If you’re a lover of warm, comforting flavors, then these Fluffy Overnight Apple Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls are the best thing you’ll ever taste–seriously! Not only are they super thick, fluffy, tender, brioche-like rolls, but they come completely bursting with apple butter flavor and smothered in a rich, but light eggnog cream cheese glaze. Hands down——these cinnamon rolls will be the newest Holiday craze! Easy make ahead and overnight dessert choice.
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Fluffy Overnight Apple Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls. Yes, you read that right. These beauties are EVERYTHING and more!
Honestly, this might be the first official overnight cinnamon rolls recipe on Orchids + Sweet Tea, although many of my cinnamon rolls have an overnight option.
And while many of you might know me making cinnamon rolls to perfection, I must admit that these rolls are one of my top contenders, although these Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls seems to beat out all the others over and over again!
Now that we’re officially in the countdown to Christmas and these cinnamon rolls have landed on Day 21, I’m so excited to share the final recipes with you all! In case you haven’t been following our 25 Days to Christmas Recipe Countdown, I highly recommend checking out our Instagram for all the goodness. Also, be sure to tag us #orchidsandsweettea whenever you make one of our recipes!
I know that this might sound crazy to many of you, because before making these, I honestly would have never thought about putting Apple Butter + Eggnog together. It almost sounds insane, right? Yes, but it WORKS, ya’ll! Both flavors are so bold on their own, but together, they truly compliment each other.
You’re sure to get a warm, bold spice feel from the Apple Butter while the Eggnog (plus Cream Cheese) adds a nice mellow comfort. Such a beautiful tie together, trust me.
If you’re new to the entire Apple Butter scene, then welcome to the club. Me too! Trust me, you need to try it though—-it’s so good! Basically, Apple Butter is a highly concentrated butter sauce made by the long lengths of cooking your apples (typically with some form of liquid) to the point where the sugars in the apple caramelizes, turning it to a deep brown color. It’s technically concentrated applesauce. Haha. If you’re familiar with brown butter, then you can understand the process.
When it came to making my Apple Butter, I chose to cook it in a slow cooker overnight which was so easy and convenient. You literally just set it and forget it!
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OK, so if you’re still not entirely sold on these cinnamon rolls, then let me tell you what’s so great about them. They are SOFT, FLUFFY, + BRIOCHE-LIKE in texture. Yup. I love making my cinnamon rolls more brioche-like. Who doesn’t love the extra ‘pillowy-ness’ of it all?
I know—-I totally made up that word. Haha.
Oh and these rolls do live up to the hype of being called delicious—-Apple Butter + Eggnog is incredible together! Lately, I’ve been so in love with the combination after making these and I’m now obsessed!
When it comes to ensuring that your cinnamon rolls are SUPER moist, I recently came across a trick which was adopted by Sarah Keifer from The Vanilla Bean Blog. In her swear by trick, Sarah mentions adding half of your frosting to your warm cinnamon rolls the moment that they are removed from the oven, so that it melts and soaks into the rolls. Then letting them cool completely per usual and adding your final coating of frosting. Just GENIUS!
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Cinnamon rolls specifically, are a bit more challenging when it comes to the making of the dough and rolling, however, it’s nothing that a little practice can’t fix.
I remember the moments in the beginning of my baking journey, where I HATED making cinnamon rolls because I felt that they were so hard to master. It’s MESSY with the inside filling and rolling and cutting and fixing them into perfect little rolls.
However, after making cinnamon rolls enough times, I’ve learned to add a little less filling to the tops of the dough before rolling and also adding a bit of the filling into the butter mixture after they are rolled so that I can brush the tops and allow it all to seep through that way.
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I love adding Bob’s Red Mill Organic Bread Flour to my cinnamon rolls as a secret ingredient because it creates such fluffy rolls.
This bread flour is made with premium high-protein flour milled from America’s highest quality wheat. While using all-purpose flour can achieve soft cinnamon rolls, there’s just something special about the rolls when this type of flour mixes in. I don’t know how to explain it, but mixing in this bread type allows for the rolls to be thicker, airy, fluffy, soft, and just GOOD!
In general, this bread flour is perfect for baguettes, pizza crust, dinner rolls, no-knead breads, and more. However, I think that we can add cinnamon rolls to the list. Haha.
Not only are overnight cinnamon rolls super easy and convenient to make, but they also come out to be incredibly soft and fluffy in addition to my secret ingredient! Honestly, making these cinnamon rolls fully overnight was the best decision ever!
If you don’t want to make your Cinnamon Rolls on the same day, you can simply follow all steps (including the initial 1+ hour rise) and after cutting rolls and placing them into your baking pan, just cover them tightly (using foil paper of plastic wrap) and refrigerate them overnight or for 8-12 hours instead. The following day, remove from refrigerator and keeping them covered, let cinnamon rolls rise at room temp 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Absolutely! When it comes to these cinnamon rolls or any for that matter, you always have the option of making them the traditional way which requires a 1-2 hours initial rise and then another 20-25 minute rise before baking OR an overnight option.
However, if you’re in a rush to make these or don’t want to deal with a long rise time, you can simply create your dough and do a quick rise (20-25 minutes) and placing them straight in the oven to bake. Either way, cinnamon rolls are AMAZING and worth whatever wait time you choose!
If you’re not using the Rapid Rise Yeast for this recipe, please know that the rise time will be twice as long (about 3 hours) since regular Active Yeast doesn’t work as quickly.
Leftover Cinnamon Rolls can be kept fresh at room temperature when tightly wrapped or sealed for up to 3 days. Fresh for up to 1 week in the Refrigerator. Baked rolls (unfrosted) can be frozen up to 2 months and reheated once ready to serve.
But before we head over to the full recipe, here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way to ensure that I make the perfect Cinnamon Rolls:
To read each tip is detail, be sure to check out my Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls recipe!
Fluffy Overnight Apple Butter Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls.