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Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Chai Cinnamon Rolls

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There’s nothing like homemade cinnamon rolls, fresh out of the oven, bringing a wonderful aroma throughout the house calling everyone down to the kitchen. It smells like the holidays, like chilly autumn mornings with the sun peeping through the barren trees, like family and like home. These are unconventional cinnamon rolls, baked with chai tea to make them extra special. So go ahead, whip up a batch, and share them with your loved ones this fall.

Need to stock up on some chai? Check out these black tea-based chai options from Chico Chai and Nepal Tea. For caffeine-free rooibos chai, try Harney & Sons or Davidson's Organic Teas.

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Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 16 rolls // Total time: 2 hours // Active time: 20 minutes


Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup hot chai tea (below)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg

Chai Tea

  • 2 cups strongly brewed chai tea
  • 1/4 cup half and half


  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chai tea


To make the dough, combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the chai tea and butter (make sure the chai tea is super hot here!).

Next combine the tea/butter mixture with the dry ingredients. Next add in the egg and mix well. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and then let rest 10 minutes. It should form an elastic consistency.

While the dough is rising, make the filling by mixing all the filling ingredients together.

Roll the dough into a large rectangle and spread out the filling evenly, adding extra sugar if desired! Then roll up the dough tightly and cut into 1 inch thick slices. Place horizontally onto a greased pan, cover with foil, and let rise for 1 hour.

While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 375°F. After the rolls are done rising, bake for 25 minutes, covering with foil at 15 minutes to make sure the tops of the rolls don't get burned!

Make the glaze by whisking together the ingredients and top the rolls off with the glaze before serving.

Recipe adapted from The Sassy Life




1 comment

  • This was a really good cinnamon roll recipe! The rolls are soft and tender, with great flavor. I think the next time I make them, I won’t make the glaze, however. It makes them too overwhelmingly sweet in my opinion. I used a bread machine to make the dough, and it turned out great.

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