Overnight Buttermilk Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade cinnamon rolls sound great in theory until you do the math and realize in order to have a warm cinnamon roll with your 10am coffee, you need to wake up about 5am.

No thanks. I solved that problem and made the fluffiest, softest, and best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had.

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Every recipe out there promises the best cinnamon rolls, and I have more recipes to try. Consider this the first installment in my Cinnamon Roll Recipe Showdown, but to date these are the best cinnamon rolls either my husband or I have ever had, and I’m super picky. The next recipe will happen when I have time to work in an extra cardio to make up for all the fluffiness I consumed.

Even if you’ve never worked with yeast or made cinnamon rolls, this recipe is do-able, but it’s not for everyone. There are no shortcuts, this is not bread-in-a-hurry, which is why I made the recipe work as overnight rolls. At 5am the last thing I am is wide awake and wanting to dive right into a yeast bread recipe. However, you can make it through if preferred, and start to finish you’re looking at about 5 hours. You’re either getting up at the wee hours, or you’re having afternoon cinnamon rolls.

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A stand mixer will make your life immensely easier because the dough needs to be kneaded for a minimum of 10 minutes, but you can do it by hand. And in the process, you’ll burn off enough calories that you easily deserve a couple rolls. If you want no-knead, make Challah or English Muffins.

I wrote the recipe in the recipe section (below) as clearly and descriptively as possible, and before making these, read it over at least three times so you know where you’re going, what’s next, and more importantly, how much butter you need to set aside.

To the bowl of your stand mixer add four cups of all-purpose flour, instant dry yeast, sugar, optional salt. I love bread flour for producing extra chewy bread, rolls, and cookies, but for these rolls I didn’t want any chewiness. I wanted softness and fluffiness, and AP is the way to go. It has a lower protein and thus lower gluten content, meaning the finished rolls will be more tender and soft with less chew-factor.

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I used Red Star Platinum yeast, which is my gold standard. It’s an instant dry yeast so you don’t have to proof it first with water and wait for it to get bubbly and foamy. Just sprinkle it right into the bowl with the other ingredients and then pour the liquids over the top of everything. When I deviate from Platinum and use other yeast, my dough doesn’t rise as well and doesn’t bake up as puffy and fluffy.

Let the dry ingredients hang out in the mixing bowl while you melt some butter, lightly beat 3 eggs, and warm the buttermilk. I warm it in the microwave for about 45 seconds in a glass measuring cup. If after warming the buttermilk, it’s separated or gotten a little foamy, whisk it and it will smooth out.

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The type of yeast you use and the manufacturer’s directions will dictate the necessary buttermilk temperature. For Platinum yeast, the water should be warmed to about 120F to 130F, which is notably warmer than most other instant dry yeast, which typically call for temps in the 100F range. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for whatever yeast you use.

Some people just dip their finger into the liquid and if that’s the method you’re using, err on the side of warm bath water rather than hot because you don’t want to risk killing the yeast. In bread-making, I don’t like to guess and always use a candy thermometer. I just never use it for candy. I urge you to buy a (cheapie) thermometer. They’re about $5.99 at the grocery store, Bed Bath & Beyond, or Target. It could save you from a bread fail and if you’re going to go to the work of making cinnamon rolls, having one is a no-brainer.

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Beat the dry and wet ingredients together with the paddle, and after a minute, switch to the dough hook. Moist, wet batter will be stuck to your paddle and just pick it off as best you can. Allow the dough hook to knead for 10 to 12 minutes. If after 5 minutes the dough is still extremely wet and sloppy and not coming together, add one-quarter cup more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until it firms up.

The most important thing you can do in this entire recipe is trust that the high moisture level of the dough is high and not over-flour it. The more flour you add, the denser the dough becomes, and the heavier the rolls will be. No way to have fluffy, light rolls with dense dough. It’s nice in theory to have a smooth, round, mound of satiny, non-sticky dough, but that’s not this dough. It’s wet, gloppy, moist, messy, sticky, and of all the bread I’ve ever made, this dough gets the award as the sloppiest. I was cursing it.

