Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

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These are the fluffiest, most flavorful eggnog cinnamon rolls! They are homemade, buttery cinnamon rolls that are covered with eggnog cinnamon roll icing. These are not to be missed this holiday season! Perfect served with our homemade eggnog for Christmas brunch!

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When the holidays come around, our cravings for cinnamon rolls hit more than ever! We’re going to show you how to make the best eggnog cinnamon rolls! They combine the holiday taste of eggnog with classic cinnamon rolls, which will make these rolls a hit at any Christmas party.

For a few easier cinnamon rolls recipes, check out our semi-homemade cinnamon rolls, our monkey bread recipe, and these amazing monkey bread muffins!

eggnog cinnamon rolls - brown sugar, leftover eggnog

There is so much to love about these fluffy, moist, and super flavorful cinnamon rolls! The dough is made with butter and eggnog, and they’re topped with the most perfect cream cheese and eggnog icing. Making homemade cinnamon rolls takes time as the dough needs to rise twice, but they are worth the wait!

Another thing we love about these cinnamon rolls is that they can be overnight cinnamon rolls. The second rise can be done in the refrigerator overnight so they’re ready to bake in the morning.

Here’s your guide to homemade cinnamon rolls, so yours come out heavenly!

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How to Make Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Supplies

Electric Mixer with Bread Hook (optional if you don’t have one)

Mixing Bowls

Whisk

Rolling Pin

Baking Dish

Pastry Brush

Knife

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Saucepan

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Ingredients for the Cinnamon Rolls

Rapid Rise Yeast

Granulated Sugar – Used in the dough to give it a little sweetness as well as in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Eggnog – Store-bought eggnog is perfect for this recipe.

Milk – Whole milk or 2% will work.

Butter – Unsalted butter is best for making these homemade cinnamon rolls. Butter is used twice in this recipe, once in the dough and then more to brush on the dough.

Eggs – Use good quality, organic eggs.

Flour – All-purpose flour like King Arthur is great.

Ground Cinnamon – A good quality ground cinnamon is key.

Ingredients for the Cinnamon Roll Icing

— Butter

— Cream Cheese

— Eggnog

— Powdered Sugar

Directions For Making Cinnamon Rolls (full recipe in recipe card below)

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1 — Dissolve yeast in a small bowl with 1/4 cup water. Set aside.

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2 — In a saucepan, heat the milk and eggnog until warm.

3 — In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, salt, eggs, and yeast. Give it a whisk.

4 — Add in the flour and warm milk.

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5 — Using a bread hook, mix on low until the ingredients are combined.

6 — Flour your hands and remove the dough.

cinnamon roll dough - stand mixer

7 — Knead on a floured surface for about 5 minutes.

8 — Place in a greased bowl and let the dough rise for 1 1/2 hours until it almost doubles in size.

9 — When doubled, punch down the center and prepare a floured surface to roll the dough.

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10 — Roll the dough out on the floured surface into a 15×9 inch rectangle. 

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11 — Brush with more melted butter, don’t be shy!

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12 — In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar, and then spread it all over the butter. The more, the better!

13 — Starting at the 15-inch side, tightly roll up the dough and pinch the edge together to seal. Cut into 12-15 slices.

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14 — Place cinnamon roll slices an inch or two apart in a baking dish and let rise again (about 45 minutes) until they double in size. They will all be touching. This is also when you can let them sit in the refrigerator overnight. Just let them come to room temperature before baking.

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 15 — Bake at 350 °F for about 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Eggnog Cinnamon Roll Icing

While the cinnamon rolls are baking, make the whipped eggnog cinnamon roll icing by adding all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mixing on high until light and fluffy.

Spread it all over the warm cinnamon rolls.

eggnog cinnamon roll icing - eggnog in the dough

Tips for Using Yeast

One of the biggest tips we have for you for baking cinnamon rolls is to use instant yeast. You won’t have to go through the extra step of proofing active dry yeast in water, which can consume precious time.

When you’re ready to bake, you can dump instant yeast with the rest of the ingredients! Of course, you’ll want to check the date on it first. So long as you’re baking before the expiration date, you can skip proofing.

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If your instant yeast is out of date, then you can test it to see if it’s still good to use. Mix 1 teaspoon with 1/4 cup of lukewarm water and then check it after 10-15 minutes. If the mixture’s become foamy, then you’re good to go!

If you don’t have instant yeast on hand, then here are some tips for proofing yeast.

You’ll want to get some water to 110-115 F. Mix in a small amount of sugar and then the yeast. After 5-10 minutes, if there are bubbles and foam on top, then that means your yeast is fine to use.

How to Store Cinnamon Rolls

The great news is that there are several ways to store cinnamon rolls!

You can keep some out at room temperature for easy access and if you’ve got many hungry mouths to feed. Otherwise, you can throw your cinnamon rolls into the refrigerator.

Letting the Dough Rise

If your dough doesn’t rise right, then your cinnamon rolls aren’t going to be great. So how can you get your dough to rise better?

Well, yeast loves hot and humid environments. So to get the ideal environment for your dough, you can put it in a bowl and cover it with either a towel or some plastic wrap. Set it in a warmer corner of your kitchen to encourage the dough to rise.

How to Reheat Cinnamon Rolls

1 — Preheat your oven to 350 F. Cover your cinnamon rolls with foil and heat them up for 10 minutes or until they’re warm and the frosting is soft again.

