The perfect recipe for fluffy overnight gingerbread cinnamon rolls, loaded with chunks of sweet apples and topped off with vanilla icing. Prepare these rolls ahead and bake in the morning!

Overnight Apple Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls  Recipe from The perfect holiday breakfast!

I’m not sure about you, but I love breakfast. I could eat it all day, everyday. The options are endless and totally delicious no matter what you choose. Eggs, bacon, and toast. Waffles or pancakes. Even a muffin or bagel. Sometimes cereal tastes okay too, but in reality that’s usually just a quick fix for me when I don’t want to put any effort into breakfast.

I honestly don’t really mind making breakfast, it’s actually pretty fun, unless it’s morning and then I rarely do much. That’s where cereal shows it’s ugly face or toast, because they’re quick and simple. Which also means, they require zero thought, or practically zero. Quick and easy is what I like first thing in the morning. In fact, I typically skip breakfast. I know bad bad. But that’s how it is.

Overnight Apple Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls  Recipe from The perfect holiday breakfast!

This is one of those recipes that I really just want to tell you to make it. Because it’s that good. But would you believe me and trust me if that’s all I said? I didn’t want to share them with the family. I wanted them all to myself. Shhhh. But I did share. In fact, my family pretty much devoured these. The kids craved them. The Mr snuck some out of the house to bring to work. And when they were gone… well that was a very sad day. I need to make them again sooner than later.

I wanted to share a super easy, and ridiculously tasty breakfast idea that requires extremely little thought first thing in the morning. Prepare these gingerbread cinnamon rolls the night before and then all you have to do the morning of is bake, frost and enjoy. It’s that simple. They’d be a perfect addition to your Christmas brunch menu, or any day of the week!

These gingerbread cinnamon rolls are moist and fluffy with a filling of sweet apple chunks and cinnamon, topped off with a layer of vanilla icing. It’s the perfect holiday breakfast that you can make ahead!

Overnight Apple Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls  Recipe from The perfect holiday breakfast!

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Overnight Apple Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours
Yield: 12 rolls
The perfect make ahead gingerbread cinnamon rolls, loaded with chunks of sweet apples and topped off with vanilla icing.


Dough ingredients:

  • 1 C warm milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 4 - 4 1/2 C all purpose flour, See note
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 C molasses

Filling ingredients:

  • 1 C light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 C apple chunks
  • 1/4 C butter, melted

Icing ingredients:

  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsp water


  • In a measuring cup, heat milk to 115°F. Stir in yeast and granulated sugar. Allow yeast to proof.
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine 4 cups flour, brown sugar spices and salt. With mixer on low, slowly add yeast mixture, molasses, melted butter and egg. Increase speed as needed. Add additional flour as needed, one spoonful at a time, until dough forms a smooth ball. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, roughly 1 hour.
  • Prepare a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured work station or a silicone counter mat until it is roughly a 12x20-inch rectangle.
  • Brush entire surface with melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover with apple chunks. Roll into a tight log, pinching edges as you roll. Slice dough into 12 equal pieces. Carefully place in prepared baking pan. Cover and chill overnight.
  • Remove rolls from refrigerator, allowing to come nearly to room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake rolls for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Mix together icing ingredients, spread over warm rolls. Enjoy immediately.


*I used 4 1/4C all purpose flour. Use enough flour so your dough is no longer sticky but not so much that it becomes dry.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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