Homemade overnight cinnamon rolls are perfect for celebrating holidays, birthdays or anything special in your life. Let me show you how this recipe is prepared the night before and then rises in the refrigerator while you sleep.
This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2014 with new photos and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Do you have a favorite recipe to make for Christmas morning? Many years ago I made homemade overnight cinnamon rolls for our breakfast on Christmas morning every year. I had this great recipe where you put the rolls together on Christmas Eve and then the rolls would rise overnight in the refrigerator.
On Christmas morning, I would take the risen rolls out of the refrigerator and pop them into the oven while we opened our gifts and we would have these amazing overnight cinnamon rolls for breakfast. And then we moved.
Need I say anymore? This was BEFORE computers. This was before everyone had the internet in their home. But more importantly, this was way before my blog started. My recipe was clipped from a magazine and I lost it in our move to a bigger home.
Over the years I tried a few other homemade overnight cinnamon roll recipes and have searched online but have not been able to find a recipe that came close to the one I used when my children were really little. This year I went on a search and found a recipe that came really close.
Make sure you print out the recipe below and save it for later!
Depending on how big you slice the cinnamon rolls, you should get 12 to 15 rolls.
For the Dough
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water, 105 to 110 degrees. Use a Digital Meat Thermometer to help you with the water temperature.
- 1/2 cup scalded milk
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
For the Filling
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
For the Icing
- 4 tablespoons softened butter’
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add 1 teaspoon sugar. Cover the bowl with a small plate and set aside for the yeast to proof; about 5 minutes. You’ll know the yeast has proofed when there are bubbles on top and it has grown.
In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook attachment, combine the scalded milk (see note below), white sugar, melted butter, salt and 1 egg. Add in 2 cups of flour and on low speed mix until combined.
Add the yeast mixture and then the remaining flour until dough does not stick to bottom or sides of bowl. Turn the machine to low speed and allow the mixer to knead the dough for you for about 5 minutes adding a little additional flour as needed. You’ll know you need to add more flour if the dough starts to stick again to the sides of the bowl.
Turn the dough out on to a floured board and knead a few times by hand to make it smooth. Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Cover and let rise until doubled in size; about one hour.
How to Roll out the Yeast Dough
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and remove from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface.
Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is about 15 X 10 inches in length. Brush the melted butter over the entire surface of the dough.
Spread the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture on top of the melted butter. Beginning at one end, start rolling the dough up to form one long roll. Slice the dough into 12 to 15 pieces or smaller if you prefer.
How to Bake Cinnamon Rolls
Place the cinnamon rolls in a greased 9 X 13 Pyrex Glass Baking Dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, take the baking dish out of the refrigerator and allow the rolls to sit on the counter for about an hour.
You want the cinnamon rolls to come to room temperature before baking. They will even begin to rise a bit more.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the homemade icing by combining the ingredients together in the bowl of your KitchenAid mixer. Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for about 15 minutes before spreading your glaze on top. If you spread the glaze too soon, it will melt and not be the proper consistency.
Reviews from one reader recently said:
I prepped these yesterday and made them this morning. They are delicious. This recipe is a keeper. I will make them a couple times a year”
– Terri Blattenberg Becktel
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Tips for Making Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
- It’s really important that you allow the casserole dish to sit out on the counter for at least 30 to 60 minutes to come to room temperature the next day before baking in the oven.
- This is especially important if you’re using a glass baking dish. You should never put a glass baking dish directly from the refrigerator into the oven.
- You need to allow the contents of the casserole dish to come to room temperature so there’s no chance of the glass casserole dish shattering when it’s suddenly exposed to high heat from an oven.
- Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for about 15 minutes before spreading your glaze on top. If you spread the glaze too soon, it will melt and not be the proper consistency.
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Ingredients for the Dough
Ingredients for the Filling
Ingredients for the Icing
How to Make the Dough
How to Shape the Dough
How to Roll the Dough
How to Bake the Cinnamon Rolls
How to Make the Icing
How to Spread the Icing on the Baked Cinnamon Rolls
How to Freeze the Cinnamon Rolls
How to Bake Frozen Cinnamon Rolls
How to Scald Milk:
Very Important Note:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 708Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 122gFiber: 4gSugar: 25gProtein: 14g
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare your icing by combining together all the ingredients in the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer.
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