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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

I like to try different fun fillings in these soft rolls, and each one is packed with cinnamon flavor. They are definitely worth the wait overnight. —Chris O'Connell, San Antonio, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5-3/4 to 6-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup softened butter, divided
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine eggs, butter, sugar, salt, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a very soft dough (dough will be sticky). Do not knead. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.
  • 2. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Turn dough onto a floured surface; divide dough in half. Roll one portion into an 18x12-in. rectangle. Spread with 1/4 cup butter to within 1/2 in. of edges; sprinkle evenly with half of the brown sugar mixture.
  • 3. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan, cut side down. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • 4. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • 5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla; spread over warm rolls. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe Note

Dark Chocolate Filling: Finely grate one 4-oz. bittersweet chocolate baking bar; gently stir in 1/2 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp. baking cocoa and 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon. Sprinkle over butter in place of brown sugar-cinnamon mixture. Orange-Spice Filling: Mix 1 cup packed brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. grated orange peel, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground ginger and 1/2 tsp. each ground cardamom, ground cloves and ground allspice until blended. Sprinkle over butter in place of brown sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Nutritional Facts

1 roll: 278 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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lettuceleaf User ID: 6561007 261441
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2017

"Very good, light texture. Dough is easy to work with. I added raisins to the filling. Definitely making again!"

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 258745
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2016

"I wish I could give these more then a 5, my family loved these on Christmas morning. I made the dough on Christmas Eve ( so easy) and put it all together Christmas Morning. My husband loved them so much."

wreiter User ID: 5469177 258721
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

"Delicious recipe and so easy to make! Nice light, fluffy rolls. Will definitely make again."

teryn69 User ID: 6818421 257427
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"@melel1717, there is no kneading, no rising, no punching down in this recipe. I'm not sure why you'd want to. There's plenty of recipes that are no knead, meaning not every yeast recipe has to rise, has to be punched down. I make some pretty fabulous hamburger buns that are no rise. They're soft and oh so delicious. Make sure to use the right amount of yeast, the right kind of yeast, and mix as directed. I make a delicious bread that is no knead, no punching down....just follow the recipe. Happy baking!"

melel1717 User ID: 8768688 257398
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2016

"Will punching down and letting the dough rise make the dough softer??? And how about kneading it??? Please explain for I am confused between kneading and punching down and rise and how many time should it be done..."

GirishKatta User ID: 7329112 244033
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Nice recipe"

lkleditz User ID: 828589 240231
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"I made these for Christmas morning and they were delicious. Light and fluffy just the way a cinnamon roll should be. I will definitely make these again."

vrgnhur1 User ID: 6977674 240125
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"I was disappointed in the texture of these rolls. I'm a long-time bread maker, and am used to such breads or rolls being a much different texture, usually a soft, light texture. These, when made exactly by the recipe, turned out to be the texture of cornbread. I had made them for a special breakfast treat for overnight guests and after eating one each, I threw out an almost-full pan. I suggest that any yeast breads must be punched down and risen at least twice before making into the finished shape."

karenhamm User ID: 1179611 240022
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2015

"Love this recipe. I no longer have to get up 2 hours earlier than my family for us to have hot cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning! Nancy, add what every you like to the filling. That's what makes the recipe your own. Enjoy!"

13nancy47 User ID: 1482417 232051
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"Did not make these yet, but wonder why non of the cinnamon rolls call for adding raisins and chopped nuts? The ones I remember had them in it and makes the cinnamon rolls taste much better."

nightskystar User ID: 1034705 216494
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"I used this recipe to make a bakery order for 6 dozen rolls for Christmas Eve, AND to make an extra batch for my own family. I made the dough on the 23rd. and tolled, put the filling in, raised, and baked all but my family's on the 24th. I shaped and filled my family's, put them in the baking pan, covered them tightly and then put them back in the fridge until Christmas morning. I took them out 20 minutes before baking and they were perfect..everyone raved about them! Excellent recipe..don't be afraid to shape and fill and then refridgerate. Worked like a charm!!!

Owning a bakery I make a LOT of bread and rolls..this dough was easy to work with, low maintenance, and allowed me to get all my orders filled for afternoon pickup due to being able to refridgerate the dough. Highly recommend this recipe!!"

Cheryldxoxo User ID: 8041969 126816
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"Crystal42, you can let the dough sit at room temp and rise for an hour if you want to bake the same day, but the reason for putting the dough in the fridge overnight, is that the yeast development is slowed down, while still allowing the enzymes that naturally occur in the flour to do their work (converting starches to sugars, making a more flavorful dough). I will make this sometime this week!"

Crystal42 User ID: 7541029 189417
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"Do you have to refrigerate the dough after you make it? I am confused how it is good the following day. Can anyone help?"

salajka User ID: 8112292 199492
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014


Jellybug User ID: 53068 213613
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"Love, love these cinnamon rolls....I made it the first time as directed with the cinnamon filling and it was delicious! I just made it again on Saturday August 3oth 2014, but I used the chocolate filling and holy moly it was to die for!!! My boyfriend cannot wait for the orange-spice filling variation..This recipe has been made twice and it looks like I will be making it again for the third time...YUM"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 200829
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"Great for entertaining because all the messy work was done the day before."

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 200388
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"A Very good cinnamon roll recipe. I made mine larger and cooked them longer. Great way to start the morning especially when you have guests. Nothing like the smell of bread and cinnamon baking!"

gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 127872
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"These cinnamon rolls taste amazing and they are so easy to make! I added pecans and caramel pieces to my second batch, in addition to the cinnamon filling - gooey and delicious!"

gconatser User ID: 2595296 141091
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Delicious. easy dough to put together the night before. My family loved these!"

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