2 — If you’re in a rush, you can microwave your rolls for 30 seconds and repeat as needed until they’re soft.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Make Dough Rise Faster?

As we’ve just said above, the key to making the dough rise has it in a warm and humid environment. So just by following the tips above, you can get the dough to rise faster.

To speed the process up, even more, put the dough over a pan of warm water in the oven. Or you can also microwave your dough on low for 25 seconds. You can do this 1 or 2 times for the best results.

Can Cinnamon Roll Dough Be Left to Rising Overnight?

Yes, you can! Just cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate it.

We know that baking at home can be tough to do if you have a busy schedule, so rising dough overnight can be a game-changer. You can leave it in there for up to 18 hours.

What Temperature Do You Bake Cinnamon Rolls At?

You should bake cinnamon rolls at 350 F. The cinnamon rolls are done baking when they turn brown and have an internal temperature of 190 F.

Can You Freeze Cinnamon Rolls After They’re Baked?

Yes, you can! Make sure you put them in an airtight container or wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap. 

How Long Do Cinnamon Rolls Last?

This depends on how you store buttery cinnamon rolls.

If you store them out at room temperature, they’ll last up to 2 days. In the fridge, they’ll last up to 2 weeks. Lastly, in the freezer, they’ll last up to 2 months!

How Do You Store Unbaked Cinnamon Rolls?

If you’ve got unbaked cinnamon rolls, you can put them in the fridge for 24 hours if you’re going to bake them the next day. Otherwise, you should freeze them right before the baking step.

Can You Freeze Cinnamon Roll Dough?

Yes, you can. Freeze them right after proofing. Put it in plastic wrap and defrost when you want to make cinnamon rolls.

Can You Bake Cinnamon Rolls From Frozen?

Technically, you can, but the dough won’t taste great. It’s best to use up all your fresh ingredients and bake fresh cinnamon rolls.

How to Make Cinnamon Rolls Ahead of Time

The best way to make buttery cinnamon rolls ahead of time is to just go ahead and bake them completely. You can then freeze each one individually and then heat them when you want to eat them!

What’s the Difference Between Cinnamon Rolls and Cinnamon Buns?

In most cases, “cinnamon roll” and “cinnamon bun” are synonymous.

However, some cinnamon buns don’t have icing on top and usually have nuts. Cinnamon rolls don’t contain nuts and typically have a cream cheese glaze.

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More Recipes You’ll Love

If you love these cinnamon rolls, try these recipes too!

Eggnog Panna Cotta

Christmas Cocktails

Chocolate Truffle Eggnog Recipe

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Fluffy Gingerbread Cake

Serve up the Best Buttery Cinnamon Rolls

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eggnog cinnamon rolls

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

These are the fluffiest, most flavorful eggnog cinnamon rolls! They are homemade, buttery cinnamon rolls that are covered with eggnog cinnamon roll icing. These are not to be missed this holiday season! Perfect served with our homemade eggnog for Christmas brunch
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 12 cinnamon rolls
Calories: 547kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1/2 ounce yeast , rapid rise, two 1/4 ounce packets
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, divided into 1 cup melted and 1/2 cup room temp.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, a little extra for rolling
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon, for the filling
  • 1/2 cup sugar, for the filling

Eggnog Cinnamon Roll Icing

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, must be softened
  • 6 tbsp eggnog
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Dissolve yeast in a small bowl with 1/4 cup water. Set aside.
    dissolving yeast
  • In a saucepan heat the milk and eggnog until simmering.
    eggnog and milk
  • In a mixing bowl combine melted butter, sugar, salt, eggs, and yeast. Give it a whisk.
    melted butter and sugar
  • Add in the flour and warm milk.
    cinnamon roll dough
  • Using a bread hook, mix on low until the ingredients are combined.
    mixing cinnamon roll dough
  • Flour your hands and remove the dough. 
  • Knead on a floured surface for about 5 minutes. 
    cinnamon roll dough
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl and let it rise for 1 1/2 hours until it almost doubles in size.
  • When doubled, punch down the center and prepare a floured surface to roll the dough.
  • Roll the dough out on the floured surface into a 15×9 inch rectangle. 
    cinnamon roll dough rolled out
  • Brush with more melted butter, don’t be shy!
    brushing dough with butter
  • In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar and then spread it all over the butter. The more the better!
    cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on dough
  • Starting at the 15-inch side, tightly roll up the dough and pinch the edge together to seal. Cut into 12-15 slices.
    rolling cinnamon rolls
  • Place cinnamon roll slices an inch or two apart in a baking dish.
    eggnog cinnaom rolls before baking
  • Let them rise again (about 45 minutes) until they double in size. They will all be touching. This is also when you can let them sit in the refrigerator overnight. Just let them come to room temperature before baking
    overnight cinnamon rolls
  •  Bake at 350 °F for about 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
    eggnog cinnamon roll recipe
  • Whip the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and eggnog on high until fluffy and smooth.
    eggnog cinnamon roll icing
  • Pour and spread the icing all over the fresh-baked cinnamon rolls.
    eggnog cinnamon roll icing

Notes

These cinnamon rolls rise two different times. The first time is before shaping the rolls and the second is after they’re cut and in the baking dish. The second rise can be overnight in the refrigerator.
Then bring to room temperature and bake. 
Make the glaze while the rolls are baking. If it curdles, add a little more powdered sugar and continue to beat on high.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1043IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
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