Henry’s Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls


Henry’s Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls

Henry Hunter
Welcome to Henry's famous Cinnabon copycat cinnamon roll recipe! If you are looking for the best homemade cinnamon rolls ever, you have come to the right place. For this recipe, we'll be using a special, secret technique, and ingredient that will make these rolls even more gooey and delicious. If you’ve never done this before, it will blow your mind. But that’s enough embellishment. Let’s get baking.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 22 minutes
Course Anytime Food
Cuisine Universal
Servings 12 Slices
Calories 538 kcal


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Pastry Mat A pastry mat is useful for rolling out the dough. This non-slip silicone pastry mat is a great option
French Rolling Pin A rolling pin is needed for rolling out the dough. This adjustable rolling pin is helpful for achieving the desired thickness
Baking Pan A 9x13 inch baking pan is required for baking the cinnamon rolls. This non-stick baking pan is a great option
Cooling Rack A cooling rack is useful for cooling the cinnamon rolls after baking. This 3-tier cooling rack is a great choice
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  • 366 grams Warm milk (about 115 degrees F)
  • 11.5 grams Teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 3 Large eggs At room temperature
  • 113.5 grams Salted butter Melted but make sure it isn't over 110º Fahrenheit. Just softened is fine.
  • 150 grams Granulated sugar
  • 1.5 grams Salt
  • 650 grams All-purpose flour Let’s start there and we’ll see how much you need to add to make a tacky dough.

For the Filling:

  • 170.25 grams Salted butter (almost melted)
  • 330 grams Packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 178.5 grams Heavy cream For pouring over the risen rolls

For the Frosting:

  • 255.15 grams Cream cheese (softened) Softened
  • 113.5 grams Salted butter Softened
  • 360 grams Powdered sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp maple or vanilla extract


  •  Pour the warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast overtop.
  • Add the eggs, butter and sugar. Mix until combined
  • Add in salt and 4 cups (500g) flour (save the other 1/2 cup and add only if you need it) of flour and mix using the beater blade just until the ingredients are barely combined. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes so the flour has time to soak up the liquids, and to develop some dough strength. This is a wet dough. Using the paddle attachment will help eventually switching over to the dough hook.
  • Scrape the dough off the beater blade and remove it. Attach the dough hook.
  • Beat the dough on medium speed, adding in up to 1/2 cup more flour if needed to form a dough. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is elastic and smooth. **The dough should be tacky and will still be sticking to the sides of the bowl. That's ok! Don't be tempted to add more flour at this point. We generally add about 4 1/2 cups, but start with 4 cups.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.
  •  Use a rubber spatula to remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place it in the greased large bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel or wax paper.
  •  Set the bowl in a warm place and allow the dough to rise until double. I like to turn on the oven to the lowest setting for 1-2 minutes. Then turn off the oven and place the dough to rise in there. It normally takes about 30 minutes for the dough to rise. Do not allow the dough to rise too much or your cinnamon rolls will be airy.
  •  While the dough is rising, prepare the cinnamon filling. In a medium bowl, combine the soft butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, mixing until well combined. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle a pastry mat generously with flour. Turn out the dough onto the pastry mat and sprinkle the top of the dough with additional flour
  •  Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough to about a 24x15" rectangle. (the size of the rectangle can does not have to be exact!)
  • Use a rubber spatula to smooth the cinnamon filling over the whole dough rectangle.
  • Starting on the long end, roll the dough up tightly jelly roll style.
  • Cut into 12 slices and place in a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  • Cover the pan and allow the rolls to rise for 20 minutes or until nearly double
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Warm the heavy cream until the chill is off. Don't make it just don't want it cold. It should be warm to the touch.
  • Once the rolls have risen, pour the heavy cream over the top of the rolls, allowing it to soak down in and around the rolls. (Don’t be timid here wondering if this is the right thing to do. Trust the process.)
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the center rolls are cooked through. Note...the time will vary based on how big the rolls are, what type of pan, how close the rolls are packed, etc. They could take up to 25-27 minutes. Check the rolls at 20 minutes. If they are getting too browned, cover loosely with foil for the remaining baking time.
  • While the rolls are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting.
  • In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and butter using a hand mixer. Blend well.
  • Add in your favorite extract and the powdered sugar. Beat until combined.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled rolls.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 6gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 267mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1052IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 3mg
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