And yet another Small Joy covered in Cream Cheese


I love cinnamon rolls!  They are also on my list of small joys.  Serve me up some lovely cinnamon rolls with tea or coffee is an instant lift-me-upper, well at least for me.  While most people are thinking or writing about their game-plan on how to lose weight at the beginning of the new year, it’s all about comfort food for me and what makes me and my little family happy.  (I’ll think about my weight when winter is gone and spring has sprung, or maybe next year! 😉  If you’re on a diet now I’m really sorry, do avert your gaze and skip this post.

This recipe I am about to share with you is aptly called Clone of a Cinnabon.  Have you ever tasted Cinnabon rolls?  In my past life, when I had a career and wasn’t just known as little T’s mother, they sold them in a stall in the lobby of our office building.  I absolutely loved them.  I used to buy those delicious Cinnabon rolls A LOT.  

Anyway, as mentioned this recipe here, definitely reminds me of the those heavenly rolls.  Though admittedly I cheated and used a bread machine to make my dough.  If you’re hardcore and want to make it yourself, just click on the link and it has a step-by-step guide on how to make it.

Ingredients for the filling:

1 cup brown sugar

2 1/2 tbsp of ground cinnamon

1/3 cup softened butter

For the cream-cheese frosting:

1 (3 ounce) package cream-cheese

1/4 cup softened butter

1 1/2 cups of icing sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

Get moving!

– First, mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small ball.

– Then roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.  If you check the recipe, you’re supposed to let it rest for about ten minutes, but I skipped all that.  It’s up to you, whether to do it too.

–  Once rolled out, spread the butter on the dough.  Then ….


– Slowly roll up the dough into a roll.  Then …


– Don’t worry too much if they aren’t even.  It doesn’t really matter, especially if you’ll be eating them as soon as they’re done!


– Preheat oven for 400 F or 200 C, for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.  While it’s baking …


Keep checking, especially if you have a fan-oven  It browns up really quickly.


– Serve up while warm, with a generous helping of cream-cheese frosting.


Best served with tea or coffee.

I can eat three of these rolls/buns in one sitting.  After the third I have to haul myself off the couch and if everyone is done, quickly clear away to avoid further temptation.  These rolls never last long in our little household.

Try it, you’ll know why!

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Do share, especially if you have a recipe for it!


  1. I am impressed that you make it from scratch! We love it, too, but we buy Pillbury’s, or if we happen upon a Cinnabon, we get them from there. Lol

    • Well I kinda cheated with the dough, hahaha. But yes, the rest I made from scratch! Haven’t really seen Cinnabon here… but maybe I haven’t been really looking. You should try making this, it isn’t really difficult! 🙂

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  3. I love making homemade cinnamon rolls! I will have to make these for my girls ~ they will LOVE them! Thanks for another great recipe!

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