Friday, November 16, 2012

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

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There is nothing like waking up smelling Cinnamon Rolls. That is what my kids ate this morning before school. I know the teacher won't appreciate that, but sometimes little sugar speaks love.
This recipe allows you to prepare overnight, wake up in the morning and an hour later you have fresh Cinnamon Rolls



  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 large whole egg, room temperature
  • 2 ounces sugar, approximately 1/4 cup
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted, approximately 6 tablespoons
  • 6 ounces buttermilk, room temperature
  • 20 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 cups, plus additional for dusting
  • 1 package instant dry yeast, approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray


  • 8 ounces light brown sugar, approximately 1 cup packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4-ounce unsalted butter, melted, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons


  • 2 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened, approximately 1/4 cup
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5 1/2 ounces powdered sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups


For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.
                                     Above picture is after 30 minute in bath water.

Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes.
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While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Sift in the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and don't forget to have a cup of tea with friends. I am blessed to have my friend is here to visit me from Colorado Springs.


  1. OH YUM! I have not yet had breakfast and your pictures are making my mouth water:) I will have to try these sometime. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Dear Stephanie, Thank you for visitng and your comments. They are so delicious!! I think yours look good!!!!

  3. i have always wanted to try out some overnight cinnamon rolls recipe, but i haven't found one that looks good enough to try. thanks for sharing this!!

  4. Dear Heather, Yes, they look good and I think you can do any recipe by just keeping overnight on refrigrator.

  5. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Kathy, Thank you for visiting. I would love to visit your blog. See you soon.

  6. These look amazing! Will definitely try these over the holidays! Visiting from the PinMe Linky :)

    Nina | Mamabelly

  7. WOW! YUMMY! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party! I've pinned this! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. Diana, thank you for stopping by. Have a happy thanksgiving to you too!

  9. Oh, SO! Thank you for sharing your awesome cinnamon rolls with such a wonderful overnight method. Going to try this!

  10. Michele, thank you for stopping by! Yes, I love smelling fresh Cinnamon Rolls coming out from oven.

  11. Hi Sara, This is featured at today's Pin Me at Come on over and grab a featured button off my tabbed sidebar. Congrats! You've been pinned into my Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest.

  12. Diana, Thank you for featuring me. I will right over. Thank you!

    1. Hi Sara! What a wonderful site! These rolls look wonderful and I will have to try them out!! There is Nothing like a fresh cinnamon roll in the a.m. with a nice cup of tea!! I'm glad I stopped by. :)

    2. Dear Susan, I am glad that you stopped by and thank you for joining my blog. I hope to see you more often. Blessings!!!

  13. These look just delicious! Pinned it to our Thrifty Thursday board. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at Thrifty Thursday with The Purposeful Mom and Feminine Advetures. Hope to see you again this week!

  14. Hi Sara, I'm your new follower and you have a lovely blog. Looking forward to reading your recipes. I love cinnamon rolls, but I've never made overnight recipe.
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  15. I featured your post on the Weekend Whatever Link-up today! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

  16. Over here from Our Sheltering Tree ----I love cinnamon rolls and yours look delicious!

  17. This would make a wonderful Christmas breakfast! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

  18. I love the idea of making these the night before I need them. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Maybe it's a good thing my oven broke Saturday. Ha! It will be fixed soon.

  19. Saw this on Chic and Crafty Party! Pinned it, looks so yummo!

  20. Our family loves cinnamon rolls, I'm going to try your recipe! Thank so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!


  21. Oh, YUMMY! What a great way to start the day...I'll have mine with eggs and a cup of tea! HAPPY Mother's Day :)