Brown Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Soft and fluffy Brown Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Filling and an Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting will make your Christmas morning merry and bright!

Soft and fluffy Brown Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Filling and an Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting - Delicious Rolls Ready to Be Served and in a Tray



Ummm can we talk about that glaze?  I mean, srsly.  It's so good I can't even be bothered to type out words in their entirety.

Can you even tell there are cinnamon rolls underneath all of it?  I promise, there definitely are.  They're not just any cinnamon rolls.  They are light, fluffy and melt in your mouth, These cinnamon rolls with eggnog flavor will make you weak in the knees.  They are so good I had to ship the rest of them out of the house with Marc after I devoured two straight after taking photos of them.

Since I grew up eating cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, I can't help but think how absolutely perfect these would be for your Christmas breakfast.  For one - helllllooo holiday flavors.  The eggnog in these could really just be a prelude to the rum-spiked eggnog you will be sipping later.

Christmas morning perfection

Second - you can make them the night before!  Meaning, you do all of the work on Christmas Eve.  When you wake up/your kids wake you up on Christmas morning, you simply let them rise while presents are being busted into.  Then bake them while the kids play with the toys. And glaze them while everyone watches in delight.

This pretty much sounds like Christmas morning perfection to me. Looking for Christmas dessert? My Boozy Eggnog Bundt Cake is delicious!

Soft and fluffy Brown Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Butter Filling and an Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting - Delicious Closeup on a Roll on the White Plate

Brown Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

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  • 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast I use Red Star Platinum
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup warm eggnog
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste vanilla bean extract will work
  • For the filling:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • For the frosting:
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup eggnog
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Begin by browning the butter:
  • Add butter to small pot over medium-heat. Watch carefully, cooking 8-10 minutes, until butter turns amber and brown specks appear. Immediately remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • In large bowl, combine yeast and brown sugar with warm water and stir slightly. *Be sure water is not too warm - it should feel like warm bath water.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes, until yeast is bubbly.
  • Once yeast is bubbly, add cooled browned butter, warm eggnog, yogurt, and egg, and whisk to combine well.
  • Add in flour, salt and vanilla bean paste, and mix completely using dough hook on electric mixer.
  • Knead for 5 minutes, until dough forms a ball. If needed, add up to ½ cup more flour if dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl.
  • Place dough in bowl greased with cooking spray or oil. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm area of your home for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  • To make the filling:
  • Place butter in small pot over medium-high heat. Brown the butter as you did for the dough.
  • Combine butter with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Let cool while the dough is rising.
  • Once dough has risen, place on well-floured surface.
  • Roll out into a rectangle, about 9x20", with rolling pin.
  • Spread butter filling mixture over rectangle.
  • Starting with the long edge close to you, start to roll up the dough into a log, as tightly as you can.
  • Once you reach the end, pinch the edge to seal.
  • Cut log into approximately 1" rolls. I used floss to do this by placing it until the roll where you want to cut, then crossing the floss and pulling it so it cuts through the roll. This is the best method I know of and works so much better than using a knife!
  • Place into 9x13" baking dish that has been greased with cooking spray or butter.
  • Cover again and let rise for another hour. Alternately, if you want to make these ahead of time, cover tightly and place in refrigerator overnight.
  • If you refrigerate overnight, let rise for 1 hour the morning of.
  • Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until rolls are golden brown.
  • While baking, make the frosting.
  • Combine cream cheese and butter, and beat well.
  • Add powdered sugar and beat well until combined.
  • Add eggnog and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
  • Spread over warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy immediately!
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  1. Oh my oh my oh my. These cinnamon rolls with egg nog glaze AND they can be made the night before. I so need to eat one of these right now! Instead I'll bake a batch this weekend. Totally scrumptious recipe. Thank you so much for sharing, they look amazing. Sammie.

  2. You are killing me with these cinnamon rolls!! I love that you use eggnog in them! Such a great idea! Merry Christmas to you dear!

  3. Holy moly these sound AMAZINGGG. I was thinking about making some kind of cinnamon rolls for christmas morning anyway....