Cinnabon CinnabonStix copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Cinnabon CinnabonStix

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Cinnabon product development guys were looking for a new baked cinnamon product that customers could eat on the go while carrying bags and scurrying about. In June of 2000, they found it. Bakers brushed Danish dough with a flavored cinnamon butter, then rolled the dough in a generous cinnamon/sugar coating. These golden brown little sticks of cinnamony delight are sold in bags of 5 or 10 from the company's famous cinnamon roll outlets, most likely found in a mall or airport near you. Now you can create your own version of the tasty pastries at home, and you won't even have to make the dough from scratch. Just grab yourself a tube of Pillsbury crescents and all you have to do is roll up the dough and coat it.

Update 3/21/17: These will puff up quite a bit when they bake, so be sure to stretch them long and thin when twisting. For a great cream cheese icing use the recipe here in our Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls hack.

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 tube Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls (8)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine, melted
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
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      1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

      2. Separate the dough into eight portions. Fold over two of the corners of the triangular dough piece so that it forms a rectangle. Roll the dough on a flat surface to make a tube, then twist the tube a couple of times, and stretch it a little longer. Repeat for all of the dough triangles.

      3. Combine the melted margarine, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl. 

      4. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon for the coating in another small bowl.

      5. Brush the melted margarine mixture over the top and bottom of the dough sticks. Toss the dough into the sugar and  cinnamon coating mixture. Roll the dough around with your fingers so that it is well-coated. Place the coated dough sticks on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray the top of the sticks with a light coating of the spray. 

      6. Bake for 8 minutes or until the sticks are golden brown. Serve hot or reheat them in the microwave before serving if the sticks have cooled. These are best served hot.

      Makes 8 sticks.

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Amanda Rose
May 19, 2018, 20:11

I used to work at a Cinnabon, and this is pretty darn close. A good dough to use is puff pastry dough, which is easy to find int he refrigerated section. If you really want to taste like cinnabon, use Makara cinnamon. They use to sell it by the jar (but there may be other brands to find). For the coating I use a mix of cinnamon and sugar. And for the dip, just grab a jar of cream cheese frosting

Kyekye Bautista
Aug 21, 2015, 22:00

My old time favorite. Can't wait to do it on my own. Thanks.

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