Easy Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

You can have fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning and forget about the ones that come in a can. With easy overnight cinnamon rolls, you make the rolls the night before. You let them rise in the morning and then bake until fluffy and lightly browned.

pan of freshly baked cinnamon rolls

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Do you want to make a special breakfast for your family? You can easily make homemade cinnamon rolls that are fluffy, soft, and loaded with cinnamon brown sugar filling.

You make the dough the night before and let it develop wonderful flavor in the refrigerator overnight.

In the morning you roll out the dough then spread butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon on it.

Then roll up the dough, slice it, and bake until golden brown.

Enjoy plain or topped with cinnamon roll frosting.

This recipe is from my grandmother, Ethel Eynard. Jefferson City, MO. 1964.

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

You can bake fresh and hot cinnamon rolls in the morning!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 382kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups milk heated
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 4 cups flour

Cinnamon Roll Filling

  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine


  • Heat milk with sugar, shortening, and salt. Cool and add egg and yeast, dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water. Add flour to make a soft dough, but not sticky. Refrigerate overnight. 
  • Take out of the refrigerator. Let rise until double.
  • Roll out and spread with soft butter or margarine, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Bake for 30 minutes in a 300-degree oven.

Prepare cinnamon roll filling

  • Mix together with mixer the brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Blend until the butter has softened, and is well mixed.

Roll up the cinnamon rolls

  • Roll out and spread with cinnamon roll filling. Roll up the cinnamon rolls tightly.
  • Cut off the ends of the roll, so you can cut the rest of the roll neatly.
  • Cut the remaining roll into 1 inch pieces and place in a 9x13 inch greased pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in a 300-degree oven.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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