Thursday, September 25, 2014

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Good morning! I hope that you are having a fabulous week so far. I am having a great week but I have a big weekend planned so I am counting the days until Friday. 

Typically, I do not eat breakfast but on a cool day I feel like I need something to get me going. Often it is oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar but on the weekends when I have time I like to make something special, like coffee cake, waffles or cinnamon rolls. Oh and sometimes omelets and savory foods too just in case you think I only consume sweets. 

This recipe is easy, the mixer does all the work and you can make them Saturday while you have a little time and then bake them Sunday morning for a treat. I mean, what is not to love about a yeasty roll, filled with cinnamon and sugar and topped with cream cheese frosting?

Dough Ingredients:

3/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1/3 cup oil

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour


1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

6 tbsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp cornstarch

1/8 tsp nutmeg

5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted


6 oz cream cheese at room temperature

11/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp lemon juice

1-5 tablespoons of milk

In the bowl of a freestanding mixer fitted with a dough hook, add water, yeast and 1 tbsp of the sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes until the yeast starts to froth and bubble. In medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg and oil. Add this to the yeast along with the rest of the sugar and mix until combined. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt and mix on low, gradually add the rest of the flour to bowl and continue to mix on low. Knead for 5 minutes, until the dough pulls away from the bowl. Place in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel and let proof for 2 hours in a draft free spot.

In a small bowl mix together the filling ingredients except for the butter and set aside.

Roll the dough out into a rectangle and brush with melted butter, making sure to leave 1 inch around the sides. Sprinkle filling mixture over the butter. Tightly roll the dough from the longer side, like a jelly roll and pinch the ends together to stop the filling from spilling out. 

Cut dough every 11/2 inches. Place buns in a lined 9 x 13 in pan. Wrap pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove pan from refrigerator, place on middle shelf in oven. Fill a pan with boiling water and place on bottom shelf of oven. Turn on the over to 400 for 1 MINUTE! Set the timer, because you will forget. I know because I do it all the time. Then turn off and let the buns raise until double in size, roughly or for 1/2 an hour.

Remove the water and the buns from the oven and set aside.

Mix together the icing ingredients and set aside. 

Preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown, watch the buns because this could take less time than 30 minutes!

Frost with icing and enjoy!

Tell me are you a big breakfast fan? Or do you find yourself calling coffee breakfast? If you have the time and would love to have an accompaniment to your coffee or tea than these cinnamon rolls are a "must do" during the next few months where the days are long and cold.

I hope that you have a fabulous week!


  1. Good morning sweet Elizabeth!!!!!

    First of all, it's great to see you again! Thank you for coming to visit my post. School is wildly busy, and in about half an hour, I need to get off the computer so I can make a run for it and get to my first school and plan then teach....

    I eat breakfast daily, but I've had to cut down on my sugar intake. Nothing serious on my part, but I just have to watch how much sugar is hidden in the foods I love, like yogurt. I love almonds, raw oats and berries in my yogurt so that's about it for me....getting older has its limits!

    Your baking skills however, are amazing. Have you ever thought about making a FOOD BLOG? Or do you already? Your work is gorgeous.

    My friend, I must was so good to catch up to you! Anita

  2. Oh my goodness...what I would do for one of those right now!! They look scrumptious!! Hope you are having a fabulous week, Elizabeth! xoxo

  3. Hello Elizabeth

    This all looks so delicious and no doubt the aroma wafted though you house.
    Yesterday we collected wild blackberries and apples and I baked an overstuffed pie.

    Have a glorious weekend. Hope you made an extra batch of buns.


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