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Overnight Brioche Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Brioche Cinnamon Rolls is an overnight recipe that makes putting homemade rolls on your breakfast table simple. No one will be sleeping in when you pull these soft and tender cinnamon pull-apart rolls from the oven.

This recipe was originally posted in 2015 but has been updated to improve reader experience.

Top angled view of a pull apart cinnamon roll sitting on a white platter with a drizzle of glaze. A plate with a slice of the roll sits in the background.

Overnight Brioche Cinnamon Rolls are warm and tender with a sweet cream cheese vanilla bean glaze.

Who wouldn’t want delicious hot Brioche Cinnamon rolls with a smooth vanilla bean-cinnamon glaze, first thing in the morning?

In my opinion that would be the ultimate way to start my day!

Making this recipe came about when I joined a bread baking group to challenge myself to learn to create different types of bread.

Side view of a slice of a cinnamon roll with glaze running down the side.

Our host Holly at A Baker’s House chose the December theme “Overnight Breakfast Bread”.

That excited me because I’d been reading about the benefits of letting bread dough rest overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

In the case of baking Brioche, letting it rise for a long period of time helps it develop structure as well as the smooth buttery flavor. It sure did in our Brioche Buns recipe!

Let me tell you a little bit about what I learned that may help you.

What is Brioche?

Bread usually contains simply flour, water, and salt. If the recipe includes fats, proteins, and sugar, the dough is said to be enriched.

Brioche is a highly enriched dough of French origin. The eggs, eggnog, and butter in these rolls give them a rich, soft, and tender crumb.

Top down view of a loaf of cinnamon pull-apart bread drizzled with a glaze. A plate of a slice of the bread sits in the background next to a bottle of milk.

Brioche Cinnamon Roll Ingredients

  • Flour – we used all-purpose flour
  • Yeast – dry yeast such as Active, Rapid Rise, or Instant yeast
  • Butter – we don’t use substitutes. Brioche is best using full-fat real butter. We use unsalted. If you use salted eliminate the salt called for in the recipe.
  • Cinnamon – don’t skimp here. We use cinnamon in the dough which is optional but we like taking the opportunity to add more cinnamon flavor.
  • Sugar – white granulated sugar
  • Salt – we bake with fine sea salt because it dissolves well. However, kosher or table salt works fine.
  • Egg Nog – this rich drink works great in this recipe. You can also use whole milk. We don’t recommend using a low-fat version, again, brioche likes its fat.
  • Eggs – we use Grade A for consistency in our baking.
  • Vanilla Bean – we love using vanilla beans but you can also use vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract.
  • Brown sugar – we prefer dark brown sugar because of the deep molasses notes. Light brown sugar is perfectly acceptable as well.
  • Cream Cheese – is used for the glaze.
  • Powdered sugar – also known as confectioners sugar.
Close up side shot of a cinnamon roll with glaze dripping down the side and a fork about to cut into it.

How to make Overnight Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

Step 1: Prepare the dough – Tips & Variations

We used an electric stand mixer to mix our dough. It can be mixed by hand as well.

It’s important to know that this is a wet sticky dough. You don’t want to add additional flour as you would traditional dough recipes to make it more manageable. Doing so will produce a dry and tough cinnamon brioche roll.

We also used room-temperature ingredients and warmed the liquids before incorporating them. The temperature is warm, not hot. Think bathwater. Overheating the liquid can kill your yeast.

Heating the liquids and using room temperature ingredients assures that they will blend into a smooth dough.

  1. To the bowl of your mixer, add the yeast, warm water, and sugar. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to activate.
    • If you’re using rapid rise or instant yeast, you don’t have to wait.
  2. Add the warmed eggnog, salt, softened butter, slightly beaten eggs, and vanilla bean. Mix until combined.
  3. Add the cinnamon to the flour and gradually add the flour until the dough comes away from the sides of the mixer and forms a ball.
  4. Remove the dough and put it on a lightly floured work surface. Knead it for just a few minutes.
  5. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl. Cover it and allow it to rise at room temperature until doubled, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
A ball of brioche dough

Step 2: Make the filling

  1. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon together. Mix with a fork or briefly with your fingers.

Step 3: Shape the Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

Three photos showing the filling applied to dough including soft butter, sprinkling it with filling and rolling it.
  1. Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Punch the dough down and roll it into a rectangle measuring approximately 9 x 24 inches.
  2. Spread softened butter over the surface of the dough.
  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon filling over the dough.
  4. Starting on the longer edge, roll the dough until it forms a long log.
  5. With the seam side down, using a sharp pair of kitchen shears, snip the dough into 1/2-inch increments. DON’T go all the way through the roll.
  6. Offset each section by alternatingly pushing them forward and backward.
  7. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to two days.
Three photos showing how to shape a pull apart cinnamon roll including cutting the rolls apart, offsetting them, and brushing them with melted butter.

Variation1: The method to create the pull-apart is quick and simple. However, you can cut all the way through the roll and separate them into individual brioche cinnamon rolls. Set them on the cut side in a baking pan prior to refrigeration.

Variation 2: Offset rolls can be placed in 9×5 bread loaf pans. It’s not necessary to offset them very much. They will still be pull-apart rolls.

The benefit of using loaf pans is if you don’t need to serve the whole cinnamon brioche roll, you can freeze one for another time. We wrapped one in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil prior to glazing it and put it in the freezer.

It thawed at room temperature quickly while we made our glaze.

