Homemade Frosted Cinnamon Rolls, “Taste Just Like Cinnabon!”

imageI promised you the cinnamon roll recipe, and here it is! Actually, it’s been on my blog this entire time. Remember Cindy’s Tea Ring recipe? Well, this is it with a couple changes!
imageWhen I was making Cindy’s Tea Ring with her over Halloween, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like as cinnamon rolls. I mean, they taste almost identical to Cinnabon’s cinnamon rolls. Everyone on Christmas morning agreed.
imageIngredients Tea Ring *2 Cups Warm Water, *2 Packages Active Dry Yeast, *1 Tbsp Salt, *1/2 Cup Sugar, *1/3 Cup Melted Shortening (I used butter), *6 Cups Flour, *2 Large Eggs, *1 Cup Brown Sugar (or more for preference) *1/2 Stick Butter (salted or unsalted), *Cinnamon.

Ingredients for Icing *1 Stick Butter, *3 – 5 Cups Powdered Sugar (or more for consistency)  *4-6 Tbsps. Milk. *1 Tsp Vanilla.image

For Dough tutorial, click here! (Step by Step Instructions)


Preparing the Dough:

1. Mix together yeast and warm water.
2. Once the yeast is dissolved, pour in the sugar and combine.
3. Pour in 1/3 cup of melted butter (Or shortening) and only 3 cups of the flour. Mix together.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together, and then add them to the mixing bowl and combine.
5. After the eggs are completely mixed in, add the remaining flour, and salt. (If you use salted butter, there is no need to add extra salt.) If you are having trouble mixing the flour in, add a tablespoon of warm water one at a time.
6. Cover the dough with a sheet of wax paper and a towel on top.
7. Let the dough sit in a warm area for about 45 minutes to rise. It may take longer if the area is not warm enough.
8. Lay out a pastry cloth. (Or use your counter) Sprinkle flour on top and roll out the dough.


9. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees.
10. Once the dough is rolled out, melt 1/2 stick of butter and brush it onto the layer of rolled out dough.
11. Spread out brown sugar over the butter layer. It’s okay to add extra brown sugar to fill out the center. The more, the better!
12. Sprinkle Cinnamon all over the brown sugar layer. I add extra cinnamon every time!image

13. Roll the dough layer up.image

14. Cut around the ring. The rolls should be about 1 in. thick.image

16. Place the rolls on a greased or non-stick baking sheet 2 in. apart from each other.image

17. Bake for about 13-16 minutes.

Keep an eye on them. All ovens bake differently. The outside should be lightly brown. They’ll continue to bake once they are taken out of the oven, so don’t hesitate to take them out if the middles are gooey and the outsides are brown.image

18. Let them cool completely before adding on the icing if you don’t plan on eating them right away! If you do plan on eating them immediately, start icing! It’s delicious when the icing melts.image

19. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
20. Add the powdered sugar and stir.
21. Slowly mix in the milk and vanilla.

If it’s too runny, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add more milk.image22. Frost away!

You can make them fancy by drizzling the frosting on top, or you can just glob it on there like I did. I love cinnamon rolls drowned in frosting.image

Not everyone likes frosting, so you can leave a couple un-frosted. They still taste great.
imageMy brother kept saying the frosting was identical to Cinnabon’s. He couldn’t get over it! And I’m allowed to brag about it because it’s Cindy’s recipe, not mine!image
The great thing about making the Tea Ring into cinnamon rolls is you can give them to people in goody baskets. I gave my grandma, aunts, and friends some.image
The frosting has a harder layer on top, so it doesn’t get everywhere. They just look so pretty. I am thinking about making a ton for my Grandma to bring to Church Sunday.
imageTo store them, I just kept them in a plastic bin out on the cabinets. If it bothers you that there is milk and butter in the frosting, you can leave them covered in the fridge.image
Cindy likes to make the dough and freeze it for later. She says it saves her so much time and it comes in handy during last minute baking.image
They are great cold, but my favorite is when they are warm and gooey! I microwave them for about 30 seconds until all the frosting is melted.image
I added a little cinnamon around the plate to give them a nice touch before serving them to the family on Christmas morning!
imageThese were a hit Christmas morning! It was a nice break for my mom. She usually makes her monkey bread. (We call monkey bread, cinnamon rolls, in our house)image
The insides were perfect. The middles were gooey, the outsides crispy, yet soft, and the flavor had you dancing around the room like a fairy. Wait. What the heck did I just type? I meant to say…they were the bomb! I should make these in a bakery and name them CinnaBOMBS! Scoot over, Cinnabon.image
My parents loved them, too! (Hi Mr. Grumples…)image
What do you make for breakfast on special occasions?

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Looking for a healthier cinnamon roll recipe? Try my Cinnamon Rolls Glazed With a Protein Honey Coconut Milk Icing! (Grain, Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar-Free) ones!


  • brittney

    At what stage do you freeze them? After you have cut all the rolls? Then do you thaw them before cooking?

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  • Irene

    This is exactly what I’m goint to cook tomorrow morning 🙂

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  • Laura Hager

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them this weekend. Yum!

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  • ChIK

    my grandma made these for me and they were so close to being cinnabon.

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  • lucy

    I have never craved cinnamon rolls so much in all my life! 😮 they look so good xx

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  • Cheryl

    They look really yummy! I was just wondering how many it made? Thanks!

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  • teresa

    Awesome recipe. Made them a week ago (half the recipe) and unfortunately ate them all by myself ;D just way too good! 🙂

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  • Megan

    I just wanna say I made these yesterday and they are the best freakin rolls I have ever eaten. They really do taste like Cinnibon! Problem is, I have so much left over and no more people to give them to so I keep eating them! 😡 Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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