The Trials and Tribulations of a Baker-Turned-Cook

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cinnamon Goodness...

These cinnamon rolls are gooey and fantastic. I always double the icing, because the more icing, the better in my book. :) These are a bit labor intensive, but most of the work is done the night before.

Before icing:

After icing:

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Source: Good Eats


  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 large whole egg, room temperature
  • 2 ounces sugar (approximately 1/4 C)
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted (approximately 6 tablespoons)
  • 6 ounces buttermilk, room temperature (approximately 3/4 of a cup)
  • 20 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 4 C), plus additional for dusting
  • 1 package instant dry yeast (approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • vegetable oil or cooking spray


  • 8 ounces light brown sugar (approximately 1 cup packed)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 ounce unsalted butter, melted (approximately 1 1/2 Tbsp.)

Icing: (I double this recipe)

  • 2 1/2 ounces cream cheese (approximately 1/4 C)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5 1/2 ounces powdered sugar (approximately 1 1/2 C)

  1. For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.
  4. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.
  7. While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Sift in the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.


Jaime said...

i have been wanting to try alton's cinnamon roll recipe, but every time i go to make them, i reach for the cinnabon recipe instead!

Amanda said...

Umm... yummy! Well they look it anyway, I have yet to try and make them, but believe me, I will!

ashley884 said...

These look heavenly!

You've made my day!