This is my take on overnight cinnamon rolls.
We all get handwritten notes, index cards, or emails from family. We take the best of them and find a way to hold on to them, maybe even change a few things about them along the way. This is a great make ahead if you want to have cinnamon rolls when you’d like, or for a small family breakfast, or better yet make a double batch and have family over during the holidays.
Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 9×9 pan
- 1 Clean surface to roll out dough
- 1 Oiled Bowl
- 375 °F Preheat oven before cooking
- 2 cups lukewarm water
- 1 package Active rise yeast .25 ounces (can replace with quick rise)
- 1/2 cup Granulated sugar (not powder sugar please)
- 1/4 cup Butter softened
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt (tighten up those gluten strands)
- 1 egg Large egg (I use extra large, heh)
- 6 cups All purpose flour sifted (can replace with bread flour)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar pack it in there! (light or dark your choice)
- 1/2 cup Butter (mmm more butter)
- 1/2 cup Sugar (white, not the powder stuff either)
- 4 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 4 oz Cream cheese softened
- 3 tbsp Butter softened (I'm seeing a pattern here, sigh)
- 3/4 cup Powdered sugar (Yes use the powdered sugar HERE)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or to taste
Prepare the Dough
- Mix together the water and yeast and let set for 5 minutes (or until yeast dissolves)
- Mix the sugar, butter (dough), salt and yeast together in a large bowlStir in the eggMix in 1/2 of the flour to start. Then continue to mix the remaining flour in slow until the dough forms.Transfer the dough to a well oiled bowlCover with plastic and place in fridge to let rise for 8 hours up to overnight
- Remove the dough and rollout onto a lightly floured surface. Try to get a 14"x9" shapeSpread the softened butter (filling) over the dough and leave the edge you'll be rolling to free of the butter (we'll seal it up there when we roll it).
- Mix up the brown and white sugar with the cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle it over the dough (remember to leave that edge alone).
- Time to roll the dough up (to that plain edge) and seal the edge to the rolled up dough.Now cut it into 1" rolls (hint use a bit of floss makes it easy).Place those rolls onto a greased pan and let rise for 1 hour or until double in size
- While you're waiting for them to rise go turn that over to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)*Note: you can start filling if you'd like just look at next instruction group
- Put in the oven about 20 minutes or until browned
Filling (frosting, whatever)
- With a mixer (stand or hand use the electric) combine all the filling ingredients and mix them together until they are smooth.