The difficult news is traditional Cinnabon Classic rolls weigh in at around 880 calories—not to make you feel guilty, but they are obviously just an occasional indulgence. Not to mention cinnamon is one of the most comforting spice scents in the world—making us feel all warm, cozy and homey. This may be the reason they have one or two of these Cinnamony Chains at every airport—to calm the savage beast before a possible, pending, perilous flight? Can you smell the cinnamon baking now Frequent Flyers?
Anyway, good news, or should I say “better?” These rolls taste exactly like the mega chain’s versions, are about half the size making them half the calories. Feel less guilty? You should! You can have your cake, or in this case, cinnamon rolls, and eat them too! Big tastes do come in satisfying, smaller packages after all 🙂 Scrumptious!
1 cup warm milk 110 degrees
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted (butter is preferred—your choice)
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast (regular yeast works just as well)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
Place dough ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start. 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.
No Machine? A standing mixer works very well too. See your favorite sweet dough mixing & rising instructions for details, but use these ingredients 🙂
Roll dough into a 16 x 21-inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup softened butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 -45 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400*
Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 -20 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.
Pan photo Source: culinarycouture