These overnight brioche cinnamon rolls are super soft and fluffy! They’re filled with a delicious brown sugar cinnamon filling and are topped with a dreamy cream cheese frosting. You can prep the rolls the night before and let them rise overnight, giving you amazing, warm cinnamon rolls in the morning!
tell me about this recipe!
- This cinnamon roll dough is soft and buttery due to the milk, butter, sugar and butter.
- The recipe needs two rises, but you can do the first one overnight in the fridge! This means you can have delicious, soft and chewy cinnamon rolls ready for breakfast.
- Before baking, pour warm heavy cream on top of the rolls. The rolls will soak up the cream during baking giving you super soft and gooey cinnamon rolls.
- They’re covered in a creamy and rich cream cheese frosting. You can make the frosting by hand and it only takes a few minutes to whip together.
The printable recipe card with the full list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.
- Butter: I love using European style butter in my recipes, like Kerry Gold. European butter has a higher butterfat content, giving you a much richer bake.
- Cream Cheese: If you’re based in the UK and your cream cheese comes in tubs, make sure to pat it down using a paper towel. European cream cheese has a higher moisture content, so you’ll need to pat it down before whipping into the frosting.
- Flour: I use all purpose flour in this recipe, but you can use bread flour if you want a chewier cinnamon roll.
How to make this recipe
One: Warm up the milk in a small saucepan until lukewarm. Pour into a bowl and add your yeast. You don’t want the milk to get too warm or it will kill the yeast! Let it sit for 10 minutes until it begins to foam.
Two: Mix together your flour, sugar and salt.
Three: Pour in the milk, butter and eggs into the flour mixture and mix on low speed with your dough hook for 2-3 minutes. Raise the speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes.
Four: Take the dough out of the bowl and oil it. Put the dough back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let is rise for an hour and a half at room temperature, until it has doubled in size.
Five: Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface until it is 18×12 inches. Butter a 9×13 pan.
Six: Brush softened butter on to the dough, leaving a 1/4 border.
Seven: Mix together the cinnamon roll filling mixture and sprinkle on top of the butter.
Eight: Tightly wrap into a spiral from the long side. Use a serrated knife or unflavored dental floss to cut into 12 pieces.
Nine: Place the rolls into your pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for an hour, or let them rise for 30 minutes and then place in the fridge overnight.
Ten: If you placed them in the fridge overnight, bring them out and come to room temperature for about 1 hour. You’ll know it’s ready when you poke the dough and it bounces back, leaving just a small indentation.
Eleven: Warm up your heavy cream and pour over the rolls. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Twelve: In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the cream cheese frosting ingredients. Spread over warm rolls.
- I highly recommend using a weighing scale and measuring out your ingredients the metric way. It makes a huge difference to your baking and is the most accurate way to bake!
- Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature. Pull out your ingredients about 2 hours before you start baking
- When adding your yeast to the milk, make sure the milk isn’t too hot. You want the milk to be lukewarm, otherwise it may kill the yeast. You should be able to dip your finger in the milk and find it not too hot.
- Don’t use melted butter for the filling, but use softened butter instead. I’ve found that using melted butter leads to the filling leaking out during the second rise.
frequently asked questions
After you’ve placed the rolls in your buttered dish, let them rise for just 30 minutes. Place them in the fridge overnight, then the next day let them come to room temperature for about an hour before baking.
Yes! Let them cool completely then place in a ziplock bag or freezer friendly tupperware. When ready to eat, let them defrost in the fridge overnight. Warm them up in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes.
Wrap up tightly or keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can reheat them in the microwave or oven.
After the second rise, poke the buns with your finger. It should bounce back but leave a bit of an indent. If there is no indentation at all then you need to let the dough rise for a bit longer.
Other Breakfast Recipes:
Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
- 9×13 baking tray
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
- 1 egg room temperature
- 1 egg yolk room temperature
- 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp fine sea sat
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature, cut into squares
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Warm up your milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, you just want it to be lukewarm. Too hot and it will kill the yeast! Pour the milk into a medium bowl and add the yeast, stirring to combine. Leave for 5-10 minutes until it has foamed and there are bubbles
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, add the flour, salt, and sugar and mix to combine.
- Pour the milk, butter and eggs into the stand mixer bowl bowl, and mix on low speed for 2-3 minutes. Raise the speed to medium and mix for another 3 minutes. Your dough should be smooth and not too sticky.
- Take the dough out of the bowl and oil it, then scrape the dough back into it. Cover it loosely with clingfilm and let it rise at room temperature until it has doubled in size, about an hour to an hour and a half.
- Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
- Turn your dough onto a floured work surface and use a floured rolling pin to roll it into a large rectangle, measuring 18 inches (46cm) long, and 12 inches wide (30.5cm).
- Mix together the cinnamon, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush over the softened butter, leaving a 1/4 inch margin, then sprinkle over the cinnamon mixture.
- From the long side, roll it into a tight spiral. Cut it into 12 pieces using either unflavored dental floss or a serrated knife. Place them into your buttered dish.
- Cover loosely with clingfilm and let rise for about an hour. You’ll know the dough is ready when you poke it, it bounces back but leaves a bit of a dent. If the indentation doesn’t stay, it needs longer. You can also do this all the night before, allow them to rise for just 30 minutes (instead of 1 hour), put them in the fridge (covered with clingfilm) at this point and the next morning let them come to room temperature before baking (for about 1 hour)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F/180°C. Warm the heavy cream in a small saucepan. Just before putting it into the oven, pour your warm heavy cream on top of the rolls, and in the spaces between the rolls. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
- In your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.
- Add in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and beat on low speed for about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and beat for 1 minute. Spread over warm cinnamon rolls.