I wanted to add flour so badly to it. Another half-cup and it would have been that satiny, smooth globe I love to see, but resisted the temptation and so should you. When kneading in a mixer, the rule of thumb for this type of dough is that it clears the sides of the bowl, but sticking the bottom of the bowl is fine.

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Transfer the sloppy mess to a cooking-sprayed large mixing bowl, cover it with plasticwrap, and let it rise for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size, in a warm, draft-free environment. The sloppiness factor will diminish as the dough rises and all the moisture helps create light and fluffy rolls.

A trick for creating a warm environment is to turn on the oven for one minute to 400F, then shut the oven off. Repeat: don’t leave the oven on, you are just blasting in hot air for one minute only. Quickly slide your bowl into the oven and let it stay there to rise. It will be about 85F inside the oven after the brief one minute blast. This tricks the yeast into thinking it’s a nice, warm summer day in your kitchen, which is how do their best work. For the 2 1/2 hours the dough bowl was parked inside my powered-off oven, I powered it on 3 times, every 45 minutes or so, for 1 minute each time. This kept the oven toasty because it was a cold night I made the dough and the oven and my warm environment was cooling off.

Just look at the blubbery, wobbly, jiggly puffiness after 2 1/2 hours.

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It was literally pillowy soft. It felt like I was punching a pillow.

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Pssssssss. Deflation. Trapped gases released. Talk about a limp, deflated state of affairs after the punchdown.

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On a floured Silpat or counter, roll the dough out to a large rectangle, about 16×10 inches. I didn’t measure with a ruler because I know that’s just slightly larger than my Silpat, so I rolled it about that size.

Spread a stick of very soft butter over the dough and sprinkle with about 1 cup brown sugar and shake on the cinnamon. I used almost 5 teaspoons cinnamon, but wrote to use 3 teaspoons in the recipe, or to taste. I love cinnamon, especially in cinnamon rolls, hence their name.  In no way was 5 teaspoons overpowering. That’s a lot of dough and it needs to be properly flavored, but season to taste.

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Starting on a long edge (I started where you can see some letters on the Silpat peeking out), roll up the dough into as tightly coiled log as possible. It’s messy and if your log isn’t perfect, that’s okay. Slice it into 12 pieces and put them onto the baking sheet. For slicing, use a serrated knife or unwaxed and unflavored dental floss works great. You can pinch off the slices without compressing and squishing down the log. I used my trusty bench scraper.

I used a large jellyroll or sheetcake-style baking sheet with a raised edge, 11-by-16-inches. You could use a 9×13 pan, but I prefer the jellyroll pan because the rolls are less squished, have more room to spread out and rise, and baking is more uniform. Some people complain their cinnamon rolls get too browned on the top before the center cooks through, which can happen if they’re too cramped in a pan. The jellyroll pan was $5.99 in my grocery store baking aisle and did the trick. I imagine that you could also make two eight-inch round pans.

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Cover with plasticwrap and now it’s decision time:

If you’re doing the overnight make-ahead option, slide the pan into the fridge and keep it there for up to 16 hours before baking the rolls. When it’s time to bake the next day, allow the rolls to come up to room temperature and rise for 1 hour on the counter, or until almost doubled in size. And then bake.

If you’re making them straight through, allow the rolls to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 60 to 90 minutes, or until almost doubled in size. And then bake.

Bake them at 350F for 22 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden on top and cooked through, but not overly browned. I prefer these on the paler side. Nothing says dealbreaker like a hard or crusty cinnamon roll.

After 12 hours in the fridge, this is what my rolls looked like. They sat on the counter for 1 hour before I baked them.

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I baked for 23 minutes, and rotated the pan once. It’s amazing how much they puffed during the 1 hour rise and in the oven. The term for it is called oven spring. Yes, they sprung, which is why I can’t imagine a 9×13 pan.

