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Disneyland's Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Disneyland's Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Best-Ever Cinnamon Rolls!

Have you ever gone to Disneyland and saw those giant gooey cinnamon rolls? Have you ever tried one? I have, and they are super delicious. I usually share one because they are so big and so I don't feel bad about eating the whole thing by myself.

Anyway, I think there is nothing better in the fall (or really anytime of year) than waking up to some fresh-made cinnamon rolls. I mean, the smell of cinnamon and that delicious sweet frosting is enough to put anyone in a good mood. Lately, the mornings here in SoCal have been nice and cold and gloomy, which is perfect for cinnamon rolls! I always like mine with a nice cup of coffee—which at this time of year is usually something like pumpkin or hazelnut flavored.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

3 hours

20 min

3 hours 20 min

16-18 rolls

Cinnamon roll ingredients

Cinnamon roll ingredients

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
Icing ingredients

Icing ingredients

Ingredients for the Icing

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs. milk

Step 1: Make the Cinnamon Rolls

  1. In a small bowl mix water, yeast, and sugar.
  2. Stir until dissolved and set aside.
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3. In a large bowl, mix pudding according to package instructions with the milk.

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4. Add 1/2 cup melted butter, eggs, and salt into pudding. Mix well and then add yeast to mixture. Blend well.

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5. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth.

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6. Place the dough in a very large greased bowl.

7. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in sized.

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8. Punch down the dough and let rise again.

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9. Roll dough on a very large floured surface.

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10. Dough should roll out to a long rectangle, about 34 x 21 inches in size.

11. Take the one cup of melted butter and use a pastry brush to brush over entire dough surface.

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12. In a small bowl, mix together the cinnamon and the brown sugar.

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13. Sprinkle mixture on top of dough.

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14. Roll dough up like a jelly roll.

15. Measure dough every 2 inches and cut with a knife.

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16. Take each roll in the palm of your hand and gently pack the roll so it doesn't come apart while baking.

17. Place each roll in a buttered baking dish and allow to rise in a warm place, about 20 minutes.

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18. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

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19. Make the icing (see instructions below).

Step 2: Make the Icing

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
  2. Frost rolls while they are warm.
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Just a Few Tips!

  • It will take a while for the dough to rise. It took about an hour and a half the first time and about 30 minutes the second time. I recommend doing other things while you wait. I was working on homework in the morning while I waited for it to rise.
  • I also recommend making the icing last. I made it once the rolls were in the oven. This way it is nice and fresh and ready to go.
  • I had a bunch of things happen to me in the kitchen (such as a shelf breaking on me) including my rolling pin to go missing. Instead, I used a large Mason jar to roll out the dough.
  • If you don't need to make a full batch, you can easily halve this recipe! That is what I did and they came out great.
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I hope you all enjoy this recipe! It is somewhat labor intensive, but it is not a hard recipe to make—there are just a good amount of steps. Honestly though, these are the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had (even better than the park). Nothing to me says fall more than eating a warm gooey fresh cinnamon roll while drinking coffee on a cool gloomy morning. Happy fall, y'all!

Comments

Sp Greaney from Ireland on July 07, 2020:

These turned out great. Really good instructions too.