Step 4: Bake

  1. Remove the brioche cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator while the oven preheats.
  2. Brush the dough with melted butter.
  3. Bake
Side view of a slice of a cinnamon roll with glaze being poured over it.

Step 5: Glaze

We used a cream cheese glaze by combining room temperature cream cheese with milk and vanilla bean.

You can also use a simple vanilla bean glaze such as what we did in our Mango Muffins recipe.

Does dough need to be refrigerated?

Photo of a hand kneading dough.
Brioche is a wet sticky dough

Because of these enriching ingredients, the dough is soft and wet. Refrigerating it, and giving it a longer rest helps it gain structure that will help you shape it.

I found the Brioche dough was a buttery soft dough similar to a warm sugar cookie dough.

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Put this beautiful roll in the middle of the table, and watch it disappear.

Pulling rolls off allows you to have just as big a piece as you want. It’s a good thing that this recipe makes one gigantic roll, or as I did, two good-sized rolls.

Two hands tearing a loaf of cinnamon brioche pull-apart roll apart showing how soft and tender it is.

Can you imagine getting this roll as a gift? This recipe is perfect for overnight guests too. Mix it up the day before and just plop it in the oven the next morning. Your guests will be amazed.

What you may need

  • Electric Stand Mixer – I often use a mixer when mixing brioche dough. Since it is a wet and stickier dough, it makes short work of putting it together.
  • Baking Sheet – I use this baking sheet almost every single day whether it’s in the oven or on the grill.
  • Parchment paper – This paper makes clean up a breeze and its high heat-resistant rating assures it will not catch on fire with our hot oven.

Pin these Cinnamon Brioche Rolls

Two photo collage for Pinterest. The top photo is a close up side shot of a cinnamon roll with glaze dripping down the side and a fork about to cut into it. The bottom photo is Top angled view of a pull apart cinnamon roll sitting on a white platter with a drizzle of glaze.

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Overnight Pull-Apart Brioche Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Can you imagine waking up to soft and tender Brioche Cinnamon Rolls infused with warm cinnamon? No one will be sleeping in when these rolls leave your oven.
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Overnight rise 6 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins
Servings 24 servings
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 teaspoons active yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water think bath water
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 cup eggnog warmed (or whole milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 12 tbsp butter unsalted and softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour may need up to 1/2 cup more
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 vanilla bean seeded

Filling

  • 8 tbsp butter unsalted,softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt pinch

Icing

  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk or cream
  • 1/2 vanilla bean seeded (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Instructions

  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine water, yeast, and sugar. Mix to combine. *Allow resting for 3 to 5 minutes until bubbly.
  • Add the warmed eggnog, salt, eggs, and softened butter. Mix until combined. Gradually mix in the flour until dough comes together in a ball and away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Lightly flour the working surface and remove dough from the bowl. Knead until smooth. Dough will be wet and sticky but don't add more than another 1/2 cup of flour to make it manageable. (Just a couple minutes is all). Place the dough in a large greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise until double, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Punch down the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle approximately 9×24 inches. Spread soft butter over the surface of the dough, and sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture.
  • Roll the dough into a log from the long end, keeping it fairly tight as you go.
  • Place the log seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. With a pair of sharp kitchen scissors, cut slices almost to the bottom of the log, about every 1/2 inch. Arrange the cut sections so that they lean to alternating sides. If baking in 9×5 loaf pans, press ends of the dough together until they are approximately the size of your pan. Using the parchment paper, lift the dough up and into the bread pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap immediately and refrigerate.
  • The next morning, preheat the oven to 350° F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator while the oven preheats. Brush the dough with 2 tablespoons of melted butter and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. If baking in bread pans, bake approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
  • While bread is baking, whisk the icing ingredients together.
  • Serve rolls warm with a drizzle of icing.

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Notes

*If Rapid Rise or Instant Rise yeast is used you don’t have to allow for the short rest. Just continue to combine ingredients as instructed.
Recipe adapted from https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/overnight-pull-apart-brioche-cinnamon-roll-bread/

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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As amazing as this Overnight Brioche Cinnamon Rolls recipe is, there are a lot of great recipes from the Bread Bakers group. I hope you will stick around and take a look at their recipes too.

The #BreadBakers theme this month is Overnight Breakfast Breads. This includes yeasted breads that you prepare the night before then bake in the morning as well as quick breads that you prepare ahead of time then mix and bake in the morning.

December is a busy time for celebrations and getting together with family and friends. It is always nice to think ahead and to make dishes ahead of time so that you– the baker– can enjoy the fruits (or bread) of your labor with your loved ones.

Here is what the group is sharing today, enjoy!

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sarahpratley

Saturday 2nd of January 2016

These sound absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing them :) x

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Julie Menghini

Saturday 2nd of January 2016

Thank you Sarah! When I first saw the recipe I expected something complicated, but I got to tell you, this recipe isn't difficult at all and makes two good sized loves. Thank you for stopping by!

Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

Thursday 31st of December 2015

Such a great twist on cinnamon rolls. I would eat way too much of that loaf!!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 31st of December 2015

Thank you Laura! This recipe was so good. I'll be making it again. Thank you for stopping by!

Rachel

Sunday 20th of December 2015

Oh my goodness... Just looking at these photos I think I've put on 10 lbs! This is one of those delicious things I'd make with the intention of having my family eat it, and I'd find myself devouring 3/4 of it on my own. This looks simply divine.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 20th of December 2015

Thank you Rachel! It is one of those recipes that look intimidating but is actually easy and un to make. Thanks for stopping by!

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