Fun fact: when the husband and I got married, a lot of things about our wedding were not traditional. Perhaps the least traditional part of our wedding was the cake: a stack of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. We absolutely LOVE those gooey, sugary rolls. So, when I saw this copy-cat recipe, I knew I had to try it out. It’s almost romantic of me.
Here’s what you need:
- Brown sugar
- Cream cheese
This recipe makes 12 absolutely HUGE cinnamon rolls-exactly the size you would expect a Cinnabon to be. I really should have halved the recipe because 12 rolls is a lot for two people to consume. I made them early last week, and we still have 2 left. While good, these rolls aren’t exactly a Cinnabon copy. They are close, but they aren’t quite it. However, I will totally make these again, because if I can’t have the real thing, this will do it for me. I might play around some with the recipe to try and make it closer.
Here are some things I noticed when making this recipe. First of all, I didn’t need as much butter, nor as much of the brown sugar/cinnamon mix as the recipe indicated. I probably only ended up using about two-thirds of each. I know that I rolled my dough out enough (I checked with a ruler), so maybe I was supposed to layer it on even thicker? Also, surprisingly, the husband and I both agreed that there was a touch too much cinnamon. Now, I used super cheap, generic cinnamon, so perhaps we wouldn’t feel that way with better quality cinnamon (which is one of my “changes” for next time I make this).
Next is the frosting. The husband thought it didn’t taste cream cheesey enough. He thought it tasted more like a royal icing (though he didn’t use those words). I, personally, did taste the cream cheese, but agreed that it could have been better. I think I would add more cream cheese to the icing in the future. Also, the frosting is a MUST. It simply doesn’t taste right without it.
It might sound like I didn’t like this recipe, but you would be wrong. I really enjoyed this. I just plan on playing with it more, so it tastes a bit more like my wedding. Don’t skimp on anything when you make this-none of that low fat cream cheese or the like. If you’re going to make a cinnamon roll, make it worth the trip to the gym afterward. And really, these are totally worth it.