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Chai Spiced Cinnamon Rolls

Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls

Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls bring all the flavor and warmth of Chai into a sweet and sticky roll. Filled with the tastes and aromas of cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, these are the way to start your cozy holiday mornings!

Servings 9 Rolls

Ingredients

Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (2 % or whole)
  • 6 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Filling

  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • pinch (about 2 grinds) freshly ground black pepper optional, but encouraged
  • 1/4 cup butter softened

Icing

Instructions

For Rolls

  1. Use your stand mixer with the dough hook,

    Warm your milk and place in the bowl of your stand mixer (to 105-110 degrees). 

    Sprinkle on yeast and let it proof for about 5 minutes.

    In a separate bowl, combine your egg, egg yolk,, and vanilla. Then add it to your milk mixture. Use a wooden spoon to combine.

    Add your bread flour, sugars, and spices and salt. Use spoon to make the dough come together. Then move to stand mixer. Set to speed 8 and let it knead for 8-10 minutes.

    Then put in a buttered bowl and cover. Let rise for 90 minutes in a draft free area.

Filling

  1. In a bowl, mix your brown sugar with the spices.

    Gently punch down the dough and move it to a lightly floured surface. 

    Use a rolling pin to roll it into a rectangle about 11 x 15 in size.

    Then use a spatula to spread your softened butter evenly over the dough. Leave about 1/2 inch free around the entire rectangle. 

    Then sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture over the butter. Use fingers to rub it gently into the dough.

    Then roll the dough up and trim a small bit of the uneven ends. Then cut into 9 even chunks. 

    Line a 9 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Then rolls inside and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.

    Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. 

    Once the rolls have risen again you will bake them for approx. 25-30 minutes.

    Let cool about 15 minutes before icing.

Icing

  1. While the rolls are cooling, make your Cardamom Spiced Icing.

    In a bowl, add your powdered sugar to melted butter. NOTE that you can use 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, depending on sweetness desired,

    Then add heavy cream. 

    Lastly add your vanilla and cardamom and mix until smooth and creamy.

    Spread over rolls while they are warm. Serve warm and be prepared to see them vanish!

Recipe Notes

For dough, If you use 2 % milk I recommend increasing the melted butter by 2 tablespoons, to make it 1/2 cup of melted butter.