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Christmas Morning Sweet Rolls

These make-ahead rolls have been a holiday tradition for years. The eggnog in the frosting makes them extra special on Christmas morning. —Kimberly Williams, Brownsburg, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons eggnog


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, 1 cup flour, oil, egg and the yeast mixture; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Do not knead. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, mix sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Punch down dough; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 18x8-in. rectangle. Spread with butter to within 1/2 in. of edges; sprinkle with sugar mixture. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices.
  • Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan, cut side down. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly. Beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, cinnamon, vanilla and enough eggnog to reach desired consistency; spread over warm rolls.

Test Kitchen tip
  • Give the frosting a little holiday cheer by adding 1/2 tsp. rum extract.
  • The dough can be held in the refrigerator 8 to 24 hours before assembling.
  • You can even prepare the rolls and store them in the refrigerator overnight before baking. In the morning, let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 roll: 424 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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    • bettie
      Nov 29, 2018

      wonderful!!!!! I only used 3 cups of flour .. then added a T. spoon of water, but depending on the flour as to how much. I says it is "stickie" and with the 3 cups it was. With this much iceing was to much you could easiely use the 2 C. sugar instead of the 21/2C, and I added more nutmeg to the eggnog!! and it was a HIT!! So it is a 5 star from my house whole!!!