These Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls are one of my favorite recipes of all time! I could eat a whole pan (and sometimes do)!
Microwave milk for 45-60 seconds in the microwave (about 110 degrees F). Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a large bowl and let it bubble and react for about 5 minutes. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix well. Knead dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour or with a stand mixer for about 5 minutes. Put in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. *Our house is so cold I have a hard time getting things to rise. If I turn on the oven and then put the rolls on top of the stove, the oven generates enough heat for them to rise.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes or until center of the roll is cooked. Add more time if not cooked. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread half the frosting on them while they are still warm so that the frosting melts into the roll and the other half after they've sat for a couple of minutes. That's what the Cinnabon people do (I asked them). Makes 12-18 rolls.
Instant yeast substitution: If you are using instant yeast, reduce the yeast to 1 3/4 teaspoons of instant yeast and you do not need to proof the yeast, just add it to the dry ingredients.
If you want to make these the night before, shape the rolls and cut then into slices and let them rise on the counter covered overnight. Bake in the morning according to the directions.
Cinnabon is known for their intense cinnamon taste. 2 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon is a lot but if you're not sure you can reduce it to 1 tablespoon of cinnamon.
Source: my friend Amanda