Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls are a special twist on a classic brunch fave! Filled with warm chai spices and topped with maple frosting, these sweet rolls are sure to be devoured by friends and family this holiday season.

Chai cinnamon roll with maple frosting on a white plate with a fork

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Do you ever make up flavor combinations in your head, and then get super excited once they move from paper to recipe?

Is that just me?

Well, even if it is, I’m really excited to share today’s recipe with you.

I’m a big fan of chai. Once the weather turns cool, I am all about grabbing a chai latte at my local coffee shop.

Did you know that chai literally means tea? So when someone asks for a Chai Tea Latte, they’re actually asking for a Tea Tea Latte.

It makes me giggle every time.

Anyway – these Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls are the bomb.com, just like I hoped they would be.

Even if you’ve never made cinnamon rolls before, I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be, and when the scents of maple and chai are wafting through your kitchen, you’ll know it was worth the effort.

Dough for cinnamon rolls being mixed in a glass bowl

ARE CINNAMON ROLLS EASY TO MAKE?

Does anyone else have special memories of enjoying cinnamon rolls on holiday mornings?

It could be Christmas or it could be Mother’s Day: warm, gooey cinnamon rolls are a holiday morning staple around here.

But I hear from so many friends and readers that they avoid making homemade cinnamon rolls because they think they are hard to make.

Packets of instant yeast for making chai cinnamon rolls

Luckily, they couldn’t be more wrong. Even though a lot of beginner bakers find baking with yeast intimidating, it can be easy when you pick the right recipe and the right ingredients.

I like to grab Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast to make my Maple Chai Cinnamon rolls based on simple Beginner’s Frosted Cinnamon Rolls.

Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast, also known as instant yeast, takes a lot of steps out of the process of baking with yeast, making it simpler for beginners or even for old pros who just want to save a bit of time.

If you have about 2 hours of time, you can make homemade cinnamon rolls from start to finish to enjoy for any holiday brunch.

Cinnamon roll dough rolled out and topped with chai spiced filling

Because this recipe uses the RapidRise® Yeast, the initial rise time is only 10 minutes and you don’t need to bloom the yeast in water or anything remotely fancy.

Just add the yeast directly to the dry ingredients and call it a day.

During the second rise and baking time, you can whip up some other brunch accompaniments, such as salted dark chocolate granola, banana pudding breakfast parfaits, pumpkin pancakes or overnight breakfast casserole.

See? Cinnamon rolls are so easy you can make them AND still have time to put out a full brunch buffet for your family or friends.

Rolled and cut chai cinnamon rolls in a baking pan, ready to be baked

HOLIDAY MORNING CINNAMON ROLLS

As much as I love classic cinnamon rolls, I wanted to make something a little more special for this fall season.

Enter Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls.

I love the sweet flavor of maple and who could resist those warm chai spices? I knew they’d be even more amazing together than they are apart.

Freshly baked chai cinnamon rolls in a pan

To give these Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls their flavor, I added chai spices to the original cinnamon roll filling.

We’re talking adding ginger, cardamom, allspice and a touch of black pepper to the cinnamon. These spices add depth and warmth to the classic filling.

I also added a maple frosting to the top. A little maple extract makes this frosting just as easy as the original recipe but even more flavorful.

Maple Chai Cinnamon Roll on a white plate being cut with a fork

Give these Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls a try this holiday season. If you have any left over, try freezing them individually and reheating them for 30-60 seconds in the microwave. They’ll make for an ideal weekday morning treat.

Or maybe just make yourself an extra batch, because the chances for leftovers seem slim with cinnamon rolls this good.

Maple chai cinnamon roll with a bite taken out of it

Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Maple Chai Cinnamon Rolls are a special twist on a classic brunch fave! Filled with warm chai spices and topped with maple frosting, these sweet rolls are sure to be devoured by friends and family this holiday season.

Ingredients

FOR THE DOUGH:

  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 (4-1/2 tsp.) packets Fleischmann's® RapidRise® Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 egg

FOR THE FILLING:

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine, softened
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Place water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg. 
  2. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball. 
  3. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes. 
  4. For filling, combine sugar and chai spice blend in a small bowl. Set aside. 
  5. Roll dough into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Spread 3 tablespoons butter over dough stopping at least 1/2-inch from the edges on the long sides. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Beginning at long end of the rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams to seal. Cut into 12 equal pieces. TIP: Use unflavored dental floss instead of a knife to cut rolls. To do, cut a piece of floss about 12 inches long. Slide floss under the roll; bring the ends up and cross over to cut each slice. Place, cut sides down, in greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan . Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour . 
  6. Bake in preheated 350ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. 
  7. Cool on wire rack for at least 20 minutes. Combine all frosting ingredients (start with 2 tablespoons milk and add more if needed) in a large bowl and beat until creamy. Spread over warm rolls.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 roll
Amount Per Serving Calories 596 Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 7g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 44mg Sodium 273mg Carbohydrates 109g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 3g Sugar 29g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 12g

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