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I could not let Christmas pass by without sharing my overnight eggnog brioche cinnamon rolls. Buttery, eggy brioche dough made with seasonal eggnog, sprinkled with warming cinnamon sugar, and frosted generously with a browned butter and cream cheese frosting. There’s nothing not to love, every bite is melt in your mouth delicious. These rolls are a great make ahead breakfast, and perfect for your Christmas celebrations!

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Happiest Friday before Christmas!!

For a lot of you, today is probably your last day in the office for 2018. I hope everyone is feeling the excitement in the air like we are over here. There’s still a few things to finish up over the weekend, but that just goes with the territory of running your own business…it’s somewhat non-stop.

I feel like it’s super important to be real with you guys. The internet and social media can paint this perfect picture. But the reality is that nothing (and no one) are perfect. It’s so easy for me to sit here and type that out, but I really need to listen to my own words.

This week I let myself fall down the Instagram rabbit hole that feels lonely and miserable. I know a lot of you can probably relate. For some reason I let my guard down and broke all the Instagram rules I set for myself long ago. I played the comparison game all week long. It was zero fun and I’ve decided that I will not let that happen anymore. This means no scrolling Instagram for a while. Instead I’ll be focusing on what really matters. Cooking good food, spending time with my family (arriving tonight), celebrating Christmas, working to finish up a big project, and hopefully playing in the snow a little too.

No real reason for the life talk other than the fact that I know a lot of you can struggle with comparison too. When that happens, it’s really important to step away from social media and focus on what you really want to be focusing on. For me right now that’s family and work. And at this very moment, sharing these delicious cinnamon rolls!

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Easiest Overnight Eggnog Brioche Cinnamon Rolls before baking

I was out hiking yesterday morning and had a mild panic attack (not really, but going for dramatics) when I realized I never shared these cinnamon rolls with you guys. I have been planning to make these for months and months now. Yet somehow the last Friday before Christmas snuck up on me way faster than I could have imagined.

I had another post planned for today, but I knew I needed to share these first. So I spent all day perfecting this recipe. And here they are, my Christmas Cinnamon Rolls. They turned out better than I could have wished, and I’m really excited to be sharing them with you guys today. Hoping you still have time to fit them into your Christmas baking list.

Easiest Overnight Eggnog Brioche Cinnamon Rolls after baking

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Seeing as everything is hectic this time of year, I wanted to keep these as easy as possible. I took the base recipe from the salted brioche cinnamon rolls I have in my cookbook, sped up a few things, and flavored the recipe with seasonal eggnog. Now, I know that eggnog is rather a touchy ingredient. You either love it or hate it…I get the feeling there may be more haters out there than lovers.

I too am not the biggest fan. BUT, have you ever baked with eggnog? If you have not, you’re missing out. Using eggnog in sweet breads is truly my favorite thing to do during the holidays. The eggnog is flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, so in reality it’s just like favored whole milk. And everyone, it’s delicious when used in a cinnamon roll recipe.

So add some eggnog to the brioche dough. Let the dough rise a bit, then roll it out and sprinkle with a brown sugar cinnamon. I like to use brown sugar for a nice depth of flavor. And I go heavy on the cinnamon…I mean, these are cinnamon rolls!

Roll the dough, cut into rolls and place in a baking dish to rise. Next, you have two options. You can do a quick rise or you can let the rolls rise overnight in the fridge. I love to make these a day or two ahead and let them rise in the fridge. That way, on Christmas morning, all I have to do is bake and frost them. This gives me plenty time to open gifts and drink coffee by the fire with little miss Asher (who’s really not so little anymore…enter sad face).

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For the frosting, I stuck with my standard.

Browned butter + cream cheese + vanilla. Simple. Easy. And the best. I cannot think of a better Christmas morning breakfast. Very excited to be making these for my family this year. Hoping you all will be too!

See you tomorrow for the very last Christmas Cocktail Saturday of 2018!

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Easiest Overnight Eggnog Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

If you make these cinnamon rolls, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Overnight Eggnog Brioche Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 353 kcal

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Ingredients

Filling

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing

Frosting

Instructions

  • 1. To make the dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the eggnog, yeast, honey, eggs, butter, 3 ½ cups flour, and salt. Using the dough hook, mix until the flour is completely incorporated, about 4-5 minutes. If the dough seems sticky, add the remaining ½ cup of flour. It's better to have a sticker dough rather than a dry do, so add flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
    2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
    3. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, and cinnamon. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment. 
    4. Lightly dust your work surface with flour. Turn out the dough, punch it down, and roll it into a rectangle about 10 x 16 inches. Spread the softened butter evenly over the dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the butter and lightly push into the butter. Starting with the long edge closest to you, carefully roll the dough into a log, keeping it fairly tight as you go. When you reach the edge, pinch along the edge to seal. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12-15 rolls. Place the rolls in the prepared baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 20-30 minutes or transfer to the fridge to rise overnight (this is ideal if you have time).
    5. Remove the rolls from the fridge. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the rolls for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
    6. Meanwhile, make the frosting. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the butter is lightly browned and smells toasted. Immediately remove from the heat. Let cool.
    7. In a medium bowl, beat together the cooled browned butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until smooth. If the frosting is too thick for your liking, add a tablespoon of eggnog or milk.
    8. Spread the frosting over the warm rolls. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt (if desired) and serve.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi! First, we love all of your recipes. Seriously, many are on repeat and HBH is now a term in our house and we all know what it means. 🙂

    Question about the recipe for your Easiest Overnight Eggnog Brioche Cinnamon Rolls. We made them last Christmas and followed the recipe to the letter. This year I saw that there are vegan option for egg nog in our grocery stores (e.g., Chobani Oat Nog with oat milk, Blue Diamond Almond Nog with almond milk). Could an alternative like these be used as a swap for the traditional egg nog?

