Gingerbread Cinnamon Buns

Kid Friendly

Prep Time:
30 mins
Rise Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Bake Time:
22 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 buns


  • ¼ cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • 2 packages active dry yeast

  • ½ cup evaporated milk

  • cup molasses

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 1 recipe Spiced Glaze

  • Sugared cranberries* (optional)

Spiced Glaze

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • Milk


  1. In a large bowl combine warm water and yeast, stirring to dissolve yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in evaporated milk, molasses, 1/4 cup brown sugar, egg, oil, and salt. Stir in as much of the flour as you can.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (1 to 1-1/2 hours).

  3. Punch down dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. For filling, in a small bowl combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, the granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

  4. Roll dough into a 12x8-inch rectangle. Spread dough with butter. Sprinkle with filling, leaving 1 inch unfilled along one of the long sides. Roll up rectangle, starting from the filled long side. Pinch dough to seal seams. Cut into 12 slices. Arrange rolls in the prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (about 45 minutes).

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Drizzle with Spiced Glaze. If desired, sprinkle with sugared cranberries. Serve warm.

Spiced Glaze

  1. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, ground cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make glaze a drizzling consistency.


To make sugared cranberries, roll frozen cranberries in granulated sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

332 Calories
6g Fat
64g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 6g
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 251mg 5%
Folate, total 100.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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