While they bake, make the cream cheese frosting. However, if you’re doing the overnight option, I highly suggest making it the night before so it’s one less thing to think about the next day before you’ve had your coffee. Put the frosting into an airtight container and slide it into the fridge along with rolls. The next morning, take them both out at the same time. You want the cream cheese frosting to be very soft so that it spreads smoothly over the rolls.

Immediately after taking the rolls out of the oven, generously frost them so it drips into all the cracks and crevices. And dig into a little piece of heaven.

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The recipe for cream cheese frosting, like all frosting, is dictated by personal preference. I simply use butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar. Adding milk, cream, buttermilk, orange zest, almond extract, or whatever you like in your frosting is all up to you.

The amount I made is in excess of what you may need for your rolls if you don’t like a lot of frosting, but I do. Plus, frosting keeps for a couple weeks in the refrigerator and I have also frozen it for months. When I am dirtying the mixer to make it, I may as well make a decent amount. Halve the recipe if preferred, but you’d be surprised that if you make it, people will want it and eat it. It’s not like making extra lima beans where requests for extra are nonexistent. A smear of extra frosting before nuking leftover rolls is extra wonderful.

The rolls are best eaten fresh, but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Reheat leftover rolls for a few seconds in the microwave before serving. If you have issues with cream cheese frosting at room temperature, then refrigerate the leftover rolls; I don’t.

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Soft, fluffy, tender dough that’s buttery and scrumptious. They’re as light and feathery as cinnamon rolls can get. They’re lighter and not as dense, heavy, and ‘bready’ as Cinnabons. They still are heavy and filling, but less like a ton of bricks in your stomach. Maybe just a half ton.

While baking, the filling mixture of brown sugar and butter melts and caramelizes, producing a thick, sweet, caramely sauce, pleasantly spiced with cinnamon. That saucy filling, along with melted frosting, is what a cinnamon roll is all about.

Just like Carrot Cake needs cream cheese frosting, so do cinnamon rolls. The frosting is tangy from the cream cheese, rich from the butter, and densely satisfying. There is nothing like homemade cream cheese frosting. So smooth, creamy, indulgent, and blissful.

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They were every bit as wonderful as I had hoped. Future recipes have their work cutout for them.

To date, the best cinnamon roll I’ve ever had, and the family concurs.

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Overnight Buttermilk Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

To date, the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. They’re soft and fluffy and taste better than the kind you get at the mall. The recipe is very do-able even if you’ve never made cinnamon rolls. The overnight make-ahead option means you can wake up, pop cinnamon rolls into the oven, and enjoy fresh, warm, gooey rolls with your morning coffee. The dough is buttery soft, light, and fluffy. The cinnamon and brown sugar filling caramelizes and thickens while the rolls bake, creating a caramely, sweet sauce. The cream cheese frosting is a must-have and takes an already great roll into a league of it’s own.

Ingredients:

Dough
up to 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast (one 1/4-ounce packet, I use Red Star Platinum)
pinch salt, optional and to taste
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (3/4 of one stick)
3 large eggs, lightly whisked
3/4 cup buttermilk

Filling
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), very soft – let it sit out while dough rises
1 to 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
about 3 teaspoons cinnamon (I used almost 5 teaspoons)

Cream Cheese Frosting – batch may be halved
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners’ sugar (4 cups)

Directions:

  1. Dough – To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 4 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, yeast, salt to taste; set aside.
  2. Place 6 tablespoons butter in a small microwave-safe bowl, and heat to melt, about 45 seconds; set aside. Crack eggs in another bowl and whisk; set aside.
  3. Add buttermilk to a glass measuring cup and warm to temperature, about 45 seconds on high power in the microwave. (Based on the type of yeast used, milk temperatures will vary. Red Star Platinum yeast calls for warmer temperatures than most, 120 to 130F; other brands and yeast call for much lower temperatures, about 95 to 105F. Warm milk according to manufacturer’s recommendations on the packaging. Taking the temperature with a digital thermometer is highly recommended, but if you’re not, make sure the milk is warm, not hot. Err on the cooler rather than hotter side so you don’t kill the yeast.) If the milk separates or gets a little funny looking after being warmed, whisk it to smooth it out.
  4. To the dry ingredients in the stand mixer, add the melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, and beat on medium-low speed for about 1 minute, or until combined.
  5. Switch to the dough hook (the dough will have stuck to the paddle and just pick off what you can and put it into the bowl) and knead for 10 to 12 minutes (15 to 18 minutes by hand). If after 5 minutes more flour is needed, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough clears the side of the bowl but sticks to the bottom. This is a very sticky, tacky, moist, and borderline sloppy dough; don’t be tempted to over-flour it. It’s supposed to be that way. The more flour you add now, the less fluffy and more dense the rolls will be. Dough should clear the sides of the mixer while kneading but sticking to the bottom is fine.
  6. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl, spray a large mixing with cooking spray, and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plasticwrap and place it in a warm, draft-free place to rise for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or doubled in size. I keep my bowl inside a powered-off oven. Every 45 minutes or so, I power on the oven for 1 minute to 400F, as if I am preheating it, then I power it off. Do not, repeat not, keep the oven on. These short bursts of 1 minute of heat create a stable 85F-ish warm environment, ideal for the yeast. If your rising spot is cold, it will take longer than 2 1/2 hours.
  7. Prepare a 11-by-17-inch or similar sized jellyroll pan or sheetcake pan with a raised edge, or use a 9-by-13-inch pan. I prefer a jellyroll pan because it’s slightly larger so the rolls are less squished, have more room to rise, and bake more evenly. Line pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  8. Rolling Out the Dough – After dough has doubled in size, punch it down. Turn dough out onto a floured Silpat or floured countertop. Knead it lightly for about 2 minutes. With a rolling pin, roll it out to a 16-by-12-inch rectangle; just slightly larger than a standard Silpat.
  9. Filling – With a knife, butter the dough with 1/2 cup soft butter, leaving a 3/4-inch border around the edges. Sprinkle the brown sugar over it. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the brown sugar; I was very generous with the cinnamon and used almost 5 teaspoons and recommend at least 3; just eyeball it and shake it on.
  10. Slicing the Dough – Loosen the dough from the counter using a bench scraper (or metal spatula), and starting with a long edge, roll the dough into a tight log. Pinch the seam closed and turn log so seam side is down. Gently stretch the log to be 18 inches in length with an even diameter all the way around and pat the ends to even them up. Don’t fret if your log isn’t perfect; it’s okay.
  11. Slice the cylinder into 12 evenly sized rolls (about 1 1/2 inches wide) using a bench scraper, serrated knife, or plain unwaxed dental floss (works great to not squish and compact the log). Arrange the rolls cut side down in the prepared baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap.
  12. Decide to Make Straight Through – Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until the rolls have nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  13. Or…Decide to Make as Overnight Rolls – Don’t let rolls rise after they’ve been sliced and placed in covered pan. Place pan in refrigerator for up to 16 hours. Before baking, let the rolls sit at room temperature until they have nearly doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  14. Baking –For either version, bake at 350F for 22 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden on top and cooked through but not overly browned. Immediately and generously, spread cream cheese frosting on the warm rolls. Serve immediately. Rolls are best eaten fresh, but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Reheat leftover rolls for a few seconds in the microwave before serving. If you have issues with cream cheese frosting at room temperature, then refrigerate the leftover rolls; I don’t. For longterm storage, I recommend making the rolls as directed and then freezing unfrosted rolls; allow to thaw at room temp prior to serving and frost as directed. I prefer freezing finished rolls rather than freezing uncooked dough.
  15. Cream Cheese Frosting – I recommend making this at night if you’re doing the overnight version, refrigerating it, and taking out along with the rolls as they rise so when you need it, it’s well softened.
  16. Frosting may be halved (makes about 3 cups as written), but unused frosting can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks and I have frozen frosting for up to 3 months; I’d rather have too much than not enough. All measurements and ingredients are to taste; consider adding buttermilk, almond extract, orange zest, heavy cream, or your other favorite specialty tweaks as desired. I keep it very simple.
  17. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese, and beat on medium speed to combine, about 1 minute. Add the vanilla, 3 cups confectioners’ sugar (I don’t bother sifting), and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add remaining 1 cup of sugar (or more, or none) as necessary, to taste, based on desired frosting consistency and flavor.