    Thanks, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Kelsey,
      Thank you so very much for your kind message! Sure, I bet that would work just fine for you! Let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  2. Hi there, I’m seeing conflicting advice in the comments below regarding how long these can be made in advance before baking. I was hoping to make the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and bake them Friday morning. Do I need to freeze them? At what point would I do that? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey there! I would not allow these to sit in the fridge for longer than 24 hours, otherwise I would freeze them. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. Thank you for your response. At what point do I freeze them? After they rise but before baking? If yes, do I thaw completely and then bake? Thanks in advance for your guidance.

        1. Hey there,
          You will freeze after step 4 and then completely thaw before baking. I hope you love the recipe. xTieghan

          1. Completely delicious. I upped the filling and skipped the icing. Thawed on the counter overnight and baked this morning. Worked out perfectly. Thanks so much!

          2. Hey there,
            Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Fluffy, sweet and so yum🙌
    I used active dry yeast by mistake but didn’t make any difference! Definitely my now first cinnamon scroll recipe choice! Can’t wait to make your raspberry/ricotta icing rolls too!😊

    1. Hey Kayla,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Nicole,
      So sorry about the frosting, was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know how I can help! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  4. 4 stars
    This is a good recipe. It needs some further tweaks in my opinion but it’s a good recipe.
    1) After I warmed the eggnog I added the butter. Stirred till melted. Putting on and off the heat. Then I added the honey and yeast. Stirred till honey dissolved.
    Added all the warm Liquid to 3/12 cups of flour and salt. Added eggs and kneaded till smooth. 4 cups of flour would be way too much.
    2) Filling. Cream the sugar and cinnamon together with the butter. . Loose way too much filling in the roll up otherwise. You can push as hard as you want into the butter you still loose too much filling in the roll up.
    3) Icing. Mix all the wet ingredients. Then add the icing sugar 1/2 c at a time. If you add 2/12 cups of icing you loose the cream cheese taste. It is way too sweet and the cream cheese becomes just a binder instead of a flavour. I also added cinnamon to the icing. I would agree with you can never have too much cinnamon in a cinnamon bun as long as there is the right balance of sugar.
    I am Looking forward to trying your other cinnamon bun recipes. A cinnamon bun is my absolute favourite treat. My favourite to date is one make with croissant dough. I do not have a sheeter and wanted an easy recipe. Which your is but if you are not a baker the directions lack a bit. I am an avid baker amd had no issues but every time I make these I think of a beginner making them.
    Like your blog. Thank you.

    1. Hey Krista,
      Thank you so very much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad it worked out for you! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    These were fantastic! I’ve never made homemade cinnamon rolls before, fearing the lengthy time to make, process and bake. It was very easy and I’ll never feel intimidated about making them from homemade again. Thanks for a great and simple recipe that results in excellence.

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Such a rich yummy dough to work with. These cinnamon rolls are so delicious. I used cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/2 & half instead of the eggnog. The browned butter in the frosting took these to a new level. They are my go-to cinnamon rolls now. Thanks for the great recipe.

  7. This recipe has potential, but mine went off the rails. I overproofed the dough, but this was exacerbated by a shortage of flour vs. the amount of butter in the recipe — the texture ended up a bit greasy and spongy. The recipe definitely require at least 4 cups (not 3.5) for sure. Though I only let the first rise go for an hour, as instructed, the texture was not great as it got rolled out for the cinnamon mixture.

    The cream cheese frosting is great, with one adjustment: it needed a hit of acid to offset the sweetness and richness. This got solved with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and then it was perfect.

    I’m going to try this again, because I have some really good quality eggnog to use up. Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    These are AMAZING! I’ve always been unsatisfied with cinnamon rolls I’ve made in the past – they’ve usually been a little dry and biscuity. This dough is so rich and soft and fluffy and delicious. I added dried cranberries soaked in cognac to the filling, and that was a fantastic little bit of boozy tartness in each bite. Thank you so much for our Christmas morning breakfast!

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Meridith,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Never made cinnamon rolls before. They were easy and turned out perfectly. It’s our Christmas breakfast. Happy holidays!

    1. Hey Liz,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, this recipe is PERFECTION! I had given up on baking my husband’s favorite treat after too much work and disappointing results. These were SO simple and he said it was the best cinnamon roll he’s ever had. Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    Just made these for my family for Christmas Eve breakfast and they absolutely loved them!! Everyone agreed that these are the best cinnamon rolls they’ve ever had and couldn’t stop raving about them. Thank you so much Tieghan!!

  12. Thanks for sharing this! It looks delicious!! Is it possible to make this with regular yeast and could you share how?? Thanks for giving us so many wonderful recipes!!

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Yes, you will just need to dissolve in the warm eggnog and honey and let it bubble then continue with the recipe. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  13. Hey there, how far in advance can I make these? My cousin introduced me to your site because i COULD NOT BACK at altitude to save my life….enter, YOU and your recipes! huzzah! So, i’d like to make these a few days ahead of time, but will they be ruined if they rise TOO much? thanks in advance, T!

