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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

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There are few things in life that make me feel as smug as overnight cinnamon rolls. A few simple steps the night before rewards you with the most satisfying breakfast ever, and don’t get me started on how amazing your house will smell.



For the dough:

  • 7g (1 sachet) active dried yeast
  • 220ml lukewarm, whole milk
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g margarine
  • 2 large, free range eggs
  • 500g plain flour

For the filling:

  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 4tbsp cinnamon (reduce to 2 or 3tbsp if you’re not a fan of a strong cinnamon taste, I love it with 4!)
  • 75g margarine, softened

For the frosting:

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 50g cream cheese
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract


  1. To make the dough first pour the warm milk into a jug and stir in the yeast, set aside for 5 minutes to activate. You’ll know it’s working if the yeast has begun to froth.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook add the sugar, margarine, eggs, and flour and mix together. While the mixer is still running at the lowest speed, pour the milk into the dry ingredients in a slow, steady stream. Mix until everything is incorporated then turn the mixer up to medium and leave for 3 minutes.
  3. Spray a large mixing bowl with olive oil and pop the dough into the greased bowl, cover with a sheet of oiled cling film and leave until doubled in size. This usually takes around an hour. Don’t worry if it takes a little longer, just keep an eye on it.
  4. Stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Grease a 9×13″ high sided baking tray with butter and set aside while you prepare your rolls.
  6. Roll your dough out on a lightly floured surface until you get a rectangular shape measuring around 19×15″. Spread the dough with the margarine then sprinkle liberally with the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Take the longest edge of the dough and carefully roll it up into a long sausage. Cut the sausage in half then cut each half into six equally sized pieces. Place the cut rolls into the greased baking tray.
  7. Wrap the baking tray in clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight. The rolls will continue to rise but at a much slower pace.
  8. When you’re about ready to bake your rolls remove them from the fridge and check if they’ve doubled in size. If not just leave them in a warm place for 30 minutes to puff up. Once they’re doubled in size pop them into a preheated oven at 175°C and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. While the rolls are baking, mix the butter, icing sugar, cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and spreadable. Once the rolls have finished baking, allow to cool for 5 minutes before spreading with the frosting and serve immediately.


The rolls can be kept, wrapped in cling film, for 5 days. Simply reheat for 30 seconds in a microwave.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus rising
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American