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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Everything you love about both gingerbread cookies and cinnamon rolls in one delicious treat.


Gingerbread rolls

  • 1 cup warm milk

  • 2 packers active dry yeast

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, separated

  • 5- 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 ground ginger

  • 1/4 ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 ground cloves

  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup molasses

  • 2 large eggs

  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 6 tablespoons butter

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Frosting

  • 1 package cream cheese (8 ounces), softened

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, warm milk, and the tablespoon of brown sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and spices.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the remaining sugars, molasses, eggs, yeast mixture, butter, and vanilla. Using the dough hook attachment on a stand mixer, begin to combine the mixture, gradually adding the flour mixture until dough forms a ball.

  4. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface, and kneed for at least 5 minutes.

  5. Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover, place in a warm place, and let rise for a least an hour.

  6. While the dough rises, make the roll filling by combining the butter, sugar, and spices, mixing until combined.

  7. After the dough has doubled in size, use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 24x12” rectangle on a floured surface.

  8. Use a spatula to evenly spread the filling over the dough.

  9. Roll up dough, and use a sharp knife to cut the rolls into 12 equal-sized rolls.

  10. Place the rolls in a parchment paper-lined cast iron pan or baking dish. Cover and let rise until they double in size.

  11. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

  12. While the rolls bake, use a mixer to combine the cream cheese, butter, salt, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and cinnamon and mix until combined.

  13. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and spread the desired amount of cream cheese frosting on top of the rolls while warm.


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