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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls - Small Batch

These delicious cinnamon rolls can be make the night before and iced in the morning.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 514kcal


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour


  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • In a small pot, melt the 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup whole milk. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Allow that to sit for 5-6 minutes. The yeast should appear to foam some on the surface as the mixture cools.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and egg. Pour the milk-yeast mixture into the bowl and stir until a dough ball forms. On a floured surface, knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. Place back in the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour.
  • Once the dough has risen, punch down and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll into a large rectangle. Smear the softened 1/4 cup butter all over the rectangle. Combine the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon then sprinkle over the butter. Roll up into a long cylinder. Cut in about 8-10 rolls (if you cut slightly more or less, that's OK too). Place in a buttered pie pan.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight. This is also a good time to set out the cream cheese so it can soften overnight.
  • Remove the cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator 1 hour before baking.
  • Bake at 325°F for 30-32 minutes, until the outer rolls begin to turn a golden brown.
  • While the cinnamon rolls bake, make the frosting. In a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese with the milk, aiming to remove as many lumps as possible. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar.
  • Top the cinnamon rolls with the frosting and enjoy.


Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2mg