    1. Hey Amy,
      I would not allow these to sit in the fridge for longer than 24 hours, otherwise I would freeze them. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  14. Hi! I’m thinking about making this recipe for Christmas morning and I was wondering how long you can leave the unbaked dough in the fridge before baking. If I make the dough more than 24 hours before baking it, will it still be good? Thank you!

    1. Hey Amanda,
      I would make the dough no more than 24 hours in advance. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  15. I made these tonight intending to take them to work tomorrow. The flavor was lovely and the icing was perfect. My rolls however were dry, too dry to share tomorrow. Do you have any suggestions for what I may have done or why they were dry? Thanks very much.

    1. Hey Ann,
      So sorry the rolls were dry. Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? Let me know how I can help! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    My mom and I made these tonight as a test run for Christmas morning and OMG they were AMAZING! We used whole milk instead of egg nog (as it’s October and no egg nog yet) and they were delish. Browning the butter in the icing makes such a difference too! It was hard to just eat one! I would recommend this recipe to anyone! We did the expedited recipe and it turned out great! Thanks so much for all your wonderful recipes! Everything I’ve made from your site has been delicious!

    1. Amazing!! I am so happy these turned out so well for you, Raychel! Thank you so much for trying these! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    I have made these rolls a number of times and they are always a huge hit. Just so delicious. As suggested in the comments, I do pour 1/2 cup of half-and-half over the rolls before baking just to make sure they are moist. The browned- butter icing is a delicious finishing touch!

  18. 5 stars
    So I am apparently on a Half Baked Harvest kick. I made these this morning and they are delicious! I did half with pecans and half without. I have one of your cookbooks and made your Dads Friday night pasta on Friday night without even meaning to. My angel hair kind of gunked up together. Any tips to avoid that in the future?

    1. Hey Lety,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipes a try! You can always toss the pasta in a little olive oil to prevent them from sticking! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Yes, just keep them covered in the refrigerator. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  19. Made this last weekend. It was soooo good!! Loved the fluffy soft texture. The eggnog really makes it so rich. The family loved it. Making it again next weekend to eat on a road trip.

  20. 5 stars
    I am going to make these for the third time this weekend… definitely a crowd pleaser! Making them for the first time without eggnog. They are so good, everyone is still thinking about them! I had never “browned butter” before so for anyone who is doing that for the first time… wait it out until it actually turns brown! It’s not burning 🙂 I did not actually brown it the first time I made it and it made a difference.

    1. I am so glad this turned out so well for you, Mariah!! Thank you so much for trying this one! xTieghan

  21. Hi! How can you tell if your instant yeast is still good? I’ve seen articles for testing active dry yeast but not sure if that also applies to instant yeast. Thanks!

    1. Hi Elle,
      I would go by the expiration date! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. I made these yesterday and baked them for breakfast this morning ? I don’t have a mixer so I made them by hand. Everyone of the Half Baked Harvest recipes that I have tried have been a hit!

    1. That is so great to hear! I am so glad you loved this and other recipes, Lynda! Thank you so much! xTieghan

  23. Hi,
    I have been following for some months now, and honestly, you are the only one I stick to, why? Because you and your recipes are simply fabulous and amazingly delicious!
    I made them tonight, literally as I write this post, my last batch is ready in the oven… The house smells wonderfully, like butter, cinammon, sugar, cinammon rolls!!!! I had a bite of them as soon as the first batch popped out of the oven, and oh lalaaaa, I was in heaven, they are so soft, and so delicious!
    Thank you for all the recipes you bless us with, we are lucky folks! Hope you have a happy new year <3

    1. Awh this is so sweet to hear! I am so glad you have been loving my recipes and I hope you continue to! Thank you so much Daniela! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    Made these for our family Christmas Brunch this weekend. This was my first attempt to make from scratch cinnamon rolls. So impressed at how easy these were to make. They turned out fantastic! I did not put in the fridge overnight for the second rise, but made them early in the morning instead and just let them sit on my warm stove top for a few hours before baking them right before guests arrived for our brunch. They rose quite a bit by then. I poured just a little extra eggnog on top of them before baking as well as added a little more cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar on top. I agree that the browned butter icing is so yummy and adds that slight depth of flavor that is unmatched. Thank you so much for this deliciuos recipe. It will become one of our many family traditional favorites.

  25. 5 stars
    First off- I want to 2nd/3rd/4th everyone’s encouraging comments. You are a GEM and so wonderfully kind, gifted, and talented!

    I’m so excited to try these! I let them rise in the fridge from 12pm until 6am this morning… not much rise from them though like yours in the picture :/. I just set them out on the counter in hopes that might help some? The dough definitely doubled before I rolled it out. Not sure where I might have gone wrong?

    1. HI Miranda! How did the rolls turn out? They should have baked up nice and fluffy in the oven. Fingers crossed you loved them! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy New Year! xTieghan

  26. 5 stars
    The most delicious cinnamon rolls ever! Found your recipe on Pinterest and I took the advice of another commenter and poured a little cream (they suggested 1/2 and 1/2, I used cream) over each roll before I baked them. WOWZA! I also used a little eggnog to thin the icing a bit and get more eggnog flavor. These were not overpowering with the eggnog flavor but it was still there. Very good balance. We will make this recipe a family tradition!

