Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Recipe (Soft and Delicious)

This In a single day Cinnamon Rolls recipe are the proper make-ahead breakfast merchandise. These rolls are delicate and buttery. They’ve have a punchy cinnamon taste and are topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. One of the best half about this recipe is that you could break up up the work, dividing it into two days.

overhead shot of cinnamon rolls in pan

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These rolls are sooooo good. I’m not gonna lie, cinnamon rolls are a labor of affection. They require two rises, making three separate parts (the dough, the filling and the glaze), assembling, chilling, slicing, and so on.

cinnamon roll dough rolled out and filling on top

That’s why I’m a agency believer of dividing the work in half. It’s like an interest-free mortgage when shopping for a high-ticket merchandise, you understand? If you happen to do/pay a bit of at a time, it doesn’t sting as a lot!

The right way to Make Cinnamon Rolls Forward: 

  • Make the dough
  • After which make the filling
  • Make the glaze

Assembled Cinnamon Rolls

warm cinnamon rolls with frosting poured on top

It makes it SO a lot simpler the following day. You’ll nonetheless have work to do the following day, however dividing it by half makes it a breeze!

warm cinnamon rolls with frosting poured on top

The Subsequent Day You’ll Have This On Your To-Do Record:

  • Assemble the rolls
  • Slice up the rolls and place them minimize facet up in a baking pan (meeting and slicing them will take about half-hour)
  • Let the rolls rise in a greased bowl in a heat place
  • Bake them
  • Make the cream cheese frosting and glaze with room temperature butter/cream cheese. It’s tremendous straightforward and scrumptious
  • Smother them with the cream cheese frosting

warm cinnamon rolls with frosting being smothered on

warm cinnamon rolls with frosting being smothered on

See! So significantly better. Doing this all in in the future (in the event you’re not a pro-baker and used to tasks), could be a bit aggressive. If you happen to do make these straight by way of, right here’s how the steps will go:

How Do You Make Cinnamon Rolls Gentle?

For cinnamon rolls you really need–what is named–“an enriched dough.” Because of this as a substitute of simply combining yeast, flour and water (suppose: baguettes, boules, and so on.), you wish to add issues that can make it delicate and billowy. To realize a delicate cinnamon roll, we add butter, milk and sugar. These three elements gives you that delicate dough that’s oh so beautiful in a cinnamon roll.

This dough is tremendous versatile and I really like utilizing orange juice because the liquid. However in fact, you should use milk, too.

For the glaze, I really like utilizing vanilla paste. It makes it so you possibly can see the little speckles of vanilla and for some purpose seeing vanilla speckles simply makes me so completely satisfied.

warm cinnamon rolls with frosting with center roll removed

Suggestions and Methods

  • If you happen to’ve by no means used Lively Dry Yeast earlier than and also you’re a bit scared or hesitant to make use of it, then use Instantaneous Yeast (also referred to as Fast Rise). You’ll be able to add the Instantaneous Yeast to the dry elements (flour and salt) and proceed with the recipe. No must activate it!
  • Activating yeast could be tough! You wish to wait till it will get good and foamy. If no foam or bubbles type, you’ll have to begin once more to make sure activation.

Can You Put Cinnamon Rolls In The Fridge In a single day

  • If you happen to like, you possibly can assemble the cinnamon rolls, put them within the baking dish you’re utilizing and canopy tightly with plastic wrap and switch to the fridge to rise in a single day. They may NOT rise very a lot within the fridge; that’s okay! Permit them to rise in your counter for 1 hour (till doubled in measurement) after which proceed with baking them.  That method, once you get up within the morning, all it’s a must to do is bake them off after which smother them with the cream cheese frosting!

overhead shot of cinnamon rolls

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In a single day Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

In a single day cinnamon rolls which are ooey and gooey and delicate. Make the dough the night time earlier than and permit it to rise within the fridge in a single day. Assemble the following morning! 



  • 1/4 cup lukewarm milk (it’s also possible to use orange juice for an added tang)
  • 1 tablespoon energetic dry yeast (see under for directions on utilizing *immediate* yeast)
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 massive eggs overwhelmed in a bowl
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature, minimize into cubes

Cinnamon Roll Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup floor cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons gentle or darkish brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • Pinch kosher salt

Cream Cheese Glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream


To Make the Dough:

  • To the bowl with of a stand-up mixer (alternatively, you are able to do this in a big bowl by hand), add the lukewarm milk. Combine within the energetic dry yeast and permit to face and activate, about 8 minutes, till foamy and alive! 

