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These fluffy Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls are the perfect recipe for the holiday season! They are a fluffy yeast sweet roll full of cinnamon filling that tastes like a gingerbread cookie, complete with a maple cream cheese icing – they’re SO GOOD.

cinnamon rolls in a white pan with icing on top.


Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are super easy and they are great to make ahead of time for any busy holiday mornings! Whenever I am making these for Christmas or around then, I will make them the day before and then cover them in the fridge for the next morning – no one wants to get up on a holiday and have to start from scratch.

These have a delicious maple frosting that pairs so nicely with the cinnamon roll and gingerbread filling! They taste amazing and will transport you into the holiday season! I am obsessed with gingerbread flavors and I hope you love these as much as we do.

ingredients in gingerbread cinnamon rolls laid out on a marble countertop.

Ingredients Needed

  • Active Dry Yeast: It’s important to use the proper yeast – the recipe was written for active dry.
  • Warm Milk: This needs to be at the correct temperature to activate the yeast.
  • Egg: The fat from the egg adds a nice richness an softness to the dough.
  • Flour: All purpose flour is the best for this recipe.
  • Molasses: I added this to the filling to give it that gingerbread taste, along with gingerbread spices (cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and ground ginger).
  • Pure Maple Syrup: Using real maple syrup is important for the frosting, along with Maple Extract to give it that yummy maple flavor.

How to make Gingerbread Spice Cinnamon Rolls

  • Heat milk until it’s between 100-110°F. Add yeast 1 teaspoon sugar and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes until the yeast is activated and foamy.
  • Place remaining sugar, butter, salt, and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until the butter is distributed throughout the liquids, although it may be chunky. Pour in the yeast mixture and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add flour and stir with the paddle attachment just until the mixture starts to stick to the paddle. Then replace the paddle with the dough hook. Continue mixing on low speed until the dough forms a ball in the center of the bowl.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough ball in it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let sit for 2-4 hours until the dough doubles in size.
  • Stir together butter, brown sugar, flour, and spices until it forms a paste.
  • Roll out risen dough on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread the filling as evenly as possible over the rectangle, making sure to reach to the sides so the outer rolls have enough filling.
  • Roll the dough up tightly from the long end. Slice it into 12 equal rounds with a sharp knife. Place rolls in a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • At this point, you can let them rise for about 30 minutes-1 hour until they are swelling up in the pan and bake as directed. Or you can do what I do: cover with plastic wrap and stick in the refrigerator overnight until ready to bake.
  • Make the frosting: Mix cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup with a hand mixer until well blended. Mix in powdered sugar and cinnamon until smooth, stir in vanilla and maple extract. Frost rolls and serve warm.
cinnamon roll on a grey plate with icing in top.

Expert Tips

  • An instant read thermometer is really helpful when making cinnamon rolls – this way you know the milk is at the right temperature to activate the yeast.
  • If it is cold in your house, I may take longer to rise so keep that in mind. You can also preheat your oven to the lowest temperature, then turn the oven off and place the bowl of dough in the oven with a pan of water underneath. The steam and warmth will help rise the dough faster.

FAQs

Can I freeze these?

Yes you can! Freeze them in an airtight container for 3 months!

cinnamon roll on a grey plate with icing in top.

Gingerbread Spice Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

5 from 5 votes
A fluffy homemade cinnamon roll filled with gingerbread spices.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Yield 12 rolls
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

For the Dough:

  • 1 package (7g) active dry yeast (2 ¼ teaspoons)
  • ¾ cup (177ml) warm non-fat milk
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter , softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for dusting)

For the Filling:

  • 6 tablespoons (84g) unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ¾ cup (150g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons (15g) all-purpose flour

For the Frosting:

  • 4 ounces (113g) cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups (226g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon maple extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon , optional
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Instructions

  • Make the Dough: Place milk in a microwave safe measuring cup. Heat for 30-45 seconds in the microwave, until it’s between 100-110°F. Add yeast 1 teaspoon sugar (from the ⅓ cup) and stir. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Place remaining sugar, butter, salt, and egg in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until the butter is distributed throughout the liquids, although it may be chunky. Pour in the milk/yeast mixture and stir for a few seconds.
  • Add flour and stir with the paddle attachment just until the mixture starts to stick to the paddle. Then replace the paddle with the dough hook. Continue mixing on low speed until the dough forms a ball in the center of the bowl.
  • Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place the dough ball in it. Spray the top of the dough ball with cooking spray (lightly) and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let sit for 2-4 hours until it doubles in size.
  • Note on rising: if your house is warm, it should rise no problem. If it’s cold in your house, it may take longer for the dough to rise, so plan accordingly!
  • Prepare your Rolls: Stir together butter, brown sugar, flour, and spices until it forms a paste.
  • Once the dough is risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, about 10×15-inches. Spread the filling as evenly as possible over the rectangle, making sure to reach to the sides so the outer rolls have enough filling.
  • Roll the dough up tightly from the long end. Slice it into 12 equal rounds. Place the rolls into a 9×13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • At this point, you can let them rise for about 30 minutes-1 hour until they are swelling up in the pan and bake as directed. Or you can do what I do: cover with plastic wrap and stick in the refrigerator overnight until ready to bake.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. If the rolls have been in the refrigerator, remove them and let them warm up while the oven is preheating. Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
  • Make the frosting: Mix cream cheese, butter, and maple syrup with a hand mixer until well blended. Mix in powdered sugar and cinnamon until smooth, stir in vanilla and maple extract. Frost rolls and serve warm.

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Recipe Notes

  • You can make and assemble the cinnamon rolls up to 24 hours in advance; chill tightly wrapped and let come to room temperature to finish rising before baking.
  • Store leftovers loosely covered for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze cinnamon roll dough or baked cinnamon rolls for up to 3 months.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 332IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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65 Comments

  1. You have done it again, Dorothy. Absolutely, wonderfully delicious. And I love your styling of them!

  2. I’m in the spirit just looking at these babies. Now I want to make cinnamon rolls on Thanksgiving morning. Pinned.

  3. Great idea to combine gingerbread and maple! There isn’t much better than a warm, gooey cinnamon roll!

  4. OMG I am wild about this combo of gingerbread and maple!!!! I love maple anything, it is the perfect natural sweetener! We were the same way growing up, no Thanksgiving morning tradition. We were more of a Christmas morning tradition kind of people. But I am sooooo about cinnamon rolls any day or time!

  5. For the past 10 years or so I spend thanksgiving morning at work decorating for Christmas then rush home at around noon and cook dinner with my momma! I always make monkey bread for my coworkers- they threaten to not show up if I don’t make it LOL. I am addicted to maple- last week I made oatmeal lacey cookies with a maple buttercream in the middle, unfortunately I took them to a baby shower and when I went to get one they were all gone 🙁 Needless to say I have been dreaming about maple frosting lately and this might just be the ticket!!!

    1. I am SO addicted to maple frosting! And your co-workers sound like my daughter about their monkey bread, lol.

  6. My favorite thing about Thanksgiving morning is The Rockettes. Before my daughter was born, I had a fairly realistic chance of being one of them. I absolutely love watching them! Classic!

  7. Now this is a Thanksgiving morning tradition I could get behind! These look so good! Thank you for sharing them with us!