I loved going to Cinnabon when I traveled with the CFIA (we don't have one here on The Rock). I was gob-smacked when I read the nutritional content of the large Caramel Peacanbon that I usually ordered. 1080 calories with 51 grams of fat!
I still indulge in Cinnabon when the rare opportunity presents itself, I just make a point of skipping supper on that day! They are really large cinnamon buns after all, a meal all by themselves.
I have tried several cinnamon bun recipes at home in an attempt to find a cinnamon bun that satisfies. At this point in the hunt I have 3 recipes on which I rely.
One recipe is a traditional yeast recipe and is very close to Cinnabon's (but better actually!). The recipe can be found here. It is a good bit of work but really delicious. The prep time is 2 1/2 hours and the cook time is 30 minutes.
The second is a new recipe to me called Quicker Cinnamon Buns; it uses yeast and baking powder as leavening agents and it is really tasty. It takes a fraction of the time of a traditional recipe, requiring a rise time of 30 minutes (in addition to a prep time of 15 minutes and a bake time of 25 minutes).
The third recipe is my variation on a Jean Paré recipe, Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls. Baking powder is the only leavening agent, resulting in a biscuit-like dough. It is a great recipe that takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to bake. No rise time needed! Scandalous! This recipe the one I included below.