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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight cinnamon rolls are easy to prepare for the mornings you want a special breakfast.  Prepare them the night before and let them rise in the refrigerator while you sleep.  The next morning you bake them and enjoy them! 
Overnight Cinnamon Rolls from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Do you have a favorite recipe to make for Christmas morning? 
Many years ago I made homemade 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 and we would have these amazing cinnamon rolls for breakfast. And then we moved.  

Need I say anymore?  This was BEFORE computers and before everyone had the internet in their home.  My recipe was clipped from a magazine and I lost it.  Over the years I tried a few other 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.

Roll out the dough.
Rolling out Cinnamon Rolls from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Brush the melted butter on top of the dough and spread the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture on top.  Begin to roll the dough up.
Rolling up the Cinnamon Rolls from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Place the cinnamon rolls in a greased 9 X 13 baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Cinnamon Rolls ready to rise in the refrigerator from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes...
Cinnamon Rolls fresh from the oven on Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Let cool for about 15 minutes before spreading your glaze on top. 
Overnight Cinnamon Rolls from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

This was a fabulous recipe!  I will definitely be making these rolls again!  

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight cinnamon rolls are easy to prepare for the mornings you want a special breakfast. Prepare them the night before and let them rise in the refrigerator while you sleep. The next morning you bake them and enjoy them!


For the Dough
  • 1 TBS. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 C warm water (105 - 115 degrees)
  • 4 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature.
For the Filling
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 TBS. cinnamon
For the Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBS. butter, melted
  • 2 TBS. milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast with the warm water and let sit for a few minutes. Then add in 1/2 cup of the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm spot for about 30 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs, sugar, butter, salt, and remaining 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture. Using the dough hook, knead on medium speed until smooth 10-12 minutes. Add more flour as needed to reduce stickiness.
  3. 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. Set the bowl in a warm spot and let rise for two hours or until it is doubled in size.
  4. After the dough has doubled in size, transfer it to a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is about 15 X 10 inches in length.
  5. Brush the melted butter over the entire surface of the dough. Spread the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture on top of the melted butter.
  6. Beginning at one end, start rolling the dough up. Slice the dough into 12 pieces, or smaller if you prefer. Place the cinnamon rolls in a buttered 9 X 13 baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. In the morning, remove the cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature, about another hour. They will rise again.
  8. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until slightly brown.
  9. While the cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare your glaze.
  10. Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool for 15 minutes before pouring the glaze on top. If you add the glaze too soon, it will melt.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls from Walking on Sunshine Recipes
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  1. Oh these look so good!! Thank you!

  2. These looks so delicious. I haven't attempted to make the yeast dough recipe but your rolls look so delicious I'll have to give it a try.

    Thanks so much for sharing,

  3. Mmmm these cinnamon rolls are making me hungry! Those look awesome :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. OMG these cinnamon rolls look SO GOOD!!! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper.

  5. Pinning and making! Thanks for sharing at the Fluster's Muster Linky Party!!

  6. Definitely pinned! I have made a few recipes before and the best I found included 20 tbsp of butter (waaaay too much!) so I would like to find a better alternative. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh my goodness,
    I would just love waking up to this special treat! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I love cinnamon rolls in the morning. I'm always looking for new recipes. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

  9. I'm drooling all over my keyboard! These look so yummy and SO much better than the canned version my kids had for breakfast this morning :-P

  10. These were so good and worth every bit of extra effort! :-) I used fresh ground wheat berries and honey granules for the sugar, and sucanat for the brown sugar. I also added 1 tablespoon of lecithin and one tsp of vital wheat gluten to help with rise. SO GOOD! Thanks for the tip on waiting to ice them - my icing always melts because I'm too eager to wait. :-) This time I just made sure I had something else to do for those 15 minutes. Ha, ha! My children are HUGE fans. Thanks!

  11. My father-in-law makes these every time we visit and they are so much better than store bought! It's great to have the recipe for myself now!

    -Pam @ Pam's Life

  12. HOLY moly those look amazing. I'd eat them all before the family got up .. lol

  13. This looks so good! I’m drooling right now. Pinned. We had so much fun partying with you at our last party. We hope to see you tonight’s party at 7 pm. We love to see what you have been working on!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  14. Oh these look delicious! Thanks for linking up!

  15. I have a brunch to go to tomorrow morning- I'm making these!

  16. Craving a cinnamon roll now! ;)

  17. These look perfectly delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Blog is obnoxious to navigate. Everytime I would scroll I would somehow end up on another recipe then have to come back and click the "read more" and scroll through all the fluff again to find the recipe. I kept being navigated away to a page that said I'd won a free iPad mini (yeah, right). I'd enjoy the blog more if it wasn't an ad mine. ��

  19. I made these yesterday and enjoyed them this morning!! They were so easy and AMAZING!! My family said that I better keep this recipe and not change a thing. I found your recipe on Pinterest and I'm so glad I did!! I am starting a blog and would love to make these on the blog but give the credit to you with a link to your blog. I'm just beginning to learn about blogging and wanted to make sure that you would be okay with this.


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