Another Cinnabon-Type Cinnamon Bun

"This recipe is my adaptation of a really good recipe I found on The Gordon Family website. ( I adapted the dough recipe a little and use more filling than they recommend but their Cream Cheese Frosting is FAR better than any other I've ever found. I think the secret is in the use of lemon extract as well as vanilla. It creates just the right tartness. They suggest beating the frosting about 10 minutes but I never have and I have made this a thousand times. Everyone I know loves these buns. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do."
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Ready In:
2hrs 25mins
24 rolls




  • Using the bread machine instructions, heat the milk to whatever temperature your machine suggests for the dough cycle. Place the dough ingredients into the machine in the order recommended and mix, knead and rise with the dough cycle.
  • Butter a 9" X 13" X 2" pan thoroughly.
  • Once the dough cycle ends, remove the dough from the machine and punch it down on a buttered countertop. Roll out to a large rectangle, about 30" X 15".
  • Warm the butter for the filling to room temperature and spread over the dough evenly. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and the cinnamon, then starting on a long side, roll the dough tightly into a cylinder.
  • Slice the dough into 24 equal slices and place each one cut side down in the prepared pan.
  • Let rise in a warm place, covered, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Bake the buns for about 22-26 minutes or until browned all over but not too dark.
  • While the buns are baking prepare the frosting by combining all ingredients at room temperature and beating very well for 2 or 3 minutes with an electric mixer.
  • Frost the buns in the pan as soon as you remove the pan from the oven. The frosting will melt somewhat into the spaces in between the buns. Cool in the pan and enjoy!

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  1. I love the Gordon Family recipe - mourning the loss of their site! One suggestion...use Vietnamese Cinnamon. Can cut the cinnamon down by approximately a third. It is much stronger and sweeter than "traditional" cinnamon.



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