The Best Copycat Panera Bread Cinnamon Roll


This delicious copycat recipe for Panera Bread Cinnamon Roll is a MUST try recipe! This recipe combines a delicious, sweet dough, with the iconic butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar mixture to swirl your dough, topped with a uniquely delicious frosting drizzle. The combination makes for a killer breakfast, dessert or treat that can rival the real thing any day. 

Copycat Panera Cinnamon Roll

Panera Bread Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon rolls from Panera bread are a delicious treat for breakfast or any time of the day. One of the things we enjoy so much about this recipe is that you can enjoy tasty cinnamon rolls that can compete with Panera Bread, at any time, and without it costing a lot of money. Our cinnamon roll recipe uses a sweet yeast dough that is easy to prepare. Anyone can make these delicious treats following a few simple step-by-step instructions. 

About This

These freshly made rolls are made with a delightful, sweet dough, using a yeast bread base. They are rolled with a cinnamon and sugar filling and topped with our delicious frosting drizzle. One of the great things about these cinnamon rolls is that they look beautiful and taste amazing, yet they are not complicated to make. If you follow these directions below that walk, you through the steps to prepare the rolls, you will be very pleased with these delicious Panera Bread copycat Cinnamon rolls. 

Often people are scared to make their own yeast bread. Do not fear! We have a simple guide that will walk you through the process, and you will be glad you tried it! The process for these is simple, you will create the dough, then let it rise. You will then roll the dough out and roll your rolls, place in baking dish, then let them rise. All that is left is to bake them, create your frosting and drizzle it on top. Then you will simply enjoy your creation while they are still warm and melt right in your mouth. These rolls are so good, you will be making them again. 

Recipes for Panera Bread Bakery Treats at Home

Below is our copycat recipe for Panera Bread Cinnamon Rolls. They are made using a simple sweet bread recipe and are very delicious to enjoy. Please follow the step-by-step directions below, to enjoy your very own delicious treats. 

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2 ¼ tsp yeast 
½ cup warm water
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
3 ½ cup all-purpose flour


¼ cup butter melted
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon


3 cups powdered sugar, more if runny
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp milk


Step1: In a mixing bowl, combine yeast, warm water, and sugar. Mix just until yeast is dissolved. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the yeast mixture should be a bit frothy. 

Step 2: Add salt, milk, butter, eggs, and flour. Mix until dough begins to form one large ball. If your dough is still mushy, add more flour until dough forms one ball. 

Step 3: Coat a bowl in olive oil and place your dough that has been formed into a ball in the bowl. Turn once so that your greased side of the dough faces up. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until it is double in size. You can tell if the dough has doubled by taking two fingers and pressing them into the dough. If it leaves an indent, the dough is doubled in size. This should take about 1 ½ to 2 hours if stored in a place that is draft-free and about 80 to 85°F.

Step 4: Punch down your dough after it has risen the first time. Lightly flour a clean surface and roll dough out on it. Roll dough into a rectangle shape for larger cinnamon rolls. Brush your melted or soft butter on the dough, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough into a loaf shape. 

Step 5: Using a knife or long piece of floss, cut your cinnamon rolls so that they are about 1 ½ inch to 2 inches wide. Place cinnamon rolls in a greased pan, cover, and allow to rise until double in size. This should take between 40 to 60 minutes. 

Step 6: Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool while you create the frosting. 

Step 7: In a mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and milk. Mix until well combined. If your frosting is too runny, add more powdered sugar, if it is too thick, add a little bit more milk. Drizzle on top of cinnamon rolls while they are still warm. Serve right away and enjoy! 

Notes: Cinnamon rolls are going to be best if enjoyed while fresh. You can save them for a day or two, but they typically will get hard if kept much longer. You may microwave them for 30 seconds or less if you would like to enjoy leftovers. This will help to make them soft and fresh again. 

Raw dough

Tips and Tricks

Rise. The trick to making delicious Panera Bread Cinnamon Rolls is to be sure you allow enough time for the dough to rise and then to allow the cinnamon rolls to fully rise. If you cut this process short, it will be noticeable and result in smaller, harder cinnamon rolls. 

Done. To tell if your rolls are completely baked, you can avoid gooey centers by inserting a knife or toothpick near the center of your pan. If your toothpick comes out without any dough residue on it, then you are good to go. If there is still dough on it, then allow your rolls to continue baking. 

Cover. If your rolls are looking rather done on the outside but a toothpick still comes out with dough on it, try covering the top of your pan with foil and continue baking. This will prevent the outside of your cinnamon rolls from burning, but still having a gooey center. 

Fresh. Cinnamon rolls are always best fresh. If you would like to prepare your cinnamon rolls the night before and bake them in the morning so that they are fresh, you can definitely do this. Simply place your pan of rolls in the fridge after you have fully prepared them. They will continue to rise at a slower rate in the fridge overnight. Remove them from the fridge 30-50 minutes before you wish to bake them and then bake as instructed. 

Storage. Cinnamon rolls are at their best when enjoyed fresh from the oven. If you have any leftover you wish to save, you can place them in an airtight container and store in your fridge or at room temperature. Allow them to be kept no more than 3-4 days. Cinnamon rolls may be frozen; however, they tend to be stale after freezing. For best results, enjoy the day that they are made. 

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Nutrition & Allergens

While cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat, they do contain eggs, milk, and wheat. Anyone with allergies to these should be aware of this before eating. Please adapt the recipe accordingly if you have these allergies. 

Contains Egg, Milk, Wheat

Nutrition Facts

Below are the nutritional facts for the vanilla cinnamon roll from Panera Bread. These facts include the calories, fat, sodium, carbs, protein, and sugars that these cinnamon rolls include. Below is also a summary of how long it takes to burn off the calories from these cinnamon rolls. 

Panera Vanilla Cinnamon Roll Nutrition Facts

CaloriesCalories from FatFatSaturated FatTrans FattCholesterolSodiumCarbsFiberSugarsProtein
620 Cal160 Cal18 g8 g0 g65 mg490 mg109 g3 g72 g8 g

Calorie Burn Time

How long would it take to burn off 670 Calories of Panera Bread Cinnamon Roll?

56 minutes77 minutes103 minutes186 minutes

Nutritional Facts for Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Compared to the nutritional facts for Panera Bread cinnamon rolls from the store, homemade copycat Panera Bread cinnamon rolls have an estimated lower calorie content, fat content, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar content. See the below for details. 

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Nutrition Summary:

While cinnamon rolls should not be eaten daily in general. There is however a noticeable difference that the copycat recipe for Panera Bread cinnamon rolls are much better for you than ones directly from the Panera’s bakery.

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Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon rolls are a delicious, sweet treat. They can be enjoyed for a sweet breakfast, or as a snack, or even dessert. This copycat recipe comes very close to matching if not competing with the original cinnamon rolls from Panera. Don’t be afraid of giving these easy sweet rolls a try. If you stick to these step-by-step instructions, we will hold your hand through the process, and help you make some delicious rolls. If you have questions or concerns about your sweet dough, feel free to leave us a comment or send us an email. We would be happy to help you if we can. These cinnamon rolls are too good, to not give them a try! 

Panera Bread’s Cinnamon Rolls

Bread is a comfort food, that is enjoyed all year round. Turn that bread into delicious, sweet bread with cinnamon, brown sugar, and frosting and it is very difficult to go wrong with this amazing Panera Bread Cinnamon Roll recipe. These cinnamon rolls are so delicious that they will melt in your mouth while fresh. The frosting is also a unique recipe, which perfectly compliments these tasty rolls. Be sure to give them a try today and let us know what you think! 

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