If you’re looking for something special to serve for Christmas breakfast/brunch, these Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls are just the thing! They’re super soft and fluffy, and the browned butter frosting is phenomenal.
Every year around the holidays we get excited when we see the first bottles of Kalona SuperNatural eggnog in our healthfood store. It’s the highest quality eggnog I’ve seen in stores. Unlike other brands, Kalona SuperNatural eggnog doesn’t contain additives, stabilizers, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors. But not only is it free of all that junk, it’s made with really high quality milk: it’s certified organic, grass-fed, non-homgenized, and batch pasteurized. There’s a reason I’m always excited to work with my friends at Kalona!
Okay, let me show you how to make some marvelous cinnamon rolls with this yummy eggnog!
Ingredients for Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls
Here’s everything you’ll need to make the dough for these eggnog cinnamon rolls: Eggnog (of course), flour, yeast, water, sugar, unsalted butter, salt, and an egg.
Start by activating the yeast in the water with a little bit of sugar. You can skip the activating step if you decide to use instant yeast.
Warm the eggnog and melt the butter together in the same pan.
Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer.
Knead until smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes.
Generously butter a large bowl. Form the dough into a ball and place it in the bowl, turning once to grease the top of the dough.
Allow to rise for 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until doubled.
Roll the dough out to a 12×17-inch rectangle on a generously buttered surface with a buttered rolling pin.
Here’s what you’ll need for the cinnamon-sugar filling: butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Brown the butter (check out my How to Brown Butter post if you’re unsure how that process works), and spread it over the dough. Make sure to leave about an inch of unbuttered dough on the far long edge.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the butter.
Roll the dough up along the long edge.
Pinch the seams.
Slice into about 15 rolls.
Transfer to a buttered baking dish.
Cover and allow to rise until quite puffy.
Bake in a 375° F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and a roll registers 200° F when an instant read thermometer is inserted. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before frosting.
Here’s what you’ll need for the brown butter frosting: powdered sugar, freshly grated nutmeg, vanilla extract, unsalted butter, eggnog, and a pinch of salt.
Brown the butter and then whisk all of the frosting ingredients together very well. You want to get it as smooth as possible!
Drizzle the browned butter frosting all over the warm (not hot!) eggnog cinnamon rolls.
You guys know me: I highly recommend serving these eggnog cinnamon rolls with cold butter.
When Jim saw me writing this post he said, “I smell eggnog cinnamon rolls!” 😂 The kids definitely enjoyed the results of my recipe testing.
- It’s important to get the texture of the dough right. You want it to be very soft, but not so sticky that it doesn’t form a dough. Try to match the texture in the picture: it clears the sides of the mixer bowl, but not the bottom. Start with the smaller amount of flour and add more as needed.
- You can use pre-ground nutmeg if that’s all you can get, but I highly recommend grating fresh nutmeg if you can!
- You can reduce the amount of sugar in the filling to 1/3 cup if you prefer.
Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls
Soft and fluffy cinnamon rolls made with eggnog in the dough and in the brown butter frosting!
For the Dough
- 1/4 cup warm water (105°F)
- 1/2 tsp organic cane sugar
- 1 packet active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
- 1 1/4 cups Kalona SuperNatural eggnog
- 1/4 cup Kalona SuperNatural unsalted butter
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups organic all purpose flour
- 1 large pasture raised egg
- 1 3/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
For the Filling
- 3 tbsp Kalona SuperNatural butter, browned (see note)
- 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
For the Frosting:
- 12 tbsp organic powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp Kalona SuperNatural unsalted butter, browned (see note)
- 2 tbsp Kalona SuperNatural eggnog
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1 pinch unrefined sea salt
To Make the Dough
In a small measuring cup, add the sugar and yeast to the warm water. Allow to activate for 5-10 minutes.
Place the eggnog and butter in a skillet. Warm until the butter is mostly melted. Make sure the eggnog isn't above 105° F or it will kill the yeast. Add to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the flour, egg, salt, and yeast mixture, in that order.
Using the paddle attachment, mix just until a shaggy dough forms. Switch to the dough hook and knead for 15 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. You can add up to 1/2 cup more flour if needed to get the dough to the proper consistency. The dough should be quite soft and not completely clean the bottom of the bowl, but not so sticky that it doesn't form a dough.
Butter a large bowl. Form the dough into a ball, place it top-side-down in the bowl, and flip it to grease the top of the dough. Cover and let rise in a warm spot until doubled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
To Make the Filling
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon very well.
Roll the dough out to a 12"x17" rectangle on a generously buttered work surface with a buttered rolling pin. Spread the browned butter across the dough, making sure to leave 1 inch of the dough clean at the far long end. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly across the butter on the dough. Roll up jelly-roll style along the long end closest to you. Pinch the seam to seal.
Slice the dough log cross-wise into 15 rolls (about 1 inch wide). Transfer to a buttered 13x9-inch baking dish (arrange them 3 across, 5 down). Cover and allow to rise in a warm spot until almost doubled, about 1 to 2 more hours.
Half an hour before the rolls are done rising, preheat your oven to 375° F. Bake the risen rolls for 20-30 minutes, or until they're golden brown and an instant read thermometer inserted into one of the rolls registers 200° F. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes.
To Make the Frosting
In a small bowl, whisk together all of the frosting ingredients very well until smooth. Drizzle over the rolls while they're still warm (but not hot).
Serve the rolls warm with butter.
If you're unsure what browned butter is, check out my How to Brown Butter post for all the details!