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Cinnabon Delights (Taco Bell Copycat)

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My Cinnabon delights are crispy little cinnamon sugar donut holes filled with rich cream cheese frosting. These taste even better than what you get at Taco Bell!

three cinnabon delight donut holes in a white and blue bowl.

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I love getting a Mexican pizza, and these Cinnabon delights at my local Taco Bell.

Since mine is almost 30 minutes away, I like to make copycat recipes at home.

The internet made me do it! After seeing these all over YouTube and Instagram, I knew I needed to give them a try.

And apparently, hitting the drive-through for a 12-pack of these bad boys twice three times a day is frowned upon in this society.

The first time I tried this recipe, I jumped up and down. They taste just like the ones you get at Taco Bell.

We love making them for lazy weekend breakfasts, holiday brunch, and late-night munchies too.

You will be reaching back into the serving dish to get just one more.


What Makes My Recipe Unique

  • From Scratch Recipe: There just isn't a mix or dough on the market that tastes enough like the original.
  • Super Crispy: These fry up crunchy, just like your fast food favorite.
  • Perfect Frosting: Cream cheese frosting is too thick, so we'll make more of a glaze that has the perfect texture.

🍩Ingredient Notes & Shopping Tips🍩

  • Flour: Measure your flour by spooning flour into a measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife. If you scoop your cup into the flour, you'll get too much.
  • Baking Powder: Replace every 6-12 months for optimal rising.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnabon uses Makara cinnamon, which is more fragrant and aromatic than other varieties. It is not required for this recipe. You can find it in specialty stores or even on Amazon.
  • Milk: Use full-fat milk for moist and fluffy donuts.
  • Cream Cheese: Quickly soften cream cheese by placing it in a measuring cup of hot water for 2-3 minutes.
  • Oil: Use a neutral oil with a high smoke point like vegetable or canola. Avoid reusing oil from savory foods like chicken or fish, as the flavors can transfer
a cinnabon delight donut covered in cinnamon sugar on a wooden cutting board.

🧺Leftovers🧺

These are best enjoyed warm right out of the fryer.

Storage: Any leftovers should be stored in the fridge after 2 hours due to the cream cheese.

Reheat: Reheat in the microwave for 5-10 seconds.

Freezing is not recommended.

 cinnabon delights recipe

📑Krystle's Tips and Tricks📑

  1. Make Sure All Your Donuts are the Same Size: Not only will they look good, but they will also cook evenly. I like to use a small ice cream scoop.
  2. Frying: I like to deep fry in a cast iron skillet. However, you can also use any deep pan or even a countertop deep fryer.
  3. Don't Overcrowd the Pan: Fry only four or five at a time. This will keep your oil temperature high and ensure your end product is crunchy, not greasy.
  4. Filling: The filling should be a little thicker than a glaze but not as thick as frosting. You'll know it's ready when it coats the back of your spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Bake Them?

No baking is not recommended.

Can I Use the Air Fryer?

Dough-based desserts like doughnuts don't work well in the air fryer. Air frying this recipe is not suggested as they'll fail to rise or crisp up.

cinnamon sugar donuts stacked inside a white and blue bowl.

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taco bell cinnabon delights recipe

Cinnabon Delights

Cinnabon delights are coated in a generous amount of cinnamon sugar, and filled with cream cheese frosting. Enjoy this Taco Bell favorite at home in minutes!
5 from 34 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 36 Donuts
Calories: 73kcal

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Ingredients

For the Donuts

  • 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter Melted
  • Oil For Deep Frying
  • Cinnamon Sugar

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ Cup Whole Milk
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Instructions

For the Donuts

  • In a large bowl, whisk flour sugar, and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk, and melted butter. Do not over mix.
  • Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a cast iron pan. Drop batter using a generous teaspoon into the hot oil. Fry 5 or 6 at a time, do not overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.
  • Drain on paper towels, and roll in cinnamon sugar.

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • In a large bowl, whip cream cheese, and vanilla until smooth. Add in powdered sugar a little at a time until just combined.
  • Add milk as needed until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Pour into a squirt bottle or piping bag. Fill donuts with glaze, being sure to move the tip around so you get a generous amount of frosting.

Notes

  • Flour: Measure your flour by spooning flour into a measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife. 
  • Baking Powder: Replace every 6-12 months for optimal rising.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnabon uses Makara cinnamon.
  • Milk: Use full-fat milk.
  1. Make Sure All Your Donuts are the Same Size: I like to use a small ice cream scoop.
  2. Frying: I like to deep fry in a cast iron skillet. 
  3. Don't Overcrowd the Pan: Fry only four or five at a time. 
  4. Filling: The filling should be a little thicker than a glaze but not as thick as frosting. You'll know it's ready when it coats the back of your spoon.

Nutrition

Calories: 73kcal
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19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love these quick and easy Cinnabon donut holes! I can see why you frequented Taco Bell for these. Like you, I prefer the home version. I used coconut milk because it’s what I usually have at hand, and rolled the dough into small balls while dusting my hands lightly with flour. The cream cheese filling is perfect for this treat. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Christina!
      Great question. I've only tried the recipe as written, but I fear the batter would not hold up as well in the air fryer. Please let us know if you do end up trying it.

  2. I’m not getting something. How can a squirt bottle fill a little donut hole? I can see maybe a basting injector but i must be mossing something. Maybe a piping bag if it had the right attachment. Do you put filling in before you fry them or after?

  3. I haven't tried it yet but what about making the filling in advanced freezing it and cutting it into squares and forming the dough around the frozen filling and then frying them?

    1. Hi Leslie,

      I've only tried the recipe as written, sorry. Please let me know if you try it this way, and how it goes.

  4. OMW These look absolutely a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Need I say anymore? I don't think so. 🙂 I'm totally going to make these the first chance I get. Thanks for sharing!!! xo

    1. 5 stars
      Wow!!! This recipe was incredible!!!! I rolled the donuts in melted butter then put cinnamon/sugar on them and they turned out amazing 🤤 10/10!!!!