Overnight Cinnamon Rolls You Can Make Ahead Of Time

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

These overnight cinnamon rolls are perfect for making the night before you need them. Bake them fresh in the morning. 
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breads, breakfast, brunch, cinnamon rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rise Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 cinnamon rolls
Calories: 553kcal



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packets RAPID RISE yeast (this recipe is based on Rapid Rise yeast, and will not work the same with other varieties of yeast)
  • 1 cup warm milk


  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP cinnamon


  • 4 oz cream cheese , softened
  • 4 tbsp butter , softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt



  • Mix butter, sugar and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Add egg and mix until combined. Add in flour and Rapid Rise yeast, stir to combine. Add in milk and mix well and until soft smooth dough forms. Turn out on lightly floured surface. Knead a 10-12 times then place into a large bowl that has been well oiled. Cover and let dough rise in a draft free location for at least 30 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  • Once risen, punch down dough and let rest for five minutes. Roll into a 14 x 8-inch rectangle (approximately) on a lightly floured surface. Brush with softened butter for filling. Combine cup sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over buttered dough. Roll up from long side. Cut into 12 cinnamon rolls.
  • Place cinnamon rolls in 13x9 inch pan that has been brushed with butter. At this point you can cover the rolls with plastic wrap or foil and place rolls in the fridge to bake the following morning. Or, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and let the dough rise for 30 minutes, then bake.
  • If placing rolls in the fridge, remove from fridge 30-60 minutes prior to the time you will start baking them (60 minutes is best). Let them rest in a warm, draft free location. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once oven is heated, bake rolls for approximately 20 minutes (or until lightly browned). Remove from oven and frost immediately.


  • Stir together softened cream cheese and softened butter. Add in vanilla, salt and milk and mix until well combined. Add in powdered sugar and mix until smooth and creamy. If you would like your frosting thicker, add more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time and mix well. If you would like a thinner frosting, add more milk, one teaspoon at a time and mix well, until desired consistency is reached.
  • Once rolls are removed from oven, you can frost immediately or allow to cool slightly, then frost. Store any leftover rolls in refrigerator.



Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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