{VIDEO} THE BEST Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls (Overnight or Same Day Options!)

My favorite breakfast treat in the entire universe. These ultra fluffy, soft rolls, are loaded with gooey, buttery, cinnamon sugar filling and smothered in cream cheese glaze.

This recipe is everything! You know it's good, because there's no chocolate in it at all and I am still, that utterly obsessed with these. It is hands down, the only homemade cinnamon roll recipe you will ever need.

The best part about these, is you can make them in advance the day before, if you like, then you can just wake up, pop 'em the oven, and you'll have warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven, homemade cinnamon rolls, perfect for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast, a brunch gathering, or special occasion.

 The dough is so soft and tender from the buttermilk and super moist from using a combo of butter and oil, so the base of these is light and delicate, instead of dense, bread-y. Just look at these rolls, just waiting for the oven!

And the filling is unlike anything you've ever had because of my secret ingredients. To start, instead of a basic cinnamon sugar combo, I used a mixture of both white and brown sugar, to make it gooey yet caramelized with a little hint of sweet vanilla and nutmeg to give it that little extra something. I also added a little cornstarch, which is the secret to creating that thick, saucy filling.

To finish it all off, my absolute favorite part, the sweet, tangy cream cheese icing. It's rich, smooth, creamy, and is the perfect topping, smothered on top of these cinnamon rolls... and of course, I had to add some sprinkles and sugar pearls to make these extra fancy... they deserve it... they are THAT good!

I don't want you to be scared to work with yeast. If you've never done it before, it's not scary and this is the perfect recipe to try, because it is sooo good. The dough is going to be moist and tacky, but you don't want it to be too sticky to work with, so just make sure you start with the minimum amount of flour before you add more, so you don't create a dense, heavy cinnamon roll, the trick is to add just enough flour, so that it's not sticking to the sides of the bowl or the work surface when you knead it, to keep that ultra light and fluffy texture of these rolls.

Here's a look at the dough before and after it's first rise:

If you guys give this a try be sure to tag me in a picture on social media @LindsayAnnBakes!


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THE BEST Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12

  • 1 cup buttermilk, very warm (about 110 degrees F)
  • 1 (.25oz) packet instant/rapidrise dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus up to 1/3 cup extra if needed
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
Cream Cheese Icing 
  • 4oz cream cheese (1/2 an 8oz block), room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (1/2lb) powdered sugar, sifted 

In a large bowl or bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together warm milk, instant/rapidrise dry yeast, sugar, 6 tablespoons of the melted butter, oil, vanilla, eggs and salt. Slowly mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, with a wooden spoon or spatula (or paddle attachment on your stand mixer on low speed) until the flour is incorporated and the dough starts to come together (dough will be tacky to the touch, if it is way too sticky, you may add up to 1/3 cup extra flour, as needed). Then, knead dough, by hand on a lightly floured surface a few times (or on medium speed in your mixer with the dough hook) until it is smooth and and elastic, about 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball and place in a bowl coated with vegetable oil. Roll dough in bowl to coat in oil. Cover with a towel and place it in a warm, draft-free place to rise for about 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Meanwhile, spray the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray and prepare the filling. Mix together the brown sugar, vanilla, white sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and nutmeg. Let butter sit out to come to room temperature and soften.

Once the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using a rolling pin, roll into a 12x18 inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter all over the top of the dough and sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top, so entire surface is fully covered.

Roll the dough up tightly, lengthwise, so you have one long 18" log. Cut dough into 12 equal pieces (~1 1/2" long) by cutting in half, then cut halves into halves, then cut those halves into thirds, to get 12 equal pieces. Arrange them in the prepared baking pan, cut sides up.
  • MAKE TOADAY: Loosely cover and let rise a second time in a warm, draft-free place, until they are puffy and doubled in size, about 1 hour. (To speed up the dough rising process, heat your oven to 200 F degrees and then, turn off the oven heat and let your rolls rise quickly in the warm oven until puffy and doubled in size.)
  • OVERNIGHT METHOD: After placing rolls in pan, instead of letting them rise, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, or up to 16 hours. The next morning, remove from fridge and let the rolls sit in a warm, draft-free place, until they are puffy and doubled in size, about 1 hour.
After the rolls have risen, preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over the tops. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until they are golden brown.

While the rolls are baking, prepare the icing. Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, beating until smooth and creamy.

Spread the icing over warm rolls and serve immediately.

If you are not going to eat them all right away, store unfrosted rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 2 months. Reheat and frost before serving.