  27. 5 stars
    It tasted wonderful and I will definitely make it many more times. The recipe description should be altered though because the prep time is not 30 minutes as described. The proving time(s) should be included making the prep time a minimum of 2 hours. That was a surprise at midnight on Christmas Eve. It was wonderful though. Best I’ve eaten and easy to make

  28. These rolls were amazing! they turned out perfectly and everyone absoluetly loved them! Easy and Delicious, will absolutely be making again!

  29. 5 stars
    Made them for Christmas Breakfast today and found them to be superb and universally loved-by eggnog lovers and haters, alike! Easy and incredibly delicious. Tagged you on IG. YUM!!!!

  30. 3 stars
    Only rating this a 3 because there was zero eggnog flavor in this cinnamon roll recipe. I knew right off the bat that 3/4 cup of eggnog only in this recipe was not going to do much and I was right. Aside from that though this recipe is so delicious! The dough is perfect and fluffy. Again, only a 3 star rating because it says it’s an eggnog cinnamon roll but I tasted zero eggnog in the finished roll. Tasted just like a regular ol’ cinnamon roll.

    1. Hi Felishia! I am glad this recipe turned out delicious for you, and apologize that the eggnog flavor did not come through enough. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with! xTieghan

  31. 5 stars
    I wish I could give it 10 Stars! I made these last night and served them today on Christmas. These were the easiest cinnamon rolls I have ever made! They were not too sweet and the brioche dough was so tender and decadent. The brown butter icing was truly spectacular! I tend to always tweak recipes but followed this one 100%. Thank you so much. Our new Christmas tradition.

    1. YES! That is so amazing! So glad these turned out so well for you Christmas celebration! Merry Christmas, Dana! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    Made these and loved them! However, as another reader commented- the approximate times on your recipes are misleading, as the time it takes for the dough to rise is often left out. I would love for the recipes to include that in the prep time, so I can accurately see how much time I need to set aside to make things.

  33. This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it for Christmas morning this year for my family. One suggestion that I noticed when reading the instructions…you might want to add to the step by step to warm the eggnog or call out in the steps that the eggnog is warmed. I didn’t notice that in the ingredient list at first.

    1. Thank you so much Jackie! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe and I hope it turns out amazing for you this year! xTieghan

  34. 5 stars
    Second successful time making these. Didn’t have eggnog or instant yeast, so used whole milk and 1 1/4 T active dry yeast. Still rose quickly. Easy, turned out great. We prefer them minus the frosting, warm. Yum. Thank you Tieghan; love your site. Were you born this talented?? Enjoy your favorite season.

  35. Do you think these would turn out with a GF flour blend like Cup4Cup? Sometimes the GF mixes get breads too dense! Thoughts? You’re the best!

    1. Hi Amanda! Yes, I think cup4cup should would great, I have not tested it, but have had success in the past. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  36. Hello,
    I am eager to try these cinnamon rolls. However, I don’t have a standing mixer, just a hand held one with no dough hook option. Can I simply knead this dough by hand for 5 minutes? Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

    1. HI! Yes, that will works just as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  37. 5 stars
    These were amazing!!! My first time making cinnamon buns and they were a hit with everyone! Perfect texture and taste and that browned butter icing puts it over the top – so good!! Thanks for another great recipe!

  38. I would really like to make these for my family for Thanksgiving morning. Can I leave them refrigerated for two days before baking on Thursday morning? Thank you!!

    1. Hi Katie! Yes, you can keep the assembled rolls in the fridge for 2 days, bring the rolls to room temp before baking. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  39. This recipe looks delicious! I’m definitely going to be baking some of these 🙂 Thank you so much for the recipe!

    I have a question though. I was wondering how long they would be able to stay fresh as I need to bake them a day early. I will need them for this Saturday but the latest I can bake is Friday morning (or Thursday night)…do you think they will still remain fresh for Saturday if I bake at either of those times?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Dunya! Yes, I am sure baking friday morning will be just fine. The rolls stay fresh for 2-3 days, if covered well. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  40. 5 stars
    I made these for last Christmas and they turned out amazing. I want to make them for Easter this weekend, any suggestions on what to use instead of eggnog?

    1. HI Brittany!! You can just use regular whole milk! That will be great 🙂 Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  41. My daughter in law made these for us and were delish. But now I am having a hard time with 2nd rise. The 1st rise is happening and then I roll out the dough and put softened butter on dough and then sugar and cinn. Roll it, cut it and put in buttered pan and cover with plastic . They do not rise. Any suggestions? House is 68 degrees.

    1. Hi Sandra! Are you following the recipe exactly? Using all the same ingredients as I? If so, I would recommend finding a warmer spot in your home to allow the rolls ti rise, ideally above 70 degrees. Or place the rolls on the warm stove-top while it is preheating. This will really help them rise. Also, if the rolls do not double after 2 hours, I would bake as directed. They will rise in the oven. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  42. If I put the rolls in the fridge to rise overnight. Can I bake them cold straight out from the fridge? Or do I have to set aside the rolls on the kitchen counter till room temperature before baking?

    1. HI! I recommend setting the rolls on the counter while the oven preheats to all the roll to become room temp before baking. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  43. I stumbled upton this recipe when I decided, at the last minute, that I needed another option at my table for the Christmas brunch I was hosting for my family. I am more of a “cook” and not a “baker” but these cinnamon rolls looked to delish and the recipe seemed doable for a novice baker such as myself. So glad I went w/my instinct on this. I had just enough time to let the rolls rise in the fridge on Christmas Eve night and placed them in the oven mid morning on Christmas Day. My family absolutely loved the rolls. They were the hit of the meal. And when my husband bragged about how I baked them “from scratch” everyone wanted the recipe and requested that these cinnamon rolls be added to our family list of Christmas traditions! Thank you for remember to post this recipe!

