Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe
Nothing says “home” quite like warm cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven. The smell of cinnamon and sugar, the sweet gooeyness of the filling, the icing dripping down your fingers as you bite into that delicious piece of heaven. Unfortunately, cinnamon rolls are a pain in the neck. They take hours to mix up, let rise, punch down, let rise again (and maybe even again), roll out, and let rise…again. To have these delicious pastries for breakfast you’d have to get up before the sun!
I am not an “up before the sun” person. I am an “up when my kids drag me out of bed” kind of person. Usually, when the kids are dragging me out of bed it’s because they’re hungry, so I certainly don’t have time to perform the cinnamon roll rituals. Fortunately, I’ve pieced together a recipe that is incredibly easy. But, being easy doesn’t make it any less delicious. Trust me, when you bite into one of these amazing rolls, you’ll wonder why you ever got up before the sun to sit through three (or four) risings. This cinnamon roll recipe is so, SO, easy and doesn’t sacrifice any of the taste! What makes it so easy? They only have ONE initial rise, and that and all the mixing, is done the night before! All you have to do in the morning is pull them out of the fridge, let them sit 20 minutes, and bake!
Easy Cinnamon Roll Recipe
What You Need:
- 2 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees. Like warm bath water)
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 7-8 cups flour
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Mix dough ingredients in order in a mixer using a dough hook. Add enough flour that the dough starts to pull away from the edges of the mixer. (Tip: This dough won’t form a ball like regular bread dough does. It will still be VERY sticky when it’s ready, so just watch for it to pull away from the edges.)
2. Allow dough to rise for 30 minutes to an hour covered with a cloth.
3. Mix filling ingredients until smooth.
4. Punch down and roll out into a rectangle – approximately 18″x 24″.
5. Spread filling evenly over dough.
6. Roll dough from wide end to wide end forming one long roll.
7. Using a serrated knife, cut 1″ slices.
8. Spray two 9″x 13″ baking dishes with cooking spray.
9. Place rolls snugly in pans.
10. Wrap tightly and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning…
11. Take out of refrigerator, unwrap, and set in a warm place covered loosely with a cloth. (I set mine on top of the stove as it’s preheating.)
12. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
13. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
14. Mix icing ingredients.
15. Drizzle icing over rolls.
Are you a cinnamon roll lover? Have you tried an overnight recipe before? Let me know if you try this one and how you like it!