Categories:Baking Brunch & Breakfast Christmas Cinnamon Rolls Gingerbread Sweet Yeast Breads
The smell of gingerbread flows through your home as these wonderful cinnamon rolls bake. The smell will remind you of the Christmas holiday season.
Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Recipe
Two Options or Choices:
1. Refrigerating or Freezing Unbaked Cinnamon Rolls:
At this point, the cinnamon rolls can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight (I have actually made them two days in advance) or frozen for one month. Before baking, allow rolls to thaw completely and rise in a warm place if frozen. I have found that I have to take the unbaked frozen cinnamon rolls out of the freezer 10 to 12 hours before planning to bake. I just put the frozen cinnamon rolls (container and rolls) on my counter (not in the refrigerator) overnight for 10 to 12 hours.
If refrigerated, they can be either baked upon removing from the refrigerator or let come to a room temperature (I have done both ways). They do a slow rise overnight and it is not necessary to let them come to room temperature before baking. If you rolls are not rising enough after being refrigerated, your yeast may need to be tested. To overcome this, let them rise, while sitting on the counter, until you achieve the desired rising before baking.
2. Bake Immediately After Making:
Cover and let rise in a warm place for approximately 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size (after rising, rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes in a regular oven until they are a light golden brown. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature should be between 190 and 200 degrees.
This is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. Originally designed for professional users, the Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Spread prepared Butter Frosting over the cinnamon rolls while still warm.
Best served warm, but room temperature is also great!
2 tablespoons butter, melted or softened
1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Soften the butter; set aside. In a bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon; stir in chopped nuts (optional). NOTE: I like to sift the brown sugar and cinnamon together to remove any lumps.
1 cup powdered (confectioners) sugar
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons hot water
In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and hot water until well mixed and creamy. Refrigerate frosting until ready to use and then bring to room temperature before spreading.