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Gaston's Giant Cinnamon Rolls

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Chef notes

Disney Parks have sold cinnamon rolls for a long time — regular, boring-sized cinnamon rolls. But in 2012, they upped their cinnamon roll game when they introduced the Warm Cinnamon Roll to their line-up. It is about 8-inches square in size and is smothered in frosting and butterscotch topping. It is perfectly made for the person who eats five dozen eggs each day — or your whole family!

Technique tip: The dough leftover on either end of the giant rolls need not be wasted! Make cuts about 1- to 2-inches along the extra roll. Lay swirl-side down in a glass 9x13-inch baking dish greased with cooking spray and bake about 20 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through.


  • 3/4 cup salted butter, melted, divided
  • cups whole milk
  • cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) packets active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water, at room-temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Butterscotch Topping
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the dough:


Grease a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.


In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup melted butter and milk.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, add 2½ cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add water, egg and butter mixture. Using the flat beater attachment, mix until well-combined. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, while mixing until the dough starts to form a ball.


Switch to the dough hook attachment and knead on low speed, 5 minutes.


Remove dough from bowl, sprinkle some flour in bowl and place dough back in the same bowl. Let rise 10 minutes in a warm place.

For the filling:

In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon and butter together. Set aside.

To assemble:


Roll out dough into a long rectangle, about 3- by 2-feet. Spread filling evenly across the whole surface of the dough. Starting at short end, roll dough like a jelly roll. Make a cut in the center of the roll, and then cut about 6 inches from the center on either side to make 2 giant rolls.


Place both rolls swirl-edge down in prepared pan.


Preheat oven to 375 F.


Drizzle remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over rolls. Allow rolls to rise at room temperature, 30 minutes.


Bake rolls 20 minutes, then cover loosely with foil and bake another 10 minutes.

For the cream cheese frosting:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add cream cheese and butter. Combine and heat until melted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar. Add vanilla, cream and salt. Stir, then set aside.

For the butterscotch topping:

In a separate medium saucepan over medium heat, add brown sugar, butter and cream. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add salt and vanilla. Set aside.

To serve:

Place each giant roll on a large plate. Drizzle cream cheese frosting in one direction along each roll's swirl, then drizzle with butterscotch in the other direction.

Excerpted from The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook by Ashley Craft. Copyright © 2020 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Photography by Harper Point Photography. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.