Skip the drive-thru the next time you have a craving and make these Copycat Cinnabon Balls at home!
Have I mentioned lately that I moved to a teensy little town in the middle of nowhere?
Gah. I know. It’s all I talk about! Forgive me.
The thing is, our fast-food options are limited. This isn’t always a bad thing, but it means it’s difficult to get my hands on those delicious Cinnabon balls that are basically cinnamon roll balls filled with oozy, melty frosting.
I cannot resist oozy, melty frosting.
So, I snagged some Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Twists and I set out to create my own ding-dang Cinnabon Balls. I was not disappointed! You won’t be either.
First, pop open that roll of Flaky Cinnamon Twists and unroll them. Cut each roll into three equal pieces.
Grab your resident nine year old and tell her that it’s high time she earned her keep around this place. Nine year olds are excellent at rolling dough into balls, but if you don’t have one of your own, go ahead and do this yourself.
Melt some butter, because all good things start with melted butter. Whip up a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Dunk each ball of dough in the butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar. Pop ‘em on a baking sheet and bake until everything smells cinnamon-y and you want to eat your own face off. Cool the balls just enough to make them touchable without blistering your fingers. Blistered fingers are ouchy.
Now for the fun part! Fill a piping bag or plastic baggie, fitted with a small tip (I used a number 17 tip), with some frosting. You can use the frosting that came in the tube of Flaky Cinnamon Twists or any flavor of canned frosting that you like! The world is your oyster. Jab the tip right in the cinnamon ball and squirt in some frosting. You should be able to feel the ball getting puffier and fuller as your squirt. Don’t overdo it or the frosting will ooze out when you remove the tip.
Oh my. Can you even deal? Is this real life? What is going on here? I think I’m dreaming.
Enjoy them just the way they are or drizzle some caramel right over the top.