Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

The smell of gingerbread flows through your home as these wonderful Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls bake in the oven.  The smell will remind you of the holiday season.


Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls

Check out all of Linda’s great Cinnamon Roll Recipes and Bread Recipes for your bread making.




Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Servings: 14 Cinnamon Rolls
Gingersnap Cinnamon Roll:
  • 1 cup milk (heated approximately 1 minute in microwave)
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, room temperature and beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 3 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional)* 
  • 3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
Cinnamon Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted or softened
  • 1/2 cup (firmly-packed) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 3/4 to 1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (confectioners' sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
Gingersnap Cinnamon Roll Instructions:
Prepare the bread according to your choice of techniques below.
  1. Bread Machine Instructions:

  2. Add all the ingredients, except the Cinnamon Filling and the Butter Frosting, in the bread pan of bread machine. Process according to manufacturer's instructions for a dough setting. NOTE: During the dough setting in the bread machine, there is a rise cycle that will rise the dough. When the bread machine has completed the dough cycle, remove dough from pan and turn out onto a lightly oiled surface. (I use a nonstick cooking spray). Form dough into an oval, cover with a plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.

  3. NOTE: Check the dough (don't be afraid to open the lid). It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time). If you can't judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch.

  4. Stand-Up Mixer Instructions:

  5. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in the order given except the Cinnamon Filling and the Butter Frosting. Using a dough hook, mix everything together until a soft dough forms.

  6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-oiled surface (I use a nonstick cooking spray), and knead until elastic, approximately 10 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.

  7. Food Processor Instructions:

  8. Put dry mixture in processing bowl with steel blade. While motor is running, add liquid ingredients, butter, and egg. Process until mixed. Continue processing, adding remaining flour until dough forms a soft ball.

  9. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-oiled surface (I use a nonstick cooking spray), and knead until elastic, approximately 10 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.

  10. Butter a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan; set aside.

  11. After dough has risen, using your rolling pin, roll and stretch the dough into approximately a 15 x 24-inch rectangle.

    Rolling Dough
  12. Brush the softened butter (listed below in the Cinnamon Filling) over the top of the dough with a rubber spatula or a pastry brush.  Sprinkle Cinnamon Filling over the butter on the prepared dough.  Starting with long edge, roll up dough; pinch seams to seal.  NOTE: Rolling the log too tightly will result in cinnamon rolls whose centers pop up above the rest of them as they bake.

    Pinching cinnamon roll
  13. With a knife, lightly mark roll into 1 1/2-inch section. Use a sharp knife (I like to use a serrated knife and saw very gently) or slide a 12-inch piece of dental floss or heavy thread underneath. By bringing the ends of the floss up and criss-crossing them at the top of each mark, you can cut through the roll by pulling the strings in opposite directions.  

  14. Place cut side up in prepared pan, flattening them only slightly.  The unbaked cinnamon rolls should not touch each other before rising and baking.  Do not pack the unbaked cinnamon rolls together.

    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
  15. Two Options or Choices:

  16. 1. Refrigerating or Freezing Unbaked Cinnamon Rolls:

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 2. Bake Immediately After Making:

  20. 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).

  21. 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.

  22. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.  Spread prepared Butter Frosting over the cinnamon rolls while still warm.

  23. Best served warm, but room temperature is also great!

Cinnamon Filling Instructions:
  1. 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.

Frosting Instructions:
  1. 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.

Recipe Notes

* The Vital Wheat Gluten helps the sweet bread dough rise better, be more elastic, and easier to roll out


Thermapen Internal Temperature Cooking ChartI get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer. Originally designed for professional use, the Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world.  I only endorse a few products, on my web site, that I like and use regularly.

You can learn more or buy yours at: Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer.

Sponsored Content




Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls


Baking    Brunch & Breakfast    Christmas    Cinnamon Rolls    Gingerbread    Sweet Yeast Breads   

Comments and Reviews

4 Responses to “Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls Recipe”

  1. amazingchiddy

    you mentioned sourdough starter but it was not in the ingredient’s list.

    • Linda Stradley

      Where in the recipe do I mention that the Gingersnap Cinnamon Rolls Recipes has a sourdough starter? I can not find it. – Linda Stradley

  2. DivaDivine

    You have captured the very essence of my being with this dish. Good bless you and yours for infinite generations

  3. Sadie

    Five Star! These are excellent. The flavor is wonderful and the crumb is soft and moist with just a slight bit of chewiness. I followed the recipe for the dough but used another filling, one that had molasses in it. I also made a cinnamon brown butter cream cheese frosting. The molasses filling oozed out a bit and made the bottoms nice an gooey. A definite keeper!


Leave a Reply