Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

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Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

We’ve been hitting the home brew Christmas Ale pretty hard over here lately.

Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

While I do love to drink some Christmas Ale during the holidays, I especially have fun including it in recipes that really highlight what’s special about it.

Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

Speaking of what’s special, it occurred to me the other day that I shared some Christmas Ale Caramels, but didn’t really elaborate on the details of my beer.

Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

My Christmas Ale is a lightly hopped amber colored malty brew with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and  a hint of clove.  It’s very vanilla forward because when I add vanilla to my beer, I don’t mess around.  Some people like an accent of vanilla, but I prefer to be smacked in the face with it.  So I soaked a few vanilla beans in a Mason Jar full of bourbon and oak chips then added the whole thing to the beer when we kegged it.

Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

I know.

So one of the first things I thought of that would highlight all things wonderful about this Christmas Ale is some cinnamon rolls.

Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

I was right.

P.S. You can use any craft beer you want, but I’d try to stick to something with similar flavors.  You’re always welcome to stop by and share some of mine!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls


    For the Dough
  • 1/2 cup Christmas Ale
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 stick butter, plus another 1/2 tablespoon to coat 2 cake pans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups flour
    For the Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
    For the Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk


  1. Combine beer, milk, butter, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan and warm over low heat
  2. Remove milk mixture from heat, add yeast, and set aside for 10 minutes
  3. Add 2 cups of the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook
  4. Add milk mixture and eggs and turn mixer on low
  5. Gradually add the rest of the flour and let the mixer knead it for another 8 - 10 minutes, until somewhat smooth and elastic
  6. Turn out into a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball
  7. Transfer to a lightly oiled or buttered bowl, turn dough to coat, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size
  8. Punch dough down and divide in half, set aside and let rest for 10 - 15 minutes
  9. Roll one of the halves into a (approximate) 15 x 8 rectangle
  10. Brush 1/2 of the melted butter over the entire rectangle
  11. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle half over entire rectangle
  12. Roll up fairly tightly from the long side and turn so seam is on the bottom
  13. With a sharp knife or a piece of string slice into 15 equally sized pieces
  14. Transfer to buttered 9 in cake pan
  15. Repeat with other half of dough, butter, and cinnamon sugar
  16. Cover pans and let rise in a warm place for 30 - 45 minutes or until double in size
  17. While rolls are rising, preheat oven to 375
  18. Bake 20 - 25 minutes
  19. Combine powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze and pour over cinnamon rolls
  20. Serve warm or at room temperature
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  1. When making the glaze add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you have it as thick or as thin as you want.  I like a thick glaze, but if you want to thin it out just keep adding milk until you get it where you want it to be – if so, you’ll need more than 4 tablespoons.
  2. These cinnamon rolls can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer.  I would recommend adding the glaze after they are reheated.
Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls
Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls
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27 Responses to Christmas Ale Cinnamon Rolls

  1. I’ve been drinking store-bought winter ales lately, but I’m sure your Christmas ale would blow those out of the water! Love that you used it in cinnamon rolls, Rachelle! So creative! I wish I had one (or three) for breakfast right now!

  2. I’m on the way over! Don’t make promises involving Christmas ale with bourbon soaked vanilla and not expect me to come a’running! 🙂 Also, cinnamon rolls. That’s all it takes. Lots of cinnamon rolls. I’ll even show up in my Santa suit for a plate of those bad boys!

  3. These look incredible!! My husband has a standing order at Harris Teeter for them to let him know when they get 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale in stock. We just happen to have some to make these~

  4. Daaaaaaaaaaaang, Rach!!!! I need some of that home brew Christmas Ale and about 5 pans of these cinnamon rolls. Now THAT is how the holidays should be done! Seriously, chicka, these rolls look just perfect and I LOVE that you used your ale in here! I bet these bad boys taste even better than they look. Droooooling! Pinned! Cheers, sweets! xoxo

  5. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with getting smacked in the face with vanilla, so I am ALL over your Christmas ale. 😋 Holy cow does that sound good.
    And so do these rolls. I have a crazy obsession with homemade cinnamon rolls. They are one of my absolute favorite things to make. I want to try these NOW! 😀

  6. These not only look better but no doubt taste better than the ones we ate years ago. Especially due to your added ingredients. Lol

  7. You are killing me Rachelle! I haven’t gotten over the coffee porter chocolate cookies and now this? have you no shame? 😂😂😂😂😂 Loving your blog so much!

  8. Ummm, I NEED some of that Christmas Ale ASAP! I’m sending you my FedEx account number so you can overnight me a big ole growler of it! lol! Plus, you can throw in a batch of these cinnamon rolls, unless y’all were greedy and already ate them all 😉

  9. I am in love with the theme of your blog! As someone who loves putting alcohol in her baked good, I am so glad to have discovered this place. These rolls look delicious

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