Overnight brioche cinnamon rolls are the BEST ever cinnamon rolls! Rich and buttery brioche dough surrounds an irresistible brown sugar cinnamon filling in these soft overnight cinnamon rolls. Make the night ahead and bake the next morning for breakfast! Recipe yields 12 rolls.
Baked until deeply golden and topped with swirls of vanilla frosting, these make ahead cinnamon rolls are perfect for weekend brunch, Christmas morning, and any day that calls for a little extra sweetness!
If you love cream cheese frosting, you can also top the warm cinnamon buns with sweet and tangy cream cheese glaze.
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Authentic French Brioche
If you’re new to brioche, you’re in for a serious treat! Classic French brioche is rich and golden, enriched with eggs and plenty of butter.
While brioche dough is richer in flavor than basic sweet yeast dough, it’s very easy to make and enjoy at home (and there’s no kneading or dough hook required!).
Make Ahead Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
The beauty of this brioche cinnamon roll recipe? It’s specifically designed to be made in advance! You’ll make the brioche dough in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, then let the dough rest in a warm spot until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
Once the dough is doubled in size, transfer to the fridge and chill for 3 hours (soft brioche dough is much easier to work with when chilled).
After 3 hours, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and add the cinnamon sugar filling. Roll the dough into a log, slice into rolls with unflavored dental floss or a serrated knife, and place the rolls into a baking dish.
Cover the baking pan tightly with plastic (to prevent the rolls from drying out) and refrigerate up to 16 hours.
On baking day, remove the pan from the fridge and allow the rolls to rise in a warm place until puffy, about 45 minutes. Bake until golden brown, then let cool for 30 minutes before frosting. Serve these cinnamon rolls with your morning coffee and enjoy!
More delicious cinnamon roll recipes:
- Giant Cinnamon Roll
- Brown Butter Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
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Overnight brioche cinnamon rolls are the best ever cinnamon rolls! Rich and buttery brioche dough surrounds an irresistible brown sugar cinnamon filling in these soft overnight cinnamon rolls. Make the night ahead and bake the next morning for breakfast! Recipe yields 12 rolls.
- 3/4 cup (180 g) milk
- 1/2 Tbsp (4.5 g) instant yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp (9 g) salt
- 1/4 cup (84 g) honey
- 4 large eggs (200 g), lightly beaten, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (168 g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 3 3/4 cups (525 g) all-purpose flour
- 5 Tbsp (70 g) unsalted butter, very soft
- 3/4 cup (135 g) light brown sugar
- 1 tsp (2 g) cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp (0.75 g) salt
- 1/4 cup (56 g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp (1.5 g) salt
- 1 1/2 cups (180 g) powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 Tbsp (37 g) milk
- 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (or 2 tsp (8 g) vanilla extract)
- Make dough: Heat milk in a microwave-safe measuring cup for 45 seconds to 1 minute, until very warm (120-130°F). Combine warm milk, yeast, salt and honey in a large mixer bowl; mix on low speed until incorporated. Add eggs and melted butter; mix until combined. Gradually mix in flour, just until combined. Cover mixer bowl loosely with plastic and let rest in a warm place for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, the dough will be puffy and doubled in size. Transfer dough to the refrigerator and chill for 3 hours (or overnight).
- Remove chilled dough from the refrigerator. Gently press down dough; cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
- Turn dough out on a lightly floured board, dust dough lightly with flour, and roll into an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread dough with softened butter, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl; sprinkle mixture over dough and press gently into dough with rolling pin. Carefully roll dough up into a tight log and pinch edges to seal (if dough starts to stick, use a bench scraper to lift dough from the board).
- Trim off uneven ends and score dough into 12 equal slices. Use unflavored dental floss to slice dough crosswise (slip a long slice of floss under log of dough and cross on top to cut slices cleanly). Place rolls cut side up into prepared baking pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rest in the refrigerator overnight (up to 16 hours).
- On baking day, remove the chilled rolls from the refrigerator and place in a warm spot to rise until puffy (about 45 to 60 minutes) before baking.
- While the rolls rise, preheat the oven to 350°F and make the frosting.
- Make frosting: Combine butter, salt, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla bean seeds in a large mixer bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Bake rolls for 28 to 32 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. Spread the frosting over the warm rolls before serving.
Bake the rolls right away: If you’re planning to bake the rolls right away, work up to Step 5. In Step 5, cover the baking pan loosely with plastic and let rise in a warm place until puffy, about 30 to 40 minutes. Continue with Step 7.
Milk: You can use 1%, 2%, or whole milk in the dough.
Yeast: You can use instant yeast (as written in the recipe) or active dry yeast. Dough made with instant yeast will rise more quickly than dough made with active dry yeast.
Keywords: Brioche, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Roll, Vanilla Bean, Glaze
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