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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

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Soft and fluffy Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with a hint of ginger and spices, are topped with cream cheese frosting. They are sure to warm you on a cold winter morning!

gingerbread cinnamon roll on a white plate sitting on a red napkin with a pan of rolls in the background.

Don’t be scared off by the ginger, it is actually pretty subtle in these rolls. If you would prefer more of a ginger bite to your rolls, you might want to use fresh ginger…or increase the amount of ground ginger that you use.

How to make gingerbread cinnamon rolls:

With a bread machine:

Place molasses, hot water, warm milk, softened butter, egg, and brown sugar in the pan of your bread machine.

Add the salt, ginger, and flour. Make a well in the center of the flour, and add the yeast.

Place the pan in your bread machine, and set to the “dough” cycle.

When machine beeps, check to see if dough has risen. Depending on temperatures, it may take longer than the actual cycle. Leave dough in machine until risen.

With a stand mixer:

Images are from a different recipe, but you get the idea!

Start by heating your water and milk to 110 to 115 degrees. Add the yeast, stir it together and let it sit for 10 minutes to proof.

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Add the butter, molasses, egg, sugar, flour, and salt.

Mix for 4 to 5 minutes to combine until well incorporated.

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Place dough into an oiled bowl, flip the dough over and cover.

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Allow dough to rise in a warm location for about 1.5 hours, or until doubled.

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To assemble:

Place dough on a flour covered work surface and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Roll dough into a 15″ x 18″ rectangle.

Spread butter over dough.

Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the butter.

Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Starting rolling dough from the left side (long side) to the right side.

roll up the gingerbread cinnamon roll dough.

Mark dough and slice into (12) half-inch slices.

mark the roll every half inch.

Place rolls into a 9 x 13 baking pan that has been sprayed with baking spray.

Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls doubled in size in an oval baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place in oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through in the center. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Beat cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl until smooth.

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Add the vanilla and powdered sugar, and beat until creamy.

Frost rolls and serve.

Cream cheese frosted cinnamon rolls in an oval baking dish.

Talk about the perfect breakfast treat on Christmas morning!

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • I cover my dough with plastic wrap, then top with a dish towel when rising that way the towel does not stick to the top of the dough if it rises too high.
  • All ovens bake differently, times are suggestions based on my cooking time.

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Recipe inspiration:

It is time for breakfast with our Capricorn friends. Given the fact that the sun sign Capricorn runs from December 22nd until January 19th, I chose to go with a Christmas inspired breakfast treat.

Did you know that molasses contains high amounts of calcium? I had no idea!! Since I cannot have dairy, my calcium levels are always low. Just one spoonful a day can help you maintain healthy bones, and is a good source of Potassium, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, and Iron as well.

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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with a hint of ginger and spices, and topped with cream cheese frosting are sure to warm you on a cold winter morning!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet rolls recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 555kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

  • .33 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • .75 cups warm milk
  • 0.5 cup unsalted butter very soft or melted
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 0.5 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • .25 teaspoon ground cloves
  • .25 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened – I used dairy-free
  • 0.5 cup unsalted butter softened – 1 stick
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Place molasses, hot water, warm milk, softened butter, egg, and brown sugar in the pan of your bread machine.
  • Add the salt, ginger, and flour. Make a well in the center of the flour, and add the yeast.
  • Place the pan in your bread machine, and set to the “dough” cycle.
  • When machine beeps, check to see if dough has risen. Depending on temperatures, it may take longer than the actual cycle. Leave dough in machine until risen.
  • Place dough on a flour covered work surface and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll dough into a 15″ x 18″ rectangle.
  • Spread butter over dough.
  • Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the butter.
  • Starting rolling dough from the left side (long side) to the right side.
  • Mark dough and slice into (12) 1/2″ slices.
  • Place rolls into a 9 x 13 baking pan that has been sprayed with baking spray.
  • Cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place in oven and bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through in the center. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Add the vanilla and powdered sugar, and beat until creamy.
  • Frost rolls and serve.

Notes

You want your rolls to have space to grow and cook evenly, so use a 9 x 13 baking pan for these cinnamon rolls.

Nutrition

Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 278mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 835IU | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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10 Comments

  1. I love these creative cinnamon rolls! Thank you so much for sharing these at the SSS party this morning, Lisa! I’m definitely going to have to make these very soon… because I LOVE the aroma of ginger. Have a great weekend!

  2. I haven’t tried ginger with cinnamon rolls, but these look delicious! Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  3. I had no idea that molasses had calcium! I don’t drink milk – and to tell you the truth, other than cheese, avoid most dairy just because I don’t like it. Good to know about molasses! These cinnamon rolls however, look and sound fantastic! Pinned – Thanks for linking up to Freedom Fridays!

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