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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Frosting

Delicious and easy gingerbread spiced cinnamon rolls with a gingersnap cookie and chocolate chip filling drizzled with cream cheese frosting. Makes an extra special and festive breakfast for the holidays
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Holiday
Keyword christmas breakfast recipe, christmas morning recipe, holiday cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 cinnamon rolls
Calories 405 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large large egg room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Filling Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2-1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tablespoon molasses
  • 5 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips I also tossed in a handful of the holiday chocolate chips for a festive look
  • 10 ginger snap cookies crushed

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 3 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9" round pan or cast iron skillet with cooking spray. Set aside.

Make the Dough:

  1. Add the milk and butter to a small saucepan over medium-low heat . Stir until the butter has melted and remove from heat. Let stand until luke warm temperature.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Place in a stand mixer using the dough hook attachment.
  3. Add the egg and water and mix until just starting to combine. Slowly add in the milk mixture and the rest of the flour (1 and 1/4 cups) until the dough starts to form and become smooth. Loosely cover the bowl with a damp towel and allow the dough to rest in a warm draft-free place for 30 to 60 minutes allowing the dough to rise.

Make the Filling:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg until it forms a paste.
  2. After the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface or a silicone baking mat into a rectangle about 14” by 9” and about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Spread the gingerbread filling as evenly as possible over the rectangle getting as close to the edges as possible. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over filling.
  4. Starting on the long side, roll the dough up snugly and gently to opposite end. Pinch the end seam to seal and cut dough into approximately equal portions or about 1.5 - 2 inches wide. (I use a piece of non-flavored floss to cut the pieces evenly).
  5. Cover the rolls loosely with foil and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for another 20-40 minutes. (*You can also cover with plastic wrap and stick in the refrigerator overnight until ready to bake.)

  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown. *If the rolls have been in the refrigerator, remove and leave out on room temperature about an hour before you plan to bake them to warm up.

Make the Glaze:

  1. Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the milk or cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Pour over warm cinnamon rolls.

Recipe Notes

Rolls are best enjoyed on the same day.

*Dough can be made the night before and place in the refrigerator overnight covered with plastic wrap. Just remove from the fridge and leave out on room temperature about an hour before you plan to bake them to warm up.

Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 cinnamon roll)
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 196mg8%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 565IU11%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.