    1. Melted butter mixes best with the dough. I recommend using melted butter. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

  44. Brunch winner! Everyone loved them. The only thing I did differently was mix all the filling ingredients before spreading on to the dough. Oh, and I just used regular milk with a generous pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon in it. So yummy, thank you!

  45. 5 stars
    I have made these rolls twice now. Once with eggnog and once with whole milk. Perfect both times. The overnight rise makes these an easy weekend breakfast treat!

  46. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan!
    Making these this morning and wondering, is it ok that my frosting is a light caramel color? I used bourbon vanilla so perhaps that’s why…just checking in with the expert- you!❤️Can’t wait to enjoy them with a fresh, hot cup of coffee!

  47. 5 stars
    Girl!!! You are a legend. These were perfection . You are so talented and have such a refreshing take and spin on food. Listen, instagram is crazy & nobody is perfect … but you know what is – YOUR
    RECIPES (&photography). Own that MISS. Can hardly wait to see what you come up with next ?

    1. You are too sweet! Thank you so much for this it is so amazing! I am so glad you have been enjoying my blog and recipes!!

  48. 5 stars
    Amazing. I’ve never made cinnamon rolls before and am not much of a baker and they were perfect. So easy too!

  49. I made these yesterday morning—everyone loved them! The icing was my favorite part! Have you tried freezing the dough? Would that work?

    1. HI! Yes, you can freeze the rolls before baking. That works so well! Just thaw overnight in the fridge and then bake as directed. Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

  50. 5 stars
    I am making these this morning for my dad’s 81st birthday. He loves cinnamon rolls and I didn’t have a chance over Christmas to make them for him. I have great confidence they will be spectacular.
    Your blog is my go-to no matter what I’m baking. Your beautiful photography, staging and wonderful recipes are the best out there. You do you and don’t let doubt creep in. Thank you for all you do!

  51. 4 stars
    Made these today for New Years day. Admit I did skimp on the butter in the filling by quite a bit, at least half. I also only had 1/2 tbsp yeast left (oops) but just left them to rise 2 hrs before rolling out to double in size.
    They were delicious. Forgot to add the half and half tip, next time!
    I may up the cinnamon next time in the filling or add a bit to brown butter icing as I really enjoy cinnamon. Pastry turned out beautifully. Good way to use up some eggnog from the season, not very really noticeable in pastry but suspect added to depth of flavor. . I let it sit overnight in fridge but then again at room temp in am for a couple of hours as they hadn’t really risen in fridge. Would leave out before putting in fridge over night next time. Surprisingly easy.

  52. 5 stars
    I can’t bake. I can barely make a cookie without people questioning whether or not my husband helped me. I naively volunteered to make these for breakfast two nights ago and while I messed up within the first thirty seconds, I was able rectify my blatant baking mistake (cold milk plus yeast) and make the.best.rolls.ever.

    I’m a bit sad that our stores here stopped carrying eggnog before I could snag some for this recipe. BUT even with milk, they were amazing and fluffy and had depth in the flavor. We can’t wait to try them in the future with nog. These were a crowd pleaser all around.

    I intend to try my hand at baking (and reading directions…) in 2019, and I must admit I’m probably going to bake my way through the blog. I’m so looking forward to it.

  53. 5 stars
    I cannot get enough of these! I am not a fan of cinnamon rolls at all but these were just calling my name to be made for family for Christmas morning! So I made them and have never tasted anything so good! I made another two batches for work this morning! This will be a new holiday staple!

  54. 5 stars
    These cinnamon rolls were amazing and super easy to make. I have been using another over night recipe for years now, but that all changed Christmas morning when we tasted these. This will be my “go too” from now on. Thank you & Happy New Year!!

  55. 5 stars
    These are quite possibly the ,let delicious cinnamon buns I have ever tasted. I was worried that they would be difficult to make since they are made from scratched … but the recipe was simple and turned out excellent! The browned butter cream cheese icing was the perfect finish for the soft, moist buns. I used the Kirkland brand eggnog from Costco Liquor store. The additional flavors from the rum just made these taste of perfection.
    This will definitely be a new Christmas morning tradition ?? Thank you for sharing, Liz!

  56. 4 stars
    I made these for Christmas morning and they were excellent! I made the dough the evening of Christmas Eve and let rest for an hour before completing the filling and rolling. However, the dough didn’t double in size. It had gotten a bit bigger and I had run out of time so I popped it in the fridge and hoped for the best for them to rise overnight. However, they didn’t rise at all. My mom and I were a bit panicked but we knew if we set them out for a while on the counter, they would get at least big enough to bake. They rose so fast then! I’m wondering if it was a user error? Did anyone else have issues with them actually rising in the fridge? I’m new to the cinnaroll game and I haven’t found the recipe winner yet that’s satisfied all family members. My dad LOVED these because he tends to enjoy things on the drier side but the rest of my family was yearning for more of a soft/chewy cinnamon roll. P.S. the dough smelled AMAZING because of the addition of eggnog.

    1. Hi Shantel. I am not sure what would have gone wrong. Were there any ingredients you forgot to include? Please let me know! Also, I am so glad your father loved these cinnamon rolls! Thank you!

