Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Kate Donahue | Food Babbles

Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls is spicy chai tea channeled into cinnamon rolls. A glorious breakfast treat!

Mother Nature has been truly all over the place this winter here on the East Coast. Wooing us with 60-degree December days then pummeling us with a foot of snow and -20 degree temperatures unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

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In my opinion, the best thing to do during brutal winter days is to huddle up inside, perhaps by a warm fire wearing a soft, cozy sweater. As you might have guessed, one of my other favorite things to do on a cold winter day is bake.

These chai spice cinnamon rolls are just the thing to warm you up from the inside out. I love the presentation of tender rolls swirled with all sorts of ingredients, sweet or savory.

In the mood for a steaming bowl of soup? My cheddar herb swirl rolls are just the thing alongside.

Filled with cheddar cheese, thyme and bourbon smoked paprika, they’re a flavor powerhouse.

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If you’re looking for something more on the sweet side, these unique lemon cardamom rolls are going to do the trick. Cardamom scented dough is swirled with lemon zested sugar.

What emerges from your oven are fragrant, sticky sweet swirl rolls that are unforgettable. But if you’re looking for something a little more reminiscent of the cinnamon rolls you’ve grown up with then this Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls recipe is right up your alley.

I adore chai tea all year long but especially in winter. I find it to be comforting with it’s beautiful, fragrant spices.

Here, I channeled my love of spicy chai tea and translated it into cinnamon rolls. The result, is incredible.

The smell of cardamom, ginger, cloves & allspice all together with classic cinnamon and brown sugar create a truly amazing combination. These cinnamon rolls are then topped with a simple powdered sugar glaze.

They make a wonderful weekend breakfast or special treat for a snowy day!

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Chai Spice Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

    9 Servings


For the Dough:
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • 1 cup Milk, Warmed
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
For the Filling:
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
For the Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • Extra Butter for Greasing Bowl and Pan


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together yeast, 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Measure milk in
  2. measuring cup then add melted butter. Whisk together then add to flour mixture. Stir until a shaggy
  3. dough forms.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding
  5. more of the remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed.
  6. Transfer dough to a lightly buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel. Place in a draft-free area to rise at warm room temperature until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves and ginger. Set aside.
  8. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8x8 cake pan with butter. Set aside.
  9. Roll dough on a lightly floured work surface to 9x12-inch rectangle. Spread softened butter over rolled dough and sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Starting from one of the short sides, roll the dough up and pinch seam to seal.
  10. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 9 equal pieces. Place the rolls into the prepared pan and cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel. Place in a draft-free place to rise at warm room temperature until once again doubled, about 30 minutes.
  11. While dough rises, preheat oven to 375°F. Once rolls have risen, bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  12. While rolls bake, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until no lumps remain. If too thick, add a little bit more milk until desired consistency is reached. It should be a spreadable, thick consistency.
  13. Serve warm.


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Author: Kate Donahue
Recipe Yields: 9 servings
Prep Time: 80 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 95 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 9

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 55
Calories 324

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 3g
Sodium 282mg
Total Carbohydrate 60g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 32g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kate Donahue

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Kate babbles about all things food on her own blog, Food Babbles, and about feeding her girls the best way. Here on Food Fanatic, she wows us with her commitment to homemade, fresh baking, week after week.

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