Dough base ingredients loosely adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Cinnamon Rolls; the filling, cream cheese frosting, preparation methods and techniques are my own.

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403 comments on “Overnight Buttermilk Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. I just printed this recipe out. I have a carton of buttermilk that will go to waste if I don’t make these cinnamon rolls so obviously, this needs to happen in my kitchen asap! These are gorgeous, Averie. I can’t wait to slather my rolls with a ton of the frosting and since you said these are best eaten fresh, let’s see how many I can plow through ;)

  2. I’m honestly trying to eat better these days…and then I have to look at these heavenly cinnamon rolls. I want them all!!!

  3. These look amazing Averie and I love anything that can be made and assembled the night before. I am so not a morning make a big breakfast sort of person. I want to get up and either re-heat something quickly or pour myself a bowl of cereal. I would definitely need a big cardio workout after inhaling one of these buns, but it would so be worth it :)

  4. Sally has been taunting me with all of her yummy sweet roll creations, and now here you are with the cinnamon rolls — too much! In a completely good sort of way, of course. There’s not much else more comforting than a warm cinnamon roll!

  5. My all-time favorite part of working with yeast is the part when you punch down the doubled dough…Aaaahhhhh! It’s the best :) Well, I guess that’s a little lie. My real favorite part is when you get to dig in! Thanks for the delicious-looking recipe!

  6. Had to come over and see your cinnamon rolls after you commented on our orange rolls! These look divine! Also, absolutely love your blog. Think I’ve found a new fave! :)

  7. I never made cinnamon rolls but I am trying my hand at yeast breads, so these are soon going to be on my list. They look amazing.

  8. I would love to wake up with these! Pinned!

  9. Dear Averie, I really want to make these cinnamon rolls. The pictures are wonderful! I have one question. I read your recipe closely and I want to make them straight away. In the recipe you wrote I have to let them rise for 1- 1 1/2 hours in a warm, draft-free place until the rolls have nearly doubled in size. There is not one warm spot in my house at the moment. Can I do the 1 minute heat blast in de oven thingy with the rolls also?
    If someone else has asked this question already, I’m sorry. I didn’t take the time to read all the comments.
    Thanks in advance.
    (love your blog btw :-D)
    Kind regards from the Netherlands,

    Danie

    • Yes do the oven/1 minute blast trick…Make sure to let the SIZE of the rolls and not time, dictate how long they should rise for. If that takes 1 hour for you, that’s fine. If that takes 2 hours for you because your house is cold, that’s fine. With any breadmaking, patience and adapting the recipe to suit your environment is key! LMK how it goes!

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  11. I stumbled across your blog one day (I have no idea how–That’s the best part, stubbling across amazing blogs when you least expected it.) I very rarely ever comment (i’m a lurker!) but I had to comment on this–I made this recipe and it was DIVINE. Everyone exclaims it was the best cinnamon rolls ever, and I have made a few before, but never like this one! This recipe is a keeper as well as your cinnamon swirl bread which i made earlier this week. I cannot wait to try your peanut butter cookies as well as others! Thank you for sharing your recipes with all of us!

    • Monique, thanks for writing to tell me you made these! I am so happy to hear that you love them and that you agree they’re the best cinnamon rolls ever! And also glad to hear you made the Cinn Swirl Bread. It’s always great when people write to tell me what they’ve made and what they’ve loved so thank you for that. And please write to tell me what else you try. I love the PB cookies and have a few new PB cookie recipes coming, too, over and beyond what’s in my Peanut Butter Comfort Cookbook. Thanks for finding me & making the recipes!

