Wake Up And Smell These Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

There are far more things to bake in the kitchen than just Santa’s cookies this holiday season. From Christmas Eve dinner to your large Christmas day meal, there’s plenty of sugar and flour flying around the house during the month of December. While everyone runs straight to the presents under the tree on Christmas morning, as soon as the last present is opened, suddenly, everyone is starving and ready for breakfast. Have these festive gingerbread cinnamon rolls ready for your family and friends as soon as they rise!

Here’s What You Will Need

For the dough:

  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour – divided
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – softened (you will need extra for an additional bowl)

For the gingerbread and sugar filling:

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter – softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the spiced brown butter frosting:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese – softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch ground cloves

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Step by Step Dough Instructions

  1. First, combine sugar, yeast, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, and flour in a bowl. Whisk them together with a stand mixer or by hand.
  2. Next, place a small saucepan on the stove. Combine the milk and butter. Cook on low heat and stir until the butter has melted.
  3. Now, add the milk and butter mixture, molasses, and egg to the flour mixture. Use your stand mixer to beat the ingredients together on low for about 5 minutes.
  4. It’s time to let the dough sit and do it’s thing. Move the dough to a mixing bowl with light butter. Cover with a towel, sit in a warm area, and let it sit for about an hour.

For additional information on how to make both the delicious filling and frosting, click here. Forget the cookies and serve Santa these cinnamon treats too!

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