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Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

So for the past week or more my husband and I have been craving Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. I used to have cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning and I really wanted to try my hand at making some of my own delicious rolls. Well let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks. Well, it isn’t really hard, it’s just labor intensive if you don’t have a bread machine, which I don’t.

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My step-mom sent me the recipe to the copycat version of these tasty rolls of cinnamony goodness from Cinnabon. I looked at the recipe and was very surprised to find that it contains instant vanilla pudding mix. I read the directions and usually have everything I need to make them on hand, but I needed to make a quick trip to the store to get some bread flour and more brown sugar.

This recipe calls for you to make the dough in a bread machine. I don’t have one so I did a little bit of research online and found out how to make dough for bread machine recipes without a bread machine. It said I would have to mix the dough and knead it until it was smooth and elastic. I found out that I’m a big wuss when it comes to kneading this dough by hand for at least a good 15 minutes. My hands were sore and as I was doing it I determined that I would only be making these on special occasions because they really were a lot of work without a machine to do it for me.

So I made it through the long kneading process and ended up with a beautiful ball of dough. I let it rise for a good hour and a half while I watched a movie. I came back and began to work on the filling. I totally goofed and forgot to take the butter out to thaw and soften. I say thaw because I buy butter on sale and stick it in the freezer. I did remember to take 2 sticks out and put them in the fridge when I started the dough only because I used 1/2 a stick in the dough, but it was melted so I didn’t have to wait. I decided to put a stick of butter on a plate and put it in the microwave at 20% power to defrost. I wasn’t paying close attention to how long I left it in the microwave and it ended up melting on me because it was in there for almost 4 minutes. Whoops!

I poured that melted butter into a dish, put a lid on it and put it in the fridge for us to use at a later time. I repeated the process but was very careful and monitored the butter and this time it came out nice and soft and not liquid. I spread the butter on the dough and sprinkled it with the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture, then rolled it all up and cut the log into rolls. I let the rolls rise again for another 40 minutes or so.

In the mean time I made us some dinner. I whipped up a big pot of chili and corn bread muffins. The heat from the oven helped the cinnamon rolls rise faster because I set the pans on top of the oven while the corn bread muffins baked. After dinner I baked the rolls then topped them with the cream cheese icing. They were very soft and not too sweet. I liked them but I would prefer a little more cinnamon myself. My husband thought they were good enough to eat 2, and he did just that.

Overall, I’ll probably save this recipe for special occasions and next time add a bit more cinnamon. Do you have any tips for kneading dough by hand? Have you ever made yeast cinnamon rolls? Can you go to the mall without getting a Cinnabon?


3 Responses to “Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Lenetta says:

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