeyness factor). While they are baking, make the cream cheese icing by whipping together the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, vanilla and salt.
  7. After the buns are out of the oven and cooled for 15 minutes, ice.

This cinnamon bun recipe tastes exactly like Cinnabon! So delicious!