Traditions: Better Than Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

These are not minimalistic by any stretch, but they are traditional for us on Christmas morning. This is me showing love to my family. They are so amazing!

And they are better than Cinnabon. I have now ruined all my friends from eating at Cinnabon; they like these better!
This makes 16 huge rolls- two 9″ x 13″ pans full.

To make this I use my Bosch mixer (affiliate link)

Better Than Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

2 cups warm milk
1 cup organic sugar
2 tablespoons yeast
3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
2 teaspoon sea salt
4 eggs
8 cups white flour

Combine everything in a heavy-duty mixer (KitchenAid, Bocshe, etc) and knead for 10 minutes. Let sit with the lid resting on (not latched) and rise until it reaches the lid (this might take 45 minutes to an hour), knead the dough for 30 seconds, and roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle, about 20″ x 25″.

2/3 c. butter (room temperature)
~Spread the butter onto the rolled-out dough~

2 cups organic sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup Saigon cinnamon*

Mix the molasses, sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle/spread over the butter.
Roll up Jelly-roll style, and mark 16 even marks for the cuts on the roll. Cut out 16 pieces and put 8 in each 9″ x 13″ greased baking dish.
Let rise until doubled. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 22-25 minutes. The tops will be brown. Frost while warm.

1 cup butter (room temperature)
3 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces of cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Blend thoroughly and then spread over warm cinnamon rolls.

*Do not use lesser quality cinnamon, the Saigon cinnamon makes all the difference in the taste of the cinnamon roll.

For simple recipes, check out my 5 Ingredient Recipe Index

About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I created a FREE Facebook Group - feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group and I share videos each week on YouTube


  1. Lauren Logan on 11/14/2018 at 8:38 pm

    Can I prepare these the day before and bake the next day?

    • Rachel Jones on 11/26/2018 at 10:58 pm

      I’m sorry I missed this! Yes, you can, but keep them in the fridge or they will rise too much.

  2. Angela on 12/23/2021 at 10:04 am

    These are amazing and a Christmas and Easter tradition at our house.

  3. Louisa on 12/19/2022 at 3:56 am

    Can you tell me more about tha appliance you are using to make the cinnamon buns? Thanks.

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