Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

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These Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls are a sweet, soft, and fluffy holiday treat. Made dairy-free and vegan, these are a fun baking activity for the entire family and have that classic, warm eggnog flavor.

 

Servings: 12

Cook Time: 40 minutes 

Prep Time: 45 minutes, plus various rise times

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes 

 

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 ¼ cups Califia Farms Holiday Nog, room temperature
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons rapid rise yeast 
  • ½ cup cane sugar + 1 tablespoon 
  • ¼ cup warm water 
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter, melted but cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt 

        For the filling:

        • 3 tablespoons vegan butter, melted 
        • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 
        • ½ cup brown sugar 

        For the glaze: 

           

          Method

          For the dough:

          1. Combine yeast and cane sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and slowly pour in warm water while stirring (by hand) frequently. Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to sit and for the yeast to activate. 
          2. Add in the room temperature Califia Farms Holiday Nog and warm butter to the yeast mixture and whisk until well combined. Add in the vanilla and whisk to incorporate. 
          3. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, sugar, cinnamon and sea salt. Add them to the wet ingredients and mix on low-speed until well combined and a dough-like consistency, about 2-3 minutes. 
          4. Change the attachment on the mixer to a kneading accessory and knead dough for 5-10 minutes on high speed until dough ball becomes smooth and elastic. The dough should spring back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers. If the dough is still too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until correct texture is achieved.
          5. Lightly grease a large bowl with a small amount of olive oil and place the dough ball in the bowl, tossing it around until fully coated. Cover with plastic wrap (or a towel) and let sit for 1 hour, allowing the dough to rise and double in size. 
          6. While waiting for the dough to rise, make the filling! 

          For the filling:

          1. Melt the butter in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar, mixing them together and set aside. 
          2. Once the dough has risen fully, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper, allowing excess to hang from the sides. 
          3. Add a bit of flour to a surface and place the dough onto it, adding a bit of flour to the top of the dough as well. Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape (approximately 9x14 and 1/2-inch thick), trimming the edges if needed. 
          4. Generously brush melted butter (leaving aside 1 tablespoon) atop dough, followed by the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture, ensuring that the top is coated evenly. 
          5. Tightly roll the dough (length-wise) and using a pastry cutter, cut dough into 1.5" rolls, placing each roll (cut side down) onto the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops of the rolls with the leftover melted butter. 
          6. Place a piece of plastic wrap (or towel) over the baking sheet with rolls and let sit for another 20 minutes to rise.  
          7. Once the rolls have doubled in size or have gotten significantly larger, bake them for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the edges are brown and the center of the roll comes out clean when tested with a toothpick or knife.

          For the glaze:

          1. In a large bowl, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and Holiday Nog, whisking everything together until the glaze become smooth and slowly runs off the whisk when lifted. Add additional Holiday Nog (1 tablespoon at a time) if the glaze is too thick, or powdered sugar (1 tablespoon at a time) if too thin. 
          2. Remove the rolls from the oven and wait 25-30 minutes or until they've fully cooled. Spread the frosting/glaze atop the rolls using a rubber spatula, until they are fully covered
          3. To serve, cut out each roll and enjoy!