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Overnight Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze

Overnight Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Glaze
Tender, fluffy, and ooey-gooey buttermilk cinnamon rolls with the classic flavor of red velvet cake, topped off with cream cheese frosting.This overnight cinnamon roll recipe is prepped entirely the day before, so you can enjoy all the benefits of homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast without the wait. This recipe is truly a must for all red velvet lovers!
Yield 12 rolls




  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled to room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons no-taste red food dye (See Note)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed (light or dark))
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • 1/4 cup light cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)


  • Begin the night before.
  • If mixing using stand mixer: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, butter, food dye, and vanilla extract. Add 2 cups flour, cocoa powder, yeast, and salt. Place buttermilk in a microwave safe measuring cup and microwave for 30-45 seconds, until it reaches 120-130°F. If the buttermilk curdles when heated, simply whisk it back together. Pour the heated buttermilk into the mixing bowl and stir by hand or with the mixer’s paddle attachment until the ingredients are evenly moistened. Switch to the dough hook, then add the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour. Knead dough on low speed for 6 minutes. The dough should be soft, moist, and tacky, but not excessively sticky. If dough is too wet, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time, until the correct consistency is reached. Lightly spray a large, clean bowl with cooking spray, then transfer dough to the bowl, turning once to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • If mixing by hand: Stir the ingredients together in the order above with a wooden spoon or Danish dough whisk for several minutes, until the dough forms a wet, shaggy mass. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. The dough will be very sticky and cling to the counter, but use as little flour as possible to prevent the dough from becoming tough. Once kneaded, scrape the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • Prepare the filling: In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. Melt butter and set aside.
  • Shape the rolls: Butter a 9×13-inch ceramic or glass baking dish. Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll into a 18-inch by 12-inch rectangle, with the longest side closest to you. Brush the dough with melted butter, then sprinkle with the brown sugar-cocoa powder mixture. Starting with the long edge, roll the dough tightly into an 18-inch log. With a a sharp, serrated knife, gently saw the log into 12, 1 1/2-inch wide pieces. Arrange the buns in the prepared baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.
  • Bake the rolls: The next day 30 minutes prior to baking, remove rolls from refrigerator and let come to room temperature. Place rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Remove plastic wrap and bake rolls until they are puffed and darken slightly and the internal temperature reaches 190°F, about 30 minutes. Check the rolls 20 minutes into baking—if they appear to be browning too quickly, cover the pan with aluminum foil, return the rolls to the oven, and continue baking until complete. Remove the pan from oven, uncover if necessary, and place the pan on a wire rack to cool slightly.
  • Make the glaze: In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the milk and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. Slowly mix in the sifted powdered sugar until smooth. Add more/less powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over warm rolls and serve immediately.


Use no taste red food coloring for these rolls. Achieving the deep ruby shade signature to red velvet takes a decent amount of food coloring. More than a few drops of any shade of food coloring can cause a bitter taste in your final product, and red is the biggest color offender of them all. If you decide to risk it with “normal” food coloring, let the dough sit for several minutes after you add the coloring before you proceed. Giving the coloring time to absorb can lessen its bitter effect.
Rolls are best enjoyed the day they are baked but will last up to 4 days well wrapped in foil at room temperature. Reheat in the microwave before serving. Alternatively, you can tightly wrap and freeze the rolls for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature, then reheat in the microwave immediately prior to serving.
Recipe by Well Plated.

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Review & Comments

Dee | Reply

When do you get no taste red coloring? I’ve never heard of this before. Thanks!

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Dee – Wilton brand carries no taste food coloring. You can also search online for other options.
Happy baking!

JoseeEmme | Reply

I’ve been living micro-wave free for the past 6 years… So, when the cinnamon rolls are baked and cooled, I wrap them individually in “parchment” paper, stored in freezer bags. So, when I want a cinnamon bun, I heat up the oven to 350F and put the wrapped bun (still frozen) in the oven for 15 minutes – it will come out as if you had just baked a fresh batch. So, yes, it’s easy to live without a micro-wave and aluminum foil.

Julie | Reply

How do you suggest heating rolls of I don’t have a microwave? I have recently decided to live microwave free and am open to suggestions. Thank you. Julie

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Julie,
You can wrap/cover the cinnamon rolls in aluminum foil and place in a 300˚F oven for 10-20 minutes.

Happy baking!

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