Homemade Cinnamon Rolls As A Christmas Gift?!?

Yes, Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are exactly what our neighbors and my husband’s co-workers got for Christmas!  I made a quadruple batch, which made 12 pans of 6 rolls. With rising time it took most of the day, but I was able to get a lot done around the house in between batches.  I only had one mis-hap, but despite that, I had a blast!  I cranked the Christmas music and kept thinking about how great it was to have energy and feel good!!

I got the idea when I was at our local Dollar Tree and I spotted foil pans with lids. They came in packs of 3 for $1.00!  I knew they would look pretty tied with ribbon or even with a sticky bow slapped on the top.  They carry 2 sizes, the smaller size is 4 for $1.00.  They would be a great size for fudge or small cookies.

I found the Cinnamon Roll recipe at  They are called “Clone Of A Cinnabon” and were rated 5 stars and had 3, 943 reviews!  They were the highest rated cinnamon roll on the site, and they were full of sugar and butter, so I knew they would be good!  They also use a bread maker, which I liked, but in the reviews, there are alternative directions if you do not have a bread maker.

Speaking of a bread maker, this is where my mishap came in.  Cinnamon roll dough is a bit thick, which made my bread machine complain a little bit.  It rattled and shook itself right off my counter, and took my eggs with it!  I love how the dough stayed in the machine, safe and sound.  This is one tough machine, I’ve had it for 12 years and it survived the fall.

Finished pan.  Ugh, lighting.  I hate taking pictures at night in artificial light!  Not my cup of tea..

Tied with wire ribbon, also from the dollar store.  The star tags are from Micheals.

I was really pleased with how the rolls tasted.  This recipe is for sure a keeper for when I want a sugar splurge!

“Clone Of A Cinnabon”


  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt



  1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
  2. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

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  • Cathy
    October 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Amy, do you have any suggestions for making these a week ahead. And freezing them. Any suggestions
    Love the gift wrapping

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      October 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      I would freeze them before baking, thaw and let rise, then bake & frost on the day you plan on giving them away. Hope that helps! Amy

  • Beth
    December 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

    These were such a hit for Christmas morning! I prepped them Christmas eve morning and after they had risen the 30 mins I put them in the fridge. Christmas Day I let them get to room temp before cooking them. DELICIOUS!

    I added 1/2 a cup of crushed pecans to the inside mixture and 1/2 cup of crushed pecans to the icing. Soooooo good! The added crunch was perfect. I also sliced them a tad thin to stretch the recipe.

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      December 26, 2014 at 1:21 am

      I’m so glad you loved them. I’m going to add crushed pecans to my next batch!

  • Atif
    May 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Wow! These look delicious really fantastic.

    Send gifts to Pakistan From UK.

  • Karla Kramer
    December 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Amy….my husband and I have just finished numerous batches of this Cinnamon Roll recipe to give as you did for gifts…wow! Neat-o! We are opting to give the dough UNBAKED (just have to be near a fridge when giving them!!) and have included directions and a little clear container of frosting so they can frost their own! Wonderful idea, Amy! Hope your christmas is fantastic! Karla

  • Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    December 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Here’s the link, these are so easy to make and absolutely delicious. I’ve made 6 batches so far 🙂

  • Jenny's Vegcafe
    December 17, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Such a nice gift. I’m sure they were appreciated.

  • Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    December 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Amy I made these yesterday and they were fabulous! I replaced the white sugar with Stevia In the Raw & they still were great. I’ll link back when I post the recipe. Thanks again for the inspiration 🙂

  • The Amusing Redhead
    December 16, 2010 at 2:04 am


    I have gifted frozen buns with separate frosting for the recipient to have on Christmas morning. Not as pretty. 🙂

  • Catch A Falling Star
    December 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    What a wonderful food gift!
    I always think candy or cookies.
    They look so yummy *insert growling tummy*.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Val
    December 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I love this recipe and make it during the holidays too. Great blog, New follower.

  • June@I will craft
    December 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    They look delicous. Great idea.

  • Driftwood Girl
    December 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Ooh! Love this idea and your cinnamon rolls freshly cut look so pretty 🙂 We want cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast and now I’m wondering if I can brave this recipe and freeze them to bake on Christmas morning. Thanks for sharing Really love how cute the pans look all prettied up in the last photo.

  • Chris
    December 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Great idea, on the rolls and packaging!
    What kind of bread machine do you have? I am in the market for one. I had one years ago and wasn’t using it much at the time, and gave it away. I would sure like to get back into using it now that I have a family.

  • Terri and Mark
    December 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    What a great idea! I need to get to bakin!!

  • Missy
    December 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Last year when I was making gingerbread dough, my cuicinart mixer jumped off the counter, it’s a bit dinged up but still works! LOL

  • Amy
    December 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Cinnamon rolls are PERECT gifts anytime! I find that they are always a crowd favorite. If I’m not feeling up to waiting for dough to proof, I usually make my honeybun cake recipe. Either way, you can’t go wrong with brown sugar and cinnamon!

  • Sarah @ Mum In Bloom
    December 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Running to the kitchen to make these right now! Perfect for gift giving! Thanks for the inspiration as always Amy 🙂

  • MLoueez
    December 15, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I love this idea! I have been trying to think of what to do for my girlfriends.

  • erin
    December 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Wow – those looks great. I made jam for Christmas gifts and I want to make bread to go with it. Is there such thing as a bread recipe that starts in the bread machine (for all the rising and kneading) and then comes out and can be baked in little loaf pans? Does that exist?

  • Carol
    December 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Wow! These look delicious and you look so organized and READY! Did you give reheating directions? If so, what were they? I am not good at that kind of thing.

  • Nancy
    December 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Perfect! We were planning on having cinnamon rolls for our Christmas brunch. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sorry about your mishap. Glad the machine survived but I hope it didn’t break your tile floor!

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