A little over a week ago, I decided I had waited long enough. Even though it barely felt like fall in my warm little corner of California, I had the biggest craving for eggnog, so I caved the weekend before Thanksgiving. (Please tell me I’m not the only one!)
However, I actually prefer vegan “eggnog” (or holiday nog, as they call it) over the real deal. It tastes the same to me, has fewer calories, and doesn’t make me paranoid about drinking eggs. I know, I know… The ones in eggnog are perfectly safe and treated properly. Yet after one too many warnings from my friend’s mother about sneaking spoonfuls of raw dough from the bowl while we baked chocolate chip cookies in elementary school, it’s still hard to take more than a sip without worrying!
Since most grocery stores nearby only stock regular eggnog, I searched online to see what specialty shops sold the vegan kind. With directions in hand, my guy and I hopped in the car, started off down the main road towards the freeway, and crawled to a halt at the stoplight in front of the train tracks right as the barricades lowered to let the locomotive and 27 freight cars through.
“Okay, a slight 3-minute delay,” we thought. But oh no… Once all of the freight cars chugged past the barricade, that locomotive eased into reverse, so the entire train went back the way it came to pick up more freight cars before moving forward yet again, all while blocking the road.
As soon as we realized the conductor’s plan, my guy threw our car into park, pulled out his phone, and began playing a game while I caught up on Instagram and saved recipes on Pinterest. Over half an hour later, the train finally chugged off, and we restarted the car to drive the rest of the way to the store.
After another slow-down at the grocery store (let’s just say nearly all of the patrons used walkers and carefully made their way through the checkout stands and the parking lot…), I finally had my Silk holiday nog in hand. A 20-minute trip turned into an hour-long ordeal, so I knew I wanted to make something special after how hard we worked to get the eggnog!
First on my list were these Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls, and oh boy, you guys… They’re a doozy! Full of the bright eggnog flavor, along with rich nutmeg and warm cinnamon, those sweet spirals disappeared in mere minutes!
Even better, these cinnamon rolls come together faster than the average recipe. With only one rise and no need to proof the yeast, they’ll be out of the oven—and in your stomachs—over an hour sooner!
Yes, that’s right. Skip the proofing! Usually, recipes require yeast to sit and foam in warm liquids before mixing in the flour. I tried making these that traditional way first, then skipped the proofing and just mixed everything together in the bowl for my second batch. I couldn’t tell a difference. Both were just as light and fluffy!
Note: I love Red Star Yeast for my bread and cinnamon rolls. It’s very dependable, and my baked goods turn out extremely airy every time.
When it comes to kneading and slicing the dough, I highly recommend watching my video beneath the recipe. When I asked on Facebook, many of you seemed slightly hesitant to work with yeast, so hopefully the video helps. Plus… I give away my fail-proof secret trick on how to cut perfectly round cinnamon rolls in the video!
After baking and sampling these Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls, I literally gave away almost all of them to my guy’s friends. Otherwise, I would’ve eaten my weight in cinnamon rolls for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! That prominent eggnog taste, with a background of cozy spices, and the sweet spirals with their sticky caramelized sugar…
Well, they just might make another appearance on Christmas morning!