Sunday, December 1, 2019

Molasses Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls


My Christmas decorating came to a sudden halt this afternoon after I took a short break and saw this recipe posted by an FB friend and author, Eliza Cross. The recipe was posted on Eliza's FB page and after looking at it, I literally dropped everything I was doing and made them.(Printable Recipe on OMG page)
I had been wanting to try a new crock-pot method so thought I'd try it out.  It worked our really well... so here is my experiment.

Crock-pot Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls ( recipe from Country Living) (Crockpot directions from Sally’s Baking Addition)

 For the dough:
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbl active yeast
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp ginger
½ tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp cloves
3 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
2 Tbl butter
1 egg
2 Tbl molasses

For Filling & assembly
½ cup light brown sugar
2 Tbl butter (melted)
1 Tbl cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves

Whisk together sugar, yeast, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves and 1 ¾ cup of flour.  In a small saucepan combine milk and butter until butter has melted and tempurative3 read between 105-110 degrees. ( I microwaved the butter and milk)

Add milk mixture, egg and molasses to the flour mixture. Beat dough with a dough hook attached to the stand mixer on low speed until moistened.  Add 1 ¾ cup of remaining flour until smooth, about 4-5 minutes. ** If you wish to use conventional rise and bake - omit the crockpot directions.

On a floured surface roll out dough and paint the dough with melted butter, then spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over the dough. Roll up long side and slice into 9 sections.

Unbaked rolls
Next in a large crockpot, spray with cooking spray and cover bottom and up the sides with parchment paper. Arrange the rolls around the crockpot. Then put a paper towel (not a cloth towel) under  the top of the crockpot lid and then securely set the lid on.  Do not omit this step, as It is important to do this as the paper towel will absorb the moisture.  Bake on high for 2 hours , then  Immediately lift the rolls out of the crockpot. (The edges of the rolls were crispier than if baked  in an over – but still really good)  This was really easy to do and very convenient.
Baked Rolls

4 oz  cream cheese, room temp
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup confectioners sugar, divided
2 tsp molasses
1 tsp warm water
Combine cream cheese, vanilla and 1 cup confectioners sugar  in a bowl. Whisk together molasses water and 1/3 cup remaining confectioners sugar in separate bowl.  Spread cream cheese mixture on warm rolls, then drizzle with molasses glaze.


Gingerbread Molasses Glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 Tbl molasses
1 Tbl half & half
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
Mix together in a bowl and drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.


  1. First of all, I just LOVE the fact that you saw this recipe, stopped everything, and immediately made these gorgeous rolls! They look amazing, and I can't wait to try the Crock Pot method you shared. Thank you so much. I am in awe of all you do. xo

    1. Oh Eliza, it is you that I am in serious awe of. Thank you for publishing it. I took the rolls to my office.... everyone was in pure bliss.