  57. 5 stars
    My husband and I made the overnight eggnog brioche cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. The dough was the best I’ve ever worked with, and I can’t wait to make them again! Many thanks. Happy New Year!

  58. 5 stars
    We absolutely loved this recipe and the cinnamon rolls were promptly devoured. Super idea of using a brioche based recipe for the dough, eggnog instead of milk. I thought that the butter amount for the filling was too much…until I tried them. Loved the overload of cinnamon and how magically the rich dough soaked in the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon! These cinnamon rolls were a highlight to our holiday breakfast! Thank you!

  59. 5 stars
    HI! I made these for my family of 4 for Christmas morning and froze the rest like you suggested. Can’t wait to make them again in a few weeks from the freezer. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

  60. 5 stars
    I have been terrified of making bread, but finally jumped in for Thanksgiving and made your buttery pull apart whole wheat potato rolls and easy flaky pull-apart dinner rolls. Both were a huge hit! I made these eggnog brioche cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning and they were loved by all. Perfect balance of sweetness and had everyone going back for more. The added bonus of being able to make them the night before made my Christmas morning so much easier. I cannot wait to make them again. Thank you so much, Tieghan for helping me to find my confidence through your beautiful recipes.

  61. 5 stars
    You hit it out of the ballpark again, Tieghan! I’ve always wanted to make cinnamon rolls at Christmas, but convinced myself they were too hard to make. Because I trust you because I’ve loved all of the recipes of yours I’ve tried, I decided to go for making this recipe. They were amazing! I had to change a few ingredients to make them anti-inflammatory for me (used white spelt instead of white flour, xylitol (1/2 the amount) for sugar, and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. They were a HUGE hit with my family. And I’ve decided to make them a Christmas tradition. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe!

    P.S. I made my own egg nog…came out wonderful!

  62. 5 stars
    I made these for my family Christmas morning and they were a huge hit!! So easy and SO delicious. Will be trying all of your other recipes now. 🙂 Thank you!

  63. 5 stars
    Made these The night before Christmas. My husband is like a cinnamon roll connoisseur… he LOVED LOVED LOVED them – all of us did!! Super easy recipe to follow and they were amazing tasting! That brown butter frosting can’t be beat!! Thanks Tieghan! I don’t usually comment but had to thank you for this recipe – and for all of your recipes. They consistently turn out – I put your blog above Bob Appetit and NYTimes Cooking. Hey hanks for all you do!!! Happy holidays!!!

  64. 5 stars
    I made these for Christmas morning and they were a hit! So so delicious!!! This was the first time I have ever baked anything from scratch in my life and it was easy!! Thank you!
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  65. 5 stars
    First time making cinnamon rolls….surprisingly easy and oh so tasty! I’ve already had two this Christmas morning. ??

  66. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe!! I added a dusting of cinnamon to the dough before mixing it. And 3/4 of a cup of egg nog to the icing (you’ll need two cups of icing sugar to make up for the extra liquid). These are perfect! Thank you for the great recipe.

  67. Merry Christmas, Tieghan! I don’t know how you do it, but every recipe is delicious, including this one. They turned out perfect and were so easy to make.

  68. 5 stars
    These were FABULOUS! Made them for hrismas breakfast today and will be making them every Christmas from here on out. The browned butter in the frosting makes all the difference in favor. I added a couple tablespoons of egg nog to the frosting as I prefer it a like thinner. Now I want to try the gingerbread cinnamon roll recipe!

    1. I am sure that will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  69. Quick question! I couldn’t find instant yeast so I got dry active yeast. I read online if I’m going to use active vs instant I just need to do the yeast and liquid separate before adding to the whole mixing bowl is that correct? I was contemplating using your other roll recipe with the active yeast just to be safe but keep this icing. What do you think?

    1. HI! Just mix the milk, yeast and honey and let that sit for 5-10 minutes until the mix is foamy on top. Then add the remaining ingredients as directed. That will work great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  70. Hi there! Just made these tonight and are in the fridge as we speak! Question: do they need to do a second rise out of the fridge before they’re baked?

    1. HI! No need for a second rise. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  71. Hi Tieghan!!!
    I want to give these rolls as gifts christmas eve to bake the next morning. Can I make the frosting ahead and package it..with
    the unbaked rolls?

    1. Hey Kim! You can make the frosting ahead and gift with the rolls. Such a sweet gift! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you loved this recipe and had a great Christmas! Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  72. I’m going to try these using a sourdough starter for leavening instead of yeast mostly because I’m obsessed with sourdough. I’ll let you know how it turns out. They look DELICIOUS.

  73. I have these cinnamon rolls in the fridge right now. Baking then before work and surprising my co-workers. I read the comment about the half and half so I am going to do that before I bake them, Hope they turn out as good as yours look. Love your blog and your cookbook -Its a beautiful book. Have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy your family!

  74. 5 stars
    UPDATE! Tieghan…these rolls turned out fantastic ! Likely the best I’ve ever made. Lovely and soft and that icing with th browned butter is to die for! Thanks so much for giving us this.

  75. Hi! I’m so excited to make these Christmas Eve to bake Christmas morning. It’s a tradition, and this recipe looks AMAZING! How many cinnamon rolls does this make? I usually double the recipe to make 2 pans. Thank you!

  76. I’m planning to make this recipe tomorrow! One question: if I’m making eggnog just for this recipe, do you know the proportions for the ingredients I should use to only make 1 cup of it? I’ve never made eggnog before, so I don’t really have an eye for it. Thanks!!

