December 10, 2019

Overnight Apple Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls ~ #BreadBakers

There is nothing better than the smell of warm bread baking in the oven on a Sunday morning.

This month the Bread Bakers are baking Overnight Breakfast Breads.  If you have never tried one of these breads before now would be a great time as they can be a lifesaver during the busy holiday season.

I choose cinnamon rolls decided to flavor them for the holidays with gingerbreads spices in the bread and a lovely apple cider jam and chopped up pieces of apple in the filling.  They were topped with a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frosting.

Overnight Apple Gingerbread Cinnamon RollsPrinter Friendly Recipe

Dough ~
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 - 4 1/2 C all purpose flour See note
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 C molasses

Filling ~
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups apple chunks
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

Icing ~
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp water

  1. In a measuring cup, heat milk to 115°F. Stir in yeast and granulated sugar. Allow yeast to proof.
  2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 4 cups flour, brown sugar spices and salt. With mixer on low, slowly add yeast mixture, molasses, melted butter and egg. Increase speed as needed. Add additional flour as needed, one spoonful at a time, until dough forms a smooth ball. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, roughly 1 hour.
  3. Prepare a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper.
  4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work station or a silicone counter mat until it is roughly a 12x20-inch rectangle.
  5. Brush entire surface with melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover with apple chunks. Roll into a tight log, pinching edges as you roll. Slice dough into 12 equal pieces. Carefully place in prepared baking pan. Cover and chill overnight.
  6. Remove rolls from refrigerator, allowing to come nearly to room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Mix together icing ingredients, spread over warm rolls. Enjoy immediately.

BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. This month the Bread Bakers are making OvernightBreakfast Breads a theme chosen by Stacy from Food Lust People Love.

And don’t forget to check out all the amazing breads baked by our talented bakers ~


  1. Oh my....gingerbread, apples and still my heart.

  2. Those are truly drool worthy, I would love to try them! Do you have the recipe available for the cinnamon brown sugar frosting? Yum!

  3. I was so looking forward to seeing your lovely rolls when you added the title to our list, Felice. I love the addition of the chopped apple and gingerbread spices! Perfect for Christmas morning.


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