Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

By ohioeggs  ,

December 5, 2016

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For a sweet treat on a holiday morning like Christmas or Easter, bake Ohio food blogger NeighborFood's Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting.




2 packages (or 1 ½ Tablespoons) fast rise instant yeast

3/4 cup warm water (aim for 105 to 115 degrees)

2 Tablespoons sugar

2 cups whole milk

8 Tablespoons butter

4 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

9 cups bread flour, plus more for sprinkling


1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks, 12 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon


1/2 cup (1 stick, 8 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature

12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Splash heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt


Add the water to the bowl of an electric mixer then stir in the sugar and yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the milk. The mixture should foam up quite a bit. If it doesn't froth or foam, your yeast might be bad, and you'll want to start over.

Meanwhile, heat the milk to just below boiling, then stir in the butter, allowing it to melt. Allow the mixture to cool to warm.

Stir the beaten eggs into the yeast mixture. Pour the cooled milk mixture into the yeast mixture in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and the salt.

Add half of the flour to the bowl, using a spatula or spoon to combine. Add the remaining flour (up to 8 cups) and stir, then switch to the dough hook and beat until well combined. Continue to beat with the dough hook until the dough is soft, about 6 minutes. If the mixture is still very sticky, beat in up to another cup of flour. The dough should be tacky and springy, but should release from your finger when you touch it.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover loosely with saran wrap, and place in a warm spot to rise for 40 minutes to an hour, or until doubled in size.

Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a floured surface. Roll or press the dough out into a rectangle approximately 12 inches by 24 inches long. Pour the melted butter over top, spreading it evenly. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugars and cinnamon and then sprinkle that evenly over the top. Cut the rectangle in half so there are two 12 x 12 inch squares. Either roll each square into a tight log and then cut it into 12 slices using dental floss OR use a pizza cutter to slice the rectangle into 24 long strips, and roll each strip individually into a slice. Once the rolls are sliced, place them in a buttered dish, approximately 8 in a 9 x 13 inch pan or 6 in a 9 inch pie pan. Cover the rolls loosely with saran wrap. Refrigerate the rolls overnight, for 8-12 hours.

In the morning, take the rolls out and allow them to rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes, or until puffed.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the rolls in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until tops are golden and set. I recommend under baking just slightly so the rolls stay nice and soft.

To make the frosting: Combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on high speed until smooth. Beat in the powdered sugar, cream, vanilla, and salt. If you're serving immediately, the rolls can be frosted while still warm. Otherwise, store them unfrosted, then frost and reheat the rolls for a few minutes before serving.

Courtney is the recipe developer, photographer, and flour-dusted girl behind the blog NeighborFood. NeighborFood is her table, and she loves nothing more than inviting others to pull up a chair, pour a glass of milk, and share a cookie with her. Courtney lives in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and baby boy, cheering on the Buckeyes, and eating a little too much ice cream.

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