Trust me, I love making homemade Cinnamon Buns when I can.
But life doesn’t always allow for slow food.
Today we are covering how to make Cinnamon Buns using store-bought pizza dough that can be assembled at night just in time for morning breakfast. They are shaped and flavored just before bed, rise a little in the fridge overnight, then rise more at room temperature while your coffee is brewing and the oven preheats.
They simply get thrown in to a 375 F oven to bake while your sleepyheads get out of bed.
The result is perfect: a hot breakfast that costs little time and money to throw together.
BREAKFAST Overnight Cinnamon Buns
Yield 6 buns
Here we're using store-bought pizza dough to put together delicious Cinnamon Buns that take no time to bake after enjoying a slow rise in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!
We suggest serving with a Pumpkin Butter Cream Cheese frosting. We'll show you how to make some in our video tutorial this week!
1 store-bought pizza dough ball, cold
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
For the icing
1 jar pumpkin butter (like apple butter, but with pumpkins)
1-2 cups powdered sugar
1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, at room temperature (can be left out overnight to soften properly)
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough into a rectangle with the short ends running left to right.
- Melt butter and spread half on the surface of the dough with your fingers or a pastry brush.
- Mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle from left to right, covering all buttered surface *except* the top inch running along the top lengthwise.
- Drizzle sugar and cinnamon mixture with remaining melted butter to help it adhere.
- Roll up, beginning with the side closest to you, and pinch slightly as you go to ensure a tight pinwheel effect.
- Add any extra butter to the inch that you left clean and pinch to seal. You now have a cinnamon bun log!
- Using a serrated knife, slice log in half. Then slice each half into thirds.
- Turn over each round and place in an oiled pie dish or cake pan, making sure to evenly space buns so they have room to expand while rising.
- Cover with plastic wrap tightly and place in the fridge.
- In the morning, remove the buns from the fridge, uncover the plastic and preheat your oven to 375 F.
- Once preheated, place buns in the oven to bake and begin making your icing.
- Mix together (with a whisk) the pumpkin butter, powdered sugar (start with a cup) and cream cheese. You can microwave slightly to get everything loose, no more than 20-30 seconds.
- Once all ingredients for the icing are incorporated, add more powdered sugar to thicken if desired. Once buns are finished baking (after about 20 minutes), drizzle or spread with icing and serve. The warmer the buns, the more the icing will melt, so if you want thick icing, wait for the buns to cool completely.