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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls. Prepping you cinnamon rolls the night before saves time when you are ready to serve! This family favorite recipe is the perfect way to add a little sweet to your breakfast menu.

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Easy Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is a life changer.

The one thing I have always struggled with is the time it takes to make this treat. Making the dough, letting it rise, waiting… It can add up. Doing a little prep the night before makes this the ideal recipe for impatient people like me. The hardest part really is remembering to take them out of the refrigerator. You want to make sure they get to room temp before you bake.

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Let’s chat about ingredients. All of the items called for in this recipe are actually pantry staples! Check the list below. I broke each item down so you would know why it is important and what its role is in the recipe.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients:

  • Yeast- Active dry yeast is key to a fluffy light roll dough. You will want to make sure that the yeast has been stored properly and is not passed the expiration date. 
  • Warm Water- If the water is too cold it will not activate the yeast. If the water is too hot it will kill it before it has a chance to do its job. You want the water to be warm enough that you could stick your finger in it and leave it for a few seconds without it being too warm.
  • Milk- Room temperature is key! Cold milk will mess with the yeast process so make sure you heat the milk slightly.
  • Sugar- Granulated sugar, or classic white sugar, is added to the dough to give it a slightly sweet dough.
  • Butter- Remove your butter from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you are ready to start the dough to help it soften slightly.
  • Salt- Salt is a flavor enhancer added to most baked goods to help boost each flavor profile.
  • Eggs- Large eggs should be used at room temperature. 
  • All-purpose flour- Classic white flour. You can find this in the baking aisle of your grocery store. 

What is cinnamon roll filling made of?

After the dough, the filling of a homemade cinnamon roll is the next crucial part! Butter helps bind together brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread this out on your dough after the first rise and wait for the magic to happen. As it bakes, the brown sugar and butter melt together slightly caramelizing. It is dreamy.

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How to make cinnamon rolls the night before:

  1. Sprinkle your yeast over your water in a small bowl. Set aside and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the milk, sugar, butter, salt, and egg in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir to combine. Add 2 cups of flour and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in the yeast mixture. Add the remaining flour and knead 5-10 minutes or until smooth.
  3. Transfer your dough to a greased bowl. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise until doubled in size (1-2 hours).
  4. Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 15×9 inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 cup soft butter across the dough. Whisk together the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over your butter. Roll, starting on the long end, to form a large log. Cut into 15 pieces.
  5. Place your rolls into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. In the morning place the cinnamon rolls in the oven without turning it on. Let them come to room temperature and slightly rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake 25 minutes or until slightly browned.
  8. Whisk together the frosting ingredients and spread over the top. Serve along side your favorite breakfast recipes.
cinnamon roll on a white plate with a cup of coffee in the background

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rise Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls. Prepping you cinnamon rolls the night before saves time when you are ready to serve! This family favorite recipe is the perfect way to add a little sweet to your breakfast menu.

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1/4 oz active yeast pack
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, soft

Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle your yeast over your water in a small bowl. Set aside and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the milk, sugar, butter, salt, and egg in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir to combine. Add 2 cups of flour and stir until fully incorporated. Stir in the yeast mixture. Add the remaining flour and knead 5-10 minutes or until smooth.
  3. Transfer your dough to a greased bowl. Cover with a clean towel and allow to rise until doubled in size (1-2 hours).
  4. Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 15x9 inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 cup soft butter across the dough. Whisk together the brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over your butter. Roll, starting on the long end, to form a large log. Cut into 15 pieces.
  5. Place your rolls into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  6. In the morning place the cinnamon rolls in the oven without turning it on. Let them come to room temperature and slightly rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake 25 minutes or until slightly browned.
  8. Whisk together the frosting ingredients and spread over the top. Serve along side your favorite breakfast recipes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 338mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g
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Rachael @ La Fuji Mama

Sunday 6th of December 2015

LOVED these! And the fact that all the work is done the night before making Christmas morning less stressful? Yes please!

Caroline Armelle

Friday 4th of December 2015

I could use another taste of cinnamons rolls this morning. Such a pretty dish!

Jesseca

Friday 4th of December 2015

I was just thinking that your french toast stole the show! So beautiful and that vanilla bean whipped cream was like icing on the cake.

Becky

Friday 4th of December 2015

These were lovely!! What I always want on Christmas morning is cinnamon rolls! And I totally need that coffee cup in my life :)

Jesseca

Friday 4th of December 2015

It's possible I have an extra set if you're interested in a little neighbor gift.

Si

Friday 4th of December 2015

Love this post! Definitely making your cinnamon rolls for Christmas brunch.

Jesseca

Friday 4th of December 2015

And we will be making your brioche bake! So yummy!

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