Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Clone of a Clone Cinnabon

Have you ever had cinnabon?  If you have, you know what a sweet, rich, delightful treat it is!  Unfortunately, we don't have one near where we live, but there is one near my mom's and when we can we almost always choose to have that for desert!  

A few years back I came across this recipie clone of a cinnabon and I made it for my family and they loved it!  I made it a second time and they were just hooked!  But the whole process with the dough was just too much for me, so I never made it again. Even though my family practically begged me too!

To make a long story short and get to the good stuff, I found an easier way to make the dough.  And wouldn't you know it, it involves using white cake mix!  Can I just say, So.Super.Easy! 

It was a little on the messy side, but Noah had a wonderful, squeal with delight good time helping his mama out with this one!

I've given it a new name: Clone of a Clone Cinnabon

Noah loved this process!  I think he thought this was one huge pacakage of playdough =)

Ahh . . .nothing like the sweet goodness & yumminess of brown sugar & cinnamon

Roll out the dough.  Another fun process for Noah.  And by the way, doesn't his smile just, "melt your heart!"  (okay call me biased - but I am his mama!)

Warning: This is a rich recipie!  It's FILLED with sweetness!

I can't tell you how many times Noah asked me, "Is it done yet mom?  Can we eat it?"  And this was only during the sit & rise part.  It hadn't even gone in the oven yet!

Baking in the oven.  The smell that filled our house was lovely . . .

Here it is!  My Clone of a Clone Cinnabon.  My family was ALL SMILES and I got the "Go ahead" to make it again!  And it's so easy, I just might :)

My helper.  The master mind behind all the bits & pieces of dough on the floor! 

Photo Challenge: To take a picture of your counter or dining table just as it is.  This is what ours looked like last night during all the fuss over my cinnamon rolls.

I love this photo of my dining table just as it is!  I love it because Jay is in the background studying and lately he's been working alot.  I can't tell you how nice it was to just have him home . . . it almost felt normal, as if we had a regular schedule.  And Noah's little crayons are a sure sign of what he's been up to lately.  Drawing pictures!  When he's not assisting me in the kitchen :0)

Clone of a Clone Cinnabon Recipie

The Dough
1 box white cake mix
4 cups of flour divided
2 packets of active dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
2 cups of warm water

1 cup of brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1/3 cup of softened butter

3 oz. of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar (begin with 1 cup and add sugar as you go, it's very sweet, so adjust to your liking).
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt

*I literally dumped cake mix, active dry yeast, salt, warm water, and all (but one cup of flour) in my mixer and let it mix on it's own.  I used the remaining cup of flour to knead the dough into a nice ball of playdough (wink, wink!).

After you knead and roll dough into one very nice size rectangle (doesn't have to be perfectly rectangle), spread softened butter onto the rolled out dough.  Next, sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture onto dough.  Finally roll and cut into 1in thick slices.  Set on baking greased baking sheet and let it sit & rise in a warm area for 15 minutes. 

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 17 minutes.


  1. Misty! I didn't know you had a blog! What an amazing, gifted writer you are. How fun is it to read your "profound and mundane" documentation of life. And may I say, the mundane is always more profound when we have distance from it... looking back we see those were the moments we cherish the most. What an utter treasure to have this record, both photographic and literary, of your lives. Also, what a gift you are creating for the boys. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Awesome...I think I gained some pounds just reading your blog and looking at the yummy pictures..I'll have to try this out!!!! I'll let you know how successful I am :) Love you!!!