Christmas Morning Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

gingerbread cinnamon rollsMerry Christmas! Yay, it's the day all the planning and cooking and baking finally comes to a head, but ... what are you going to have for breakfast?

Sure, your dinner, and all the delicious desserts are planned to a tee; but breakfast, what some consider the most important meal of the deal, often goes overlooked on this jolly day. So, let's change that -- while still keeping things festive! Let's whip up some Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls!



Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls from Krista's Kitchen


  • 2 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 recipe Glaze (recipe below)
  • Sugared cranberries*


1. In a bowl combine yeast and 1/4 cup warm water (about 115 degrees). Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in milk, molasses, 1/4 cup brown sugar, the egg, oil, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir in as much flour as you can. Turn dough out onto floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour for moderately soft, smooth, elastic dough (5 minutes). Shape in ball. Place in greased bowl; turn once. Cover; let rise until double (1 hour). Punch down. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

2. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan. For filling, in bowl combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Roll dough to 12x8-inch rectangle. Spread butter on dough. Sprinkle filling to within 1 inch along one long side. Roll up, beginning at long side of filling. Pinch to seal. Cut 12 slices. Place in pan. Cover; let rise until nearly double (45 minutes).

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and set. Let stand 5 minutes; invert onto platter. Drizzle with glaze. To serve, top with sugared cranberries. Makes 12 rolls.

Glaze (super easy!): Combine 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Whisk in enough milk (4 to 5 tsp.) for drizzling consistency.

*Note: For sugared cranberries, roll frozen cranberries in sugar.


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