Copycat KFC Cinnabon Biscuits Because Nothing Should Be for a Limited Time

07.17.19 - BY Nona Raybern

KFC and Cinnabon collaborated to make the KFC Cinnabon Biscuits and everything was right in the world. Until we found out they were only available until June 30th, 2019.

Imagine the happiness of finding a decadent dessert of soft, fluffy biscuit drenched in brown sugar glaze and drizzled with cream cheese frosting. Now imagine that taken away from you. We just couldn’t stand for it.

So like any good dessert lover, we made a copycat so we could eat it any time we want.

The ingredients and recipe are pretty straight forward. You take a recipe for biscuits, a recipe for a transparent-ish cinnamon glaze, and a cream cheese frosting recipe, then collaborate them up into this cinnamon goodness.

Of course, you need one of the best biscuit cutters on the market to make sure your biscuits turn out up to par. We used the Endurance® Round Biscuit Cutters. They work for biscuits or cookies, whatever you choose.

 

Our biscuit recipe uses vegetable shortening as the fat, which is what the KFC biscuit recipe uses. We wanted to make sure these turned out super soft and fluffy, so we used quite a bit of baking powder. We also made them just a little bit sweet by adding some sugar to balance the salt. The biscuit is the base for this entire recipe, so you want it to be extra good. Conveniently, it also turned out the easiest part of this recipe to make.

 

 

As with any copycat recipe, you want to recreate it as close to the original as possible. The brown sugar cinnamon glaze for these KFC Cinnabon Biscuits turned out the most difficult to replicate. However, turning it into a caramel-like sauce proved the best method. It also coated the biscuits quite well.

Let’s talk about the frosting. Not because there’s anything special about it. Because of how good it tastes.

The secret ingredient to replicate Cinnabon frosting is just a tiny squeeze of lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice works best. Trust us when we say it pumps up the tanginess in the cream cheese to balance all the flavors together.

 

Now get to baking and get to eating these copycat KFC Cinnabon Biscuits. This isn’t limited time only. This recipe is forever.

 

Copycat KFC Cinnabon Biscuits

Fluffy biscuits covered in a brown sugar glaze topped with cream cheese frosting drizzle.

Course

Dessert
Cuisine

American

Servings 8 biscuits

Ingredients

For the Biscuits

  • 1 1/2
    Cups
    Flour
  • 1
    Tsp
    Salt
  • 1
    Tbsp
    Sugar
  • 1
    Tbsp
    Baking powder
  • 2/3
    Cup
    Milk
  • 1/3
    Cup
    Vegetable Shortening

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze

  • 1/4
    Cup
    Sugar
  • 1/4
    Cup
    Brown sugar
  • 1/2
    Cup
    Water
  • 1/2
    Stick
    Unsalted butter
  • 2
    Tsp
    Cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2
    Stick
    Unsalted butter
  • 2
    Oz
    Softened cream cheese
  • 1/2
    Cup
    Powdered sugar
    sifted
  • 1/2
    Tsp
    Vanilla extract
  • 1/2
    Tsp
    Lemon juice
  • 1
    Tbsp
    Milk

Instructions

For the Biscuits

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Sift dry ingredients into large bowl.

  3. Make a well and add milk and shortening. Mix together and cut in shortening with hands.

  4. Turn over onto well-floured surface and knead about 8 times.

  5. Bake for 10-13 minutes until tops are lightly browned.

For the Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze

  1. Cook sugar, brown sugar, and water over medium heat in sauce pan. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.

  2. Allow to reach slightly boiling and light brown in color, then turn down to low heat.

  3. Add butter and cinnamon. Whisk until butter is completely incorporated. The glaze should be a runny caramel cinnamon sauce.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Cream butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy.

  2. Add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time, beating on high between additions.

  3. Add vanilla, lemon juice, and milk and beat until creamy and smooth.

To Assemble Biscuits

  1. Place biscuits on a cooling rack with parchment paper or baking sheet underneath.

  2. Drizzle and coat the biscuits with the cinnamon glaze.

  3. Allow to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Drizzle with frosting.

  4. Eat immediately.