Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls Cinnabon Copycat

Cinnabon Bakeries are in malls everywhere, and who makes a better cinnamon roll than they do? Maybe your Grandmother.  These bread machine cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting are rich and sinful cinnamon buns that taste like Cinnabon’s.

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If you are lucky enough to wake up to the incredible smell of these cinnamon rolls baking, you are a truly blessed person. And the taste? Well, one bite is all it takes to know it’s worth getting up early to make these bread maker cinnamon rolls. Serve Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls in less time than it takes to pick up a box from Cinnabon! Remember to make extras because everyone will want seconds!

Baking Cinnamon Rolls in Bread Machine? That’s Crazy Talk!

Yes, yes, it is. But don’t worry, no one is actually asking you to bake your cinnamon rolls in a bread machine. The role of the bread machine in this recipe is limited to kneading and proofing the dough to perfection. Not only will it keep your hands clean, but you’ll have time to whip up the cream cheese frosting.

Of course, you don’t need a bread machine to make cinnamon rolls, but this version is formulated to work best using one. If you don’t have a bread machine, check out this Easy Overnight Cinnamon Roll recipe instead.

Cinnamon Rolls? Cinnamon Buns? Sticky Buns? What Do You Call These Things Anyway?

Around breakfast tables across America, a great debate is raging. What is the real name for this delicious gooey goodness? Whether you call them cinnamon rolls or cinnamon buns, you’ll love this recipe.Why? Because there are two different names for the same food.

Although cinnamon rolls and buns are the same, sticky buns are distinctly different. While the doughs are very similar, the toppings are not. Instead of cream cheese icing, sticky buns have a syrupy sugar and pecan glaze baked-on, giving the sticky bun its name.

Cooking Cinnamon Rolls in Advance

Yes, you can serve your family hot cinnamon rolls in the morning without losing any sleep.

Probably the best way to store cinnamon rolls is loosely wrapped in plastic on the counter. They should stay moist and fresh for around three days.

  • To reheat, start by preheating the oven to 350-degrees. While the oven warms up, brush a bit of melted butter on top of the cinnamon rolls and put them in a deep baking dish. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Heat in the oven for 15 minutes or until hot.
  • Freezing Cinnamon rolls unbaked and baked
    • Unbaked – rolls follow the recipe until just after you slice the cinnamon rolls. At this point, wrap each slice individually in freeze wrap and keep it in the freezer. Thaw the cinnamon rolls entirely before following the rest of the recipe to finish baking. You can store these for up to 2 weeks.
    • Baked – double wrap with plastic and store in your freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before reheating.

Cinnamon rolls store well for two or three days at room temperature when wrapped with plastic. If you have a breadbox, a breadbox can help keep fresher for a day or two longer. Breadboxes keep the right amount of moister in their environment to keep the breads and bread products fresher for longer.

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Tips for Cooking and Serving Bread Maker Cinnamon Rolls

  • Go with the best cinnamon you have in the cupboard. Saigon cinnamon (sometimes called Vietnamese cinnamon) is fantastic, but Ceylon cinnamon works well, too.
  • Forget the knife! Instead of cutting the cinnamon roll log into slices using a knife, use clean, non-flavored dental floss! Form a loop with the dental floss around the cinnamon roll log and pull the floss in opposite directions to cut a perfect slice.
  • Store in an airtight container. Choose the right-sized container to eliminate any extra space.

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Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need for the cinnamon rolls:

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Bread flour
  • Sugar
  • Bread machine yeast
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Chopped walnuts, optional
  • Raisins, optional
bread machine cinnamon rolls ingredients on a tray

Here’s what you need for the cream cheese frosting:

  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Lemon juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls in a Bread Machine

  1. Place all of the cinnamon roll ingredients in a bread machine.
  2. Run the dough cycle.
  3. Remove the dough and knead it enough to punch down.
  4. Roll the dough into a 17 X 10-inch rectangle.
  5. Place butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well.
  6. Microwave the filling for 10 seconds to make it spreadable.
  7. Spread the filling over the dough.
  8. Sprinkle nuts and raisins over the dough.
  9. Roll the dough into a log and pinch the edge to seal.
  10. Cut the dough log into 1-inch slices.
  11. Place the slices cut-side down in a lightly greased baking dish with sides.
    cinnamon roll dough slices on a baking sheet
  12. Put the dish in a warm draft-free place and allow the dough to rise until double.
  13. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  14. Place butter and cream cheese in a bowl. Mix together with a mixer.
  15. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well.
  16. Slowly add powdered sugar while beating with a mixer.
  17. Spread the frosting on warm cinnamon rolls.
frosted cinnamon rolls and cinnamon sticks on parchment paper

Recipe Notes

You can substitute the raisins in the filling with chopped dried cherries, blueberries, or strawberries. Or leave them out if you do not care for raisins or any fruit in your cinnamon rolls.

If you do not have a warm draft-free place, you can set your oven on warm or the lowest heat setting and place the dough inside. When the temperature light goes off or after a couple of minutes, turn off the oven. Let them rise 20-30 minutes this way. Take them out to heat the oven to baking temperature.

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

You can make cinnamon rolls like Cinnabon in your bread machine with this easy recipe.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnabon Recipes, Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 366kcal

Ingredients

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 box instant vanilla pudding (3.4 ounce box)
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Cinnamon Roll Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins optional

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar

Instructions

Cinnamon Roll Instructions

  • Place all of the cinnamon roll dough ingredients in your bread machine in the order recommended by your machine’s manufacturer.
  • Set the machine to run the dough cycle.
  • When the cycle is finished, remove the dough and knead it enough to punch down.
  • Roll out the dough to a 17 X 10-inch rectangle.
  • Place butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Heat the filling in the microwave for 10 seconds to make it spreadable.
  • Spread the filling over the rolled-out dough with a rubber spatula. Get as close to the edges as possible.
  • Sprinkle nuts and/or raisins over the dough, if using.
  • Starting with the widest end, roll the dough into a tight log. Pinch the edge to seal.
  • Cut the log into 1-inch slices.
  • Place the slices cut-side down in a lightly greased baking dish with sides.
  • Put the dish in a warm draft-free place and allow the dough to rise until double.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Place softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl. Mix together with a mixer.
  • Add lemon juice, vanilla, and blend well.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar, beating with a mixer, until all powdered sugar is incorporated.
  • Spread the frosting on the cinnamon rolls when they have cooled slightly.

Notes

For a real treat, replace the raisins in the filling with chopped dried cherries, blueberries, or strawberries.

For a warm draft-free place, turn your oven on warm and place the dough inside. When the temperature light goes off, turn off the oven. Let them rise 20-30 minutes this way. Take them out to heat oven to baking temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 566IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

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