These Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls are not your typical, traditional rolls. The gingerbread spices add great flavor to every sweet bite and the maple cream cheese frosting is beyond amazing! You’re sure to say, “Ho Ho Hoooo”! This recipe comes together in a little over an hour and its complex flavor and simple steps, makes it one of the best sweet treats to enjoy this holiday season!
With Christmas fast approaching, I’ve been extremely busy with work, Christmas shopping, curating recipes, blog goals, my little guy, and so much more!
It’s definitely one of the busiest times of the year! I’m sure that you can relate, too! Right?
More recently, I’ve decided that I wanted to make cinnamon rolls again because it’s such a great comfort dessert!
I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a nice, warm cinnamon roll fresh out the oven!? Haha. Anyway, I didn’t want to do the classic cinnamon rolls because it wouldn’t really give off a holiday season feel, so I thought about doing something a bit more creative!
Granted, there are a few Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll recipes already out there, BUT this recipe showcases some really bold flavors that are TOO amazing not to try! Maple Cream Cheese frosting? Need I say more?
The best thing about it—-it’s not as hard as you may think it is to make!
The “rising” time takes the longest, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably end up using that time to get other things done OR maybe watch your favorite show, etc.
Multi-tasking much? Yup.
Once the dough doubles in size, the remaining steps are pretty easy! Just roll it out, sprinkle, roll it up, and cut! Wallah!
Simply beat the cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup together on medium speed in an electric mixer until well incorporated.
Next add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and mix until nice and creamy! Enjoy!
Lover of Cinnamon Rolls? Be sure to check out the latest dairy-free Cinnamon Roll recipe on Orchids + Sweet Tea: Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.
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But here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way to ensure that I make the perfect Cinnamon Rolls:
This one is super, super imperative. You have to always make sure that your milk is warm to the touch and not even a degree hot. Even if you heat your milk and it’s hot, simply let it cool until it feels warm. This ensure that you don’t kill the yeast and your dough rise to a nicely big fluff.
This is the ultimate secret to tender cinnamon rolls. Much like with other cakes and doughs, room temperature butter creates a nice texture. Simple.
Unlike most other recipes, you actually want to mix (or knead) your cinnamon roll dough to its capacity so that you release the gluten and it becomes extremely elastic. This helps when rolling and allows you to create a nicely flat, thin square, which is later filled with your choice of filling and rolled.
Although I’ve mostly made my cinnamon rolls within the same day, ultimately, rising your dough overnight in the refrigerator is the best! This slow rise process allows the yeast to completely feed off of the sugar and creates great flavor and of course—a lot more fluffiness.
One of my latest discoveries was the use of bread flour in my cinnamon rolls. Before, I would use only all-purpose flour. However, after a little experimenting, I’ve learned that bread flour creates a beautiful texture—tender, thick, and even more fluffy, almost ‘brioche’ like.
Yes, you read it right. Although the assembly part is extremely messy, I’ve learned that the rolling is the star process! Before, I use to struggle with rolling the perfect cinnamon roll, however, lately I’ve been able to roll it pretty tight, which not only creates a nice structure, but it allows you to cut the dough more evenly which helps with baking. When rolling, always start the initial first roll really tight to keep the same momentum throughout.
There you have it.
Let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?
Start by combining the yeast and 1 Tbsp brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and then slowly pouring in the warm water, while stirring everything together. Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to sit and the yeast to activate (It’ll become foamy when done right!).
Meanwhile, melt the butter and milk together over the stove top on low to medium heat, stirring frequently until the butter has fully melted. NOTE: You don’t want the mixture to get too hot or boil! Set aside and let it cool until WARM.
Add lukewarm butter-milk mixture to yeast and mix until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time and continue mixing on low speed until well combined. Add in the molasses.
Next, combine the all-purpose flour, wheat flour, brown sugar, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until well combined.
Change “mixer head” to kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on medium-high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers. NOTE: If dough is too sticky, add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time until texture is achieved!
Once dough ball is perfectly kneaded, add it to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit and rise for 1 hour to an hour + 15 minutes.
In the meantime, you can work on the filling!
Melt butter and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon, and brown sugar and set aside as well.
Once the hour has gone by and your dough has risen (about double it’s original size), preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, flour a flat surface and place the dough on it and using a rolling-pin, roll it out to a rectangle (approximately 9″x14), trimming the edges if needed. NOTE: Try not to make the dough too thin or else rolling it up will be hard to do!
Then, generously brush melted butter overtop of dough and spoon the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the butter. NOTE: I also use a ‘pastry brush’ to sweep sugar mixture evenly across the dough to ensure that every bite is sweet!
Tightly roll dough (long-ways) and using a pastry cutter, cut dough into 1.5″ rolls, placing each roll into a large baking dish (lined with parchment paper!).
Then place plastic wrap over the baking dish with rolls and let them rise again (for another 20 minutes).
Once the rolls have doubled in size (once again!) or have gotten significantly larger, brush the tops of the rolls with a little more melted butter and then bake them for approximately 25 minutes in the preheated oven.
While all the baking magic is happening, make the maple cream cheese glaze and set aside.
Remove the rolls from oven and wait 5 minutes or so, and then drizzle frosting atop everything!
Simply combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer & beat together on medium-high speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and warm maple syrup, continuing to mix on medium speed until you reach the desired consistency. **Add more powdered sugar (for more thickness).*
Remove the rolls from oven and wait 15-20 minutes or so (until it completely cools), and then spread the glaze atop the rolls using a rubber spatula.
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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls + Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.