    1. HI! I am sorry, I don’t have a recipe for eggnog, so I am not sure of the measurements. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you loved this recipe and had a great Christmas! Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

    1. HI! Yes, just add the yeast to other ingredients. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you loved this recipe and had a great Christmas! Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  77. 5 stars
    I made these last night and baked them this morning. AMAZING. Loved the brioche and the brown butter frosting- yum. Question- since Eggnog is seasonal- any suggestions on what to substitute the rest of the year to keep these in production? Thanks!

    1. You can just use regular whole milk. Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you loved this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  78. Hi there! Looking forward to making these for my family for Christmas. However we have a four hour drive and will be arriving on Christmas Eve, I would like to do some prep before hand.

    Any suggestions on at what point of the reciepe would be the best for transport or should I bake all the way and keep in the fridge and warm Christmas morning?

    Thank you for the advice! Can’t wait to try them!

    1. Hi! You can assemble the rolls all the way up in until you are ready to bake, then place in the fridge and bake when ready. Hope you enjoyed the rolls and had a great Christmas!

    1. Sure! I would say up to 3 mights in the fridge. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  79. These look so good! Do you think the same recipe would work using a Gluten Free flour (like Cup for Cup) instead of the regular flour?

    1. I have not tried it, but I think it should work just fine. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  80. Hi, I accidentally bought self raising flour. Can I use it instead of the regular flour and east? I’m not really sure how it works

    1. HI! I am sure self rising flour will be fine. I would only used 2 teaspoons of yeast since the flour will help the rolls rise as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  81. 5 stars
    Well…..I keep hearing Well done Gramma” this morning……Made these yesterday baked this morning …There are 4 of us…they are all gone!!! I have been trying to make cinnamon rolls for over 50 years and never succeeded. Until this morning.
    All your recipes have been a success ……
    You should never compare yourself to anyone..ever. You do stand alone and that is a great thing. Don’t change……you are the best in this bloggers world. Sincerely.

  82. Has anyone tried to make these or another version of overnight cinnamon rolls with bobs one-to-one gluten free flour? I try to avoid gluten and wheat when I can and I know over the holidays i will be having so much, I was curious if this was one way I could cut it out ?

  83. Hey Tieghan,
    I think these cinnamon rolls looks lovely and would be a wonderful Christmas breakfast idea. I was thinking of making these cinnamon rolls with your cinnamon crunch bread (for extra cinnamon) and am looking forward to making both! I’m sorry about being busy and hope you’re able to enjoy your hikes and wrapping any more gifts to give. I still have to get maybe sibling their gift but agree the holidays arrived fast! Anyways, I hope all is well and you have a lovely weekend. ☺️

  84. Really want to try this for a brunch on Sunday.hoe er my mixer doesn’t have a dough hook. Can I knead by hand? Thanks & merry Christmas.

    1. Hey Julie! You can mix by hand, but just use a little elbow grease until the dough forms a smooth ball. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  85. 5 stars
    OMG, Teighan, I have been thinking about you all day. And all week for that matter. You have influenced my entire family and what we eat almost daily. I think you are such an influencer is so many areas. I mean, gaaaak, Anthropologie decorated your new AMAZING “barn”. All the “props” too from them? I LOVE beautiful serving/special dishes. NOT to mention your excellent taste in clothing, you are responsible for me dropping $200+ on Rachel Comey cream jeans for my 24 year old daughter. My daughter is forever changed by the fit of quality pants.

    You are THE modern Martha Stewart……yep I hate to compare but how else can I express this thinking? You are YOU, an original……but I predict…..

    Now let’s talk your recipes. This week alone, my Comey daughter, a pescatarian……sigh. Made your pasta figiole soup. AMAZING. Then, last night I made both lasagnas, white/veggie and the boldness lasagna for a pot luck. 10 out of 10 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Sadly they eat everything…..no leftovers.

    Lastly, I’m feeling really low myself. My kids (Ha! 21 and 23) have been buying everything they want, so no presents for Christmas Day. No family, just my two kids and my daughter chose to spend Christmas with her BF (a first) and we had a fight. Then my son was fighting with his dad via internet….ick Everyone is losing their marbles. My son is coming down with cold/flu I just had for 3 days……oy, what a gripe

    Btw…I don’t know if I can wait for Christmas Day to make these ?⛄️????

    1. Hi Laurie! You are so sweet. Thank you so much for your kind words they truly made my day!! I am really sorry you are going through a hard time right now, but I hope Christmas day with your son will be so special! Also, I hope he gets over the flu soon! Thank you again for this comment!

  86. You are the best. Thank you for your transparency on the social media rabbit hole. I’ve been feeling the same way and feeling down on myself so your post is very timely. And obv I am going to make these cinnamon roles for Christmas even though my husband hates eggnog. I will make him a believer.

    1. Hi Jessica! I am glad you can relate, but sorry that you’re going through it as well! I hope you love these cinnamon rolls!

  87. I’m so excited because just today I decided I was going to make Cinnamon rolls for the first time ever. I’m having brunch on Xmas morning and thought cinnamon rolls would be great. And then this popped up in my feed. I’m going to try them!

    1. These are more decadent, fluffier, and softer. A little less sweet too with a richer frosting too. So depends on your taste. Both are great recipes! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  88. T, you are leading the pack. I love your recipes, comments, and photography. You are so talented! I ordered your cookbook the SECOND you said it could be pre-ordered. Please know you are amazing, have so much to share, and yes, are imperfect like the rest of us. We are all on a journey. Thank you for sharing yours with us.

