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These Best Overnight Cinnamon Rolls are ooey gooey and huge! The perfect breakfast bread for weekend brunch or Christmas morning.

Best Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Course Bread, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 Large Roll
Author Quinn Caudill



  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut up
  • 540 g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon


  • 6 tbsp cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. To make the dough: Mix together and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make s smooth, soft dough.
  2. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to grease all sides, cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 60 minutes, or until it's nearly doubled in bulk.
  3. To fill and shape the buns: Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Roll the dough into a 16" x 21" rectangle.
  4. Spread the dough with the 1/3 cup butter. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle it evenly over the dough.
  5. Starting with a short end, roll the dough into a log and cut it into 12 slices.
  6. Place the buns in a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan. Cover the pan tightly and let the buns rise overnight in the refrigerator until they're nearly doubled.
  7. (If making the same day cover the pan and let the buns rise about 30 minutes.)
  8. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off.
  9. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls.
  10. 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.
  11. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  12. When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, approximately 20-22 minutes.
  13. While the buns are baking, make the icing.
  14. To make the icing: In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla.
  15. Remove the buns from the oven. Spread the icing on the buns while they're warm.
  16. Serve buns warm, or at room temperature.
  17. Wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for a day or so; freeze for longer storage.

Recipe Notes

First published by Quinn Caudill for dadwhats4dinner.com © 2016