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Christmas Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

These gingerbread cinnamon rolls are soft, fluffy and taste just like Christmas. With hints of gingerbread flavors and festive sprinkles on top of the cream cheese frosting, you can't help but feel nostalgic eating one, or two!
Tara Moore
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Rising Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, cream cheese, flour, gingerbread, molasses, powdered sugar, vanilla extract
Author: Tara Moore

Ingredients

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1 1/4 c milk heated until warm not hot
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 3 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 packet prince of peace ginger honey crystals (see note)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 c brown sugar

Filling

  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 stick cream cheese softened (4 oz)
  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp cold butter
  • splash of vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional: holiday sprinkles

Instructions

  • Heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute, or until warm
  • Add the yeast, stir and sprinkle with a pinch of sugar
  • Let this sit for 5-10 minutes, until foamy
  • In a stand mixer add the flour, cinnamon, ginger honey crystals, nutmeg, salt, molasses, brown sugar and melted butter
To this add the yeast mixture and the melted butter
  • Add in the milk/yeast mixture, use a spatula to start incorporating it, then turn your mixer on (using the bread hook attachment)
  • Knead for 3 minutes on med/low speed until the dough is smooth

  • Dump the dough out on to a floured surface, shape into a ball and place in a bowl, covered, for 30 minutes or until doubled in size
  • 
On a floured surface press out the dough into an 18” x 1”5 rectangle, you can use a rolling pin as well

  • Pour on the melted butter, spreading to all the edges
  • In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Use your hands to spread this over the melted butter, evenly
  • Roll up the cinnamon roll dough like a jelly roll and end with the seam side down toward the counter to hold it in place
  • Grab a piece of sewing thread, or a knife, and cut 12 equal pieces
  • Place the rolls in a greased 9×13 baking dish (alternatively you can line with parchment paper)
  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Place the baking dish near the oven, covered, let them rise a bit while the oven preheats
  • When the oven has come to temperature, bake the rolls for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile you can make the frosting
  • Beat together the "frosting" ingredients, cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt
  • Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven
  • Immediately spread a little of the frosting over the rolls, since they will be very hot the frosting will melt and coat the inner swirls of the cinnamon rolls
  • Wait 20 minutes until they have cooled, spread over the rest of the frosting
  • Sprinkle on the holiday sprinkles
  • Serve!

Notes

  1. 1/2 tsp ginger powder may be substituted for the ginger honey crystals