Sometimes the power of suggestion really is strong, especially when you’re talking warm, yeasty, cinnamon  buns covered in a thick yummy frosting – in other words, a Big, Fat, Delicious Clone of a Cinnabon!
Clone of a Cinnabon
Sometimes you just gotta have a cinnamon bun.  I’m pretty sure that is what went through my mom’s head when I showed her my recent issue of magazine and the photo of the Clone of  A Cinnabon.  It was about 8:30 pm on Saturday night.  There was nothing interesting on tv so Dad sat there with the tv on mute, I sat there looking at my magazine, and mom was in her rocking chair snoozing (just a little tiny snooze) 😉

I said the words cinnamon bun and her ears perked up and eyes came open.  Her words were, what do you need to make those?  lol.  I love my mommy. My mommy loves sweets.  How she stays so tiny is amazing to me.  I want her genes.  I apparently didn’t get her skinny ones.  They skipped over me and went to my kids.

Clone of a Cinnabon

I was up at 5:30, made my cup of coffee, and Dad, he sat at the bar and watched me mix up these rolls.  I was lazy and used Mom’s Kitchen-Aid (well, my future SIL’s Kitchen-Aid).  I love a Kitchen Aid for mixing dough.  It does all the hard work for me.  The recipe calls for you to cut these into 12 rolls.  I made 8.  I wanted huge cinnamon rolls.  We also did not make a cream cheese frosting because Mom didn’t have any cream cheese.  Mom asked me if I wanted to take some rolls with me when I left and Dad started to protest, stating that the only reason Mom wanted me to take them was because she would want to eat them if I didn’t and she didn’t want Dad to get to eat anymore.  lol.  Love my Daddy and Mommy!  Well, I brought one home for Grumpy and took two with me to give to my Mother in Law when I met up with her at lunch.  I think we made a lot of people happy today with these Big, Fat, Delicious Clone of a Cinnabon!

Big Fat Delicious Clone of a Cinnabon
Author: adapted from allrecipes
  • For the rolls:
  • 1 cup warm almond milk
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp almond milk
  1. Place wet ingredients in Kitchen-Aid mixing bowl with dough hook attachment.  Add dry ingredients,
  2. adding yeast last.  Start mixer and stir until dough comes together.  Knead with dough hook for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn off mixer and let stand for 10 minutes.  Turn mixer back on and knead for another 5 minutes. Turn dough out of mixer and knead then place in a lightly greased bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let rest in warm place until doubled in size.
  4. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.Roll dough into a 16×21-inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 8 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and almond milk. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Gerry @Foodness Gracious November 18, 2013 at 4:23 am - Reply

    One of my favorite breakfast treats of all time!!

  2. foody schmoody November 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Oh my! These look so yummy. Pinning.

  3. Michele @ Flavor Mosaic November 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Great photos. These look amazing! Pinning.

  4. Marion@Life Tastes Good November 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! I like that you used almond milk! Sharing

  5. Sherri Jo November 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I want one of these right now! They look amazing!!

  6. Heathers Happenings November 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Drooling looking at these! YUM!

  7. Patsy K November 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    They look incredible! I wish I could get myself up early enough to make treats like this on the weekends!

  8. LazyHippieMama November 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Mmm. We always have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. The recipe I used last year was just OK. Maybe I'll have to give these a try!

  9. Shauna Smart December 23, 2013 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Wow, this looks so delicious! It's been ages since I've had a Cinnabon!
    Can't wait to try this recipe 🙂

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  10. Stephanie Pass April 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I haven't had a Cinnabon in I don't know when, but these look amazing. And, I really want one right now, lol. I cannot wait to try this recipe and see if I can get them to look as beautiful as yours do.

  11. Mary Bostow May 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Oh MY WORD SHELBY!!! This is Cinnamon Roll PERFECTION!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

  12. Janette Fuschi June 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    What a great recipe and I love the use of almond milk.

  13. Miriah October 26, 2019 at 10:39 am - Reply


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