  12. Dear Averie,
    As asked in your reply on my previous post: Eventually I had to let them rest overnight, I didn’t make them straight away anymore. Today I took them out of the fridge, I finally found a warm enough spot beside a radiator and let them rest there. Then after an hour or two I baked them. And I have to say; I completely agree with Monique! This is the first time ever I tried making cinnamon rolls and I was kinda anxious for them not turning out good but they are DELICIOUS! I really appreciate how elaborately your wrote everything down. This really helped me along the way :)
    So once again, this recipe rocks and is a real recommender for every one who wants to try their hand at cinnamon rolls for the first time or even for the umpteenth time that you’ve tried a recipe.
    Much love,

    Danie

    • I am so glad to hear they worked for you and that you tried your hand at making cinnamon rolls and that your first attempt was such a success! I am glad to hear that my detailed directions were helpful (when I was writing the recipe, it was getting sooooo lonnnnng and I was wondering if anyone would even make these) but glad to hear that it was all helpful and useful. Thanks for writing back to tell me all about it! :)

  13. I am truely impressed, and in love with you and your gorgeous food blog. Will you come live with me?!!! Lol jk I bet you get that all the time from your friends:-) I thought that I was a skilled baker, but you put me to shame! Beautiful pictures, even better recipes! You rock! You make me think maybe I should blog my food adventures:-)

    • Thank you for your kind words and high praise. This is my job and I give it 110%, every day, every post, all the time. I wouldn’t feel good about not baking, cooking, writing, or photographing the food to the best of my abilities and try to always push myself. Thanks for noticing :)

  14. Oh goodness – I need these in my life! Cinnamon rolls have been on my bucket list for at least 2 years and I think 2013 is the year that I tackle them, starting with this recipe here!

  15. Oh my goodness…these look so good for a weekend brunch…or any day with my coffee:) I will be trying these! Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. I have tried at least 10 cinnamon roll recipes trying to find one that my grandson thought were as good as his best friend Bo’s mother’s . Well he said these are even better . Thanks for making me a star!!!!!

  17. I have tried lots of different cinnamon rolls recipes too – this will be my next (and if they taste as good as their picture, my last!) One tip I found from another recipe if you’re really pressed for time in the mornings: mix up and slice your cinnamon rolls, freeze them 1-2 hours on your cookie sheet and then store in a plastic bag, the night before you want cinnamon rolls just lay them on a sprayed cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and leave on top of your stove overnight, in the morning they will be thawed, risen and ready to put directly into the oven!

    • That’s a good tip…sort of a version of a theme on my overnight/makeahead refrigeration option for the 2nd rise. To just let them go into the fridge and rise on counter the next morning for an hour or so, then bake off. Eliminates the freezing/thawing step but some circumstances/situations call for various timeframes and timing/scheduling so it’s always nice to have options. LMK if you try these & please tell me how it goes!

  18. I saw those photos and I knew I had to make them, IMMEDIATELY. So I did. There were some mishaps, but there always are when making something for the first time, in my experience. I think I should have rolled them tighter. When I went to cut them, there was extra slack in the dough that made them hard to cut. Practice makes perfect! Although, I don’t know how these could be made any more perfect, given how delicious they were!

    There was one thing that happened that I think you might find hilarious – heaven knows I did! I usually put yeast dough into the oven with the oven light on while it rises, and the oven light makes the oven nice and ~80 degrees. So I put the dough in the oven, and went to go read on the couch while waiting for it to rise. Only one problem – I fell asleep! When I woke up, it’d been a little over two hours. And when I went to check the dough….it had EXPLODED. It had gotten so big, it had thrown off the plastic wrap, and had spilled over onto everything! it was so unexpected that I just cracked up! I couldn’t stop laughing for half an hour, and after that I still kept giggling sporadically.

