Overnight Cinnamon Buns

Hello everyone!

What is your favorite meal of the day? I’d have to say mine is breakfast. I love all breakfast foods… from cold cereal to bacon and eggs, to my Baked Oatmeal Breakfast. And then there’s the deliciously yummy sweet breakfast foods like cinnamon buns. Oh la la! These are definitely a Saturday morning treat around our home. I shared a sneak peak of these on my Instagram last week and it looks like I’m not the only cinnamon bun lover around… so I had to share the recipe!

Overnight Cinnamon Buns from www.joyinourhome.com

We have some really wonderful neighbors and we often share our baking with them (especially since the mom of the house doesn’t enjoy baking!) They gave these their biggest stamp of approval! Even their lil’ 3 year old rubbed his tummy and told me they were yummy!

I’ve really come to appreciate foods that you can prepare the day before and then just bake the next day or morning in this case. And now imagine waking up in the morning to the smell of cinnamon and dough baking in the oven!

Overnight Cinnamon Buns from www.joyinourhome.com

These buns are the softest and fluffiest I’ve ever had. Add cream cheese icing on top and it can’t be beat!

Overnight Cinnamon Buns
Serves 12
These make-ahead cinnamon buns are deliciously soft and fluffy...
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  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 2/3 cup white sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp. yeast (instant)
  4. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  5. 2 large eggs, room temperature
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
  1. 6 tbsp. butter, softened
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
Cream Cheese Icing
  1. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
  3. 1/4 milk
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. For the dough: In a small saucepan, warm milk over low heat until lukewarm. Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand electric mixer filled with the dough hook attachment. With a spoon, manually stir in the sugar and yeast. Let stand until the yeast is foamy, about 5-10 minutes. On low speed, beat in the softened butter until it is slightly broken up. Next, add the eggs, one at a time, and then the salt. The butter won't really be mixing into the mixture, but that's okay. On low speed, slowly add the flour. Once it is all added, beat on medium speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium high and beat until the dough is soft and supple, about 6 minutes longer.
  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap or a towel and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 2 hours. Hint: Warm oven and then turn off. Place the covered dough inside and let rise.
  3. Grease the bottom of a 9X13 inch baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and using a rolling pin, roll into a 13X8 inch rectangle. Make sure the dough is smooth and evenly thick.
For the filling
  1. Spread softened butter all over the dough. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together and then spread evenly over dough. Tightly roll up the dough to form an 18 inch log. Cut into 12 even rolls. Arrange in prepared baking dish, cut sides up. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or 8-12 hours).
  2. Remove cinnamon buns from refrigerator and let rise in a warm place until they are puffy. About 1-2 hours.
  3. After they have risen, preheat oven to 375F. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. About halfway through baking time, cover buns lightly with foil so the tops don't brown too much. Remove dish from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
For the icing
  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add icing sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds and then on high speed for 2 more minutes. Using a knife, spread the icing over the cinnamon buns and serve immediately.
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Overnight Cinnamon Buns from www.joyinourhome.com

 These are perfect to make if you’re having company! Don’t let all the steps in the recipe scare you… they are worth the extra effort and will have you ohhhing and ahhhing!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for our weekly link party, Your Turn To Shine!




Recipe adapted from: Sally’s Baking Addiction  


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  1. Alicia York-Bird says:

    Oh wow, these look absolutely delicious! I’ve printed out the recipe and will see about making them this weekend for a small get together we’re hosting…thanks for a great idea and for sharing the recipe :o)

    • Kendra says:

      Thanks SO much Meaghan! I understand your obsession completely πŸ˜‰ Thanks for pinning too… love your party and will definitely be back! Hope the rest of your week is great!

  2. Angela says:

    I love Cinnamon Rolls! Thank you for this recipe. I am always on the look for a good cinnamon roll recipe, and I have no doubt that this is it:) By the way your blog is just perfect, I love the colors, simplicity it just makes me happy!

    • Kendra says:

      Thank you soo much for your kind words, Angela… makes my day! Let me know how you like the cinnamon buns, if you remember πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming by and hope you have a great rest of the week!

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