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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls


265 min

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

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265 min


12 persons




4.00 rating-star (3)


Author: Victoria Bailey
These cinnamon rolls have a subtle eggnog flavor and a hint of nutmeg—the perfect breakfast treat for the holiday season. They taste like classic cinnamon rolls with some added warm spice depth. The frosting is a creamy, slightly tangy contrast to the sugary rolls.


  • granulated sugar: 0.33333 cup
  • (.25 ounce) package quick-rising yeast (such as Fleischmann's RapidRiseВ®): 1 pack
  • kosher salt: 2 tsp
  • all-purpose flour, divided, or more as needed: 4.5 cups
  • eggnog: 0.5 cup
  • sour cream: 0.5 cup
  • unsalted butter, softened: 6 Tbsp
  • egg, lightly beaten: 1 piece
  • cooking spray: 0 piece
  • unsalted butter, at room temperature: 0.5 cup
  • firmly packed light brown sugar: 1 cup
  • ground cinnamon: 4 tsp
  • freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste: 2 tsp
  • cream cheese, at room temperature: 4 ounces
  • unsalted butter: 4 Tbsp
  • powdered sugar: 1.5 cups
  • eggnog: 4 Tbsp
  • vanilla extract: 0.5 tsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Combine sugar, yeast, salt, and 4 cups of the flour in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until just combined, about 15 seconds. With mixer running on low speed, add eggnog, sour cream, butter, and egg. Continue beating until dough forms, 1 to 2 minutes. Switch to a dough hook attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until dough is smooth and elastic, 6 to 9 minutes; gradually add remaining 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon at a time, if necessary.
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  2. Place dough in a large bowl greased with cooking spray and turn to coat. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm draft-free place until dough has doubled in size, 2 to 3 hours.
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  3. Spray a 13- x 9-inch pan with cooking spray. Lightly punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 18- x 10-inch rectangle.
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  4. For the filling spread 1/2 cup of butter over the dough. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle evenly over butter. Starting with one long side, roll dough into a log; pinch seam to seal. Slice into 12 rolls. Place rolls in the prepared pan. Cover, and let rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled in size, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
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  6. Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes.
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  7. Add cream cheese and 4 tablespoons butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar, eggnog, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
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  8. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls. Serve with freshly grated nutmeg sprinkled on top and any extra glaze, if desired.
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History of the Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls: Cinnamon rolls have been a beloved breakfast treat for decades, but the addition of eggnog takes this classic pastry to a whole new level. Eggnog, with its rich and creamy flavor, has long been associated with the holiday season in many parts of the world. The addition of nutmeg adds an extra layer of warm spicy flavor that perfectly complements the sweetness of the rolls. These Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls are a festive and delicious way to start your day during the holiday season.

Tips and Tricks for Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:

  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before beginning the recipe. This will help everything blend together more easily.
  • Don't overwork the dough. Stop kneading when it's smooth and elastic to avoid creating tough rolls.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free area to ensure it doubles in size within the specified time.
  • Use a serrated knife to slice the rolls to avoid squishing them.
  • When filling the rolls, spread the butter all the way to the edges to keep the filling from escaping.
  • Dust a little flour on your hands to keep the dough from sticking to them when you roll it out.
  • Use a heavy-duty pan to prevent the cinnamon rolls from burning on the bottom.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  • Serve the cinnamon rolls warm to allow the frosting to melt a bit and create a delicious glaze.
  • Dust some freshly grated nutmeg over the top of the rolls for added flavor.
  • Serve on a festive platter to enhance the holiday mood.
  • Place the cinnamon rolls on a bed of powdered sugar to make them look like snow-covered desserts.
  • Pair with a hot cup of coffee or tea to start the day off right.

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