    • Wow, that’s some good-rising dough! Holy moly! I’ve never had any explosions quite like that. I guess your yeast was active and working well :)

      And so glad to hear you made them and for a first effort, very pleased! Rolling dough into logs is a practice makes perfect thing. Trying to get a tight log/tight seal can be tricky. And then if you slice it with a dull knife, or even a sharp one, it can compress your handiwork!

      Anyway, thanks for coming back to LMK you tried them & they were delicious! :)

  19. Just wow! My sister and I just finished making these and are in the fridge for the overnight rise, but we just haad to sample out the off-cuts, sooo good! I love the goey sticky kinda sauce that forms at the bottom, paired with the cream cheese frosting and it’s just heaven!

    • I am so glad to hear that you made them and they’re already in the oven for tomorrow! And that you sampled some already and are so happy! Thanks for coming back to LMK you tried a few tastes already and tried the recipe!

      • Um it’s so much more amazing this morning! My whole family loved them and they taste like Cinnabon, which we don’t have in Australia but tried overseas last yr and fell in love with! Thank you! I think this will become a weekend regular and my place!

      • I was so baffled by your last comment about the time of day and I thought, well, maybe she’s a real early riser and on the east coast, i.e. New York. Ahh, I get it now. Australia!!! :)

        I love the rolls too and so glad they met your approval and the family’s, too; and that you think they’re like Cinnabons! YAY! Thanks for coming back to LMK you enjoyed them so much!

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  22. I’m making these tonight/tomorrow morning, Avery! The first recipe of yours I’ve tried (and now make whenever I want a cookie) is your Chewy Chocolate Chip and Chunk cookies – they’re amazing! Then I tried your One Hour Whole Wheat Pizza Dough, my first ever homemade pizza dough – and it turned out so delish too! So excited to make these and just wanted to say thank you for posting your recipes and also all of your detailed tips and techniques – I’m sure it takes a lot of time to write each post but it makes a huge difference!

    xo

    • Wow you’ve made so much and thanks for LMK! The cookies are some of my faves and glad you tried pizza dough and now these rolls..you’re going to love them!

      I am so glad that my writing/tips/tidbits help because you’re right, it does take a fair amount of time but I’d rather be thorough so people have success! It’s a peeve of mine when I read recipes that are not quite flushed out enough to really know if I am on the right track or not so I try to be super clear.

      Please report back if you make the rolls how they went for you!

  23. I don’t know if this has been asked already….I understand that you preheat the oven to 400 turn it off and then quickly place the dough inside. But, when powering the oven on again for one minute, is the dough still in the oven for the one minute of heat?

    I am going to try this on Sunday night.

    • The point of doing this is to create a warm environment for the dough to rise. If you house is 68F inside, that’s chilly for yeast. They like it about 90F. So just keep the pan in the oven for a minute while you power the oven on, then shut it off. This creates a 90F spot. It does cool back down as time goes on, but at least it gives them a headstart. Please come back and tell me how the recipe goes for you!!

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  25. Hi Averie, thanks so much for this amazing recipe! I just made them and they were SO AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS! This was my first attempt at making cinnamon rolls, I was never too excited in waking up at 5AM to start the baking, even starting them the night before seemed like too much planning ahead for me :), but I love your blog and recipes so this was the one to try! They turned out fantastic, your detailed recipe was really helpful and nothing went wrong! I did kneed the dough by hand, I think it might have been easier/less sticky than using a dough hook.

    The results were fantastic! I made them for my boyfriend and his roommates to help with studying for finals, everyone loved them but I think it backfired because everyone needed a nap after! Thanks for the great recipe Averie, happy baking!

    • I am beyond impressed that you kneaded by hand, never made cinn rolls but made them, that you got up at 5am and that you gave them to your boyf & gang for studying. You get GF of the year award!! :) Thanks so much for making them & LMK! And glad the detailed info & instructions help! :)

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