Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

January 17, 2013 · 14 comments

in breads/muffins,breakfast/brunch


There were many great things about our first Christmas morning at home, and these cinnamon rolls were high on that list. I’d never made cinnamon rolls from scratch before and I was really excited to give them a try. Although I usually have success with yeast doughs, there are still times I don’t—and in general, I’m still a little intimidated by them. I figured if I messed this up, we’d just have a cinnamon quickbread or something instead. I know I can handle that. :)

These cinnamon rolls have their first rise and are filled & cut the night before you want to bake them. The morning of, you let them rise for about 30 minutes before they can be baked and iced. So, you do still need to plan a little extra time, but obviously it’s much quicker than making a standard yeast recipe the same day (just not as quick as making the canned kind, obviously). I don’t think mine rose quite as much as they should have, but I also was getting a little impatient. Also, because I’m still a yeast novice, I don’t totally know the difference between instant and rapid rise/quick rise yeast (even with googling) – and my grocery store does not sell instant, so, I just went with rapid rise. At any rate, they turned out pretty great. And I’m especially excited we still have about half a batch in the freezer.

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Naomi January 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

nommmmmmmm..I’m going to try this recipe! can you believe I’ve never tried cinnamon rolls? But I can imagine they are delicious, and I have a thing for cinnamon, so I’m working my way through all things cinnamon-y.

Nice blog!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

These are such a fabulous idea. Breakfast ready when you wake up without fussing too much!


Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} January 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

AB is the king of the recipes sometimes, he knows what is best. Seriously, I could have cinnamon rolls everyday, but my pregnant self wants to practice some self-control! These look fantastic Elly!


Bridget January 17, 2013 at 11:21 am

I mashed together two other cinnamon recipes to get my favorite, but I see now how similar it is to Alton’s! I love little bit of cream cheese in the glaze.

Also, rapid rise, quick rise, instant, and bread machine yeast are all interchangeable – so that makes it easy!


elly January 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

I’ve read that, Bridget, and then I’ve read that they aren’t, which is so confusing. Oh well, either way it seemed to work out fine!


Brianna January 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Um, I could eat that entire pan right now. Yum. I’ve never tried a yeasted cinnamon roll, overnight or not. I obviously need to get on that.


Carley @OptimisticHealth January 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm

This looks amazing!!


Joanne January 18, 2013 at 5:46 am

One of these holidays I’m really going to make something special for a holiday morning breakfast. I swear it! These cinnamon rolls look like the perfect treat. I think yours came out perfectly.


Anna January 18, 2013 at 6:25 am

I know what I’ll be doing this weekend :-)


Krissy@Daintychef January 18, 2013 at 3:54 pm

We had these on Christmas morning as well…absolutely devine!


Kayla January 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm

These look fantastic. I wish there were some in my freezer!


elizabeth January 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I seriously could make these cinnamon rolls every weekend if I’d let myself. So tasty. Yum.


Patti February 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

Just stumbled across your blog. Really inspired by all the options. Felt so happy after reading your post with your yiayia about plasto. It brought tears to my eyes, I’m sort of an expatriate and don’t live where my family is. I thought your descriptions were so on the mark that a lack of specific measurements wasn’t missed. Except for the “container of cornmeal” I hope it was a 2 lb. package. Here, it comes in 2 lb. and 5 lb. bags. Thanks


elly February 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

Patti, my best guess is that a 2 lb. one would work, but I’m not sure as I always dump my cornmeal into a canister on my counter, so I’m not 100% sure what size it is at the store. At any rate, I made a smaller, but more ingredient-accurate version of the plasto so that might be more useful: http://ellysaysopa.com/2008/03/30/plasto-without-yiayia/

Thanks for stopping by!


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