Recipe: Bread Machine Clone of a Cinnabon

Clone of a Cinnabon; you can add frosting or eat them plain.

Clone of a Cinnabon; you can add frosting or eat them plain.

I’ve been making this recipe for a long, long time. I used to sell it, made-to-order, around the holidays. It makes the house smell great and I always got fabulous feedback…even from my girlfriend who bought a batch to take up to a family brunch 2 hours away…appearently, they were still warm, gooey and addictive even after a few hours in a car. You can’t really say that for the real Cinnabons, can you?

Logan,3, taste-testing the flour for the cinnamon rolls. I tried to tell him it didn't taste like sugar, but he wanted to findout for himself.

Logan,3, taste-testing the flour for the cinnamon rolls. I tried to tell him it didn’t taste like sugar, but he wanted to findout for himself.

Like every food on here, Cinnamon Rolls are special to me. My mom used to make them every Christmas Morning. My eldest cousin, Jennifer, and I used to split a Cinnabon at the mall and talk about boys and life; she is five years older than me and was always–ALWAYS–the cool person I wanted to be. So if Jennifer liked Cinnabons, then I knew I should, too.

…and even now as an adult, I still do. But I think it is cooler to make them myself. 🙂

Special Equipment: you will need a bread machine, rolling pin, a pastry brush, and  some type of large baking dish with sides.

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  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups bread 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.

Recipe: Amish Bread for the bread machine (the irony is not lost on me)

Matt says if I bake it, he will slice it...we'll see about that.

Matt says if I bake it, he will slice it…we’ll see about that.

So, how exactly can I post an Amish bread recipe for a bread machine with a straight face?

I can’t.

Thank god I have a bread machine.

Thank goddness I have a bread machine.

This is a family favorite bread I’ve been making for about three or four years. It works great with dinner, soups, stews and even as sandwich bread…which is how we will be using it this week as the Bread Gnomes have struck again and eaten all the store-bought, sliced bread. Ahem.

It is quick and easy white bread…and cheap, too.  Plus, home made bread can be much, much healthier for you and the family. And, if nothing else, it does make the house smell great.

Oh, and it’s dairy-free, too.

Ah, bread machine, how I love thee. I dump in ingredients, press a button, and you do all the work for me. No kneading; no mess; no watching the clock for exact rising and resting periods. Truly, good bread machines are worth every penny.

For six more ways to make bread machines worth their cost, check out this article at which states (far better than I could) exactly why bread machines kick ass, and how to make them even more awesome.



  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 18 tablespoons warm water


  1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select White Bread cycle; press Start.
  2. When the dough has raised once and second cycle of kneading begins, turn machine off. Reset by pressing Start once again. This gives the dough two full rising cycles before the final rising cycle prior to baking.

Recipe: Blueberry muffins from scratch

Remember my mention of that giant bag of frozen blueberries in the freezer, hogging valuable space (Thanks, Costco!)? Today I plan to make a dent in it.

I finally opened it to make some ebelskivers. I’ve also been feeding them to Logan, one cup at a time…which works really, really well since we’re trying to crack down on his using his fingers to eat everything and encourage him to use silverware and, when eating blueberries, you can tell if you’ve used your fingers or not–hilarity.

So here is the best blueberry muffin recipe I could find. I’m going to add in some of those rolled oats we have so much of (again, thanks, Costco!) to add some fiber and bulk.

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

RECIPE: Easy, addictive banana bread

Fresh outta the pan. Yum.

I don’t remember when I created this recipe; all I remember is that it changed my life.

I know it must seem like I say that a lot; it must seem like I didn’t have much of a life if a recipe for Banana Bread changed it. Maybe I didn’t have much of a life. Maybe none of us do until we discover The Recipe that defines us, the one that becomes our go-to treat for bake sales, fun kid snacks or rainy days.


Don’t get me wrong; I love to make pies. I can eat entire coconut cakes in one sitting. The smell of making my own veggie broth is divine, as is the look on a customer’s face when they come to pick up my cinnamon rolls for a casual family brunch they are driving to a few hours away. And my Nana’s chocolate cake? To die for.

But that’s Nana’s chocolate cake, not mine. It’s her defining recipe, not mine. The pies? They belong to a woman who taught a pie-making class in Twin Falls, Idaho (though I am certainly guilty of hoarding them for the better part of a few years). But this recipe? This is mine. All mine.

When my son was 2-years-old I would make this in place of muffins or cupcakes. I made two or three batches a week. We’d whip up a batch, put it in the Nordicware cupcake molds for cars or bugs or dinosaurs, and freeze them.

Make it fun, use a bug mold like this from NordicWare

Make it fun, use a bug mold like this from NordicWare

Bugs, cars and dinosaurs are a lot more fun to eat for breakfast than slices of bread, you know. Especially when you are two-years-old.

Got too many overly ripe bananas? Mash them all, freeze them in little one cup sizes, ready to make a batch later. Rubbermaid makes some fantastic one-cup sized containers. Mine have a light blue lid. Or use freezer bags.

I like that the recipe doesn’t use a ton of sugar. I also like that it includes a decent amount of oatmeal, so it is somewhat filling. You can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top if you want, or eat it plain. It is glorious both ways.

I used to sell this for $10 a loaf. In Idaho. That’s saying something.

To make Dairy-Free: use Earth Balance in place of butter or shortening.


I put over-ripe bananas in freezer bags, mash, and freeze for use later.

Wet Ingredients:

1/2 c shortening **use Earth Balance to make dairy-free
3/4 c w. sugar
2 eggs
1c mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla

Dry Ingredients:

1.5 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c quick oats


Preheat to 350

Our chickens’ eggs have these unreal amber-gold yolks that color everything bright and sunny.

CREAM shortening and sugar. Stir in eggs, banana and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients separately and keep oats separate from both mixes. Add dry mix to the wet mix slowly. Add oats last.

Pour (scoop!) in to a well-greased pan (I suggest using real butter instead of spray..makes an amazing buttery-crisp crust). Bake 45-55 min as a loaf of bread. Less if making muffins. I pulled today’s loaf out at 43 minutes because that was when a knife inserted came out clean…but keep in mind that if you triple the banana a knife may never come out clean, and that’s OK, too.
If you have a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, like Ada, then you will have a very easy time with this recipe. Heck, you don’t even need to mash the bananas ahead of time, you can just slip them in.
You can use more than 1 c mashed bananas. I have been known to use up to 3 cups. 🙂 I’ve also been known to add in cinnamon and more oats, just because I can.

And, I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t resist including Mr. Bourdain. It’s a post about bananas, for goodness sake. No food is more phalic other than, perhaps, my hometown’s own Geoduck. Did you happen to see that episode of No Reservations? Where Tony ate Geoduck in the Seattle area? Was it as good for you as it was for me? (6:43 mark; watch from 4:00 on.)

Anthony Bourdain would like my banana bread.

Anthony Bourdain would like my banana bread.