Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

When my girls and I went to Hawaii last year, we got to try our first Cinnabon Rolls…

For my Aussie friends, these are a yummy warm cinnamon bun topped with the yummiest cream cheese frosting.

We were addicted from the first bite!!



When we arrived home, Aimee and I started our quest to replicate this yummy, ooey gooey and delectable sweet treat.

Of course, as you would expect, there were numerous copycat recipes available online. We tried a few and even though they all differed slightly, they did offer up  similar products to the Cinnabon Roll.

We weren’t exactly after a copycat recipe… what we wanted was a cinnamon roll that delighted us as much as our first experience. Something that we could make easily at home and would conjure up delicious memories of our Hawaii trip.

By a trial of mixing and swapping parts of the various recipes we tried, we are satisfied with this recipe. It is now our family get together Go-To recipe.


Easy homemade Cinnamon Rolls by Shabby Art Boutique


With my girls home this Easter weekend, one of the first things we made together was our version on Cinnamon Rolls… complete with a double batch of cream cheese frosting… because sometimes you need more of a good thing!!

The recipe has 3 parts; the dough, the filling and the frosting.



  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 1/2 cups of bread and pizza flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon.


  • 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup soft butter


  • 250 gram tub spreadable light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon essence
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.



1. Mix 2 cups of the flour, cinnamon and yeast in a large mixing bowl.

2. In a saucepan, combine milk, butter, sugar and salt over medium heat until temperature reaches 120 degrees. Add the milk mixture to the flour/yeast mixture along with eggs and vanilla and mix with electric mixer on low for 20 seconds. Next, stir in as much flour as you can.

3. Place dough onto a floured surface and knead in remaining flour… or as much as possible. Knead the dough for about 10 – 15 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Place dough in bowl, spray lightly with spray oil and cover with plastic wrap. Leave it to rest for about 15 minutes.

4. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.

5. Roll the dough into a rectangle. Mine was about 16 – 18 inches wide x 20 – 21 inches long. Spread the dough with the 1/3 cup butter and then top with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

6. Start rolling the long side of the dough up so you have a log. Cut into 12 even segments. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan (I used a pyrex lasagna dish, which was the perfect size). Place the rolls into the dish. There will still be space in the dish, which the rolls will rise and fill later on.

7. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel and set aside to rise. I placed mine near a warm window until the rolls had doubled in size – about 45 minutes to one hour.


Cinnamon rolls


8. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Bake rolls in centre of oven for about 15 minutes until slightly browned. I have to admit that I prefer mine a little on the well cooked side, as I don’t particularly like gooey rolls.

9. While the rolls are baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting by combining cream cheese, butter, icing sugar, vanilla and lemon essences and salt in an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

10. Remove rolls from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes and then spread approximately a  cup of frosting over warm rolls. Serve rest of frosting in a bowl for those who like an extra dollop on the side!


Note: the Cinnamon Rolls are perfect reheated in the microwave and served with extra cream cheese in the days following.



These are very simple to make, so please don’t be put off by the need to bake with yeast.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our cinnamon rolls this weekend… and of course, we like that extra dollop of cream cheese on our rolls.



Happy baking!

Hugs ~ Kerryanne


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  1. They look delicious, I can almost taste them. And wonderful that it is a family thing, “from the get go”, in keeping with its origins 🙂 A tradition is born. Happy dolloping! xo

  2. These look fantastic, thank you for the recipe!
    Jilly oxo

  3. Thank you for sharing another yummy recipe.
    Hope you and the family had a lovely Easter together.
    Toni xx

  4. JaneEllen says:

    Those look way too delicious, better stay away from them. Gained almost 20 lbs. since last year. Love to eat way too many fattening foods.
    Thanks for sharing great recipe tho.
    How fun to visit Hawaii, never been there myself. Hubs was stationed there for 2 yrs. before he transferred to Tucson, AZ where we met. .
    Sounds like you all had great time. Have wonderful week
    Thx so much for all the lovely Easter printables.

  5. That cinnamon roll look so good I can smell it

    I am off sugar due to very high sugar a1c count , sweets is what I like most in food
    It is very hard to live without sweets

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