Overnight Maple Cinnamon Rolls
Save time in the morning and wake up to warm, fresh, cinnamon goodness with these overnight maple cinnamon rolls.
Yield: 12 large rolls
For the dough:
  • 1 cup (240ml) whole milk
  • ⅔ cup (135g) granulated sugar
  • 2 packages (1½ Tbsp) (14g) RED STAR Platinum Superior Baking Yeast
  • ½ cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature and cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4½ cups (558g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting/rolling
For the filling:
  • ½ cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60ml) pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
For the maple icing
  • 1½ cups (180g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) whole milk
  1. (1) Make The Dough: In a small saucepan, warm the milk over low heat until lukewarm (110-115°F). Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment (OR you can use a handheld mixer OR no mixer, but a stand mixer is ideal). With a spoon, manually stir in the sugar and yeast. Cover with a towel and let sit until the yeast is foamy, about 5-10 minutes. On low speed, beat in the softened butter until it is slightly broken up. Next add the eggs, one at a time, and then the salt. The butter won't really be mixing into the mixture, so don't be alarmed if it stays in pieces. On low speed, gradually add the flour. Once it is all added, beat on medium speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until the dough is soft and supple, about 6 minutes longer. *If you do not have a stand-mixer with a hook attachment, knead the dough by hand in this step.
  2. (2) Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it with your hands for 1 minute. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it to a lightly greased bowl. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap, a paper towel, or aluminum foil and let sit in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 2 hours.
  3. (3) Butter/grease/spray with nonstick spray the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish, then line with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using a rolling pin, roll into a 13x18-inch rectangle. You may use a ruler for accuracy. Make sure the dough is smooth and evenly thick, even at the corners.
  4. (4) For The Filling: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and maple syrup together on medium-high speed until combined and creamy. Add the sugar and cinnamon, beating until combined. Spread the maple mixture all over the dough. Tightly roll up the dough to form an 18-inch-long log. Cut into 12 even rolls (about 1½ inches in width each). Arrange them in the prepared baking dish, cut sides up. Cover the rolls very tightly with aluminum foil (no rolls exposed, please-- this dries out your dough) and stick in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours. (*see note below)
  5. (5) Remove rolls from the refrigerator and let rise in a warm place until they are doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
  6. (6) Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for about 25 minutes, until they are golden brown. About halfway through the bake time, cover the rolls loosely with aluminum foil so the tops don't brown too much. Remove pan from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes as you make the icing.
  7. (7) Make the icing: Whisk all of the icing ingredients together. If it's too thin, add a little more confectioners' sugar. Drizzle icing over warm rolls. Cover leftover frosted or unfrosted rolls tightly and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  8. Recipe created by Sally's Baking Addiction.
*No time for overnight? If planning to bake the rolls right away, in step 4-- instead of sticking the rolls in the refrigerator, loosely cover them and let rise in a warm place just as you did in step 2 until they are puffy, about 2 hours. Then continue with step 6.

Make ahead tip: Baked rolls can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up before enjoying. You can also freeze the unbaked rolls and here's how: let the rolls rise overnight through step 4, then the next morning do step 5. Then, bake the rolls for only about 10 minutes at 375°F. Cool completely, then cover tightly and freeze. Take the rolls out of the freezer and put into the refrigerator a few hours before serving. Then, finish baking them and top with icing.
Recipe by Red Star Yeast at https://redstaryeast.com/recipes/overnight-maple-cinnamon-rolls/