Fluffy Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
These cinnamon rolls rise overnight in the refrigerator. This dough is rich with butter, milk, an egg and egg yolks – reminds me of tender and rich brioche dough. I always spread the warm rolls with a simple icing the melts, coats the rolls and slips into all the cinnamon swirls.  Sometimes I make a simple butter, powdered sugar and milk icing, sometimes I make one with cream cheese – either way, they’re delicious!
Fluffy Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
These cinnamon rolls rise overnight in the refrigerator. This dough is rich with butter, milk, an egg and egg yolks – reminds me of tender and rich brioche dough. I always spread the warm rolls with a simple icing the melts, coats the rolls and slips into all the cinnamon swirls.  Sometimes I make a simple butter, powdered sugar and milk icing, sometimes I make one with cream cheese – either way, they’re delicious!
Servings
12Cinnamon Rolls
Servings
12Cinnamon Rolls
Ingredients
Dough
  • 1/2cup whole milk
  • 8tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2cup very warm water(about 105 degrees)
  • 1envelope instant yeast
  • 1/3cup sugar
  • 1large egg
  • 3large egg yolks
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4teaspoons kosher salt
  • 5cups all-purpose flourdivided (4 cups, 1 cup)
  • oilfor greasing bowl
  • butterfor greasing pan
Filling
  • 6tablespoons unsalted butersoftened
  • 1/3cup brown sugar
  • 1/3cup granulated sugar
  • 1tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2teaspoon kosher salt
Cream Cheese Icing
  • 4ounces cream cheesesoftened
  • 2tablespoons buttersoftened
  • 1 1/2cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and warm milk in small pan over low heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. In stand mixer bowl with flat beater attached, add warm water, yeast, sugar, egg, yolks and vanilla and mix on low until combined.
  3. Add 4 cups flour and salt – mix on low until flour is mostly combined, then shift to speed 2-3 and drizzle in milk mixture.
  4. Mix until dough starts to pull together – will still be quite wet.  Switch from flat beater to dough hook.
  5. Begin to knead on speed 2 and add 1/2 cup more of the remaining flour.  After that add 1-tablespoon at a time until dough is smooth and pulls away from bowl (I used ¾ cup of remaining cup of flour for my last batch).
  6. Knead about 5 minutes.  Note: This dough is softer and will cling to/ride up the dough hook more than some other doughs.  I stopped and scraped the dough off the dough hook a few times during the kneading process.
  7. Lightly oil the inside of a large bowl.  Place dough in bowl, turning dough over so oiled side of dough is facing up.
  8. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place* until dough has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  9. While dough is rising: Mix together filling ingredients until soft and spreadable.  Grease a 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish. 
  10. Sprinkle a little flour on a flat surface for rolling.  Roll the dough into a 12 x 18-inch rectangle.  (This dough is very soft, you can actually pat it out with your hands rather than rolling if you like.)
  11. With the long-side facing you, spread the filling mixture evenly over the surface leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.
  12. Starting with the long side facing you, roll with both hands.  Roll so the seam-side is facing down and use your hands to even out the roll.
  13. Then, cut with a very sharp knife, serrated knife or unflavored dental floss into 12 equal pieces.
  14. Place the rolls, evenly-spaced, in the prepared baking dish and cover with greased plastic wrap. (Greased side down, so dough doesn’t rise and stick to plastic wrap.)
  15. Refrigerate overnight.
  16. In the morning, place in a warm place* or leave out on counter covered until they come to room temperature, rise and expand some more and start getting puffy in the center.
  17. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  18. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  
  19. While the rolls are baking, make the icing: beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add vanilla and mix in the powdered sugar.  Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach a texture you like.
  20. Spread icing over warm rolls.
Recipe Notes

Note* – If you don’t have a great warm place for your dough to rise, create one by heating some water, then place the dough in oven (not turned on) on an upper oven rack.  Place an empty heat-safe dish on a lower oven rack.  Pour a few cups of hot water into the empty dish and close oven door.  Creates a warm steamy dough-rising environment. (Don’t turn on oven while rising dough.)