Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Eggnog cinnamon rolls I had to! I just had to make something with eggnog before the holiday season is over. The only question was, what do I make? Eggnog pancakes? Eggnog waffles? Eggnog ice cream? Eggnog fried rice?

Just kidding about that last one. I almost had you there for a second, huh?Eggnog cinnamon rollsThen it hit me: I should make eggnog cinnamon rolls! I thought it might be something like an eggnog latte, which are amazing. Once I decided on my final eggnog treat choice, I wondered if anyone else had created something similar? Sure enough, as I was searching around for any other eggnog cinnamon roll recipes out there, I found this one that features white chocolate. And then I got addicted to her site, and I’m a big fan now. 🙂 Ok, so back to the rolls. Perfect cinnamon roll doughEggnog Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup eggnog
4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 1/3 cup flour

In a sauce pan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, remove the sauce pan from the heat and stir in the milk, eggnog, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour in the yeast and give that a good stir (it does not need to dissolve). Allow that it sit for 6-8 minutes to allow the yeast to start working.

Mix together the flour and salt. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and stir to combine. Stir in the eggs. Knead for 3-4 minutes. Place the dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a cool dry place for 2 hours. Cinnamon rolls For the filling: 1/3 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface so that it’s about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Brush the butter all over the surface. Sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough up and slice into 2 to 2 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place in a well-buttered baking dish. If you have any leftover melted butter, feel free to brush the over the top. 🙂Cinnamon rollsBake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until the tops begin to turn golden brown. Next we need to make the eggnog glaze, which is where most of the eggnog flavor will come from.Eggnog glazeEggnog Glaze

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons eggnog
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Whisk the sugar into the eggnog and extract until nearly no lumps remain. Pour the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls. Eggnog cinnamon rolls Eggnog cinnamon rolls If you are still on the fence about what to make for Christmas morning breakfast…I have a recommendation for you. Enjoy! xo. Didier

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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/3 cup flour

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, remove the sauce pan from the heat and stir in the milk, eggnog, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Pour in the yeast and give that a good stir (it does not need to dissolve). Allow that it sit for 6-8 minutes to allow the yeast to start working.
  2. Mix together the flour and salt. Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and stir to combine. Stir in the eggs. Knead for 3-4 minutes. Place the dough ball in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a cool dry place for 2 hours.
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface so that it's about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Brush the butter all over the surface. Sprinkle on the sugar and cinnamon. Roll the dough up and slice into 2 to 2 1/2 inch thick pieces. Place in a well-buttered baking dish. If you have any leftover melted butter, feel free to brush the over the top.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until the tops begin to turn golden brown. Next we need to make the eggnog glaze, which is where most of the eggnog flavor will come from.
  5. Whisk the sugar into the eggnog and extract until nearly no lumps remain. Pour the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.

Credits // Author and Photography: Didier Li

  • These look so delicious! I’ve been trying to find a yummy cinnamon roll recipe to make sometime this week and this might just be the one!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    http://www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • Sounds pretty good! I thought eggnog ice cream sounded amazing, too…and while you may not want eggnog fried rice, what about eggnog rice pudding? Could be good…

  • Oh my goodness these look absolutely perfect.

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • These look divine! What a marvelous combination! 🙂

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • This is the perfect christmas breakfast!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/christmas-gift-guide-for-her.html

  • Oh my gosh! This is so mouth-watering. I feel like this would be a great combination.

    Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

  • I think I’ve found what we’re having for breakfast on Christmas morning! Do the rolls not need to rise again after you slice them and put them in the baking dish?

  • Oh, Didier…I WANT THIS! As commented, this is genius….will tuck this in my recipe box…since no one here (besides me :/) can’t eat this….I see making for church is a must!!!

  • I live in France and I am having a hard time finding egg nog, but I really want to make these Christmas morning. Is there a substitute I can use instead of the egg nog?
    Thank you! 🙂
    xo

  • Delicious! I made these last night, they turned out really great. http://.com/p/iMQlFold-K/

  • Those look so delicious!
    Cinnamon rolls are one of my mom’s favourite things, so this recipe is definitely going to be made soon!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Love cinnamon rolls!!I have to try his recipe!

    Love,
    Amelia
    http://thecottonsky.blogspot.com

  • sounds amazing! i just made a bread pudding with eggnog sauce…. do i dare make these cinnamon rolls too??
    xox

  • This is probably a really stupid question but can you let the dough rise the night before so they can go in first thing in the morning? I want these for breakfast but can’t fathom getting up early enough for the 2 hour rise time, eek!

    Anyone?

  • Yep perfect christmas morning food!
    Can I add raisins? I add them to almost anything!

    http://www.creamstop.com

  • I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out perfect! Thank you for sharing this.

    promisesofcoffee.com

  • hi all, these look amazing. any idea if i could make them the night before and just bake in the morning?

  • isn’t half baked harvest the best? she’s insanely creative =) and these are so so yummy!
    it’d be great if you could give her credit by name, especially under the recipe!

  • Made these this Christmas Eve morning and they are incredible! I definitely suggest that you try them 🙂 The dough is incredible and they have a hint of egg nog without being super overwhelming (which is usually my issue with egg nog). Thank you for giving me a new recipe to share with the family for Christmas!

  • I’m not sure. I haven’t tried this particular dough that way. If you do try it please let us know the results. I’d love to hear! Thanks!
    - Didier

  • This isn’t actually her recipe, it’s quite different. I haven’t tried hers yet but it looks fantastic on her blog. And I just adore her photography! We had a similar idea so I just wanted to give her a shout out because I am now a fan of her work and am happy to point readers her way. 🙂

    When I do use other’s recipes, and I often do because I think that’s one of the best ways to teach yourself to cook/bake, I always link and credit them next to the title of the recipe (right before the ingredients list) and I always will.
    - Didier

  • ugh…totally my bad! I should have double checked…since I know you always do, and thought you might have just forgot. so sorry!

    I made hers this morning, and they were delish =) I’ll have to give yours a whirl too before the stores stop selling eggnog! so yummy.

  • I made these for Christmas morning and they were delicious!i didn’t roll them as thinly, so we had MEGA rolls. Mmmm mmmmm good!

  • You inspired me to make these Christmas morning!! They were AMAZING!!! I mean, the bomb!! They will now be our Christmas morning tradition!! Thank you for sharing this with us, and I hope you don’t mind that I’m writing a blog post in honor of these delicious gems all about a first time cinnamon roll baker and the ease and deliciousness of your rolls!!!!
    xo

  • I made these cinnamon rolls and found that there was not enough cinnamon and sugar filling nor glaze…I wonder if I did something wrong or if maybe this is something to keep in mind when you are baking these!

  • My family absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE these at Christmas time. I have made them for the last couple of years. Was wondering if you have any recommendations for making cinnamon rolls without eggnog to enjoy throughout the year. THANKS!

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