Healthier Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Made with healthier ingredients and no yeast, Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls are simply to make in your food processor. Enjoy the flavors of molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg for Christmas breakfast.
Love the secret ingredient in these and no yeast! Healthier Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls perfect Christmas breakfast recipe

Some of my earliest memories of cooking were of making the cinnamon rolls that come in a can. I can remember the challenge of opening that can, bashing it against the counter waiting for it to pop open. Afterwards diligently trying to spread the glaze over each roll. There never seemed to be enough glaze. My little one loves to make them now, and this time we made them from scratch. I was instantly drawn to this recipe in Fine Cooking because it has cottage cheese. Yes, cottage cheese. I love to use cottage cheese to thicken smoothies. I replace ricotta with it and even use it to thicken soup. I had never thought to try it in cinnamon rolls. Plus I had the bonus of not needing yeast or waiting for the dough to rise. That made it perfect for my little one to help me. She loses interest in baking when we have to wait an hour for dough to rise.
Love the secret ingredient in these! Healthier Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls perfect Christmas breakfast recipe

Of course, she was a little more interested in these as she loves the flavor of gingerbread. I’ve found the key to be a small amount of molasses. I don’t like gingerbread heavy with molasses and the other key is light brown sugar. That makes sense since brown sugar is made with molasses. I love all the flavors of the warm spices too, like cinnamon and allspice. Can you imagine how amazing these smell while they are baking? Oh yes, your house will smell like a gingerbread factory. Oh the deliciousness.

Love the secret ingredient in these! Healthier Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls perfect Christmas breakfast recipe

These are perfect for Christmas morning since you do not have to wait for them to rise. Whip up a batch for your family. I’d love to hear what you make with your kids. It is so important to teach your kids to cook.

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Yields 12

Healthier Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

15 minPrep Time

28 minCook Time

43 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 3/4 cup 2% fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 (150g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • Filling:
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 3 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Glaze:
  • 2/3-cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. reduced fat milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400*. Spray the sides and bottom of a 9 or 10-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Dough:
  3. In a food processor, combine cottage cheese, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add next five ingredients and pulse just until dough clumps together. Dough should be soft and moist.
  5. Flour a work surface and scrape the dough onto the flour. Knead by hand 4 to 5 times, until smooth.
  6. Roll the dough out into a 12 x 15 rectangle.
  7. Filling:
  8. Stir together the butter and molasses.
  9. Brush over the dough leaving a 1/4 inch border around the edges unbuttered.
  10. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and spices. Sprinkle over the buttered portion of the dough and gently pat into the dough.
  11. Starting at the long edge of the dough, roll up the dough and pinch the seam together to seal.
  12. With a sharp, serrated knife cut the roll into 12 equal pieces.
  13. Place pieces cut side up into the spring form pan.
  14. Bake for 20 to 28 minutes, or until golden brown.
  15. Set on a wire rack to cool for minutes.
  16. Run a spatula around the outside of the rolls and pan. Remove the ring.
  17. Transfer rolls to a serving plate
  18. Glaze:
  19. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, 1 tbsp. milk and vanilla until it is a smooth glaze. If it is too thick to pour, add another tablespoon of milk.
  20. Drizzle over the rolls. Let stand for 15 minutes and serve.
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Adapted from Fine Cooking.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

 

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Comments

  1. What an incredible recipe! I am impressed with the way you used cottage cheese in the dough! I wish I would have used this for the buzz feed post that was featured a few days ago of gingerbread breakfast recipes!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Bethany, I was amazed how well cottage cheese worked. I don't think I had this recipe posted in time for your buzz feed post. Thanks so much for the lovely comment though.
  2. Christie, I love that you made these with gingerbread flavors--so much yum! (and festive too)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thank Kristen. My daughter adores gingerbread flavor so I tend to make a lot of baked goods with the flavors.
  3. Oh, oh, OH these look good.
  4. MMMM! I can just taste how wonderful that gingerbread-esque filling would be in a cinnamon roll. We always have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I wonder how much of a mutiny I'd have if I changed them up a bit and used your delicious idea!
  5. This is a genius flavor idea for cinnamon rolls! Now I'm wondering about gingerbread sticky buns ...mmmm.
  6. I love cinnamon rolls but I don't often eat them because of the calories. I love how you lightened this up!
  7. Adding molasses and ginger to the filling was genius! What yummy cinnamon rolls!
  8. we had pumpkin cinnamon rolls on thanksgiving, these would be great for christmas! I also love gingerbread men and snickerdoodles
  9. Charlotte Moore says
    YUM!!!!!!!
  10. I love gingerbread and these sound amazing. I love a nice warm roll in the morning with a cup of hot coffee or tea!
  11. Cinnamon rolls were totally one of my favorite treats ever when I could eat anything and everything... And these are just bringing back the memories!
  12. These look fabulous. I use cottage cheese to good effect in pancakes but have never thought to use them in breads and rolls. Such a good idea.
  13. These are totally my next Saturday morning breakfast that I need to make! I'm a big fan of anything cinnamon rolls!
  14. These are perfect for Christmas morning! And I am totally fascinated that you used cottage cheese in the dough! :)
  15. Thanks for the healthier version of cinnamon rolls. I would have never thought about cottage cheese but I am looking forward to trying them for Christmas morning. They look incredible. Yum!
  16. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says
    I just love this recipe so much. I can't believe you got such fluffy looking rolls without yeast! Going to try this for sure this Christmas.

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