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A gingerbread cinnamon roll.

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Bring the taste of Christmas to your table with these easy Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Servings 24 Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1 box of Duncan Hines white or yellow cake mix
  • 2 packages of dry yeast approx 4 1/2 tsp
  • 2 1/4 cups of warm water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 5 cups flour

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs you will most likely need to buy gingersnaps and run them through your food processor
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups brown sugar you can use white sugar as well
  • Cinnamon - go with as little or as much as you would like
  • 1/2-1 cup butter softened

Frosting

  • 1 can Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Frosting Starter
  • 1 packet Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Gingerbread Flavor Mix

Instructions

  • 1. Mix yeast and warm water until dissolved.
  • 2. Combine cake mix, salt, ginger & flour in a large bowl.
  • 3. Add warm water/yeast mixture and molasses to cake mix, salt, ginger and flour mixture. Mix well. This will most likely require kneading/mixing with your hands a bit to completely combine ingredients.
  • 4. Cover tightly. Let rise for one hour. Punch down and let rise again for another 30-60 minutes.
  • 5. On a floured surface, roll dough into a rectangle shape, approx 1/4? thick.
  • 6. Once dough is rolled out, brush with softened butter. I found that about 1/2 a stick was adequate for this recipe, but you could use more (or less) if desired.
  • 7. Sprinkle with crushed ginger snaps, followed by brown (or white) sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon – use as little or as much as you like.
  • 8. Starting at end opposite from you, roll the dough towards you until all dough is rolled into one long piece.
  • 9. Slice dough into 24 equal sized pieces.
  • 10. Place rolls in two greased 9×13 pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in size. I usually sit my rolls on my stove top while my oven preheats to 350 degrees. This allows them time to rise and provides a bit of warmth from the oven warming.
  • 11. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown. My rolls took approx 22 minutes. This will depend on your stove and your preference for how brown you like your cinnamon rolls.
  • 12. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  • 13. Prepare your Frosting Creations Gingerbread frosting. If you prefer your frosting to melt into your rolls, frost after rolls have cooled for about 5-10 minutes. If you prefer your frosting to stay on top of your rolls, wait until rolls have cooled until frosting. If desired top with sprinkles and enjoy!

Notes

Frosting Creations has been discontinued since this post was written in 2012. You can frost with a standard cream cheese frosting or add a touch of cinnamon and ginger to any vanilla frosting recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg
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