Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail.
I could not let Christmas pass by without sharing my overnight eggnog brioche cinnamon rolls. Buttery, eggy brioche dough made with seasonal eggnog, sprinkled with warming cinnamon sugar, and frosted generously with a browned butter and cream cheese frosting. There’s nothing not to love, every bite is melt in your mouth delicious. These rolls are a great make ahead breakfast, and perfect for your Christmas celebrations!
Happiest Friday before Christmas!!
For a lot of you, today is probably your last day in the office for 2018. I hope everyone is feeling the excitement in the air like we are over here. There’s still a few things to finish up over the weekend, but that just goes with the territory of running your own business…it’s somewhat non-stop.
I feel like it’s super important to be real with you guys. The internet and social media can paint this perfect picture. But the reality is that nothing (and no one) are perfect. It’s so easy for me to sit here and type that out, but I really need to listen to my own words.
This week I let myself fall down the Instagram rabbit hole that feels lonely and miserable. I know a lot of you can probably relate. For some reason I let my guard down and broke all the Instagram rules I set for myself long ago. I played the comparison game all week long. It was zero fun and I’ve decided that I will not let that happen anymore. This means no scrolling Instagram for a while. Instead I’ll be focusing on what really matters. Cooking good food, spending time with my family (arriving tonight), celebrating Christmas, working to finish up a big project, and hopefully playing in the snow a little too.
No real reason for the life talk other than the fact that I know a lot of you can struggle with comparison too. When that happens, it’s really important to step away from social media and focus on what you really want to be focusing on. For me right now that’s family and work. And at this very moment, sharing these delicious cinnamon rolls!
I was out hiking yesterday morning and had a mild panic attack (not really, but going for dramatics) when I realized I never shared these cinnamon rolls with you guys. I have been planning to make these for months and months now. Yet somehow the last Friday before Christmas snuck up on me way faster than I could have imagined.
I had another post planned for today, but I knew I needed to share these first. So I spent all day perfecting this recipe. And here they are, my Christmas Cinnamon Rolls. They turned out better than I could have wished, and I’m really excited to be sharing them with you guys today. Hoping you still have time to fit them into your Christmas baking list.
Seeing as everything is hectic this time of year, I wanted to keep these as easy as possible. I took the base recipe from the salted brioche cinnamon rolls I have in my cookbook, sped up a few things, and flavored the recipe with seasonal eggnog. Now, I know that eggnog is rather a touchy ingredient. You either love it or hate it…I get the feeling there may be more haters out there than lovers.
I too am not the biggest fan. BUT, have you ever baked with eggnog? If you have not, you’re missing out. Using eggnog in sweet breads is truly my favorite thing to do during the holidays. The eggnog is flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, so in reality it’s just like favored whole milk. And everyone, it’s delicious when used in a cinnamon roll recipe.
So add some eggnog to the brioche dough. Let the dough rise a bit, then roll it out and sprinkle with a brown sugar cinnamon. I like to use brown sugar for a nice depth of flavor. And I go heavy on the cinnamon…I mean, these are cinnamon rolls!
Roll the dough, cut into rolls and place in a baking dish to rise. Next, you have two options. You can do a quick rise or you can let the rolls rise overnight in the fridge. I love to make these a day or two ahead and let them rise in the fridge. That way, on Christmas morning, all I have to do is bake and frost them. This gives me plenty time to open gifts and drink coffee by the fire with little miss Asher (who’s really not so little anymore…enter sad face).
For the frosting, I stuck with my standard.
Browned butter + cream cheese + vanilla. Simple. Easy. And the best. I cannot think of a better Christmas morning breakfast. Very excited to be making these for my family this year. Hoping you all will be too!
See you tomorrow for the very last Christmas Cocktail Saturday of 2018!
If you make these cinnamon rolls, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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This is a Christmas brunch regular for 4 or 5 years now! I brown all the melted butter for extra flavour, and add eggnog to the frosting to thin it and make it more of a glaze.
Awesome!! I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and appreciate you giving it a try! xT
Making these for the third year in a row! YUM! Happy Holidays everyone 🙂
Love to hear this Amy!! Thanks so much for making this recipe each year! Merry Christmas! xT
These are some of the easiest and most delicious cinnamon rolls I’ve had/made. Very thrilled with this recipe
Happy Monday!❄️ I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xx
Cream cheese has been sooo hard to find the last couple days due to the season. Is it acceptable to use whipped cream cheese?
Just a thought. I’ve made these rolls twice now for Christmas. They’re phenomenal. I make an eggnog icing for these cinnamon rolls since I don’t like cream cheese frosting.
Totally, that would be just fine for you to do! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
I would add to let the dough adjust to room temp after taking it out of the fridge, but otherwise good.
Happy Holidays!!☃️ I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it and your comment! xT
I made this last year and it was delicious!! But this year, I wanted to bring it to my families house to share with everyone. Can you make this two nights ahead of time? Will that affect the rising process?
That will be just fine for you to do! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
Can you make a few days ahead and freeze after the second rise? Excited to have these for Christmas morning.
Yes, you can freeze after step 4. Let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT
Do you use alcoholic eggnog ?
Nope, I use the non-alcoholic eggnog:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
These look delicious. Do they freeze well?
Thanks so much Melanie! Yes, you can totally freeze them! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
I really love this recipe! And I really want it to work. I tried it but my cinnamon rolls didn’t rise in the frig… They came out of the oven all thin and not puffy or filling in the pan. The rose beautifully before I rolled them out. I have had this problem with overnight cinnamon rolls on their second rise in the frig before. Again I really want to make them work! Any recommendations?
Just have to say LOVE your recipes! And I appreciate all your tips and tricks!
Thanks for giving the recipe a try, sorry to hear you are having issues with the rise! Next time, try leaving them out in a warm spot after you pull them from the fridge before baking. I hope this helps! xTieghan
Can I use half and half in place of whole milk or eggnog? Thank you!! <3
Sure, that will work well. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Any substitutes for honey? Would maple syrup work?
Yes, maple syrup will work well for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx