Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Overnight Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls

I tried something different Christmas Eve morning.  Crockpot cinnamon rolls.  Yeah, you read that right.

I do love a good cinnamon roll, but I have a hard time getting them soft and gooey.  I always manage to over bake them.

But the crockpot helps this out!  I made an overnight cinnamon roll recipe, put the rolls in the crock in the fridge overnight per instruction.  The next morning, we stuck the crock in the "pot" on low to until the rolls started to rise and then switched it to high for about an hour or so.



And wow!  Perfect!

So here you are, Crockpot Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

The Dough
1 ¼ cups milk
¼ cup butter
1 tsp salt
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
3.5 to 4 cups flour

Heat milk, butter, salt, and sugar to 120 degrees F (Microwave works well for this). Add 2 cups of the flour and the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add the warm milk mixture and egg and beat on low to medium speed for about 3 minutes. Slowly add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft and pliable dough. Continue to kneed until the dough smooth and elastic. You know, how dough should be.  Cover and let rest for at least 20 minutes.  I might have just let it rest for about 3 hours, but whatever, this ain't rocket science.

The Filling
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
Chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Blend the filling ingredients together.  Roll out the dough into a long rectangle.  Then spread the filling all over the dough. Starting from a long end, tightly roll up the dough like a jelly roll. Cut evenly into slices about2 inches thick, and place cut side down in the greased crock.  Cover with the lid and put in the fridge over night.

The Next Morning
Put the crock in the "pot" and turn it on low to allow the rolls to rise.  Once they rise (about 30 minutes or so) turn the crock pot to high and put a dish towel under the lid to absorb some of the moisture.  Cook for about an hour (check periodically).

The Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp vanilla

Turn the rolls out on to a plate and cover in icing and enjoy!

22 comments:

  1. Wow, Liz! This look amazing! I made cinnamon rolls the day AFTER Christmas because I had no energy left on Christmas morning. This looks like a great option. Hard to believe it works, like you say. But it sounds wonderful.

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    1. I know!! But it does work, rather nicely! I've also started making sweetbreads in the crock pot (I've got banana bread going right now)! I am a total crock pot convert!

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  2. STOP IT. STOP posting such YUMMY recipes! We LOVE LOVE LOVE the mall almonds recipe. I'm getting fat reading your blog :o) These look awesome

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  3. What size crock pot do you use and how many rolls can you get in it? Is one recipe just enough to fill the bottom of your crock pot?

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    1. I have a big oval one...maybe 5 quarts or so? yes, this reciepe was enough to fill the bottom with generously sized rolls.

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  4. How would I do this since I don't have a dough hook attachment, please and thank you

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    1. easy, just kneed it :) All the dough hook does it kneed it for you. Simply take the dough out and kneed in on a floured counter. I would give it a good ten minutes to get it soft and springy.

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    1. perfect!! I wish I would have thought of that! But alas, I have my roast for tomorrow ready in the crock. I think I need another crockpot!!

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    2. Went to a Salvation Army and they had over 10 old and a new still in the box, crock pot!!! I bought it for 5 dollars and another one for 2 bucks. I thought of this post while loading up!! Brought them home, scrubbed them, work terrific!!

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  6. Mmmm... I had always wanted to make a cinnamon roll recipe, and I think is the perfect time because I'm discovering the crockpot... but I hava a question, what do you mean by "puting the crock in the pot"... I think mine doesn't separate...

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    1. some models the stone crock comes out of the heating element part. That's all I meant :) That way you don't have to put the heating element in the fridge too.

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  7. Going to make these for a morning treat while camping. I was searching for something that was not from a biscuit mix, perfect! My question is could I line the crock with parchment paper to be able to "lift" the rolls out. Have you used it in a crock?

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    1. Sorry I just saw this Sarah! I haven't used parchment in the crockpot, but it's worth a try, right? Hope you had a good camping trip!

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  8. Can you cook this on low for double the time? Or is it best to cook on high?

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    1. you know, I've not tried it, but go for it! Worth a shot!

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  9. I did as you directed low 30 minutes high for an hour. Should they still look doughy

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    1. everyone's crock pot is a bit different, so this isn't hard and fast. Let them cook until they are done :)

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