Whiskey Cinnamon Rolls

Whiskey cinnamon rolls abeautifulmess.comWhiskey cinnamon rolls. That's kind of weird idea huh? There's this cook book out there called Booze Cakes that I keep picking up when I see it at the book store. But I haven't bought it. Yet. It's only a matter of time. I'm not a big collector of things, that's more my sister's department. But if there's one thing I do collect, it's cook books. I have a LOT. And I have no intention of slowing down. I love cooking, so the more recipes and technique tips I surround myself with the better, I say. Plus I LOVE food photography. It's just plain fun.Best cinnamon rolls! abeautifulmess.comAnyway, booze cakes. Sounds divine. So then I started thinking about what else might taste better with booze. I started dreaming about cinnamon rolls. And thus, whiskey cinnamon rolls where born. And by "born" I mean baked. 🙂The best cinnamon rollsWhiskey Cinnamon rolls, makes 12. Adapted from American Cooking

2 1/4 teaspoon (1 package) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup + a pinch of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup softened butter
1 cup hot milk
1 egg
3 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

First, stir together the warm water plus a pinch of sugar. Stir the yeast into the water and allow this to sit and bubble for a 5-8 minutes. It should start to look foamy.

In a large bowl, or in the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the sugar, salt, butter and milk. You can heat the milk on the stove top or in the microwave, you just want it hot enough so it continues to melt the butter. Stir everything together and then allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the egg (if your mixture is still warm you can temper the egg first with some of the mixture). Stir in the flour, 1 cup at a time until a very soft dough forms. Continue to knead for a few minutes. The dough should be very soft but should hold together. If it doesn't hold together add another tablespoon of flour. Now place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (until doubled in size).Whiskey cinnamon rollsTurn the dough out on a floured surface and roll out into a long rectangle. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and brush the butter all over the dough. Sprinkle on 1/3 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Roll up, like a jelly roll, and slice into 12 pieces. Place the rolls in a lightly buttered pan and bake at 350°F for 25-27 minutes until the edges are brown. 

For the glaze, whisk together 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon whiskey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 cups powdered sugar. Pour the glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.Homemade cinnamon rolls abeautifulmess.comAs you can see, most of the whiskey flavor is in the glaze. So if you're not a booze person simply replace the whiskey with an additional tablespoon of milk and you'll just have really good, classic cinnamon rolls. Like, I mentioned above, this dough is quite soft and can be a little bit of a pain to work with while you are forming the rolls. But I love how moist the final cinnamon rolls are, so it's worth it. To me. Make them yourself and see what you think. 🙂 xo. Emma

  • Made them this weekend! they came out sooo good, my hubby said there were the best Cinnamon rolls he had so far. Thank you for sharing!


  • Baking with whiskey always adds such great flavor. I bet these rolls are even tastier than they look!

  • Fantastic idea on the whiskey frosting! I made these this morning, and they turned out great. A couple of suggestions:

    It’s not clear from the instructions when you’re supposed to add the yeast mixture. Just make sure you don’t add it while the milk is still hot, because it will kill the yeast.

    Also, it’s important to let the dough rise a second time (until they double in size again) after you form the rolls but before you bake them. They’ll be a lot less dense and a lot prettier than if you stick them in the oven right after you form the rolls.

  • Woah, I bet one could get some delicious results with Fireball as well. Cinnamon whiskey!!

  • OMG! Shut the front door! This looks so good! Cant wait to try this!!

    Lulu xx


  • these personally sound fantastic to me and i will definitely give them a try next week!

    rae @ lovefromberlin.net

  • oh my god this is making me hungry! looks sooo good



  • I’m not the only one who thinks baked goods are born when you put them in the oven!? Anyone? These look great! Mmm, whiskey cakes!

    xo Becky
    Seductive Mania

  • I love cinnamon rolls, but I hardly ever make them. I can’t wait to try these!

  • Hey Elsie, can the dough/rolls be made in advance and frozen or refrigerated until you’re ready to eat them? I’m thinking they’d be perfect for Christmas morning..

  • Mmmmm. Love cinnamon buns. Going to tuck this recipe away for a fall feast sometime.


  • I just saw these in your Instagram and I had to come over. Gah, these look like heaven and so, so great for autumn breakfast.


  • Omg. Let me just say thank you in advance for this incredible creation. Can’t wait to try it!


  • I’m pretty sure if you put whiskey in anything, I’ll be sold. But these sound AMAZING!!!

  • I posted my cinnamon bun recipe yesterday but mine is minus the whiskey- think I may need to give these a go next time! With the weather changing cravings for cinnamon buns seem to be rising! 🙂

  • These look so good!
    The dream would be to just sit down and eat my way through the entire dish! Yum!

  • This looks so delicious!


  • I’m actually not a cinnamon roll kind of person, but I’m totally a booze-in-yur-baked-goods types of person, so I’ll be trying these guys out for sure!


  • These look fab! I would love a post by Emma on some of her favorite cookbooks. I also cook mainly veggie, and it’s sometimes hard to find cookbooks that don’t devote too much space to meat and fish dishes.

  • This literally makes my mouth water. Must get someone to bake these for me (baked goods are not my thing, lol).

    – brandy j

  • What a different twist on cinnamon rolls <3 Sounds delish!!
    <3 Annejelina

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  • Yummy! I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls!

    x Sara from thedeermeadow.blogspot.com

  • My goodness those look amazing. Whiskey seems to make a lot of different recipes even better! 😉 YUM!


  • Those look truly yummy!
    I feel my september- blues coming and those cinammon rolls will probably help.

    Thanks from Germany,


    PS: Art truly helps as well:

  • These look yummy! I am sure they taste great and I love me a great cookbook.

  • oh my god…. i want this very VERY much.


  • I have Booze Cakes! Brilliant! I’m a sucker for anything with whiskey- these look scrumptious.

  • I love cinnamon buns and this surprisingly does not have a lot of butter. Is it weird thatwhen I think of air travel, I think of Cinnabuns? 🙂

  • Cinnamon rolls are great on there own, but I mean—wow! I am def making these for breakfast next weekend!

    xo honestly, b.

  • Do you know if you can store the uncooked product overnight? These look divine! I’d love to make them the night before and then just pop them in the oven in the morning.

  • Okay, I am not a huge cinnamon roll fan, but these sound awesome!! And I agree, cookbooks are just so fun to collect! It’s so cool to see different pictures and styles. I bought this one called Dirt Candy that’s a comic book! I mean, it’s also a cookbook, but it’s so awesome! Check it out!

  • saliva started shooting into my mouth, the second I started reading! It sounds – and looks – incredible! Hail to the genius who thought about combining booze and cakes…

  • Oh man, makers mark is my whiskey of choice! these look delicious, especially for a girl who skipped her breakfast this morning! 🙁

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