  • To a medium bowl, whisk collectively the flour, sugar and salt. To the bowl with the yeast combination, add the overwhelmed eggs and vanilla extract; then unexpectedly, add the flour combination. Connect the dough hook to your mixer and blend on low till the dough begins to develop into cohesive. With the mixer working on low, slowly add the cubes of butter. 

  • Knead on medium velocity for about 5 minutes. Alternatively, in the event you’re doing this by hand, you’ll must knead the dough for about 10 to fifteen minutes. The dough will go from crumbly and separate to fully cohesive and easy. The dough shouldn’t be sticky. Take away the dough from the hook and the bowl and type it right into a ball. 

  • Switch the ball of dough to a clear, flippantly greased bowl (I used the flour bowl and simply wiped it clear with a kitchen towel after which greased it). Cowl with plastic wrap or a clear kitchen towel and switch to the fridge to rise for a minimum of 2 hours or in a single day. 

To Make the Filling:

  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer (with the paddle attachment) or utilizing a medium bowl and a fork, add the butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla and salt. Combine and mash till the filling is totally easy. 

  • *If you happen to’re trying to save your self a step within the morning, you may make this filling let it sit on the counter in a single day so it stays softened. 

To Assemble the Cinnamon Rolls:

  • The next morning (or after the 2-hour mark), take away the dough from the fridge. Evenly flour your work floor and place the dough into the middle. Evenly flour your rolling pin and roll the dough right into a 1/8-inch thick rectangle that measures 15“ x 22“ If it’s not an ideal rectangle, then that’s completely okay. 

  • Add the filling to the dough and unfold into a skinny layer, utilizing a butter knife or offset spatula. I smeared the filling fairly near the perimeters. Ranging from the sting furthest from you, roll the dough in the direction of you, horizontally, right into a agency log. 

  • Slice the dough into two and switch and thoroughly switch them to a reducing board. Place them within the freezer to relax for 10 minutes. I discover that slicing chilly dough is WAY simpler. 

  • Take away from the freezer and slice the rolls into 1 1/2-inch rolls, about 12-16 rolls, trimming the ends off. 

  • Switch to a greased 9 x 13 baking sheet (or one thing comparable). Cowl with a kitchen towel and permit to rise for a further 45 minutes, or till doubled in measurement. *If you happen to’re home is especially chilly, it could take longer for the rolls to rise. I like to position my cinnamon rolls by the oven as a result of it is often hotter in that a part of my home.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 levels F. Bake for 18 to twenty minutes. 

To Make the Cream Cheese Icing:

  • To the bowl of a stand-up mixer (or a big bowl) with the paddle attachment, combine collectively the butter and cream cheese till easy. Add the sugars, vanilla paste, salt and heavy cream. Beat for about 20 seconds. 

To Serve:

  • When the cinnamon rolls come out of the oven, pour the icing over the cinnamon rolls and smother them with icing. *See under for directions on assembling the rolls after which permitting them to rise in a single day within the fridge.


Utilizing Instantaneous Yeast: 
Instantaneous yeast is completely different than energetic dry yeast. Lively dry yeast must be activated in liquid till it is foamy and alive. Instantaneous yeast could be added to dry elements. You need to use immediate yeast with this recipe. To try this, combine into the dry elements (you possibly can skip activating it). 
You Have Different In a single day Choices: 
If you happen to like, you possibly can assemble the rolls (do not bake them), place them in a baking dish or baking sheet, cowl them with plastic wrap and place them within the fridge in a single day. 
Within the morning, allow them to come to room temp (about 1 hour) after which bake them. 
Pyrex Bowl with Lids | Quarter Baking Sheet | KitchenAid Stand-Up Mixer 


1 (quarter) baking sheet or baking dish


Serving: 12g | Energy: 405kcal (20%) | Carbohydrates: 25.7g (9%) | Protein: 5g (10%) | Fats: 9.3g (14%) | Saturated Fats: 5.3g (33%) | Ldl cholesterol: 67mg (22%) | Sodium: 264mg (11%) | Potassium: 81mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 3.5g (4%) | Calcium: 140mg (14%) | Iron: 0.4mg (2%)

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