Christmas Ale Beer Cinnamon Rolls are a fun treat made from Christmas Ale full of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and honey and a very vanilla bourbon finish.
We’ve been hitting the home brew Christmas Ale pretty hard over here lately.
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.
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.
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.
So one of the first things I thought of that would highlight all things wonderful about this Christmas Ale is some 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!
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
Combine beer, milk, butter, sugar, and salt in a sauce pan and warm over low heat
Remove milk mixture from heat, add yeast, and set aside for 10 minutes
Add 2 cups of the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook
Add milk mixture and eggs and turn mixer on low
Gradually add the rest of the flour and let the mixer knead it for another 8 - 10 minutes, until somewhat smooth and elastic
Turn out into a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball
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
Punch dough down and divide in half, set aside and let rest for 10 - 15 minutes
Roll one of the halves into a (approximate) 15 x 8 rectangle
Brush 1/2 of the melted butter over the entire rectangle
Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle half over entire rectangle
Roll up fairly tightly from the long side and turn so seam is on the bottom
With a sharp knife or a piece of string slice into 15 equally sized pieces
Transfer to buttered 9 in cake pan
Repeat with other half of dough, butter, and cinnamon sugar
Cover pans and let rise in a warm place for 30 - 45 minutes or until double in size
While rolls are rising, preheat oven to 375
Bake 20 - 25 minutes
Combine powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze and pour over cinnamon rolls
Serve warm or at room temperature
- 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.
- These cinnamon rolls can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer. I would recommend adding the glaze after they are reheated.
I just want someone to pour that glaze ALL over me! hahaha!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
A little Christmas Ale for breakfast is a good thing! 🙂 These sure look amazing and I’ll bet they make your whole house smell super delicious while they are baking!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
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!
David @ Spiced
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!
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~
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
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
So the first thing that strikes me is the mood you’ve created with your pictures! I love it!! And these cinnamon rolls? I’ll be right over!!! My mouth is watering at the thought of them!
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! ????
Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
These look amazing! I too LOVE vanilla!
I am so amazed everytime i read your posts at what you can do with beer!
Thank you so much, Anne!
These not only look better but no doubt taste better than the ones we ate years ago. Especially due to your added ingredients. Lol
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
I saw these come across my IG feed and I think I immediately started drooling Rachelle! OMG! They sound incredible!!
I adore cinnamon rolls, seriously my most favorite breakfast! I want to plant my face into this! yum!
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!
This Christmas ale sounds awesome! The rolls are beautiful!
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
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 😉
Cinnamon rolls are essential for Christmas!! Well, at least I think so! These look faaantastic! And your Christmas ale sounds pretty delicious as well!
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog
These cinnamon rolls sound absolutely amazing – love that they’re made with beer 🙂
These cinnamon rolls look perfect! Love that you added your Christmas ale! So fun and creative!!
These look absolutely perfect!
What a great idea! Just so beautiful too!
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
Thank you so much for your kind words, Jenny!
Oh my gosh, totally loving this recipe!! Love that you added christmas ale to cinnamon rolls! Brilliant!
I love all types of Christmas Ale, I bet this tastes fantastic when baking with it.
These cinnamon rolls sound delicious! When are you making them again so I can stop by? 😉