  89. I’m lazy and it’s predicted r☔️ain on Christmas? off to the store I go then home to make these warm delicious ro?lls

  90. Dear Friend,
    What you’ll never see on Instagram is the difference you’ve made on the days we all trotted out your hard work, and enthusiastic excitement for a recipe, that we’ve used for our own. The house smells good,
    Our confidence is high, our guests are expectant…and we are abundantly rewarded, thrilled, and satisfied. Gratitude from me to you right this second, for the MANY times you’ve provided me that joy.
    Brussels sprout salads, brioche thanksgiving dressing, SOUPS, spectacular cheese boards, etc etc.
    you are a wonder. My thanks, and every good wish. The good you do and the gifts you have will never be shown in a simple picture, The rainbow of goodwill, and happy success in our kitchens through you are a celebration.

    1. Nancy,

      This truly just made me smile from ear to ear. I guess I do not really think about this part of it and it is amazing to think about. Thank you for reminding me to look at the situation in this way. I hope you continue to love my recipes and the posts I share! Happy Holidays!

  91. How do you recommend freezing these? Do you think I should freeze the dough or assemble, bake and then freeze? Thank you!

    1. HI! I like to assemble the rolls (roll them, cut, and place in baking dish), then cover and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge and bake as directed. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  92. 5 stars
    Thanks for the yummy rolls. Never doubt yourself, you’re tops. Interesting blog, unique and delicious recipes, and oh my gosh…the quantity. Not sure how you pull it all off. Have a wonderful Christmas with the fam.

  93. Ugh. I know exactly what you mean with the comparison game on Instagram. The same thing happened to me this week and I had to just tell myself to step away. Anyway, these look amazing and would be perfect for Christmas. Will be making these, can’t wait ❤️❤️.

  94. Aw I’m sorry you fell down the Instagram hole 🙁 Don’t doubt yourself! You’re amazing! I log onto your blog everyday to see your new post and be inspired to try something new! I always like to read your personal stories and your pictures are so good! Happy Holidays Tieghan! You kickass everyday!

    1. Awh that is so sweet! Thank you so much Sammi! I am so glad you are enjoying my blog and recipes and I hope you continue to!

  95. How do you recommend freezing these? Should I freeze the dough and assemble the roll later or should I freeze the baked rolls? Thank you! Can’t wait to make these!!

    1. Hey Meg! I would assemble the rolls (roll them up and everything), then cover well and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge and bake as directed. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  96. Hi! I really want to make these (I’ve never made cinnamon rolls before), but I don’t have a stand mixer. Any suggestions on how else to mix up the dough? If by hand, how long or what sort of consistency am I looking for with the dough. Thanks and happy holidays. ?

    1. HI! You can mix by hand, just mix using a wooden spoon until the dough is fully combined and forms a ball and is smooth. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  97. Simply put, I love you tieghan. So last night I was looking at your cinnamon roll recipe in your cookbook and thinking, “I bet these would be good with eggnog in the frosting” +browned butter??? Ya these are gonna be good. I am definitely making these for my family Christmas morning

  98. 5 stars
    Have a Merry Christmas Tieghan and enjoy some downtime with your family! ???
    You come up the best recipes and
    I can’t wait to see what you come up with for 2019!???

  99. 5 stars
    These look sooooo delicious. I could a couple right now. I haven’t eaten anything like this in over a year. Doesn’t mean I haven’t wanted too.

  100. 5 stars
    Add maybe a half cup of half and half over the rolls prior to baking, this is the secret for super moist, cinnabon-esque rolls.

  101. 5 stars
    Tieghan ..I must have been “unconsciously” sending you telepathic messages regarding cinnamon rolls! Last night I was going through cinnamon roll recipes trying to find the best one to make for Xmas. Not once did I ever think of using eggnog! I am off to the grocery store this morning to buy some. Does this recipe use the quckrise yeast? Have you ever doubled the recipe? Anyways…I can always count on you to find the best recipes in my inbox! Thanks sweetie! Now start unwinding and enjoy the season and that great big family you have. You are SO lucky. ?

    1. I am so glad I posted this! Such perfect timing! I have not tried doubling the recipe just yet, but I am sure I will be for my family haha! Also, yes it uses instant yeast. I hope you love this Colleen!

  102. Ahhhhhmaaaahhhgaaaaahd. These look absolutely gorgeous. I love the rebellious ones in the lower right that popped out in the center! Seriously heavenly. I love eggnog, but have to make my own, because I can’t find it in stores in Scandinavia. (Or I haven’t managed to yet.)

    After a few depressing and really not very productive trips down the rabbit hole myself, I deleted all social media accounts about a year ago. I don’t really “need it” for personal use, and I don’t miss it at all. I’m about 1,000 times happier and more confident since I stopped getting immersed in all of that. In your line of work, I know using social media is important, but I do advise not getting stuck in the trap of surfing around on there – yikes, right?!

    That said, in comparison, in my humble opinion, you, your blog, your recipes, your photography – are really outstanding and you have a unique and genuine way of doing what you do that stands out as very heartfelt, cozy, and real. In other words – you are doing awesome and have nothing to worry about, comparatively speaking or otherwise. 🙂 Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Aline! That is such a great idea and I am so glad you stuck with it! Thank you so much for this. You are so sweet!